Baby Face (1933) Directed by Alfred E. Green. Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook (76 min).
Sultry Lily, pimped by her degenerate father, breaks free and sleeps her way to the top of an Art Deco skyscraper with no regrets. Baby Face was one of the most notorious films of the Pre-Code era, and is often cited as one of the causes of film censorship being imposed in mid-1934. Lily uses her sexuality both for empowerment and social mobility, she thrives in her sinful lifestyle. Certainly, there are plenty of men willing to participate in her horizontal negotiations, including a young John Wayne. Lily’s best friend, Chico, is African American, played by Theresa Harris. The censors felt the film was “glorifying vice” and ordered it edited to show “morally compensating values” but this is the unedited pre-release version. 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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