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July 29 - August 8, 2021 • El Paso, TX Twitter iconFacebook icon

The Lady Eve

80th Anniversary
Signature Classic
Monday, August 2
Abraham Chavez Theatre
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A trio of grifters attempts to hustle a naïve brewery heir in this madcap marvel — marking its 80th anniversary this year — by the master of the screwball comedy. Regarded as the first of Hollywood’s great writer-directors, Preston Sturges wrote the script specifically for Barbara Stanwyck, playing against her usual tough-dame persona, as con artist Jean Harrington. She’s matched note for note by Henry Fonda as the naif Charles Pike, a would-be ophiologist (snake scientist) — and her mark. They meet on an ocean liner as he returns from a yearlong expedition to the Amazon. Though he’s instantly smitten with the alluring card sharp, he admits, “Snakes are my life, in a way.” She sets off to charm the skin off this snake lover, and hilarity ensues.

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Starring: Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Coburn
Rated: NR