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Barbara Stanwyck

Night Nurse + Baby Face

In this double-bill Stanwyck plays a nurse who uncovers a terrible plot, and a devious social climber.

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Night Nurse

USA 1931
Dir William A Wellman
With Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, Clark Gable
Certificate PG
New print preserved by The Library of Congress

The dark side of human nature is at the heart of this pre-code film in which Stanwyck plays Lora Hart, a night nurse who uncovers a plot to kill two sick children. The first of five films Stanwyck made with Wellman, it celebrates a woman unafraid to stand up for what she believes in.

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Baby Face

USA 1933
Dir Alfred E Green
With Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook
Certificate PG
Preserved by The Library of Congress

Censored upon its release, Baby Face is a candid portrayal of an ambitious and tenacious young woman, Lily Powers, who climbs her way to the top by using men, and turning situations to her own advantage. Stanwyck portrays Lily with an emotional rawness and honesty that make it one of her stand-out performances. This uncut version is followed by the shots that were removed by the censor.


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