Sometimes the code of ethics needs a policing on the basis of other ethics. Not unlike the idea of a 'Code era' which would send fun romps like this into less suggestive territory. Or a nurse throwing out the rule book to crack down on a ring of child murderers. A total joy and breeze at 70 mins, another 30 mins to elaborate the plot might have improved the stakes or harmed the breakneck pace.
Solid early Barbara Stanwyck vehicle that starts as a sexy pre-code number about a trainee nurse before getting bogged down in the second half in a story about con men, a bogus doctor, under nourished children and a trust fund. Regardless, Stanwyck shines here. Also of note for an early supporting turn by Clark Gable as the conniving brute of a chauffer. Interesting relic.
Starving babies to death in order to control their trust fund through their alcohoolic mother.The mos sinister plot i've ever heard about.The hero is a bootleger who kill the chaffeur/gigolo in the end.So breathtaking that i almost forgout Barbara and her usual gorgeous self.
You could do a lot worse if you were looking for a great pre-code movie. It keeps a light, engaging and charming tone yet it dips into some very dire subject matter. Stanwyck and Blondell are tough cookies. Clark Gable--in an early role I am guessing--is a very tall man.
B. Stanwyck with her fists on her hips and a look on her face that combines "world-weary" with "sweet" still delivers a charge, but the story goes limp and the lines don't snap the way Baby Face's did. Maybe you had to be there in 1931 for the gangster boyfriend's punchline to have the intended effect; maybe it was never hilarious. I liked her two zits that cut through the soft focus and made themselves known.