Matinee Thursdays: The Lady Eve
Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Coburn
Universal Pictures; Directed by Preston Sturges
Black and White; Not Rated; 94 minutes; 1941
Distaff card shark (Barbara Stanwyck) spots a cast-iron sucker in beer heir "Hopsie" Pike. Hopsie is too engrossed in his lifelong project, a book called Are Snakes Necessary to care much for his millions and Eve's father Handsome Harry Harrington, who can produce more aces than a playing card factory, sends her into action in this statement on the battle of the sexes.