Free Afternoon Movie
April 17 The Lady Eve (1941) 1 hr 34 min.
Returning from a year up the Amazon studying snakes, the rich but unsophisticated Charles Pike (Henry Fonda) meets con-artist Jean Harrington (Barbara Stanwyck) on a ship. They fall in love, but a misunderstanding causes them to split on bad terms. To get back at him, Jean disguises herself as an English lady, and comes back to tease and torment him.
Nominated for an Oscar. The book Charles is reading during his first dinner aboard ship is entitled “Are Snakes Necessary,” a spoof of the bestseller of the time “Is Sex Necessary” by James Thurber and E.B. White. When Muggsy imitates Hitler, he speaks Swedish, saying “Naughty boy, I’m going to punch you in the face.” The check that Charles Pike writes to “Colonel” Harrington, is dated August 29, which was director Preston Sturges’ birthday.