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Baby Face (1933)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | December 1933 (UK)
A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank -- by gleefully sleeping her way to the top.



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Complete credited cast:
Alphonse Ethier ...
Ann Carter
Arthur Hohl ...
Ed Sipple
Jimmy McCoy Jr.
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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

December 1933 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher que Nos Perde  »

Box Office


$187,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the original 1933 sneak preview, Barbara Stanwyck's dialog in the opening sequence where she attacks her father for surrounding her with men since she was the age of 14 is intact, although it was actually cut from the release version. See more »


During the film, Lily tells Mr. Carter her phone number is Skylight 3-3215. Later in the film, Mr. Stevens is calling Lily and tells the operator her phone number is Skylight 3-2215. See more »


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Early Stanwyck role is one to relish
18 July 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck as a real tough cookie, a waitress to the working classes (and prostitute at the hands of her father) who escapes to New York City and uses her feminine wiles to get a filing job, moving on to Mortgage and Escrow, and later as assistant secretary to the second in command at the bank. Dramatic study of a female character unafraid to be unseemly has lost none of its power over the years, with Barbara acting up a storm (portraying a woman who learns to be a first-rate actress herself). Parlaying a little Nietzschean philosophy into her messed up life, this lady crushes out sentiment all right, but she never loses our fascination, our awe. She's a plain-spoken, hard-boiled broad, but she's not a bitch, nor is she a man-eater or woman-hater. This gal is all out for herself, and as we wait for her to eventually learn about real values in life, her journey up and down the ladder of success provides heated, sexy entertainment. John Wayne (with thick black hair and too much eye make-up) does well in an early role as the assistant in the file office, though all the supporting players are quite good. *** from ****

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