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TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Film Collection - Barbara Stanwyck
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TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Barbara Stanwyck (4FE)
BABY FACE (1933) - Added to the National Film Registry in 2005, this notorious pre-Code film stars Barbara Stanwyck as Lily Powers, a streetwise girl forced into prostitution by her father. She heads for the big city, using her brains and body in her relentless pursuit of wealth and status.
ANNIE OAKLEY (1935) - A radiant Stanwyck sharpshoots her way into biopic glory...and into the heart of a rival marksman (Preston Foster). Add trick riders, bronco busters and more and you have a hoopla-and-ballyhoo-filled re-creation of the pinnacle of American showmanship.
MY REPUTATION (1946) - People are talking. They say young widow Jessica Drummond (Stanwyck) is romancing an army officer (George Brent) too much, too soon. Jessica's heard the gossip. Unfortunately, so have her two impressionable sons in this resonant melodrama.
EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE (1949) - Isabel Lorrison (Ava Gardner) is a good-time girl destined for a bad fate: murder. But who killed her? A philandering husband? His wife, who had every motive to put her hands around Isabel's neck and squeeze? Stanwyck plays the wronged wife in this sleek mystery melodrama.
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- "Baby Face" is a precode and was pretty racy for the era but is very interesting today as her character makes a new life for herself by getting even after having been on the other side. I saw this years ago and enjoyed seeing it again.
-"Annie Oakley" is a biopic of the early part of Oakley's career with a bit of fiction to go with it and enjoyable.
-"My Reputation" I saw some years ago and was my least favorite out of these films simply because of certain parts in the writing. (I am a writer and tend to pay close attention to scripts when watching a film.) But I did enjoy Stanwyck portraying a more timid woman and found the contrast of the values of the 1940s on certain topics vs today interesting.
-"East Side West Side" is one of my favorites out of the set. I had never seen it before and loved the dialogue, the character development and so on.
Overall I would suggest this set to fans who don't have these films in their collection, which was why I purchased this. Or to introduce the work of Barbara Stanwyck to someone as a gift. Some other great films of hers to see are "The Lady Eve" , "Sorry Wrong Number" and "Ball of Fire" but she had such a long career and worked in other genres, such as westerns. Hopefully it'll be only instinctive that you'd want to further explore her work beyond this excellent set.