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Baby Face
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Director:
Writers:
Gene Markey (screen play) &
Kathryn Scola (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
December 1933 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She climbed the ladder of success - wrong by wrong!
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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(19 articles)
Under the Skin | Review
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 (From CinemaNerdz. 31 January 2014, 7:20 AM, PST)

The Lady Stanwyck: A Thrilling Look at the Star's Rise
 (From Village Voice. 30 December 2013, 9:00 PM, PST)

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Good Lessons To be Learned See more (92 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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Runtime:
71 min | 76 min (restored version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Norway:16 (1933) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
In spring of 1933 this film was submitted to the New York State Board of Censors, who rejected it, demanding a number of cuts and changes. Warner Brothers made these changes prior to the film's release in July 1933. In 2004, a "dupe negative" copy of the film as it existed prior to being censored was located at the Library of Congress. This uncensored version received its public premiere at the London Film Festival in November 2004, more than 70 years after it was made.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Lily reads from Nietzsche's book, Thoughts Out Of Season, the page that's highlighted repeats the same paragraph above, and again below, the highlighted lines.See more »
Quotes:
Ed Sipple:[to Lily] Yeah, you're exclusive, *you* are! The sweetheart of the night shift...See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Miss Representation (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
St. Louis BluesSee more »

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57 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
Good Lessons To be Learned, 21 September 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

No sense going over the story since enough reviewers have done that. Here's a few different slants on it from one of those "religious nuts," as one bigoted reviewer puts it so tolerantly.

1) "Baby Face" (1933) offers perhaps THE classic example ever put on film of how women can manipulate men with sex. There is a lot of truth to what Barbara Stanwyck demonstrates in this film: look cute, bat your eyelashes, offer your body for free.....and men will fall over themselves to help you out with whatever you want.

In this case, it was job advancement with the ultimate goal of money.....lots of it. At least four men in this film do provide just that, even if it ruins their lives in the process.

2) The ending - which many of the reviewers here seemed to hate - gives another great message: all the money and material goods in the world won't make a person feel fulfilled. A sad comment that so many "critics" here would rather have immoral messages, preferring sleaze over substance. No surprise, I guess.

Any way you look at it, the movie is entertaining start-to-finish and Stanwyck has some great lines, particularly in the beginning when she tells off her crude father and his unruly bar customers. At a little over 70 minutes, this film moves at a fast pace and is over before you know it.

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