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Baby Face (1933)

1933

NR CC
4.6 out of 5 stars (38) IMDb 7.6/10

Lilly sleeps her way from basement speakeasy bartender, literally floor by floor, to the top floor of a New York office building.

Starring:
Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent
Runtime:
1 hour, 15 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Alfred E. Green
Starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent
Supporting actors Donald Cook, Alphonse Ethier, Henry Kolker, Margaret Lindsay, Arthur Hohl, John Wayne, Robert Barrat, Douglass Dumbrille, Theresa Harris, Joan Barclay, James Bush, Charles Coleman, Heinie Conklin, Jack Curtis, Frank Darien, Arthur De Kuh, John Elliott, Harry Gribbon
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Naturally, this movie is in black & white, and the style is very dated (as are the wonderful fashions). But I LOVE pre-code movies, and also the early, sexy, bad-girl Stanwyk. She plays the young daughter of a sleazy speakeasy owner. Dad has apparently "pimped her out" since she was 14. After a disaster destroys her father and his bar, she learns to use her beauty and her feminine wiles. "Baby-Face" escapes poverty and literally sleeps and manipulates her way up through various men in the corporate ladder. There is a lot of amoral innuendo, but no nudity or overt sex. That's the fun of these movies. There is often some type of "moral lesson" in these stories, as is the case here. Many times, the "evil temptress" is killed off. Not so here... Watch and see.
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Amazing Depression-era movie about a beautiful woman who ruthlessly uses men to obtain wealth and power. Barbara Stanwyck is gorgeous in her Orry-Kelly gowns and gives a great performance as the small town girl who has nothing to lose. The supporting cast of mostly men (including a brief cameo of a very young John Wayne!) fall for her without hesitation. The ending is a little "storybook happy ending", but otherwise, this is a must see.
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"Baby Face" is a 1933 Pre-Code film about a Depression-desperate woman who sleeps her way to the top.
Barbara Stanwyck portrays this normally unsympathetic character in the most winning way possible. She was a great actress from the beginning. I don't think it's a coincidence that she attracted so many great scripts from the darkest, like "Double Indemnity" "The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers" to the frothiest, like "The Lady Eve" and "Ball of Fire."
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Great movie for those old enough to know what happens when the camera cuts away from the action. (lol) The movie addresses timeless themes of male hubris and weakness confronted by the wiles of female sensuousness. Ambition, a brain, and a body are hard thing to beat. The ending could have been stronger, but fits the era.
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A young Barbara Stanwyck playing a woman willing to do anything to get to the top, and in the process, ruined a lot of Married men's lives. I believe this is a pre-code picture, so this character was able to flaunt her goods.
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The ending keeps this film from being top-drawer. There is no build-up to Lily's change of character. She just reverses everything we know about her for "love" at the last minute when her husband is dying. Great acting by Stanwyck keeps this film very watchable.
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This 1933 film stars Barbara Stanwyck using sex to advance her social and financial status. She eventually ensnares a bank president, but he falls on hard times. At first she refuses to return his gifts to help his defense against legal charges, then realizes she has finally fallen in love with a man, returns to him and returns his gifts. They end up living happily ever after, but poor.
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Barbara Stanwyck is stunning -- such a natural actress and even credible when she is reading Nietsche! The story is engaging and the characters are fully developed and each is interesting in his or her own way. Somehow I missed this film and I am so glad I was finally able to see it from the comfort of home.
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