The Woman In Red
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During her long and enviable career, Barbara Stanwyck played strippers and heiresses, killers and cowgirls. But she may be best remembered for her portrayals of working-class girls with tough hides, tender hearts and first-rate brains. Such a role is The Woman in Red's Shelby Barret, a professional equestrienne who marries into the snobbish upper crust. When events involve her in a death aboard a playboy's yacht, Shelby knows her husband's family will grab their excuse to renounce her. Stanwyck is warmly believable as Shelby, and one of the reasons is her ease on horseback. Off screen she was an expert rider, a skill that would later prove valuable in a string of Westerns from The Furies to Forty Guns and her popular TV series The Big Valley.
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Was there anything this woman couldn't do? I seriously doubt it. It makes one want to weep to think of the poor quality we have of actresses these days, with a few exceptions (Halle Berry, Glenn Close, to name a few).
Many of these actresses today call themselves stars, but they are seriously lacking when you compare them to a true STAR, like Barbara Stanwyck. She shines!
Barbara is Shelby, working class dame and proficient horsewoman. She works for a horrible catty socialite (who gets the receiving end of this review quote) until Johnny (dull Gene Raymond, no match for Stanwyck), a poor little rich boy, marries her. This starts off a whole chain of events which ends in a drunken floozy sleeping with the fishes somewhere in the Hudson. There's a trial, Stanwyck tells snobby people off, men declare love for Stanwyck, Stanwyck is unmoved, Johnny surprises us all by doing something manly, reporters get hit with canes, the innocent meet a proper fate and we finish up with a kiss in the backseat of a Rolls Royce. I'm making it sound more exciting than it really is, but while second-tier "The Woman in Red" is kinda fun and worth watching once, especially for Stanwyck fans.
Of this period in the Stanwyck timeline, I prefer The Secret Bride, as I have big crush on Warren William. William's smoldering, whip-smart persona was a much better match for Barbara's strong presence. Gene Raymond just doesn't cut it for me.
In the end, the best thing about "The Woman in Red" is the awesome cover art on the DVD. Wow, Stanwyck looks great. But then, she always does.
Gene Raymond is his usual unremarkable but serviceable self, the other featured players are at about the same level of skill and presence, with Arthur Treacher, the exception, as an amusing bore in his brief supporting role; but, Genevieve Tobin, shines as The Other Woman. Her hard edged, cynical presence, strikes sparks in every scene and, as a vis-a-vis to Stanwyck, helps make both all the better.
That this is quite well worth the hour it takes to view it, is almost entirely due to the work of these two strong women.