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Paul Jensen

THE LADY EVE (1940) 4 stars

This screwball comedy has all the conventions down perfectly. The sexy female, the clumsy male, the repressed emotions, the silly pratfalls. Sturges brings everything together in this delightfully romantic and electrifying story. The real treat is watching the actors squirm through their roles. Fonda and Stanwyck were born to play these parts. The film may take its time but for the patient viewer it's a ride well worth taking.

 

Genre: Comedy
Director: Preston Sturges