The Lady Eve

          “The Lady Eve” illustrates a romantic comedy between a fraud Jean and a millionaire Charles Pike (nickname: Hopsie), who just returned from studying snakes in Amazon. Jean first met Charles in a ship heading to New York. Charles soon fell in love with her because of her beauty and sophisticated talk. At the beginning, Jean and her father Harry planned to trick Charles’ money in a poker game.  However, Jean also fell in love with Charles because of his innocent and his passion of love. She ruined her father’s hand in the game and made him tear a $35000 check gained from Charles.  As Jean treated Charles straightly after he proposed her, his body guard named Muggsy, who was adapted by Mr. Pike when he was young, discovered Jean and her father were professional poker frauds and passed their profiles to Charles. The misunderstanding led Charles to leave Jean when the ship reached the destination. Later, Jean attended Mr. Pike’s banquet as an English noble Lady Eve and a niece of Mcglennan Keith to meet Charles again. She excused herself as a twin sister of Jean, and Charles proposed her again, and they finally got married. While they were taking a train to spend their honeymoon, Eve purposely provoked Charles with her numerous love affairs in the past. Charles was so upset to leave the train and divorce her afterwards. At the end, Eve changed back her identity Jean and bumped Charles again in another cruise. Charles found that the original Jean was the person who he truly loved. The movie ended with a happy ending.

            “The Lady Eve” used tons of humors to descript the personality of the characters. For instance, Jean was scared by Charles’ snake at the beginning when she approached him for advantages. This was ironic for her hypocrisy. Also, when the domestic workers were too busy on arranging the banquet, Mr. Pike was exaggeratedly roaring to people and slapping the table with dishware for his breakfast. This indicated the general image of rich class which has no patient, no attitude, and arrogant to other people. Furthermore, Charles embarrassed himself three times by befouling his suit when he met Jean as Lady Eve in the dinner. The awkward scenes showed Lady Eve’s glory feature and Charles’ straight innocent. Those plots are not only to entertain the audience with scene of humor, but also provided a vivid image of the characters.

            On the other hand, the fashion of “The Lady Eve” displayed how the ideal men and women are supposed to dress in 1900s. All men in the rich class were wearing suits. They were always acting as gentlemen. Women must be in dresses. They should know all the etiquette in the banquet and being polite in their conversations. This showed women in 1900s had lower status than men. Women are considered good if they obey to men.

            In a deeper imagination, “The Lady Eve” reflected the social mobility of 1900s. It was hard for poor people to move over to a rich class, and it was unusual to have relationship between two different classes. Thus, Jean father was warning her when she fell in love with Charles because the rich class would not accept poor people to become their family member. The film seems to criticize about people related love to social status. In facts, many people have a mindset that wealth is necessary for happiness. However, Jean eventually loved Charles was not because how much money he had but just because what person he was. This film is re-educating people that true love is worthless than any other things. This film is comedy because its ending is ideally happy, which is not as pity as reality.

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5 Comments

  1.   zen629 Said:

    on October 8, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    “Lady Eve” is a lovely story and I think their story is so romantic and funny. And I think the personality of Jean and Charlie is a big contrast too.
    Jean is a smart and tricky girl and I can tell from her face expressions but Charles is a straight guy who is a simple and sincere guy and I can tell from his behavior and gesture. Actually their personality is totally different from each other but surprisingly they’re the good match pair.

    One of the scenes I like that is Jean using her mirror reflection to keep a watchful eye on Charles and the women around Charles.

  2.   Amy Herzog Said:

    on October 13, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    You make an excellent point here about social mobility– I think comedies paid particular attention to the arbitrary ways in which some are cast very good fortunes in life, and others very bad fortunes, with little apparent justice. For this reason, I think, we end up sympathizing with Jean and the other con artists, who use intelligence and cunning to advance their position. We don’t feel sorry for those who fall victim because they are so much less deserving and, for the most part, aren’t nearly as interesting or fun.

  3.   khan Said:

    on November 2, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    You made a great comparison for the scene where Jean is scared of Pike’s snake. It is truly funny to see thr irony here as Jean wants to harm him while the snake is the harmless one. Great post, it was a fun read!

  4.   ekestler Said:

    on November 4, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    I loved how the way rich people dress and act is humorized in The Lady Eve. It was fun to see how everyone dressed. I found it quite funny how Jean tries to act elegant and classy while she is really just a con-woman. She is rich by matter of fraudulent activity and she is putting on this false persona. Perhaps she didn’t feel good about the way she was originally so she decided to start conning men. The power she holds over her victims may give her satisfaction and self-asteem. Even though she was a fake I sympathized with her character because when it comes down to it all she wants is to be happy and she doesn’t know how to do it in a normal way.

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