The Lady Eve

(USA, 1941, 94 mins, DVD)
CAST Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn


A couple meet on an ocean liner. Jean (Stanwyck) is a knock-out babe and a con artist. Charles (Fonda) is a nerdy heir, interested in the study of snakes and about to get fleeced. Jean’s father “The Colonel” (Coburn) zeroes in for the kill at the card table but the plan is abandoned when Jean falls for Charles. Stanwyck knew more about sexy than any actress today and with humour along for the ride, she shimmies her way in and out of Fonda’s heart. Sturges’ unique gifts for directing comedy and writing witty dialogue makes this yet another of his great romantic comedies that deserves its reputation as a classic.


John MacLachlan Gray is a multiple award-winning writer and composer for stage, television, film, radio and print. “Billy Bishop Goes to War” is one of the most famous and widely-produced plays in Canadian theatre, winning the Governor General’s Award for English Drama in 1983. Over the past four decades he has worked as a composer/librettist/director of nine stage musicals; as a satirist on CBC TV’s “The Journal;” as a columnist for The Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Sun; as a screenwriter of feature films; and as the author of two works of non-fiction and five acclaimed novels. He holds honorary doctorates from Mount Allison University and Dalhousie University, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Vancouver’s beloved costume historian, Ivan Sayers, is bringing some personal items to THE LADY EVE screening to give us a 3-dimentional experience: two dresses from the personal collection of Barbara Stanwyck, bought at her estate auction.