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Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991)

Sally Field hosts this thorough documentary about actress Barbara Stanwyck. Highlights include Ball of Fire (1941), Double Indemnity (1944) and Sorry, Wrong Number (1948).


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Credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Chamberlain ... Himself (archive footage)
Gary Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)
Wendell Corey ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Douglas ... Himself (archive footage)
Sally Field ... Herself - Host
Henry Fonda ... Himself (archive footage)
Van Heflin ... Himself (archive footage)
William Holden ... Himself (archive footage)
Walter Huston ... Himself (archive footage)
Burt Lancaster ... Himself (archive footage)
Fred MacMurray ... Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Meeker ... Himself (archive footage)
Anthony Quinn ... Himself (archive footage)
Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)


Sally Field hosts this thorough documentary about actress Barbara Stanwyck. Highlights include Ball of Fire (1941), Double Indemnity (1944) and Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Release Date:

15 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbara Stanwyck: Fuego y deseo See more »

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Production Co:

Lorac Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Excerpts from Stanwyck films are continuously and repeatedly shown out of chronological sequence, with the result that they often contradict whatever point the script is trying to make in regards to the development of her career. See more »


Features Ball of Fire (1941) See more »

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Good, but read the Goofs section to see why it wasn't better.
23 January 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A biography celebrating the acting career of Barbara Stanwyck is a very good thing. After all, she was a really great actress and dominated the theaters in the 1930s and 40s. And, the list of her great films is mighty impressive, such as "Meet John Doe", "Double Indemnity" and "Lady Eve". Unfortunately, while this Turner Classic Movies produced film is pretty good, it also is a bit sloppy. Too often, the film tried to make statements about her career but to make their point, the often showed films out of sequence or used examples from the wrong decade. The casual fan might not notice this, but insane film buffs (and I definitely count myself as one) will notice these inconsistencies. I really think instead of trying to lump her pictures into categories that represented her work from a particular period in her career, they should have just done everything sequentially--and not tried to create artificial categories. As for the narration, Sally Field was especially good for this sort of film--and seemed to have been touched by Stanwyck's work. Worth seeing.

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