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Wed Apr 19, 2017, 02:52 PM

Do you have a favorite Pre-Code movie?

If so, what is it and why do you like it?

http://pre-code.com/what-is-pre-code-hollywood/

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Reply Do you have a favorite Pre-Code movie? (Original post)
lapucelle Apr 2017 OP
Laffy Kat Apr 2017 #1
lapucelle Apr 2017 #5
FSogol Apr 2017 #6
Zorro Apr 2017 #2
frazzled Apr 2017 #3
yallerdawg Apr 2017 #4
sarge43 Apr 2017 #7
sarge43 Apr 2017 #8
mitch96 Apr 2017 #9
lapucelle Apr 2017 #10
mitch96 Apr 2017 #14
rurallib Apr 2017 #11
annabanana Apr 2017 #16
LongTomH Apr 2017 #17
HeiressofBickworth Apr 2017 #12
Gidney N Cloyd Apr 2017 #13
LeftInTX Apr 2017 #15
mucifer Apr 2017 #18

Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 03:11 PM

1. Any of the Johnny Wissemuller and Mareen O'Sullivan "Tarzan" movies.

Man, they were HOT!

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 03:32 PM

5. Maureen O'Sullivan...

She was in a Thin Man movie, a Marx Brothers movie, and a Woody Allen movie, as well as being the veddy proper but subversively sexy partner of Tarzan. And she was the sweetly beautiful Jane Bennet. What a career!

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Response to lapucelle (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 03:50 PM

6. +1 Totally agree. n/t

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Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 03:14 PM

2. International House

W. C. Fields at his finest. Cab Calloway singing "Reefer Man". Gracie Allen at her ditziest.

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Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 03:18 PM

3. I never choose "favorites"

But I highly recommend the Constance Bennett, Joel McCrae vehicle, "Bed of Roses," directed by Gregory LaCava in 1933. Saucy!

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Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 03:19 PM

4. OG "King Kong."

One of the greatest fantasies of all time - lots of deleted scenes until VHS came out!

Everyone knows Tim Curry's iconic reference: "Whatever happened to Fay Wray?"

Just saw another fantastic remake a few weeks ago - beauty never killed this beast!

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 04:43 PM

7. Second that. Still works after 84 years. n/t

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Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 04:45 PM

8. It Happened One Night

Released just before the code went into effect.

The first and, I think, the best of the screw ball comedies.

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Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 04:52 PM

9. Hells Angles

Howard Hughs... I love old airplane movies.. Nothing sexy though..
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Response to mitch96 (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 05:35 PM

10. I'm going to argue that any movie

with Jean Harlow in it is bound to be at least tangentially sexy, if only for her presence.

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Response to lapucelle (Reply #10)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 10:43 PM

14. Jean Harlow / tangentially sexy

I like that combination. You can mix and match the words any way and it still comes out neat..
Jean Tangentially, Harlow sexy, sexy Jean, Harlow tangent etc..
And the movie was neat too!!

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Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 09:27 PM

11. wasn't Betty Boop a really saucy cartoon from that era?

someplace in the cobwebs of my mind I seem to recall reading about Betty Boop cartoons causing quite a stir in this era.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:05 PM

16. She was DEF sexier precode that post..

and her skirt lowered to her knees.



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Response to annabanana (Reply #16)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:25 PM

17. Betty Boop was definitely pre-code.....and still politically incorrect



Here are a few with Cab Calloway's singing:







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Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 09:31 PM

12. Pre-Code Norma Shearer

During that period, she played a number of sexually liberated woman. She won an Oscar for The Divorcee in 1930. My favorite of her films isn't a pre-code one, but one made in 1939 -- The Women. I've watched it a dozen times and still love it. The entire movie was about relationships with men without a single man actually IN the movie. The final scene where she runs to her husband (who is off-screen) is such an out-dated, trite, submissive gesture, I laugh every time! I watch TCM a lot and look particularly for pre-code movies. Some are good, some aren't, but it's always worth watching because they showed so much more than post-code movies did.

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Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 10:36 PM

13. Barbara Stanwyck in "Baby Face."


A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank -- by gleefully sleeping her way to the top.

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Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 10:13 AM

15. Of the ones that I've seen: Scarface and Diary of a Lost Girl

I would like to see more pre-code gangster movies. I saw Public Enemy, but Scarface (1932) was better.

Diary of a Lost Girl (1929 - silent) is an exploitation type film. Vulnerable girl is at the wrong place at the wrong time. Gets in trouble and bad things just keep happening. Although there are a lot of silent films with this theme, this one has the most drama. With these types of films, you can put yourself into the star's shoes and imagine, "This could have happened to me". (Stars Louise Brooks)

Of the musicals: Footlight Parade followed by 42nd Street (Both feature Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell - choreography by Busby Berkeley)

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Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 12:49 AM

18. "Night Nurse" with Barbra Stanwyk and Clark Gable It's a hoot!



Especially since I am a pediatric nurse and at one time I did work the night shift for 6 years. It was a bit of a cult film for me and my coworkers. We would walk around talking to each other like characters in the movie "you said it in a big way sister"

The end of the movie is totally awesome and I won't give it away.

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