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- kevin sellers
Considering that this film was made in 1946, basically the high noon of Hays Office prudery/idiocy, it's fairly uncensored. I mean, Eve Arden and hubby actually sleep in the same bed. And more importantly, Barbara Stanwyck's recently widowed Lake Forest matron is willing to sleep with George Brent, even though he says he's commitment phobic. Incredible! Someone at Warners must have slipped someone at Hays a C note or something to look the other way. In any case, it's a most welcome departure from the standard censorship practices of the day and one of three reasons why I like this film. The other two are Barbara Stanwyck's take on a gal cought in a web of conflicting emotions (i.e. mourning, responsibility, desire, and reputation) and James Wong Howe's brooding cinematography that expresses Stanwyck's loneliness and depression. Unfortunately, there are several elements that I do not like. Chief among these is Catherine Turney's screenplay, which does not give Brent's character any kind of an edge or aura of impropriety, so that when her friends talk to Stanwyck about his "unsavory" reputation as a threat to her reputation it doesn't make any sense. Also regrettable are the kid actors who portray Stanwyck's two sons. Their lack of acting skills really hurts the climactic scene where Stanwyck has to choose between Brent and them. And I totally agree with the previous reviewer about Max Steiner's schmaltzy, intrusive score. So, balancing the good with the not so good, let's give this film a generous B minus for Stanwyck and Howe.
"My Reputation" Is Always Good!
- Waylon J.
This movie of Miss Stanwyck, is a very touching family story. It is as good as her other family stories, such as Stella Dallas, No Man of Her Own and All I Desire.I only wished that she had acted in more serious family oriented shows, so that we could have enjoyed more of her strong family values and emotions. May all of her movies be available on Dvd, and the world will benefit greatly from her wonderful screen presence.
The Sound of Empty
I'm a huge admirer of Barbara Stanwyck, and for that reason I've tried sitting through this movie more than once when it has shown up on TCM. But I always give up, defeated by the overbearing music score by Max Steiner. As is usual for this period, the music is pretty much non-stop, but that isn't the problem. It simply too often strikes an inappropriate tone for the story we're asked to take more or less seriously. Stanwyck is wonderful, of course, but her sincere performance is constantly undermined by the scampering, glossy giddiness of Steiner's vapid score, much of which sounds like it was written for a romantic comedy along the lines of "The Philadelphia Story." It just doesn't let up for a minute! Max Steiner was one of the greats, as everyone knows, but in "My Reputation" his miscalculations ruin, for this viewer anyway, an otherwise interesting film.
- Brenda Bowling
Barbara Stanwyck did a great job in this movie. I never cried so much. I loved it It came out the year I was born. Giving it 5 stars or more!!
One Of Stanwyck's Very Best
- Bruce Reber
"My Reputation" (Warner Bros. 1946) IMO is one of Barbara Stanwyck's finest films. In it she gives a solid performance as war widow Jessica Drummond trying to ease her loneliness. She finds romance with Army major Scott Landis (George Brent), but creates a scandal because it's too soon after her husband's death. Ultimately she must let him go for the sake of her kids, but there's a bit of hope at the end when the major promises to return to her after the war (if the fates allow it). Eve Arden is also very good in her role as Jess's friend Ginna. I rate "My Reputation" three stars.
Filme que amo ver
Barbara Stanwyck conseguiu elevar o nvel de uma histria simples que poderia ocorrer com qualquer pessoa em algo que era considerado um tabu na poca. Amar algm tendo pouco tempo de viuvez e por isso sendo discriminada pela sociedade que era hipocrita e puritana. Um filme excelente. Com tima direo e elenco.
My Reputation (1946)
Barbara Stanwyck uplifts this fine melodrama. She is terrific as always. Great supporting cast, good screenplay. Nicely produced, a fine classic.
Best Movie Stanweck made
This Barbara Stanwyck is so good that I still remember seeing it once many, many years ago. I feel all her fans, myself included, would appreciate having this on DVD to watch again and again over the years.
MY REPUTATION IS ONE OF HER BEST MOVIES SHE WAS VERY GOOD AT PALYING THE STRONG WOMAN. THIS IS ONE OF HER BEST ROLES BE SURE TO SEE IT. AND TCM DON'T STOP PLAYING IT. P.S. I LOOK FORWARD TO BARBARA BEING STAR OF THE MONTH. THANK YOU SYLVIA AN OLD MOVIE FAN BUT NOT AN OLD PERSON.