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Screwball Speakeasy Club Presents: THE LADY EVE
February 24 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm$15
Join us as we transform our community space into an atmospheric speakeasy for a splendid coup of romantic comedy magic. The Lady Eve (1941) was the last blast of the screwball genre before it was ended by the outbreak of WWII. Mistaken identities, con artists at work, a dollop of sparkling romance– what’s not to love? In this gender-flipped battle-of-wits Barbera Stanwyck is a card shark who sets out to fleece earnest, accident-prone millionaire (and snake expert) Henry Fonda, only to fall madly in love herself!
Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity) sizzles, Henry Fonda (The Wrong Man) bumbles, and Preston Sturges, directing his third feature, runs riot in one of the all-time great screwballs, a pitch-perfect blend of comic zing and swoon-worthy romance. Aboard a cruise liner sailing up the coast of South America, Stanwyck’s conniving card shark sets her sights on Fonda’s nerdy snake researcher, who happens to be the heir to a brewery fortune. But when the con artist falls for her mark, her grift becomes a game of hearts—and she is determined to win it all. One in a string of matchless comedic marvels that Sturges wrote and directed as part of a dazzling 1940s run, this gender-flipped battle-of-wits farce is perhaps his most emotionally satisfying work, tempering its sparkling humor with a streak of tender poignancy supplied by the sensational Stanwyck at her peak. —The Criterion Collection
“If I were asked to name the single scene in all of romantic comedy that was sexiest and funniest at the same time, I would advise beginning at six seconds past the 20-minute mark in Preston Sturges’ “The Lady Eve,” and watching as Barbara Stanwyck toys with Henry Fonda’s hair in an unbroken shot that lasts three minutes and 51 seconds.” -Roger Ebert
“Sturges’ superb screwball comedy combines humour and eroticism with a few well-judge swipes at the American class system. The pairing of Henry Fonda… and Barbara Stanwyck… works perfectly.” -Sight & Sound