Day School: A Star is Born – Barbara Stanwyck and Hollywood


Square Chapel – Halifax

Saturday 24 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Dr Rona Murray


Barbara Stanwyck was a Hollywood star, one who apparently inspired the classic story of a woman’s rise to fame. In modern times, star seems an overused term for a devalued commodity, Stanwyck and her female contemporaries appear even more to represent a gold standard now consigned to the past.


The day will include a full screening of The Lady Eve (1941), directed by Preston Sturges and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda.  Sturges’ film is a Classical Hollywood screwball comedy, a description that steals a term from baseball for a ball thrown ’fast and with a twist’ to confuse the batsman. It’s a perfect vehicle for Stanwyck to take up the pitching position in the battle of the sexes and show us all of her best moves!


Our day spent in Stanwyck’s company will celebrate her unique talent, her importance as a female film star and, briefly, her work in television. The presentation will include the shift from a pre-code to a Hays-code Hollywood, the complex constitution of the studio system and its people and how women negotiated their position within it.  We will be able to consider how women’s work then is still important to understand today, and is being reassessed further for its enormous cultural contribution.


Square Chapel boasts an excellent cafe/bar on site.

Tickets are £18 and £12 concessions and must be purchased directly from Square Chapel box office.


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