The Lady Eve

(Preston Sturges, 1941). One of the most beguiling of all romantic screwball comedies, this pairs Barbara Stanwyck as a saucy card-sharp and Henry Fonda as a rich but prissy professor whose main interest is snakes. They meet on an ocean liner and get involved in a hilarious battle of the sexes. It's one Sturges's sly masterpieces.
Wed., Dec. 31, 2:40, 6:15 & 10 p.m.; Thu., Jan. 1, 2:40, 6:15 & 10 p.m., 2008

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