The Lady Eve

Synopsis: Returning from a year up the Amazon studying snakes, the rich but unsophisticated Charles Pike meets con-artist Jean Harrington 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.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Preston Sturges
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Once a day is plenty.

Just a couple of flies, a sip of milk

and perhaps a pigeon's egg on Sundays.

I certainly will, Professor.

Keep her warm as you get farther north,

and let her out of her box to play.

I certainly will, Professor.

Tell Dr. Marzditz I have named

her Columbrina Marzditzia.

And this is only the beginning of

what I am bringing out when I come out.

I'll do that,

and I want to tell you...

I want to tell you how much I've enjoyed

being on this expedition with you.

If I had my way, this is the way

I'd like to spend all my time,

in the company of men like yourselves

in the pursuit of knowledge.

So long, Lulu.

I'll send you a postcard.

Good-bye, Charlie. If you get a chance

to come back, this is where we'll be.

Give my affectionate

salutations to your father.

Thank him for making the Pike expedition

possible and, I hope, a success.

- I will, Professor.

- Good-bye, my boy.

- Good-bye, Muggsy.

- So long. Don't take no wooden money.

- Good-bye, Sparky.

- Good-bye, Charlie.

- Bye, Mac.

- Good-bye, Charlie.

- Bye, boys.

- So long, "Sarlie. "

- So long, gang.

- So long, Muggsy.

Be careful of the traffic.

You haven't dodged any in a long time.

And be careful of the dames. You've

not dodged them for a long time either.

- You know me, Mac, nothing but reptiles.

- That's right, my boy.


There he is!

You'd think he'd have a

bigger yacht than that if he's so rich.

- That isn't a yacht. That's a tender.

- What's a tender?

- I said Pabst.

- It was Pike.

- So what?

- Go put on your shorts.

- You can try.

- Mom, it makes me puke.

- Puke?

- No, Pike!

Go put on your peekaboo.

- Get down there and make it fast.

- Aye, aye, sir.

Gee, I hope he's rich.

I hope he thinks he's a wizard at cards.

From your lips to the ear

of the Almighty.

I hope he's got a fat wife so I don't

have to dance in the moonlight with him.

A sucker always steps

on your feet.

- A mug is a mug in everything.

- I don't see why I have to do the work.

There must be plenty of rich old dames

just waiting for you to push 'em around.

You find 'em.

I'll push 'em.

Would I like to see you giving some

old harpy the three-in-one.

- Don't be vulgar, Jean.

Let us be crooked but never common.

- Is he rich?

As the purser so picturesquely put it,

he's dripping with dough.

- He'd almost have to be to stop a boat.

- What does he own, Pike's Peak?

Oh, no, no. Pike's Pale,

"The ale that won for Yale. "

- I wonder if I could clunk him.

- Don't do that!


- Two Pike's Pale.

- Now, wait a minute!

Six more Pike's Pale,

and make it snappy.

Are you trying to embarrass me?

We're all out of Pike's.

- Work 'em over on something else.

- They don't want nothin' else.

They want the ale that won for Yale.

Rah, rah, rah!

Well, tell 'em

to go to Harvard.

- Come on.

- How many times do I have to tell ya...

- Four Pike's Pale.

- Now listen!

- Not good enough.

- What'd you say?

I said they're not good enough for him.

EveryJane in the room...

is giving him the thermometer, and

he feels they're just a waste of time.

He's returning to his book.

He's deeply immersed in it.

He's sees no one except... Watch

his head turn when that kid goes by.

It won't do you any good, dear.

He's a bookworm, but swing 'em anyway.

Ah, how about this one?

How would you like that hanging

on your Christmas tree?

Oh, you wouldn't?

Well, what is your weakness, brother?

Holy smoke,

the dropped kerchief!

Hasn't been used since Lily Langtry.

You'll have to pick it up yourself.

It's a shame that he doesn't care

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Monckton Hoffe

Monckton Hoffe (1880-1951) was an Irish playwright and screenwriter. He was born in Connemara on 26 December 1880. more…

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