The Lady Eve (Sturges, 1941)

I prefer The Palm Beach Story as the penultimate Screwball Comedy, but The Lady Eve produces equally brilliant and zany set pieces, mixing slapstick with flawless zinger dialogue to create an altogether seamless world of innuendo and charm. As the wheeling and dealing con artist Jean Harrington, Barbara Stanwyck personifies the perfect Sturges heroine: smart, conniving, sexy, and completely vulnerable. This just gets better with age.

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