Baby Face (1933)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  December 1933 (UK)
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A young woman uses her body and her sexuality to help her climb the social ladder, but soon begins to wonder if her new status will ever bring her happiness.



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Complete credited cast:
George Brent ...
Donald Cook ...
Alphonse Ethier ...
Henry Kolker ...
Ann Carter
Arthur Hohl ...
Ed Sipple
Jimmy McCoy Jr.
Robert Barrat ...
Nick Powers
Brody (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Theresa Harris ...


Lilly (Baby Face) sleeps her way from basement speakeasy bartender, literally floor by floor, to the top floor of a New York office building. Bank sub-manager Jimmy McCoy finds her a job in the bank only to be cast aside as she hooks up with the bank's president. When he complains of not seeing her she says: "I'm working so hard I have to go to bed early every night." Written by Ed Stephan <>

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She climbed the ladder of success - wrong by wrong!


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

December 1933 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher que Nos Perde  »

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$187,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Baby Face
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Played during the opening credits
Played as background music often
Reprised on a phonograph record
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This Film Has Been Restored by Library of Congress
11 July 2005 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

The National Gallery of Art showed the long-thought lost original uncut version of this film on July 10, 2005. It restores vital scenes cut by censors upon its release. The character of the cobbler, a moral goody-goody individual in the original censored release of 1933 is here presented as a follower of the philosopher Nietsze and urges her to use men to claw her way to the top. Also, the corny ending of the original which I assume is in current VHS versions is eliminated and the ending is restored to its original form. A wonderful film of seduction and power. Hopefully, there will a reissue of this film on DVD for all to appreciate its great qualities. Look for it.

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