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Genre: Comedy

Duration: 94 Minutes

The Lady Eve


Part of our Screwball Comedy Series, with Jeffrey Bender

Emerging in the 1930s, Screwball Comedies were a wild new strain of fast-talking farces involving battles of the sexes and a world forever on the brink of chaos.  We’ve curated five hilarious films that exemplify the genre.

We’ll delve into what makes a great Screwball Comedy, the production, artists, and story of each film.

Watch the movie and stay for a talk and Q&A with Jeffrey Bender

Romantic Comedy

Directed by Preston Sturges

Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Story

It’s no accident when wealthy Charles (Henry Fonda) falls for Jean (Barbara Stanwyck). Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles’ fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge and still pining for the millionaire, devises a plan to get back in Charles’ life. With love and payback on her mind, she re-introduces herself to Charles, this time as an aristocrat named Lady Eve Sidwich.