ACF Masters #9: The Lady Eve

 

Today, Zena Hitz returns to the podcast after collecting her laurels for the remarkable success of her book Lost In Thought: The Hidden Pleasures Of An Intellectual Life, or lifelong learning for all Americans. We’re continuing our series on America’s most hilarious comedy writer-director. Preston Sturges: We’ve already covered Sullivan’s Travels, today we turn to romantic comedy, or the problem of modern womanhood in America–The Lady Eve, or The Pratfall of Man. Hank Fonda is Charlie “Hopsy” Pike, heir to the Pike ale fortune and Amazon explorer returning to civilization. Barbara Stanwyck is Eugenia “Gene” Harrington (aka Eve), who hits him in the head with an apple the first time she lays eyes on him. Charlie Coburn is “Colonel” Harrington, her father, a wonderful con man. Eugene Pallette is his–Mr Pike of the bellowing laugh. William Demarest is Muggsy, Fonda’s guardian angel, a sweet soul and truthteller.

For those who want to see more hilarious Sturges comedies, watch The Palm Beach Story, next week’s podcast.

After that, we’re talking about Sturges’s two Eddie Bracken comedies about small-town America: Hail The Conquering Hero and The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek!

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  1. Archibald Campbell Member
    Archibald Campbell
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    “Hank” Fonda?  My whole life he’s always been Henry Fonda.

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  2. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera
    @TitusTechera

    This is one of the advantages of being longlived!

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  3. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera
    @TitusTechera

    It ‘s a term of endearment used by his friends, which now that his memory is all that’s left, might be us…

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