Alfred E. Green
Barbara Stanwyck, George Bent, Donald Cook
Part of the Pre-code Hollywood: Rules are Made to be Broken Season
"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 jawdropping 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).” Pamela Hutchinson.
There will be a video intro for both screenings by film historian and critic Pamela Hutchinson, co-curator of Pre-code Hollywood: Rules are Made to be Broken.
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