Today’s review is courtesy of Cracked Rear Viewer
Made before any ratings system was put in place. Baby Face is a movie that made many censors gasp at the idea of a woman being that sexually confident. If this was made today, there would still be some controversy from both liberals and conservative viewers about a female character using sex to get what she wants. In general, conservatives would be offended at the idea of a girl having no shame of so many sexual partners. While a few liberals would be upset about a girl who doesn’t mind being seen as a sex object to get what she wants.
Barbara Stanwyck was really good as the lead role of Lilly. A person that can be seen as both a victim and a villain. Lilly is a very complex character and how you chose to perceive her is up to you. Baby Face also features a young John Wayne as one of Lilly’s victims. It’s very different to see him play such a shy and somewhat weaker character.
Cracked Rear Viewer gives a really good detailed review in their Pre Code Confidential series and I urge you to not only check out this review, but the rest in the series as well