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Ladies They Talk About (1933)





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In this film, gun moll Barbara Stanwyck is thrown into San Quentin, thanks to the machinations of DA Preston Foster. It isn't political ambition that motivates Foster: he's in love with Stanwyck, and hopes that her incarceration will rehabilitate her. Instead, Stanwyck becomes a hard-bitten prison-block leader.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Brown Holmes, Sidney Sutherland, William McGarth, William McGrath, Sid Sutherland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 17, 1993
Warner Home Video


Barbara Stanwyck
as Nan Taylor / Nan Ell...
Preston S. Foster
as David Slade
Dorothy Burgess
as 'Sister' Susie
Lillian Roth
as Prisoner Linda
Maude Eburne
as Aunt Maggie
Robert Warwick
as The Warden
Helen Ware
as Miss Johnson
Robert McWade
as District Attorney
Cecil Cunningham
as Mrs. Arlington
Helen Mann
as Blondie
Harry Gribbon
as Bank guard
William Keighley
as Man getting a shoesh...
Davison Clark
as Chief at jail
Ferris Taylor
as Reformer on stage
Helen Dickson
as Matron with cigar
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Critic Reviews for Ladies They Talk About

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This film's only claim to fame was that it established the WIP genre film.

Full Review… | June 11, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

[Stanwyck is] absolutely stunning, and even if the rest of the film wasn't any good (although it was), she really made it worth watching.

Full Review… | September 11, 2004
Goatdog's Movies

Audience Reviews for Ladies They Talk About

Saucy little number put across by Barbara Stanwyck with her customary grit. A prototype for women behind bars pictures the film moves at a solid clip and packs a lot into its brief running time. They even find a chance to have Lillian Roth sing! Foster is a dull lead but the other players all contribute good work. Holds up well until the questionable denouncement.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

An enjoyably daft prison drama in which Barbara Stanwyck plays a career criminal who takes the fall for a bank robbery and ends up in San Quentin. Of course, all she needs is the love of a good moral crusader to keep her on the straight and narrow... It would be an understatement to say that the plot could have been worked out on the back of a cigarette packet; quite frankly, I'd be amazed if anybody troubled to write it down. It's also tempting to groan at the hoary old clichés till you realise that some of them were probably being minted here for the very first time. My favourite of several moments of unintentional hilarity is the one where two of Babs' associates attempt to tunnel through to her cell from the neighbouring men's prison and she disguises the racket they are making by playing loud music in the middle of the night. "How did such a criminal mastermind ever end up behind bars?" I hear you cry. Minor Stanwyck but her performance is as committed as ever.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

yay it's on youtube! this may be the original wip film. and it's pretty good too! babs is terrific as a tough talking gangster moll as we knew she would be. the tragic star lillian roth of i'll cry tomorrow fame plays her jailhouse pal at san quentin, and even gets to sing! this was one of her last films before the complete collapse of her career due to alcoholism. there are hints of pre-code naughtiness too. the story may be lame but babs is game and so much fun to watch. thanks youtube!

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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