Barbara Stanwyck

  • Cecil B. DeMille – Union Pacific (1939) (HD)

    1931-1940Cecil B. DeMilleUSAWestern

    One of the last bills signed by President Lincoln authorizes pushing the Union Pacific Railroad across the wilderness to California. But financial opportunist Asa Barrows hopes to profit from obstructing it. Chief troubleshooter Jeff Butler has his hands full fighting Barrows’ agent, gambler Sid Campeau; Campeau’s partner Dick Allen is Jeff’s war buddy and rival suitor for engineer’s daughter Molly Monahan. Who will survive the effort to push the railroad through at any cost?Read More »

  • Julien Duvivier – Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

    1941-1950ClassicsFantasyFilm BlancJulien DuvivierUSA

    Two clubmen discuss the occult, introducing three weird tales: 1) Plain, bitter Henrietta secretly loves law student Michael. Then on Mardi Gras night, a mysterious stranger gives her a mask of beauty that she must return at midnight. 2) At a party, palmist Podgers makes uncannily accurate predictions, later telling skeptic Marshal Tyler that he will murder someone. The notion obsesses Tyler, with ironic consequences. 3) High wire artist Gaspar dreams of falling, then loses his nerve. He recognizes Joan from his dreams, and falls for her. Will any of his dreams, involving Joan and disaster, come true?Read More »

  • John Llewellyn Moxey – A Taste of Evil (1971)

    1971-1980John Llewellyn MoxeyMysteryTVUSA

    Barbara Perkins, Roddy McDowell and Barbara Stanwyck star in this ABC Movie Of The Week mystery thriller from 1971, about a young women who returns to her country home, the site of her horrific rape which put her in a mental institution for the last 12 years, to find that someone is still pursuing her.Read More »

  • Alfred E. Green – Baby Face (1933)

    1931-1940Alfred E. GreenClassicsDramaUSA

    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 seducing her way to the top.Read More »

  • Billy Wilder – Double Indemnity [Criterion 4K] (1944)

    1941-1950250 Quintessential Film NoirsBilly WilderCrimeFilm NoirUSA

    Has dialogue ever been more perfectly hard-boiled? Has a femme fatale ever been as deliciously wicked as Barbara Stanwyck? And has 1940s Los Angeles ever looked so seductively sordid? Working with cowriter Raymond Chandler, director Billy Wilder launched himself onto the Hollywood A-list with this epitome of film-noir fatalism from James M. Cain’s pulp novel. When slick salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) walks into the swank home of dissatisfied housewife Phyllis Dietrichson (Stanwyck), he intends to sell insurance, but he winds up becoming entangled with her in a far more sinister way. Featuring scene-stealing supporting work from Edward G. Robinson and the chiaroscuro of cinematographer John F. Seitz, Double Indemnity is one of the most entertainingly perverse stories ever told and the standard by which all noir must be measured.Read More »

  • Irving Rapper – The Gay Sisters (1942)

    Irving Rapper1941-1950ClassicsDramaUSA

    THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; ‘ The Gay Sisters,’ Featuring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Donald Crisp, at Strand
    T. S.
    Published: August 15, 1942
    The New York Times

    What a long, gray and pretentious film “The Gay Sisters” is! Another pointlessly caustic inquiry into the lives of the eccentric off-spring of a once grand family, the new film at the Strand not once offers the slightest reason to warrant the telling of its involved and trivial story. Read More »

  • William A. Wellman – So Big! (1932)

    William A. Wellman1931-1940DramaRomanceUSA

    Selina lived well until her father Simeon died. Her aunts sold the estate and put her in a boarding school. As an adult she wants to be a teacher in farming country. She falls in love with and marries Pervus, a Dutch farmer she has been tutoring. When he dies her hopes lie with their son Dirk, who disappoints her by giving up architecture for stock brokerage. Her new hope is Roelfe, the son of her former boardinghouse keeper and a sculptor. Dirk falls in love with Dallas O’Mara, whom Selina hopes will be the inspiration for her son’s salvation.Read More »

  • King Vidor – Stella Dallas (1937)

    1931-1940DramaKing VidorRomanceUSA

    A working-class woman is willing to do whatever it takes to give her daughter a socially promising future.Read More »

  • Robert Siodmak – The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

    1941-1950Film NoirRobert SiodmakUSA

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    Boozy assistant DA Cleve Marshall (Wendell Corey) reels from a stifling marriage into an affair with the mysterious Thelma Jordon (Barbara Stanwyck). He’s so smitten, and besotted, he misses the warning signs: Thelma has a sickly aunt loaded with dough and spends lots of time in the arms of shadowy and sinister Tony Laredo (Richard Rober). Something bad is bound to happen … and when it does Cleve winds up working both sides of the law. Noir master Siodmak does a spellbinding job with a terrific script, and Stanwyck—Queen of Noir—offers a terrific, two-faced turn in one of her most rarely screened films.Read More »

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