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Sat May 4, 2013, 03:25 PM

Any pre-code fans?

I am a big pre-code fan films made between 1929 to 1934 that showed strong women and didn't sugar things until the catholic Breen forced Hollywood to adhere to moral standards. Thes pious right wingers have always been with us.

My favorite movies : babyface, skyscraper souls, free soul, and goldie

Favorite stars Norma shearer, Warren William, Aline McMahon, Ann Harding

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Reply Any pre-code fans? (Original post)
kimbutgar May 2013 OP
CBHagman May 2013 #1
cyberswede May 2013 #2
Bolo Boffin May 2013 #3
theHandpuppet May 2013 #4
kimbutgar May 2013 #5
theHandpuppet May 2013 #6
kimbutgar May 2013 #7
johnp3907 May 2013 #8
Staph May 2013 #9
kimbutgar May 2013 #10

Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Sat May 4, 2013, 07:07 PM

1. I've seen only a few.

Some years back TCM ran a documentary called Complicated Women, which zeroed in on themes and stars of the pre-code era. It was quite the eye-opener.

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Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Sat May 4, 2013, 07:22 PM

2. I love old movies...now you've piqued my interest...

I recall when TCM showed some recently, but I missed them. Now I'm off to see if I can find any online or streaming...

Thanks!

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Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 01:34 AM

3. Check out von Sternberg's "The Docks Of New York."

Really nice pre-code silent.

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Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Thu May 9, 2013, 05:32 PM

4. Me me me!

Big fan of Joan Blondell and her pre-code films. Still haven't seen "Three on a Match" (with Blondell and Davis) or "Night Nurse" (with Blondell and Stanwyck).

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Response to theHandpuppet (Reply #4)

Sat May 11, 2013, 09:29 PM

5. Big Joan Blondell Fan

Read the bio book about her. I have the book center door fancy book that she wrote. But it is on my planned list. Joan was such a smart woman. I hope someday though to see Convention City, they say it's lost but might turn up someday.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #5)

Mon May 13, 2013, 10:16 AM

6. Haven't heard of "Convention City"

Can you tell me more about it?

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Response to theHandpuppet (Reply #6)

Mon May 13, 2013, 05:00 PM

7. It's a lost pre-code that was so scandalous that jack Warner ordered all prints

Destroyed. The catholic league freaked out over this movie. It a movie set in Atlantic city during a convention. A rowdy picture that dealt with drunkenness, blackmail, lechery and ladies of the night.
Until the prints were destroyed the movie was shown at lodges and men's gathering. Finally under pressure from catholic group jack Warner pulled the film and destroyed it. Rumor has it in the pre-code fan community this lost film might turn up in some foreign country. I always check the Internet to see if it is found.

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Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 01:36 PM

8. I love pre-code films.

One of my favorites is Red Headed Woman with Jean Harlow, but I'm reluctant to to go into what I like about it lest I spoil it for those who haven't seen it.

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Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2013, 11:13 AM

9. Thursday, May 23, is your lucky day!

TCM is devoting the daylight hours to pre-code films, and is featuring a couple of specials as well. The first is Without Lying Down - Frances Marion and the Powerful Women in Hollywood, and the other is Complicated Women, mentioned by CBHagman.

Enjoy!


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Response to Staph (Reply #9)

Tue May 21, 2013, 03:14 PM

10. I'm trying to free up my DVR to catch some of these movies.

I have so many saved Pre-Codes it drives my husband nuts that I ration his DVR usage. I'm watching Paid with Joan Crawford now.

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