Ladies They Talk About, July 31
Stanwyck's toxic peroxide blonde is the archetype of the noir femme fatale in Billy Wilder's gleefully cynical tale of murder and insurance fraud, costarring Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson.
Stanwyck plays a gang moll sent up to San Quentin in this preposterous and thoroughly satisfying pre-Code women-in-prison picture.
Starring Stanwyck as a cardsharp who plays naive ale heir Henry Fonda not once but twice, Preston Sturges's comedy of innocence and experience is "one of the most liberatingly funny films ever made."-New Yorker
Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, and a young Marilyn Monroe in Fritz Lang's noir filmed on location in Monterey. "The backwater atmosphere is as authentic as it is oppressive."-Chicago Reader
Stanwyck sleeps her way to the top in this notorious pre-Code melodrama, shown in a fabulous print that reinstates censored scenes. "Even the cut version is a jaw-dropper; with its full five minutes of sleaze restored, it has to be seen to be not quite believed."-N.Y. Times
D.A. Fred MacMurray takes jewel thief Stanwyck home to Indiana for the holidays in this tender comedy scripted by Preston Sturges. "As smart-mouthed as it is stunningly compassionate."-Village Voice
Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray rekindle an old flame in Douglas Sirk's wonderful, melancholy melodrama that "demolishes the social fantasy of the 'happy home.'"-Time Out
Sirk's period melodrama resolutely refuses nostalgia: Stanwyck returns to her small-town family and soon discovers why she left in the first place.
Nightclub singer Stanwyck gives innocent encyclopedist Gary Cooper lessons in slang, and love, in this Howard Hawks comedy.
Sam Fuller's wildly Freudian Western stars Stanwyck as a "high-ridin' woman with a whip."
Stanwyck and Joan Blondell expose Hippocratic hypocrisy-and plenty of skin-in this pre-Code medical melodrama, also featuring Clark Gable as the heavy.
In the ultimate 1930s "women's weepie," directed by King Vidor, Stanwyck sacrifices everything to give her daughter a shot at respectability.