Essential pre code classic. Barbara Stanwyck was at her best in this risqué tale that added fuel to the fire for a quest for a motion picture code. In fact once the Hays code was established this film was taken out of release. Even by modern standards this one raises a few eyebrows. One must respect a tale in which a woman exploits herself on the advise of Nietzsche. From a story by Darryl Zanuck !!!
You know why Barbara Stanwyck has played so many deceptive characters? It's because she is so natural on screen that we have to see her play a character that has to act to even appreciate her. It is as if she was born for the camera. Incredible. I love her for life now.
When a man reads Nietzsche, he becomes Conan the Barbarian but when a woman reads the German philosopher, she becomes Barbara - Lily - Stanwyck, the woman feminists love to hate. I liked the natural pre-code mood of the film. Highly recommended.
Love the boxcar scene. Note that the sexy hobo is James Murray, who previously starred in The Crowd, one of the great silent films. Look him up, his life took a very sad turn. (Did I really type "sexy hobo"?)
I never really liked Barbara all that much, a good actress yes but eh. Great pre-code, captures the essence of what a pre-code film should be. Loved the scene at the end of the film where the men's faces are montaged on the vinyl disc. The film seemed somewhat modern at times with a mix of silent/sound tendencies which were typical post-1927