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"A FREE SOUL" (1931) Review [Mar. 29th, 2014|11:00 pm]

rpowell
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"A FREE SOUL" (1931) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of "A FREE SOUL", the 1931 adaptation of Adela Rogers St. John's 1927 novel. Directed by Clarence Brown, the movie starred Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore and Clark Gable.
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Behind Office Doors (1931) [Dec. 6th, 2013|02:24 pm]

dfordoom
RKO’s 1931 Behind Office Doors is typical of the pre-code era in a number of ways. Apart from having some racy content the whole approach is not quite what you’d expect. The wives-vs-secretaries story line was tailor-made for a breezy romantic comedy but rather than going for laughs the movie plays it all dead straight. The result is what could be described as a romantic office melodrama.

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No Limit (1931) [Nov. 20th, 2013|03:19 am]

dfordoom
For Clara Bow the transition from silent movies to talkies was an uneasy period to say the least. By 1933 she had decided to call it a day. Countless explanations have been offered for this premature end to a glittering career, from chronic weight problems to nervousness in front of the microphone to mental illness. In fact her career fadeout had a great deal to do with the sound films she was offered. No Limit is a movie that could kill any star’s career.

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The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) [Sep. 23rd, 2013|02:54 am]

dfordoom
The Smiling Lieutenant, released by Paramount in 1931, is a fairly typical example of the Ernst Lubitsch musical. It’s a delightful frothy concoction, which is all it tries to be and all it needs to be.

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Sin Takes a Holiday (1930) [Jul. 27th, 2013|09:13 pm]

dfordoom
Sin Takes a Holiday belongs to that very peculiar genre, the pre-code romantic comedy. What’s peculiar about the movies of this genre is that they rely much more on being risque than on being actually funny. In that respect the Production Code did Hollywood a big favour by forcing writers to work harder to make their scripts funny rather than shocking.

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The Love Parade (1929) [Jul. 16th, 2013|07:47 pm]

dfordoom
While it's not very pre-code (apart from a cheerful acceptance of promiscuity) my review of the 1929 Ernst Lubitsch musical The Love Parade might be of interest to people here.
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recent pre-code viewing [Jul. 3rd, 2013|12:49 am]

dfordoom
So has anyone here been watching any pre-code movies recently? And if you have watched any, what did you think of them?
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"THE THIN MAN" (1934) Photo Gallery [May. 4th, 2013|09:37 am]

rpowell
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"THE THIN MAN" (1934) Photo Gallery

Here is a GALLERY featuring images from "THE THIN MAN", the adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's 1934 novel. Directed by W.S. "Woody" Van Dyke, the movie starred William Powell and Myrna Loy.
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The 1933 Pre-Code Festival [May. 1st, 2013|04:09 pm]

dfordoom
Pre-code film festival in New York - 1933: Hollywood’s Naughtiest, Bawdiest Year
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"RED-HEADED WOMAN" (1932) Review [Apr. 14th, 2013|09:57 pm]

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"RED-HEADED WOMAN" (1932) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of "RED-HEADED WOMAN", the 1932 adaptation of Katherine Brush's 1931 movie. Adapted by Anita Loos and directed by Jack Conway, the movie starred Jean Harlow and Chester Morris.
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