Category Archives: Pre-Code Corner

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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Pre-Code Corner: “I Didn’t Know You With All Your Clothes On” – The Best of Pre-Code Warren William

“I Didn’t Know You With All Your Clothes On”: The Best of Pre-Code Warren William Warren William is so entrenched with the pre-Code period in my mind that it’s not surprising to learn that, aside from two appearances credited as Warren … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: The Censorship Woes of One More River

One More Hurdle to Cross: The Censorship Woes of One More River In between the credits and the opening shot of One More River, a certificate proclaims that the picture has been passed by the Production Code Administration (PCA), the … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: Doctor X and Mystery of the Wax Museum

Warner Brothers Horror, In Living (Two) Color: Doctor X and Mystery of the Wax Museum As part of their career retrospective Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, the UCLA Film and Television Archive recently screened a superb pre-Code triple feature: … Continue reading

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