Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck (July 16, 1907 – January 20, 1990) was an American actress. A film and television star, she was known during her 60-year career as a consummate and versatile professional with a strong screen presence and was a favorite of directors including Cecil B. DeMille, Fritz Lang and Frank Capra. After a short stint as a stage actress, she made 85 films in 38 years in Hollywood, before turning to television. Stanwyck was nominated for the Academy Award four times, and won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. She was the recipient of honorary lifetime awards from the Motion Picture Academy, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Golden Globes, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the Screen Actors Guild, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is ranked as the eleventh greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

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Baby Face (1933)

A young woman uses her body and her sexuality to help her climb the social ladder, but soon begins to wonder if her new status will ever bring her happiness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred E. Green
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  George Brent  •  Donald Cook  •  Alphonse Ethier

A young woman uses her body and her sexuality to help her climb the social ladder, but soon begins to wonder if her new status will ever bring her happiness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred E. Green
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  George Brent  •  Donald Cook  •  Alphonse Ethier

Ball of Fire (1941)

A group of academics have spent years shut up in a house working on the definitive encyclopedia. When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language. Here he meets Sugarpuss ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Barbara Stanwyck  •  S.Z. Sakall  •  Henry Travers

A group of academics have spent years shut up in a house working on the definitive encyclopedia. When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language. Here he meets Sugarpuss ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Barbara Stanwyck  •  S.Z. Sakall  •  Henry Travers

Clash by Night (1952)

An embittered woman seeks escape in marriage, only to fall for her husband’s best friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Paul Douglas  •  Robert Ryan  •  Marilyn Monroe

An embittered woman seeks escape in marriage, only to fall for her husband’s best friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Paul Douglas  •  Robert Ryan  •  Marilyn Monroe

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rachel Ward  •  Carl Reiner  •  Reni Santoni

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rachel Ward  •  Carl Reiner  •  Reni Santoni

Double Indemnity (1944)

A rich woman and a calculating insurance agent plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. Against a backdrop of distinctly Californian settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance, which pays ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
CAST:  Fred MacMurray  •  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Edward G. Robinson  •  Porter Hall

A rich woman and a calculating insurance agent plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. Against a backdrop of distinctly Californian settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance, which pays ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
CAST:  Fred MacMurray  •  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Edward G. Robinson  •  Porter Hall

Forty Guns (1957)

An authoritarian rancher rules an Arizona county with her private posse of hired guns. When a new Marshall arrives to set things straight, the cattle queen finds herself falling for the avowedly non-violent lawman. Both have itchy-fingered brothers, a female gunman ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Samuel Fuller
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Barry Sullivan  •  Dean Jagger  •  John Ericson

An authoritarian rancher rules an Arizona county with her private posse of hired guns. When a new Marshall arrives to set things straight, the cattle queen finds herself falling for the avowedly non-violent lawman. Both have itchy-fingered brothers, a female gunman ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Samuel Fuller
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Barry Sullivan  •  Dean Jagger  •  John Ericson

Jeopardy (1953)

A woman is kidnapped when she goes to get help for her husband who is trapped on a beach with the tide coming in to surely drown him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sturges
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Barry Sullivan  •  Ralph Meeker  •  Lee Aaker

A woman is kidnapped when she goes to get help for her husband who is trapped on a beach with the tide coming in to surely drown him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sturges
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Barry Sullivan  •  Ralph Meeker  •  Lee Aaker

Meet John Doe (1941)

As a parting shot, fired reporter Ann Mitchell prints a fake letter from unemployed "John Doe," who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby to impersonate "Doe." Ann and her bosses cynically milk the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Gary Cooper  •  Edward Arnold  •  Walter Brennan

As a parting shot, fired reporter Ann Mitchell prints a fake letter from unemployed "John Doe," who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby to impersonate "Doe." Ann and her bosses cynically milk the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Gary Cooper  •  Edward Arnold  •  Walter Brennan

My Reputation (1946)

Tongues begin to wag when a lonely widow becomes romantically involved with a military man. Problems arise when the gossip is filtered down to her own children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  George Brent  •  Warner Anderson  •  Lucile Watson

Tongues begin to wag when a lonely widow becomes romantically involved with a military man. Problems arise when the gossip is filtered down to her own children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  George Brent  •  Warner Anderson  •  Lucile Watson

No Man of Her Own (1950)

A penniless pregnant woman adopts the identity of a rich woman killed in a train crash.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mitchell Leisen
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  John Lund  •  Jane Cowl  •  Phyllis Thaxter

A penniless pregnant woman adopts the identity of a rich woman killed in a train crash.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mitchell Leisen
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  John Lund  •  Jane Cowl  •  Phyllis Thaxter

Remember the Night (1940)

