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Baby Face (1933)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 17 November 1933 (France)
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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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Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Gene Markey (screen play), Kathryn Scola (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

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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She climbed the ladder of success - wrong by wrong! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 November 1933 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Face See more »

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Budget:

$187,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

| (restored) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First on-screen credit for Theresa Harris. She is perhaps best-known to modern audiences for the role of Chico, Lil's friend and maid, which she plays in this film. See more »

Goofs

Not only does the newspaper article mentioning the marriage of Powers and Trenholm misspell company as "comany," but it also refers to Trenholm as "Courtney" when he has been called Courtland by everyone since he showed up. See more »

Quotes

Lily Powers: Oh, hello Jimmy.
Jimmy McCoy Jr.: Listen, Baby face, how 'bout havin' dinner tonight? I've got two tickets for Vanities.
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Alternate Versions

The original release had to be cut by four minutes to pass inspection by the New York Board of Censors. The cuts were mostly very minor but the most notable were the scene where Lily admits that she began working as a prostitute when she was fourteen and the scene the boxcar with the yardman, the close-up of the hand turning out the light. These scenes were cut before the film's release in 1933 and were not seen publicly until 2004. See more »

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Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

What Will I Do Without You?
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Music by Lewis E. Gensler
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Early Stanwyck role is one to relish
18 July 2007 | by moonspinner55See 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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