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Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Early Barbara Stanwyck vehicle from Warners has all the expected Pre-Code raciness (how many times can a nurse strip down to her slip?) and a tasty gang of supporting players for the zingy one-liners. Joan Blondell is a stand out as a gal pal for Babs to snuggle in bed with (!) and tall, dark & handsome Clark Gable makes a big physical impression as an evil chauffeur in a black uniform that’s a fetishist’s dream. Even better when he uses his fists . . . on Babs! But like so many William Wellman pics, the film is wildly uneven with a well structured first half (a desperate Babs learns the ropes in a swanky hospital) giving way to a ludicrous part two (trust fund tots are being starved to death for their inheritance). Still, it’s all wrapped up in a snappy 72 minutes and Stanwyck really gets to let loose on this one.

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