When Jack, an assistant District Attorney, takes Lee, a shoplifter caught in the act, home with him for Christmas, the unexpected happens and love blossoms.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mitchell Leisen
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Fred MacMurray  •  Beulah Bondi  •  Elizabeth Patterson

When Jack, an assistant District Attorney, takes Lee, a shoplifter caught in the act, home with him for Christmas, the unexpected happens and love blossoms.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mitchell Leisen
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Fred MacMurray  •  Beulah Bondi  •  Elizabeth Patterson

Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

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Leona Stevenson is confined to bed and uses her telephone to keep in contact with the outside world. One day she overhears a murder plot on the telephone and is desperate to find out who is the intended victim.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anatole Litvak
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Burt Lancaster  •  Ann Richards  •  Wendell Corey

Leona Stevenson is confined to bed and uses her telephone to keep in contact with the outside world. One day she overhears a murder plot on the telephone and is desperate to find out who is the intended victim.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anatole Litvak
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Burt Lancaster  •  Ann Richards  •  Wendell Corey

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

An American missionary is gradually seduced by a courtly warlord holding her in Shanghai.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Nils Asther  •  Toshia Mori  •  Walter Connolly

An American missionary is gradually seduced by a courtly warlord holding her in Shanghai.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Nils Asther  •  Toshia Mori  •  Walter Connolly

The File on Thelma Jordon (1949)

Cleve Marshall is an assistant district attorney who falls for the shadowy Thelma Jordon. With her sordid past -- and her relationship with thief Tony Laredo kept secret from the married attorney, Jordon seduces the easily swayed Marshall, and uses him to cover up ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Siodmak
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Wendell Corey  •  Paul Kelly  •  Joan Tetzel

Cleve Marshall is an assistant district attorney who falls for the shadowy Thelma Jordon. With her sordid past -- and her relationship with thief Tony Laredo kept secret from the married attorney, Jordon seduces the easily swayed Marshall, and uses him to cover up ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Siodmak
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Wendell Corey  •  Paul Kelly  •  Joan Tetzel

The Furies (1950)

A New Mexico cattle man and his strong-willed daughter clash over the man's choice for a new bride. Things get worse when the elder man has his daughter's lover hanged. With the help of an old flame, a gambler, the daughter puts into motion a plan to drive her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Wendell Corey  •  Walter Huston  •  Judith Anderson

A New Mexico cattle man and his strong-willed daughter clash over the man's choice for a new bride. Things get worse when the elder man has his daughter's lover hanged. With the help of an old flame, a gambler, the daughter puts into motion a plan to drive her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Wendell Corey  •  Walter Huston  •  Judith Anderson

The Lady Eve (1941)

It's no accident when wealthy Charles falls for Jean. Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles' fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Preston Sturges
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Henry Fonda  •  Charles Coburn  •  Eugene Pallette

It's no accident when wealthy Charles falls for Jean. Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles' fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Preston Sturges
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Henry Fonda  •  Charles Coburn  •  Eugene Pallette

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Three childhood friends, Martha, Walter and Sam, share a terrible secret. Over time, the ambitious Martha and the pusillanimous Walter have married. She is a cold businesswoman; he is the district attorney: a perfect combination to dominate the corrupt city of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Milestone
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Van Heflin  •  Lizabeth Scott  •  Kirk Douglas

Three childhood friends, Martha, Walter and Sam, share a terrible secret. Over time, the ambitious Martha and the pusillanimous Walter have married. She is a cold businesswoman; he is the district attorney: a perfect combination to dominate the corrupt city of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Milestone
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Van Heflin  •  Lizabeth Scott  •  Kirk Douglas

Titanic (1953)

Unhappily married, Julia Sturges decides to go to America with her two children on the unsinkable Titanic. Her husband, Richard also arranges passage on the luxury liner so as to have custody of their two children. All this fades to insignificance once the ship ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Negulesco
CAST:  Clifton Webb  •  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Robert Wagner  •  Audrey Dalton

Unhappily married, Julia Sturges decides to go to America with her two children on the unsinkable Titanic. Her husband, Richard also arranges passage on the luxury liner so as to have custody of their two children. All this fades to insignificance once the ship ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Negulesco
CAST:  Clifton Webb  •  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Robert Wagner  •  Audrey Dalton

Witness to Murder (1954)

A woman fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder while looking out her bedroom window.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Rowland
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  George Sanders  •  Gary Merrill  •  Jesse White

A woman fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder while looking out her bedroom window.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Rowland
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  George Sanders  •  Gary Merrill  •  Jesse White

Executive Suite (1954)

When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice-presidents vie to see who will replace him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  William Holden  •  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Fredric March  •  June Allyson

When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice-presidents vie to see who will replace him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  William Holden  •  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Fredric March  •  June Allyson
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