Gambling Lady (1934) for the Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon

Claire Dodd and Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck plays honestly in Gambling Lady (1934), even when she has to overcome her husband’s former flame, Claire Dodd. With Joel McCrea and Pat O’Brien. Directed by Archie Mayo for Warner Brothers, 1934.

Barbara Stanwyck, Biographical Beginnings to Baby Face and Beyond

Barbara Stanwyck Early 1930s Warner Brothers Press Photo

A Barbara Stanwyck biography that leaps over Hollywood highlights in favor of her early days as Ruby Stevens, including the popular theory about her name change. Following that a jump forward to look at Stanwyck’s later career. A brief case is made for Baby Face (1933) as her defining performance.

Safe in Hell (1931), Talkie Triumph for Tough Dorothy Mackaill

Dorothy Mackaill in Safe in Hell

Safe in Hell (1931) nearly starred Barbara Stanwyck, but no matter as Dorothy Mackaill makes the part her own. A bit about the film and what happened to this otherwise forgotten star.

First Impressions of TCM’s Barbara Stanwyck Pre-Code Mini Marathon

Barbara Stanwyck Cigirillos Okey Card

A quick peek back at the four early Barbara Stanwyck pre-code movies aired by TCM on July 20: Shopworn (1932), Ten Cents a Dance (1931), Illicit (1931) and Forbidden (1932).