Brassy yet vulnerable, tough but tender, equally adept at drama, comedy, and romance: Barbara Stanwyck had an edgy, refreshingly naturalistic screen presence that made her a perfect star for the early sound era, when sex, sin, and vice were splashed across the screen with abandon, as yet unrestrained by the strictures of the Hays code. Her Brooklyn-bred authenticity and remarkable versatility made her a favorite of major directors like Frank Capra, who cast her as a charlatan preacher in THE MIRACLE WOMAN and as the sympathetic “other woman” in FORBIDDEN, and William A. Wellman, who directed her in the risqué romp NIGHT NURSE and the Edna Ferber family drama SO BIG! These films—along with jaw-droppers like BABY FACE and LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT—showcase the thoroughly modern quality that would make Stanwyck one of classic Hollywood’s most beloved and enduring screen legends.
Directed by Frank Capra • 1932 • United States
Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou
On a cruise ship en route to Havana, small town librarian Lulu Smith (Barbara Stanwyck) meets Bob Grover (Adolphe Menjou), an ambitious, married attorney with his sights set on public office. It’s the beg...