The Lady Eve

#3 in my movie challenge for the year was The Lady Eve, which I chose after enjoying director Preston Sturges’s The Palm Beach Story. Stanwyck is a card shark and femme fatale, and Henry Fonda is the rich naif who has been studying snakes in the jungle for a year. When Fonda finds out her “true” identity, he dumps her and she vows revenge. Much later, she shows up in his neighborhood pretending to be royalty. The humor, charm and stellar performances are so winning that the bumpy transitions are forgiveable.

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