Category Archives: Pre-Code Corner

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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Pre-Code Corner: Oh, No You Don’t – Or Yes, You Do? Three on a Match and Kidnapping

Oh, No You Don’t – Or Yes, You Do?: Three on a Match and Kidnapping Three on a Match (1932) doesn’t play around. The notorious pre-Code jam packs scenes featuring drunkenness, dope, illicit sex, gangsters, and suicide all within a … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: 13 Reasons Why You Should Watch Thirteen Women Tonight

13 Reasons Why You Should Watch Thirteen Women Tonight No one would take a film seriously that centers on a so-called “half-caste” who uses the mystical power of suggestion and superstition to extract revenge years later upon former classmates for … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: To Pre-Code, or Not to Pre-Code: What Say You, Brief Moment?

  To Pre-Code, or Not to Pre-Code: What Say You, Brief Moment? Have you ever watched a pre-Code that you felt didn’t quite live up to, well, it’s pre-Code potential? That was me with Brief Moment (1933). Can someone please … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: Skin and Savagery in The Sign of the Cross: 7 Vicious Pre-Code Moments

Skin and Savagery in The Sign of the Cross: 7 Vicious Pre-Code Moments An epic tale of decadence, morality and religious persecution adorned with lust, violence, love, and everything in between, Cecil B. DeMille’s The Sign of the Cross (1932) … Continue reading

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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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