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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 had "IT" and made "IT" pay! See more »
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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Fuzzy Wuzzy See more (100 total) »


  (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)

Did You Know?

Ship scene features same set used in Three on a Match (1932) a year earlier.See more »
Continuity: Courtland's hands change position as he sits down in the boardroom.See more »
Office Worker:You don't know you're out, till they stop counting. Wake up, kid! Baby face is moving out of your class.See more »
St. Louis BluesSee more »

41 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Fuzzy Wuzzy, 5 December 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

Finally, the uncut version of "Baby Face" surfaces and from what source? The Library of Congress. The restored four minutes, snippets here and there, make for a much better film. We now know that Baby Face was pimped by her old man from the time she was at least fourteen years of age. Another reason d'tat for her behavior and cold, calculating exterior.

Barbara Stanwyck is indeed amazing in the role of Lily Powers (notice the moniker), a part that called for just the right amount of sexuality coated with power, cunning, and revenge, yet tinged with virginal pretense when called for, a very difficult portrayal to make convincing. Barbara Stanwyck conveys the necessary nuances to show that though she sleeps her way to the top (literally), she still has good in her heart--note the way she treats those few who have been kind to her such as Chico (the marvelous actress Theresa Harris) and the old philosopher. And though she exploits her sexuality to make mush of men who are rich and powerful, those same men are attempting to exploit her for their carnal desires with no intention of permanent ties until they fall in love with her.

Lily Powers fails to understand, at first, that emotions are difficult to ride, that it's easy to lose control. One possible result is death. Hitching a wagon to a star of course materialism can take one to a destination where nothing else exists but the ephemeral, and it's a cold lonely location.

A word should be said about the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche whose will to power is stressed in "Baby Face" by the elderly philosopher who befriends Lilly when she is still turning tricks for her old man. "Baby Face" was released the same year Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. Though it's highly unlikely that the semi-literate Hitler understood much about Nietzsche, he considered himself a Nietzschean to the nth degree and touted it along side his other rantings. "Baby Face" serves as an indictment of the popular interpretation of Nietzsche's will to power concept, especially in the final scenes.

Although "You've got the cutest little baby face." is apropos as a theme for "Baby Face," an even more telling and applicable melody is W. C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" played throughout the film, especially at times when the camera has to drift away from what would otherwise be sexually explicit scenes. "St. Louis Blues" is also used wisely toward the end as Lily begins to see beyond materialism to eternal values. Chico is singing a raw, salacious version of "St. Louis Blues" when Lily, now disagreeing with the lyrics, orders her to stop.

The restored version of "Baby Face" makes the film more modern in its approach and attitude toward sex as power than many a new Hollywood release. By all means watch this gem from the distant past and enjoy.

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