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Antonius Block
Super Reviewer
March 11, 2017
Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Stanwyck. Barbara Stanwyck. That's probably all you need to know, but I will add a few more words. The premise here is that she's a gambler, always playing by the rules, and with luck and skill always coming out on top. She decides to get married to a rich guy played by Joel McCrea, but faces obstacles first in his father (C. Aubrey Smith), and then in his ex-fiancÚ (Claire Dodd). Meanwhile, he gets a taste of jealousy himself when Stanwyck helps out an old friend (Pat O'Brien). The double standard is on full display here, but it's nice to see Stanwyck's character so strong, in addition to being honorable. She's a tough talking woman who "plays the game straight". She has such a range in her eyes and facial expressions that she lights up films which would otherwise be far less interesting. I always love C. Aubrey Smith too - such an iconic character himself - and the dialog in the movie is sharp and snappy. The ending gets a little melodramatic and the final scene has one of the most awkward kisses I've ever seen, with the father standing right behind the couple, but that just adds to the quirkiness of this old film.
November 18, 2016
good vehicle 4 the gr8 stanwyck
Super Reviewer
½ November 5, 2014
Nothing special but as always Missy Stanwyck makes it worth checking out.
January 5, 2013
Silly melodrama of honest gambler, Barbara, Stanwyck, marrying rich boy, Joel McCrea. It's kind of fun to see a super young Stanwych and McCrea, but it's an awfully hokey story.
½ August 3, 2009
Wow. What a really neat little pre-coder. Notable for being the first of many team-ups of Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea (before he became a western star) that really makes you understand WHY they did so many together. They really were just phenomenal together.

Very saucy, with some great dialogue and really amazing star talent I just loved this gangster romantic melodrama.
October 1, 2008
great cast and movie
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