BABY FACE
1933, Warner Bros., 70 min, USA, Dir: Alfred E. Green

“She climbed the ladder of success - wrong by wrong!” Barbara Stanwyck stars as Lily “Baby Face” Powers, a tough woman of unusual beauty who learned how to handle herself around tough men while working as a barmaid in her father's factory-town saloon. When her father dies, Baby Face takes her maid and moves to New York, where she marries young office boy John Wayne - the first in a series of husbands and lovers as she sleeps her way to the top of a banking empire, leaving behind a trail of broken hearts in her headstrong quest for fame and fortune. Originally withdrawn from distribution following protests by theater owners and local censorship boards over the film's sexual innuendo.


STORMY WEATHER
1943, 20th Century Fox, 78 min, USA, Dir: Andrew L. Stone

The life of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson provided loose inspiration for this classic musical, and he stars as a WWI vet who hopes to make it big as a dancer and win the heart of singer Selina Rogers (Lena Horne). Selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, this dazzling revue was among the first major studio features with a predominantly African-American cast, and showcases iconic performances by such stars as Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and the Nicholas Brothers, whose “Jumpin’ Jive” sequence was once described by Fred Astaire as the greatest movie musical number he had ever seen.


HIT THE DECK
1929, Warner Bros., 103 min, USA, Dir: Luther Reed

This adaptation of the popular Broadway musical was one of the most expensive films of its day, and included a couple of Technicolor sequences. Jack Oakie stars as Bilge, a sailor who crosses paths with the lovely Looloo (Polly Walker) while he’s on shore leave. One of Oakie’s favorite films, HIT THE DECK was considered lost for decades before a 35mm print surfaced in the Warner Bros. vault.


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