Monroe Owsley is here at his oily best. It is sad that he died so very young - he died following a car accident, at the age of 37, his career just starting to take off. We had seen him before, of course (in The Keyhole, which we discussed a bit ago). But here, though just as slimy, he has a more rounded character. You want to see Eddie the way Barbara does at first, but Owsley lets us under his curtain. We see the weakness and the just plain callousness that lies beneath the surface.
Again, we get treated to Ricardo Cortez playing a good guy. At first, one is not quite sure of Bradley Carlton's motives. He seems like a good man, but is he just another man out for a good time? We see him through Barbara's eyes, and at first eye him with the same jaundiced glance that she has. We want to like him, but like her, we need to discover what is under the surface. We're big fans of Cortez, and always find it a pleasure to see him as the hero. Here's the scene Carlton and Barbara:
For more information on this film, do visit the TCM article on Stanwyck's Precode Films. Also take a look at this article, which discusses the director of the film - Lionel Barrymore, whose severe arthritis was beginning to affect his career.