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


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Release Date:
December 1933 (UK) See more »
She climbed the ladder of success - wrong by wrong!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Lily
George Brent ... Trenholm
Donald Cook ... Stevens
Alphonse Ethier ... Cragg
Henry Kolker ... Carter

Margaret Lindsay ... Ann Carter
Arthur Hohl ... Ed Sipple

John Wayne ... Jimmy McCoy Jr.
Robert Barrat ... Nick Powers

Douglass Dumbrille ... Brody (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Theresa Harris ... Chico
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Barclay ... Job Seeker (uncredited)
James Bush ... Paris Bank Clerk (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Hodges - Butler (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Speakeasy Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Curtis ... Speakeasy Customer (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Paris Bank Agent (uncredited)
Arthur De Kuh ... Lutza (uncredited)
John Elliott ... Bank Director (uncredited)
Harry Gribbon ... Doorman (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Mrs. Hemingway (uncredited)
Maynard Holmes ... Pratt - Personnel Office (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Bank Director (uncredited)
Reginald Mason ... Gault - Bank Director (uncredited)

James Murray ... Brakeman (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Office Boy (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Laborer (uncredited)

Nat Pendleton ... Stolvich - Laborer (uncredited)
Donna Mae Roberts ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Laborer (uncredited)
Charles Sellon ... Vanderlure - Bank Director (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Speakeasy Drunk (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Laborer (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan ... Jameson - Bank Director (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Paris Bank Clerk (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Laborer (uncredited)
Renee Whitney ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Laborer (uncredited)
Toby Wing ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred E. Green 
Writing credits
Gene Markey (screen play) &
Kathryn Scola (screen play)

Darryl F. Zanuck (story) (as Mark Canfield)

Produced by
William LeBaron .... producer
Raymond Griffith .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
James Van Trees (photography)
Film Editing by
Howard Bretherton (edited by)
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Fox .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Buddy Longworth .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
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71 min | 76 min (restored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Norway:16 (1933) | USA:Approved | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Originally banned in some US cities due to its sexual innuendo.See more »
Miscellaneous: After Lily mentions to Courtland she would like to be a Mrs., there are two shots of newspapers announcing the wedding. The second shot is a close up of two paragraphs. The first paragraph misspells Courtland's name as "Courtney" and the word company as "comany."See more »
Lily Powers:What could I do? He's my boss and I have to earn my own living.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) (TV)See more »
St. Louis BluesSee more »


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60 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Stanwyck Sizzles, 2 April 2002
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

Arriving by boxcar in New York City, the shrewd young woman with the BABY FACE begins to methodically canoodle her way to the top floors of power in a great bank.

Barbara Stanwyck is fascinating as the amoral heroine of this influential pre-Code drama. Without a shred of decency or regret, she coolly manipulates the removal or destruction of the men unlucky enough to find themselves in her way. A wonderful actress, Stanwyck has full opportunity here to display her ample talents.

Appearing quite late in the story, George Brent is a welcome addition as the one fellow possibly able to handle Stanwyck; his sophisticated style of acting makes a nice counterpoint to her icy demeanor. Douglas Dumbrille, Donald Cook & Henry Kolker portray a succession of her unfortunate victims.

John Wayne appears for just a few scant seconds as an unsuccessful suitor for Stanwyck's affections. This would be the only time these two performers appeared together on screen.

Movie mavens should recognize Nat Pendleton as a speakeasy customer, and Charles Sellon & Edward Van Sloan as bank executives - all unbilled.

The music heard on the soundtrack throughout the film, perfectly punctuating the plot, is ‘Baby Face' (1926) by Benny Davis & Harry Akst and ‘St. Louis Blues' (1914) by W.C. Handy.

BABY FACE is a prime example of pre-Code naughtiness. In its frank & unapologetic dealing with sex, it is precisely the kind of film which the implementation of the Production Code in 1934 was meant to eliminate.

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