Barbara Stanwyck

Screen Grabs: Barbara Stanwyck, ball of fire!

When I was growing up, Barbara Stanwyck was familiar from “The Big Valley,” a long-running if mediocre TV western series that sprung up in the wake of “Bonanza.” It, and the other TV (as well as increasingly rare big-screen) appearances she made in the 1960s and 70s, were not a great introduction: She was invariably the silver-haired “boss lady” yelling strident orders at somebody, seeming equally off-putting whether her character was in the right (as was the usual case on “Valley”) or the wrong (badgering much-younger cleric Richard Chamberlain for love in later miniseries “The Thorn Birds”).
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Shedunnit: Barbara Stanwyck and Remember the Night

There's a trope that sticks to nearly every Christmas movie like a half-sucked candy cane to a fuzzy new sweater – the power of "Christmas Magic" to influence and transform outcomes for the better. It's what draws a whole division of ex-GIs to a bankrupt New England inn for a reunion, lets a despairing man discover how much worse the world would be without him, and turns a miserly curmudgeon into a jolly philanthropist.
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Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? Barbara Stanwyck and Forty Guns

During its last golden age, there was an unwritten law that westerns needed not just a rousing score but a song or two. Think of Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson singing about "my rifle, pony and me" in Rio Bravo, or Tex Ritter's elegiac "do not forsake me oh my darling" in High Noon. Technically you could include Gene Pitney's hit "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," even though the song was intended to be the theme to the 1962 John Ford film but got dropped from the soundtrack halfway through the recording session – at least according to Pitney.

Barbara Stanwyck in the Pre-Code Drama LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT Available on Blu-ray November 9th From Warner Archive

Barbara Stanwyck in the pre-code drama LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT (1933) will be available on Blu-ray November 9th from Warner Archive. In most prison films, the convicted man is rehabilitated by the love of a woman. In Ladies They Talk About, Barbara Stanwyck plays a woman who becomes rehabilitated by the love of the man who sent her to prison.

The Work Will Speak for Itself: Barbara Stanwyck and Yaphet Kotto

In 1967, Barbara Stanwyck was looking back on a five-decade career, a feat few of her early Hollywood peers could match. Having spent much of the past decade working exclusively in television—she was an actress, she reasoned, so if movie scripts weren’t coming in, she would act on TV—she had found more failures than success. But by the late 60s, Stanwyck was finally where she wanted to be: the star of The Big Valley, an ABC Western that ran four seasons from 1965 - 1969. Stanwyck played matriarch Victoria Barkley on the series, which focused on the lives and loves of the millionaire Barkley ranching family.

Is this Barbara Stanwyck in The Big Valley or something else?

12 out of 12. Most of these you could figure out by the Barkley's decor. My favorite Barbara Stanwyck movies were Double Indemnity, Sorry Wrong Number, Witness to Murder, Stella Dallas and Night Walker. Aced it, 12/12. And why not? Barbara is my all-time favorite actress. She was nominated at...