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Ladies They Talk About Reviews

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½ June 23, 2014
Barbara Stanwyck is a smart, tough prison! And the (female) prisoners are much more interesting/attractive than the (Christian) revivalists (who of course are prisoners outside of prison).
Super Reviewer
½ May 1, 2013
OK early prison drama featuring the stupidest romantic entanglement of the decade as gangster moll Stanwyck eventually falls for the clumsy long-distance charms of the religious politico who sent her to San Quentin for 2-5 years as accessory to robbery. "Have fun in the slammer, I'll be here when you get out." Riiiiiiiiiight.

Barbara + some fun supporting characters help pass the time, and hey, it's the original women-in-prison flick and actually (sub)named "Women In Prison"!
½ April 19, 2013
Barbara Stanwyck is a woman sent to the big house for her part in a bank robbery. Once behind bars, all sorts of prison flim clichés occur, although by likely were not clichés when this pre-code female prison film was released. I'm always fascinated by pre-code Hollywood films and to see how much studios were able to get away with before the Hayes code went into place. Stanwyck is great in the lead, although the story is awfully silly and not nearly as hard hitting as it seems to think it is.
½ April 15, 2013
Until its final moments, I was liking a lot of this prototypical WIP (Women in Prison) slash-gangster picture. Early Barbara Stanwyck performances can be a bit stiff, like her gun-moll is here, but always display a natural charm. The Hollywood ending undercuts this film being anything particularly memorable, however -- wouldn't have pulled that sort of thing on Cagney... probably not Bette Davis, either.
December 22, 2012
Pre Code tough talk out the side of the mouth.
December 19, 2012
one of the first girls in prison yarns but the prison featured here is more like a summer resort.
½ July 24, 2012
there are so many holes in "ladies they talk about" that it doesn't matter how good barbara stanwyk's performance is.
Super Reviewer
June 2, 2012
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.
May 29, 2012
Even for a prison film this one is a stretch. Barbara Stanwyck remains my favorite leading lady from the Golden Age, and this film IS watchable. Just a bit silly from a 21st century perspective. Gawd how I hate the 21st Century!
Super Reviewer
March 6, 2011
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.
½ April 1, 2010
Just alright. I'm still not entirely sold on Stanwyck.
½ February 16, 2010
Barbara Stanwyck sizzles in the film from the earlier part of her career. Snappy dialogue, excellent pace, good supporting cast. Stanwyck makes it all worthwhile with her savvy characterization.
November 7, 2009
Barbara Stanwyck was the embodiment of nonchalant "femininity". No classic actress managed to mix foul-mouthed, liquor-gulping, chain-smoking toughness with high heels as well as Stanwyck did... (all the while keeping her tongue planted firmly in her cheek).
½ September 4, 2008
lame but acting is great
July 7, 2008
If you don't think a movie that has lesbians, religious fanatics, bank heists, and Barbara Stanwyck is awesome, you are a retard.
½ May 13, 2008
A really strong pre-code film that's essential viewing for the era, if for no other reason because of its execution of pre-code elements. Stanwyck gives a wonderful performance.
April 10, 2008
This movie is guaranteed to be horrible so here is some Billy Squire for your amusement:

"Now everybody, have you heard
If you're in the game, then the stroke's the word
Don't take no rhythm, don't take no style
Got a thirst for killin' - grab your vial... "

First person to name that song will get an invisible bowl of rice. Nothing will stifle hunger like Uncle Ben's invisible rice, homestyle.
December 24, 2007
Delicious pre-code Women in Prison picture - it could have been pure exploitation but instead it crackles with dialogue that would have been unthinkable just a year later.
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