"For a hundred bucks I’d take a couple socks on the chin."
I’m in the mood for a milk bath. A really fun start! Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell as naughty nurses and bed buddies. Blondelle as the jaded, gum-chewer. Stanwyck as the fresh, idealistic meat. Both trying to land a big fish to pay the bills. Both constantly undressing in front of each other. Then they graduate from their apprenticeship into home care, and things get dark. Drunks and rapists and undernourished kids and crooked M.D.s and “chauffeur” Clark Gable in an Asian print robe, punching everyone in sight.
Blondell unfortunately disappears for a pivotal stretch of the finale, but it’s understandable, because this is Stanwyck’s role to carry, whether she’s screaming in Gable’s face, crying at the bedside of a sick child, or laughing and smiling as she’s made aware of her complicity in a cold-blooded murder. Good times.
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