Stanwyck is brilliant as a woman of mystery aboard a cruise ship in Preston Sturges’s glorious screwball comedy of 1941
‘I suppose you know I am very rich?” “Aren’t we all?” This pert exchange typifies the throwaway attitude to wealth in Preston Sturges’s glorious screwball comedy from 1941, now revived in selected UK cinemas as part of the Barbara Stanwyck retrospective at London’s BFI Southbank. Being rich, wanting to be rich and wanting to stay rich are desires that are all immersed in a champagne punchbowl of musical-comedy fantasy innocence. All the cynicism is removed and replaced with something childlike.
The Lady Eve is a film that sports with events in the Garden of Eden. It is a world away from unpleasantness. Or almost. When someone does a Hitler impression to show what dishonesty looks like, the historical context is restored with a jolt.
The Lady Eve review – card sharp Barbara Stanwyck steals the show