Dear Barbara Stanwyck,

I have been called a skilled flirt, but I knew nothing of the art until I saw your performance in The Lady Eve. From your opening scene, in which you analyze the tactics of every other woman in the room, it is evident that you know every trick in the book. The movie features the perfect junction of romance, wit, slapstick, and charm, making it the quintessential chick flick. All of these qualities are most evident in the scene pictured above, in which you cling to Henry Fonda, playing with his hair as he supposedly helps you calm your nerves after a fright with a snake. By sidling up to “Hopsie” in this manner, you paralyze him with sexual tension, adding both comedic and sensual factors to an otherwise commonplace conversation. I agree wholeheartedly with the following statement by Roger Ebert: “If I were asked to name the single scene in all of romantic comedy that was sexiest and funniest at the same time, I would advise beginning at six seconds past the 20-minute mark in Preston Sturges’s The Lady Eve.” Yet, aside from the exaggerated circumstances of your glamorous fictional lives, your relationship as Jean with Hopsie is more or less normal and easy to relate to, adding even more to the allure of the film. I’m adding The Lady Eve to my favorites, and, as a more or less normal girl, I thank you for showing me a few new tricks; even though this film was made 61 years ago, the art of flirting remains unchanged.

Good night, Mun


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