The Barbara Stanwyck Collection

14/04/2008
  |  Buy to Own: 14/04/2008
  |  337 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Triple bill of films starring screen icon, Barbara Stanwyck. In 'Lady of Burlesque' (1943), based on the novel, 'The G-String Murders', by Gypsy Rose Lee, Dixie Daisy (Stanwyck) is the hot new attraction at the local burlesque theater. She's popular with the customers but not with her fellow dancers, Lolita (Victoria Faust) and Princess Nirvena (Stephanie Bachelor), who feel that she's stolen their limelight. When the Princess blackmails her way into the top spot, Dixie is none too pleased. So, when Lolita and the Princess turn up murdered, Dixie becomes the prime suspect and must find the real killer to prove her innocence. In 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers' (1946), Sam Masterson's (Van Heflin) car stalls outside the small town where he grew up, and he soon finds himself caught up in intrigues he thought he had left far behind. His childhood friends Martha (Stanwyck) and Walter (Kirk Douglas) are now married, wealthy, and making preparations for Walter to run for mayor. Sam's arrival in town disturbs them; he is the only person who knows their dark, murderous secret, and they are convinced that he has returned to blackmail them. An Oscar-nominated screenplay, and solid direction from Lewis Milestone ('All Quiet on the Western Front'), make for a classic, noir-tinged melodrama. 'Meet John Doe' (1941) is the classic social drama directed by Frank Capra. After penning a letter of protest at the corruption and hypocrisy of the day and threatening to throw himself off the roof of City Hall, 'John Doe' becomes a national hero. Doe is in fact Ann Mitchell (Stanwyck), who was fired from her job on the paper and wrote the letter as a parting shot to the editor. Mitchell is re-hired - but needs to find someone to play 'John Doe'. She manages to persuade Long John Willoughby (Gary Cooper), a penniless former baseball star, into representing the common man in a national goodwill drive. He eventually exposes the political chicanery, but only at the cost of branding himself a fake.