Category Archives: Pre-Code Corner

Pre-Code Corner: Sins in The Cheat (1931)

Pre-Code Corner: Sins in The Cheat (1931) One of the captivating traits found in a Pre-Code film is a dark tone, that often reflects a discernible note of danger. I suppose it’s a flair for the dramatics that draws many … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: Girls About Town (1931)

Pre-Code Corner: Girls About Town (1931) Things were a bit turned on its heels from the norm in 1931. The stock market crashed in October of 1929 creating the start of The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl was ramping up … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: Baby Face (1933) – Ten Steps to Perfectly Pre-Code

Pre-Code Corner: Baby Face (1933) Ten Steps to Perfectly Pre-Code In the era of Pre-Codes, there are a few films that stand out. When I think of Pre-Code films, sometimes it’s the violent nature, or perhaps a few nods to … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: The Puzzling Sin of Nora Moran

The Puzzling Sin of Nora Moran The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931), Sin Takes a Holiday (1930), The Sin Ship (1931) — pre-Code debauchery can be hard to keep straight — and I’m just referring to these sinful titles right … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: Scarface – An Anti-Gangster Picture?

Pre-Code Corner: Scarface – An Anti-Gangster Picture? When I set out to research Scarface (1932) in the Academy’s Production Code Administration (PCA) files, I was met with an overwhelming amount of material; so much so that it took me five … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: Man Wanted – Experience Necessary

Pre-Code Corner: Man Wanted – Experience Necessary “Can’t you get it through your fat head that today there’s just as many serious-minded women in business as men. When you meet them you don’t have to treat them as if you … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: Outward Bound – High Class on the High Seas

Pre-Code Corner: Outward Bound: High Class on the High Seas “A helluva good picture about heaven!” a September 1930 Variety ad boisterously proclaimed of Outward Bound. Leave it to Warner Brothers to make a surpassingly ethereal, sophisticated picture… and then … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: A Look at the Atlanta Better Films Committee

A Look at the Atlanta Better Films Committee I spend many a Tuesday evening buried in the Motion Picture Association of America Production Code Administration (PCA) records housed at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills. My first exposure … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: So You Want to be a Nurse – Tricks of the Trade, Pre-Code Style

So You Want to be a Nurse: Tricks of the Trade, Pre-Code Style You know how it goes: You score a new job you’re stoked for and arrive day one full of positivity, high hopes, good cheer, and ambition. And … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: Three Wise Girls All Mixed Up

Three Wise Girls All Mixed Up Three Wise Girls (1932) is a rather apt screen title for a book one reviewer for the Studio Relations Committee (SRC) termed: “An exceedingly tawdry and cheap piece of literature designed to thrill a … Continue reading

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