The Film Salon continues its celebration of the writer-director Preston Sturges with a screening of his 1941 screwball comedy, The Lady Eve. A favorite film presentation at the 2011 Plaza Classic Film Festival, Tom Schmid summarized the film succinctly: Barbara Stanwyck dazzles as the irresistible member of a father/daughter team of con artists who set out to fleece a bumbling and naÔve ophiologist (snake specialist) in this fast-paced comedy from screwball master Preston Sturges. Henry Fonda brilliantly plays the gullible mark, while Stanwyck is sexy and convincing as the smart-alecky con girl whose heart gradually shifts loyalties from the con game to Fonda. The movie is full of snappy dialogue and masterful comic performances by Fonda, who trips over nearly every piece of furniture in the film, and supporting players William Demarest, Charles Coburn, and Eric Blore. Special Guest Introduction by Jeanne Creel.
Weíll continue to explore the rise of Preston Sturges (and the beginning of his fall) with screenings of The Palm Beach Story on November 2, and The Miracle of Morganís Creek on December 7.
Trinity-First United Methodist Church, Resler Hall Chapel