Directed by Mitchell Leisen • 1939 • United States
Starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore
Arriving at Paris’s Gare de l’Est train station with only her gold lamé gown on her back, penniless American ex-showgirl Eve Peabody (Claudette Colbert) must use her wiles in order to work her way up in high society. Assuming the identity of the “Baroness Czerny,” Eve crashes a swanky soiree and soon finds herself entangled in the marital complications of a scheming aristocrat (John Barrymore) while being pursued by a lovestruck cab driver (Don Ameche). As scripted by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, this fizzy screwball is a sophisticated cocktail of romance, deception, and double, triple, and quadruple entendres galore.