Baby Face

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Baby Face

Directed by Alfred E. Green
(USA, 1933, 35mm)
Presented by film historian Bruce Goldstein via Zoom

One of the raciest movies of the early 1930s, Baby Face has been considered the Citizen Kane of Hollywood’s Pre-Code era—before the censorship brought by the Motion Picture Production Code. Barbara Stanwyck plays the exploited daughter of a speakeasy owner. After her father dies, she moves to New York City and turns the tables, using her brains and sexuality to move up the economic ladder. The cast also features George Brent and John Wayne, plus Theresa Harris as Stanwyck’s faithful friend and maid.

Preserved by the Library of Congress

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The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Generous support has been provided by the Vaughn Foundation.

Community Partner: Houston Film Critics Society

Baby Face

Directed by Alfred E. Green
(USA, 1933, 71 minutes)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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