A dressmaker’s forms in Wardrobe Department at 20th Century Fox: Simone Simon, Ethel Merman, Loretta Young, Louise Hovick (Gypsy Rose Lee), Barbara Stanwyck, a common one for the Peters Sisters (who are the same size), and two for the ever-growing Shirley Temple. Photographed by Margaret Bourke-White, 1937.
Babs and Fred being cute together, instead of plotting a murder for insurance fraud. The entire scene with the cow cracks me up. Did I mention how cute they are together? This should be double-billed with Double Indemnity, just to compare and contrast lol.
Night Nurse isn’t exactly a cinematic masterpiece, but it’s some campy pre-code fun. Stanwyck before she got her teeth fixed; her crooked incisors are quite endearing. Blondell’s deadpan is on point. Surprise baby-faced Clark Gable, who was rather wooden as the douchebag chauffeur.
A film noir that happens to be set on a cattle ranch. So that makes it a western, I guess? Some really fucking weird Freudian incest-y feels going on between Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Huston’s characters, or have I been watching Game of Thrones too much? But their scenes together are like two wrestlers in a cage fight, worth watching for that alone tbh.
Also, is it just me or was Stanwyck always styled with the WORST bangs? Ball of Fire, Double Indemnity (a wig but still), and this, the short blunt bangs are so tragic.
This fucking opening sequence. It’s a shame that westerns are so underrated these days.