Approved | | Drama, Romance
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.
In the prerelease version a scene was included in which Lily seduces the brakeman on a freight train to secure passage on the train. The scene is very racy and was cut from the released version. The brakeman is played by James Murray, who had become a silent film star after playing the lead in King Vidor's The Crowd (1928). By 1933 he had fallen on hard times - he would commit suicide in 1936 by throwing himself in the Hudson River. It adds to the sadness of his decline that his one scene in Baby Face was cut from the released version. He is very effective, charismatic and handsome in his brief appearance, now happily restored to the film.
He's a big politician, ain't he?
Lily Powers: He's a big sumpthin'... and it ain't a politician!
Chico: Ha-ha-ha! Honey, you makes me tickle.
When Lily reads from Nietzsche's book, Thoughts Out Of Season, the page that's highlighted repeats the same paragraph above, and again below, the highlighted lines.
The Bowdlerized release version also has a final scene tacked on, which tells how the heroine learned to be content with a more modest lifestyle. This scene is happily removed from the restored version.