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Pre-Code Corner: “Sweet Marijuana” and Murder at the Vanities

“Sweet Marijuana” and Murder at the Vanities: The Opium Advisory Committee vs. The Department of State vs. the Production Code Administration (PCA) vs. Paramount A rather aimless musical spiked with one murder investigation, two dead bodies, and plenty of cheeky … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: The Puzzling Case of Phyllis Barry

The Puzzling Case of Phyllis Barry In March 1933, Film Weekly reported on Samuel Goldwyn‘s newest discovery, Phyllis Barry, the British newcomer who “achieves the next best thing to actual stardom (a leading ladyship to Ronald Colman)” in Cynara (1932). … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: It’s Tough to Be Famous, but It’s Easy to Be Naughty

It’s Tough to Be Famous, but It’s Easy to Be Naughty Without a doubt, part of the lure of pre-Code pictures are those racy bits of dialogue that surprisingly retain the ability to shock or even make audiences blush over … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: Setting Sail on The Sin Ship

Setting Sail on The Sin Ship For years The Sin Ship‘s frequent appearances on TCM’s monthly lineup repeatedly caught my eye. Besides the saucy title and potential for pre-Code shenanigans with a 1931 release date, I was drawn to the … Continue reading

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