Barbara Stanwyck started out with a pretty hard life. She was a chorus girl at a time when gangsters ran the nightclubs, and that was pretty rough on the girls. Life was pretty seamy. So she can give that burst of emotion better than the other two can. She is probably the most interesting of the three. She is also the hardest to define: She’s sullen, she’s somber, she acts like she’s not listening but she hears every word. She’s the easiest to direct. She played parts that were a little tougher, yet at the same time you could sense that this girl could suffer from her toughness, and really suffer from the penance she would have to pay
Frank Capra when asked to compare Jean Arthur, Claudette Colbert and Barbara Stanwyck
She had moxie.