Baby Face (1933)

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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.




  • Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent in Baby Face (1933)
  • Barbara Stanwyck in Baby Face (1933)
  • Barbara Stanwyck in Baby Face (1933)
  • Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent in Baby Face (1933)
  • Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Barrat in Baby Face (1933)
  • Barbara Stanwyck in Baby Face (1933)

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2 August 2004 | jackbaird
Ahead of its time Barbara Stanwyck movie is pretty good!
This is a very good movie. Unusual for its day, due to the overt sex and plot. It also has a black playing a major role that is not a typical maid or servant, but more of a wise cracking best friend. Barbara Stanwyck, who I never considered very attractive, is quite stunning in a trampish sort of way. You will recognize a very young John Wayne as one of her boy friends, as well as many other character actors and actresses of the day. The woman playing the black girl, is new to me, she has a nice voice, as she sings a few jazz tunes of the era, I wonder what happened to her. This movie was before the Hays Code of Decency and it shows. I highly recommended this movie.

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In 2004, when Michael Mashon, a curator of the motion picture division at the Library of Congress, received a request for a print of this film, he discovered two negatives of the film: the original camera negative and a "duplicate negative" that was longer. The duplicate negative was the pre-release (uncensored) version of the film that was submitted to the New York State censorship board in 1933 for approval. The uncensored version received its public premiere at the London Film Festival in November 2004, more than 70 years after it was made. The existence of these negatives allows pristine quality prints to be made as compared to other surviving films of that era.


Mrs. Hemingway: Of course, if I go to Berlin, the food there is very fattening.
Lily Powers: Well, you could go to Karlsbad afterward and reduce?
Mrs. Hemingway: The very thing! Could you arrange it for me?


Courtland's hands change position as he sits down in the boardroom.

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.


Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by
Leo Friedman
Played on a player piano in Powers' speakeasy


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