I’ve never been more confused about the Hays Code. The film portrays seduction and deceit as not just ok but necessary for romance; the morality police are dumb as shit, hiding in the room while you fuck but afraid to look nonetheless. Purity is a serpent, and the serpent is pure. Now take of the animal, and eat.
I loved the early sequences of this film, with Stanwyck & Fonda falling over each other, one intentionally, the other not. And there were some touching romantic scenes with the two potential lovers. But the later stages seemed too forced to be funny and the magic of the romance was truly gone, until the end scene, where the reunited lovers rekindle their failed love in an unsatisfying and predictable way.
Un petit chef-d'oeuvre d'humour et de finesse, avec un excellent et séduisant Henry Fonda lunaire et dégingandé, spécialiste en chutes diverses et en changement intempestif de smoking. Un véritable régal d'un réalisateur dont la courte filmographie recueille quelques autres inestimables pépites du même succulent acabit... www.cinefiches.com
Barbara Stanwyck has to be one of the best temptresses ever put on screen as Henry Fonda gets hitched on her little finger. There is not much of a breather here either as this one is filled up with fun great scenes from start to end. Truly a masterpiece in it's genre.
Despite a strangely cynical, and sometimes outright cruel, second half, The Lady Eve is a wonderful rom-com that boasts fine lead performances from Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, as well as wonderful supporting turns from Charles Coburn and Eugene Pallette. Another winner from director Preston Sturges.
Charming comedy with an all-time casting. Sturges gives here his best impression of Hawks, rhythm and fine lines, some visual gags, it is all good. Fonda is made for this naive role, his voice, his eyes are perfect for this character. Stanwick as a crooked femme fatale is also right where you want her to be. If it is not perfect, it is only because Lubitsch used to write at the time even better comedies.
They don't make romantic comedies like this any more - why is that? Henry Fonda plays Hopsie, the very rich and very naive sap repeatedly seduced and confounded by a never better Barbara Stanwyck as Jean (or is it Eve?), a con artist who ends up falling for her mark. As in Sullivan's Travels, Sturges felt free to defy film convention for comic effect (such as having a horse intrude on one's romantic interlude!).