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Do you have a favorite Pre-Code movie? (Original Post) lapucelle Apr 2017 OP
Any of the Johnny Wissemuller and Mareen O'Sullivan "Tarzan" movies. Laffy Kat Apr 2017 #1
Maureen O'Sullivan... lapucelle Apr 2017 #5
+1 Totally agree. n/t FSogol Apr 2017 #6
International House Zorro Apr 2017 #2
I never choose "favorites" frazzled Apr 2017 #3
OG "King Kong." yallerdawg Apr 2017 #4
Second that. Still works after 84 years. n/t sarge43 Apr 2017 #7
It Happened One Night sarge43 Apr 2017 #8
Hells Angles mitch96 Apr 2017 #9
I'm going to argue that any movie lapucelle Apr 2017 #10
Jean Harlow / tangentially sexy mitch96 Apr 2017 #14
wasn't Betty Boop a really saucy cartoon from that era? rurallib Apr 2017 #11
She was DEF sexier precode that post.. annabanana Apr 2017 #16
Betty Boop was definitely pre-code.....and still politically incorrect LongTomH Apr 2017 #17
Pre-Code Norma Shearer HeiressofBickworth Apr 2017 #12
Barbara Stanwyck in "Baby Face." Gidney N Cloyd Apr 2017 #13
Of the ones that I've seen: Scarface and Diary of a Lost Girl LeftInTX Apr 2017 #15
"Night Nurse" with Barbra Stanwyk and Clark Gable It's a hoot! mucifer Apr 2017 #18


(18,639 posts)
5. Maureen O'Sullivan...
Wed Apr 19, 2017, 03:32 PM
Apr 2017

She was in a Thin Man movie, a Marx Brothers movie, and a Woody Allen movie, as well as being the veddy proper but subversively sexy partner of Tarzan. And she was the sweetly beautiful Jane Bennet. What a career!


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2. International House
Wed Apr 19, 2017, 03:14 PM
Apr 2017

W. C. Fields at his finest. Cab Calloway singing "Reefer Man". Gracie Allen at her ditziest.


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3. I never choose "favorites"
Wed Apr 19, 2017, 03:18 PM
Apr 2017

But I highly recommend the Constance Bennett, Joel McCrae vehicle, "Bed of Roses," directed by Gregory LaCava in 1933. Saucy!


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4. OG "King Kong."
Wed Apr 19, 2017, 03:19 PM
Apr 2017

One of the greatest fantasies of all time - lots of deleted scenes until VHS came out!

Everyone knows Tim Curry's iconic reference: "Whatever happened to Fay Wray?"

Just saw another fantastic remake a few weeks ago - beauty never killed this beast!


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8. It Happened One Night
Wed Apr 19, 2017, 04:45 PM
Apr 2017

Released just before the code went into effect.

The first and, I think, the best of the screw ball comedies.


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10. I'm going to argue that any movie
Wed Apr 19, 2017, 05:35 PM
Apr 2017

with Jean Harlow in it is bound to be at least tangentially sexy, if only for her presence.


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14. Jean Harlow / tangentially sexy
Wed Apr 19, 2017, 10:43 PM
Apr 2017

I like that combination. You can mix and match the words any way and it still comes out neat..
Jean Tangentially, Harlow sexy, sexy Jean, Harlow tangent etc..
And the movie was neat too!!



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11. wasn't Betty Boop a really saucy cartoon from that era?
Wed Apr 19, 2017, 09:27 PM
Apr 2017

someplace in the cobwebs of my mind I seem to recall reading about Betty Boop cartoons causing quite a stir in this era.


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17. Betty Boop was definitely pre-code.....and still politically incorrect
Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:25 PM
Apr 2017

Here are a few with Cab Calloway's singing:


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12. Pre-Code Norma Shearer
Wed Apr 19, 2017, 09:31 PM
Apr 2017

During that period, she played a number of sexually liberated woman. She won an Oscar for The Divorcee in 1930. My favorite of her films isn't a pre-code one, but one made in 1939 -- The Women. I've watched it a dozen times and still love it. The entire movie was about relationships with men without a single man actually IN the movie. The final scene where she runs to her husband (who is off-screen) is such an out-dated, trite, submissive gesture, I laugh every time! I watch TCM a lot and look particularly for pre-code movies. Some are good, some aren't, but it's always worth watching because they showed so much more than post-code movies did.

Gidney N Cloyd

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13. Barbara Stanwyck in "Baby Face."
Wed Apr 19, 2017, 10:36 PM
Apr 2017

A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank -- by gleefully sleeping her way to the top.


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15. Of the ones that I've seen: Scarface and Diary of a Lost Girl
Thu Apr 20, 2017, 10:13 AM
Apr 2017

I would like to see more pre-code gangster movies. I saw Public Enemy, but Scarface (1932) was better.

Diary of a Lost Girl (1929 - silent) is an exploitation type film. Vulnerable girl is at the wrong place at the wrong time. Gets in trouble and bad things just keep happening. Although there are a lot of silent films with this theme, this one has the most drama. With these types of films, you can put yourself into the star's shoes and imagine, "This could have happened to me". (Stars Louise Brooks)

Of the musicals: Footlight Parade followed by 42nd Street (Both feature Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell - choreography by Busby Berkeley)


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18. "Night Nurse" with Barbra Stanwyk and Clark Gable It's a hoot!
Fri Apr 21, 2017, 12:49 AM
Apr 2017

Especially since I am a pediatric nurse and at one time I did work the night shift for 6 years. It was a bit of a cult film for me and my coworkers. We would walk around talking to each other like characters in the movie "you said it in a big way sister"

The end of the movie is totally awesome and I won't give it away.
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