24 October 2015 | AlsExGal
Babs is very good at being a very bad girl...
... and for that reason alone it is worth seeing for any fan of Stanwyck. It is her second credited role after "The Locked Door" from the same year, and she just leaps off the screen with vitality compared to the other players, who actually, are not half bad. The thing is, they are one note players. Within minutes you know Happy (Sam Hardy), who plays her first husband, is a straight shooter in spite of some of his questionable businesses, his word is his bond, and he is nobody's fool. Likewise, his wide eyed ward, Bob (William Janney) spends the whole film being a prototype of Robin of the 1960's Batman show. It's "gosh" this, and "gee whiz" that, and he is completely naive and never wises up, yet he is the apple of Happy's Eye.
As for Babs as Rose, you never know who she really is, because she has you believing her at every turn, you believe she loves Hap, then you believe she just may love Dick, then you believe she loves nobody when she meets a stranger in a bar and goes as far as you could on film in 1929 for signaling someone that you are sexually available.
The ending is contrived - it has her character doing something she would never do...on purpose anyways. It's definitely worth an hour of your time. Watch it and realize that from the beginning, Barbara Stanwyck was "positively the same dame". Highly recommended.