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Thumbnail for Baby Face (1933) Baby Face (1933)

Basics Critics:62Viewers:73Rusty:77
Category: Drama, RomanceNotable as: Film noirSub-Category: Black-and-white, Film noir, Romance Film, Melodrama, DramaNarrative location: New York CityRuntime: 70 - 76 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Alfred E. GreenScreenwriter: Gene Markey, Darryl F. ZanuckMusic: Harry AkstCinematography: James Van TreesStars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Alphonse Ethier, Henry Kolker, Margaret Lindsay, Arthur Hohl, Douglass Dumbrille, John Wayne, Donald Cook Producer: William LeBaron, Raymond GriffithAwards won: National Film RegistryAward details: (details at IMDb)

Baby Face is a 1933 American dramatic film directed by Alfred E. Green, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent. Based on a story by Darryl F. Zanuck, this sexually charged, Pre-Code Hollywood film is about an attractive young woman who uses sex to advance her social and financial status. Marketed with the salacious tag line, "She had it and made it pay", the film's open discussion of sex made it one of the most notorious films of the Pre-Code Hollywood era and helped bring the era to a close. The New York Times quotes Mark A. Vieira, author of Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood as saying, "'Baby Face' was certainly one of the top 10 films that caused the Production Code to be enforced."

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