The Golden Age of Hollywood

I found this great poster on eBay that I ordered a few days ago, and the seller has 6 more. It's only 12 inches x 18 inches, but it would frame very nicely with or without a mat. Email me if you need more details about where to go and get it. The movie is a 1933 prison movie starring Barbara and Preston Foster who also played well with her in ANNIE OAKLEY in 1935 directed by George Stevens. It is definitely a fitting title for Miss Barbara Stanwyck any time.

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This is one lady that I love to talk about. Happy Holidays, everyone!
I just love this movie. The start really gets you in when Barbara rings the police and says
something like "Officer, Officer - there's a man running around here with a butcher's knife
killing everyone"!!! That's is only a ruse so all the police will go to that location and leave
Babs and her gang free to rob a bank in another location. Of course Barbara gets caught
and goes to jail where she meets a selection of characters, including a beautiful Lilian Roth in one of her last films - she sings "If I Could Be With You" in her cell. Preston Foster stars as a "evangelist" sort of character who knew Babs when she was a kid and who believes she can reform. There is a lot more happening as well - it is not the best film ever made but Stanwyck makes it special and you are right that is a beautiful poster.
I've been trying to find this movie along with The Bitter Tea of General Yen. Any ideas where I can get (prefer DVD) them in the U.S.?
I suppose you could try Amazon - I actually taped it several years ago
when we had cable.
Channel Date Time Title
TCM Tue, Dec 8, 9:00 AM Executive Suite
TCM Mon, Dec 14, 8:00 PM The Bitter Tea of General Yen
TCM Thu, Dec 17, 8:00 PM Christmas in Connecticut
I wish I had joined and read your post yesterday. Maybe you were lucky enough to see that TCM aired The Bitter Tea of General Yen last night. I listened to most of it because I was on here, joining groups. The ladies they talk about is one of my favorite Babs movies. She's tough when she needs to be. She's like a chameleon, fresh and glowing (Christmas in Connecticut) then femme fatale (Double Indemnity). She's a pleasure to watch. She was my late sister's favorite actress.
I have a comment that is really a question but not sure there is an answer out there. Why was Barbara Stanwyck called "Miss" when she was divorced? She didn't need a title such as Miss. If I remember correctly, she was introduced as Miss Barbara Stanwyck on Big Valley. Any guesses?
From Wikipedia definition of "Miss"...."Miss" was formerly the default title for businesswomen, but has largely been replaced by Ms. in this context. It was, and to some extent remains, a default title for celebrities, such as actresses (Miss Helen Hayes, Miss Amelia Earhart)......

There is plenty more to read about the honorific title "Miss" under the Wikipedia definition, but the part that I cut and pasted for you pretty much coincides with what I've always been told about "Miss" Barbara Stanwyck. It is considered the highest honor in the theater to bestow said title upon an actress no matter what her age or maritial status, as in the case of Miss Helen Hayes, aka, the First Lady of the Stage. In the case of Miss Stanwyck, who made her claim to fame on the silver screen, even though she got her start on the Broadway stage, that tradition was carried over to honor her as well. By the time she arrived to the point of playing Victoria Barkley on The Big Valley, she certainly had become quite deserving of such a title playing, not only the matriarch of the Barkley clan, but also being the most famous and most seasoned actor of the entire cast and all its many guest stars. I hope this helps with your question. -Allidesire (Jim)


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