I was in the 'pool' a long time and I saw a lot of things, but I don't remember ever seeing anyone sink as low as Barbara Payton did.
Playing a good girl gone bad through her association with a sadistic gangster played by Cagney she ends up killing him after he beats her , Payton turned in her finest screen performance.
Her near-perfect physical countenance and sensuous undulating movements in this scene were mesmerizing, and helped disguise the fact that the film itself was a trashy affair.
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At once, paranoid, combative — and completely despondent, Barbara's addictions had exacted a bitter toll on her state of mind.
That place she was staying at was a real rat trap, the worst in 20 miles.
Description: During her junior year at Odessa High School, Barbara, then 16, eloped with a local boy, William Hodge, but her parents quickly annulled the marriage. Barbara once told me that Hollywood had used her all up, and then when it was all finished with her, threw her out to the curb, 'like yesterday's trash.