Tuesday
13
Dec
8.15pm
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Tue
13
Dec
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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 at 8.15pm
Pre hays code
  • Drama, Romance
  • 1933
  • USA
  • B&W
  • 75 mins.
 

“I'm a ball of fire, I am.”

Pre-Code cinema was often a dangerous game of one-upmanship. Warner Bros took one look at MGM’s highly risqué Red-Headed Woman and decided to respond with this jaw- dropping sensation marketed with the tagline “She had it and made it pay”. She is Barbara Stanwyck, in a steely early role as single-minded young Lily Powers, sexually exploited from a young age and determined both to turn the tables on men, and to use her feminine charms to create a better life for herself. Inspired by some words from Nietzsche she hops a train to New York with Chico (Theresa Harris) to embark on a career as a ruthless seductress. In the big city, she starts sleeping her way to the top of a bank run by a notorious playboy (George Brent). 

Director:

 
Alfred Green

Cast:

 
Barbara Stanwyck George Bent Donald Cook

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