Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Forgotten Movies: Baby Face
Barbara Stanwyck had already made ten films when at the age of 25 she made this one. Baby Face allowed her to completely dominate a movie. All the other actors pale in comparison.
In Baby Face she plays an abused girl who is given some dubious advice by a man in a bar. "Don't let men dominate you," he said more or less. "You dominate them." And so she does literally sleeping her way up to the top of a building. Although reviews refer to her as a social climber, it is money and a safety she craves.
It is not until the final scenes that she regrets her choices and does what she can to rectify it. The film was made in 1933 before the Hays Code took effect. It is blunt and sexy. Apparently the ending has been toyed with over the years. I liked the version I saw. And, Stanwyck took the bar sage's advice and dominated this film,.