Barbara Stanwyck is at her comedic best in "The Lady Eve," playing a cardsharp who tries to con a gullible heir, played by Henry Fonda. Her plans hit a snag, though, when she finds herself falling for him, which leads to some madcap fun. Directed and co-written by the peerless Preston Sturges, "The Lady Eve" is among the finest of Hollywood 1940's romantic comedies.
The script is quite brilliant (the movie received only one Oscar nomination, for its screenplay, which it lost to "Here Comes Mr. Jordan") and delivers some genuine laughs. In addition, the tinge of bitterness and cynicism that characterizes Sturges' work is here -- this movie isn't a sickly sweet romance. Sturges also manages to create a wacky screen couple and then make them seem believable; a formidable task.
Finally, Fonda has never been better; his all-American looks and blank visage are put to perfect use to convey the innocence required for the role, and you can barely blame him for tripping all over himself and staring--just staring--slack-jawed at Barbara throughout the entire movie.
Overall, a highly recommendable film.