Big Stanwyck fan, just watched Lady of Burlesque again the other night. Here are what I consider 9 of her finest performances. Really wanted to include Christmas In Connecticut, The File on Thelma Jordan, Clash By Night and The Thornbirds as well.
Pleasse let us know if your favorite isn’t on here…
1. SORRY, WRONG NUMBER
2. DOUBLE INDEMNITY
3. STELLA DALLAS
One of the BEST of all time…
Her performance in “The Lady Eve” is a perfect capsule of the many sides of Stanwyck: she’s a saucily independent dame who runs the show; an unapologetic sex kitten; a sophisticated comedienne; and an unexpectedly moving lady in love. Had she been nominated for this performance rather than her also-enjoyable turn in “Ball of Fire” in 1941, I could have easily voted an Oscar to her in half a heartbeat (her other nominations were simply victims of bad timing as far as I’m concerned, but she does look better and better among the ’41 lineup all the time).
When Stanwyck had a great script (as in “Eve” and a few others), she was truly untouchable. But when she had a run-of-the-mill piece of muslim, she could still work magic with it. (Look at her in “Internes Can’t Take Money,” released in the same year as “Stella Dallas”… She single-handedly makes this weird suspense-melodrama a thing of beauty in an exquisitely realized dinner scene with Joel McCrea that is a master class in subtlety and unspoken shifts of drama and pathos.)
‘Ball of Fire’ closely followed by ‘The Lady Eve’.