Flickchart Daily: Matchup of the Day & New Movies in Theaters

20 Apr
2012

Matchup of the Day

It’s Barbara Stanwyck vs. Cleo Moore doing some time in the big house:

Ladies They Talk About vs. One Girl’s Confession

Both Ladies They Talk About and One Girl’s Confession start enticing enough.   Ladies opens with Stanwyck reporting a madman attacking people with a butcher knife to the police over the phone.  It turns out to be a ruse to distract the law while she and her cohorts rob a bank.  When the police suspect her involvement, she draws the attention of the local moral crusader.   He recognizes her from growing up together in the same town and uses his influence to get her out of jail.  That is, until Stanwyck confides in him that she was an accomplice to the bank robbery.  Being a man of integrity, he refuses to keep her secret.   She’s sent off to the joint with vengeance in her heart. 

One Girl’s Confession begins on a more sultry note, with Cleo Moore sunbathing at the beach.  She awakens with a start and hurries off to her waitress job.  Her boss is a tyrant who makes her life miserable.  Even worse, he raised her since her father died and holds that over her head.  Convinced that he swindled her father when they were business partners before his death, Moore decides to steal $25,000 from him.  She buries it in the woods and confesses to the theft, serving her jail time happily.  When she’s released, she sets out to claim the hidden dough.

I only discovered Cleo Moore recently.  I’ve been a fan of Barbara Stanwyck for a few years now, but Moore’s crime flick is way more fun.  I attribute it to Moore’s sassy, but perhaps a tad rough around the edges, acting style.  Stanwyck is no slouch when it comes to delivering snappy lines, of course.  Moore is just so funny in One Girl’s Confession that I laugh all the way through.  Like when she thinks she killed a man by clubbing him with a champagne bottle and goes to the police station to turn herself in.  The officer asks “Where does he live?” She responds, with an amusingly touching seriousness, “He doesn’t live.  I told you that I killed him.” I’ve heard her described as the “Poor Man’s Marilyn Monroe”, but I think Moore is a completely different kind of actress.  From the roles I’ve seen in her in, she’s always tough rather than an exaggerated display of femininity.  She certainly does have a voluptuous figure, I will acknowledge that.           

 

Friday’s New Movie Releases

Chimpanzee

 

The Lucky One

 

Think Like a Man

 

Goodbye First Love

 

The Day He Arrives

 

Darling Companion

 

Downtown Express

 

The Eye of the Storm

 

Fightville

 

Jesus Henry Christ

 

Marley

 

The Moth Diaries

 

Penumbra

 

Zombie Dawn

 

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Nice Pre-Code matchup! I’ve never heard of either One Girl’s Confession or Cleo Moore, but I’m definitely eager to check it out now. Stanwyck is probably my overall favorite classic-era actress, though, so Moore would have a lot to overcome to beat her. Of course, Ladies They Talk About is far from Stanwyck’s best film, though she makes it fun.

    Is The Day He Arrives actually getting a release? Interesting…I saw it at AFI Fest last year, but was nodding off rather severely due to exhaustion. I’ve never seen a Hong Sang-soo film play outside of festivals, so I didn’t hold much hope of ever seeing it again to fill in the gaps. I’ll have to see if I can find it playing anywhere nearby.

    • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

      Oh, I just clicked through and saw One Girl’s Confession isn’t Pre-Code. The poster looks like it could be.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZMBYOKINU67B7U3ZBGWKFZH3DI Chad

       That’s part of it, that Ladies They Talk About isn’t that great.  The ending… “You better get that gunshot wound checked out”
      and then I guess they live happily ever after.  That guy is really hard
      to upset.  And then there’s that Stanwyck isn’t very sympathetic at
      all.  I found the romance hard to swallow.  So, One Girl’s Confession
      comes out looking pretty good.  Cleo Moore isn’t a great actress, but
      she is funny.  Better than Stanwyck overall?  No.  But as a performer I
      like her style.  If you want to call it that.

       

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZMBYOKINU67B7U3ZBGWKFZH3DI Chad

       That’s part of it, that Ladies They Talk About isn’t that great.  The ending… “You better get that gunshot wound checked out”
      and then I guess they live happily ever after.  That guy is really hard
      to upset.  And then there’s that Stanwyck isn’t very sympathetic at
      all.  I found the romance hard to swallow.  So, One Girl’s Confession
      comes out looking pretty good.  Cleo Moore isn’t a great actress, but
      she is funny.  Better than Stanwyck overall?  No.  But as a performer I
      like her style.  If you want to call it that.