U.S, 1941, 94 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Preston Sturges, Unrated, Universal Pictures
”Barbara Stanwyck is the sexiest con woman ever captured on film.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
A mismatched couple meet on board an ocean liner. Jean (Barbara Stanwyck) is a beautiful con artist and Charles (Henry Fonda) is her victim, the heir of an ale fortune. When she's exposed as a crook and dumped by Charles, Jean decides to exact her revenge: "I need him like the axe needs the turkey." In the end, will Charles and Jean find love and live happily ever after? Preston Sturges' classic screwball comedy was selected by The New York Times as the best film of its year and last decade became one of Time Magazine's All-Time 100. "If I were asked to name the single scene in all of romantic comedy that was sexiest and funniest at the same time," wrote Roger Ebert, "I would advise ... watching as Stanwyck toys with Fonda's hair in an unbroken shot that lasts three minutes and 51 seconds."
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