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    The Lady Eve (Paramount, 1946). First Post-War Release French Grande (45.5" X 61.5") Boris Grinsson Artwork.
    Preston Sturges wrote and directed this wicked comedy about the battles waged by men and women. Only in a Sturges' film would the romantic leads be an ophiologist (Henry Fonda, a snake expert) and a card shark (Barbara Stanwyck). They fall in love despite an ongoing con, jump out of love over a misunderstanding, then stumble back in love -- despite an ongoing revenge plot. The barbed humor sprung from Sturges' writing the script while awaiting his third divorce. During the filming, Sturges was unfailingly polite to Fonda and Stanwyck, but he used his stock company actors to take out his frustrations. When he couldn't get his stars to do a scene the way he wanted, he grumbled at William Demarest (who wasn't in the scene itself), "And don't talk so damn fast!" Touchup to the folds, pinholes and small tears in the borders, and a couple of horizontal tears off of the vertical fold. There was some mild paper loss in the folds prior to restoration. There is a slight, but neat, trim along the borders. Wonderful artwork by Boris Grinsson. From the collection of David Gest, longtime entrepreneur, celebrity, convention host, and friend to the stars. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.


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