History UsefulNotes / ThePreCodeEra

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* ''Film/{{M}}'' (1931)- Creator/FritzLang's masterpiece with Creator/PeterLorre as a serial child murderer.
2nd Feb '18 10:32:50 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{Millie}}'' (1931): Creator/JoanBlondell and another woman in bed together, wearing lingerie. And a DirtyOldMan attempting to seduce a 16-year-old girl, and nearly succeeding.
2nd Feb '18 9:19:09 AM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Man's Castle'' (1933) by Creator/FrankBorzage, starring Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young. A love story among two slum-dwellers living in a hooverville, it shows the Depression with a candor few films of the time dared. It also features a scene of the two lovers skinny-dipping, incredibly realistic and deliriously romantic at the same time.

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* ''Man's Castle'' ''Film/MansCastle'' (1933) by Creator/FrankBorzage, starring Spencer Tracy Creator/SpencerTracy and Loretta Young. A love story among two slum-dwellers living in a hooverville, it shows the Depression with a candor few films of the time dared. It also features a scene of the two lovers skinny-dipping, incredibly realistic and deliriously romantic at the same time.
22nd Jan '18 4:50:25 AM Kitchen90
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A good example is Creator/HowardHawks' original ''Film/{{Scarface|1932}}''. Despite being the TropeMaker for gangster films and a phenomenal influence on American cinema at the time to the point of PopCulturalOsmosis it was unseen in America till the late 70s where it once again attracted notice and attention, which in turn led to the well-known [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} remake]] with Creator/AlPacino. Other titles were ''Film/TroubleInParadise'' by Ernst Lubitsch, as well as his ''Film/DesignForLiving,'' an incredible OlderThanTheyThink portrayal of a OneTrueThreesome which anticipates the Free Love climate of TheSixties. The films were steadily rediscovered since then with TCM channel being a major supporter of these works. Several of them are released on DVD labels like ''Forbidden Hollywood'' with the hook being its OlderThanTheyThink value.

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A good example is Creator/HowardHawks' original ''Film/{{Scarface|1932}}''. Despite being the TropeMaker for gangster films and a phenomenal influence on American cinema at the time to the point of PopCulturalOsmosis it was unseen in America till the late 70s where it once again attracted notice and attention, which in turn led to the well-known [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} remake]] with Creator/AlPacino. Other titles were ''Film/TroubleInParadise'' by Ernst Lubitsch, as well as his ''Film/DesignForLiving,'' an incredible OlderThanTheyThink portrayal of a OneTrueThreesome which anticipates the Free Love climate of TheSixties. The films were steadily rediscovered since then with TCM Creator/{{TCM}} channel being a major supporter of these works. Several of them are released on DVD labels like ''Forbidden Hollywood'' with the hook being its OlderThanTheyThink value.



This period provided us the Gangster Film, TheMusical and the ScrewballComedy, in addition to some war films like ''Film/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront''. It was also the period of Franchise/UniversalHorror films, titles like James Whale's ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'' with Boris Karloff and its sequel ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'', Tod Browning's ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'', ''Film/TheBlackCat'' as well as MGM's one attempt to cash in on the trend, Tod Browning's ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' which could not be made in any other period but this one. It was also a time of important innovations in special effects, with ''[[Film/KingKong1933 King Kong]]'' released in 1933. All in all, this period of six years, which marked the end of silent cinema and the beginning of sound was a climate of freedom which was [[ShortLivedBigImpact all too brief]] but whose impact reverberated for years to come.

Actors who were major figures in this era include Creator/JamesCagney, Creator/MarleneDietrich, Creator/BarbaraStanwyck, Creator/SpencerTracy, Creator/NormaShearer, Creator/GaryCooper, Creator/CaroleLombard, Creator/MiriamHopkins, Creator/KayFrancis, Margaret Sullavan, George Raft, Creator/WilliamPowell, Wallace Beery, Creator/GingerRogers, Creator/EdwardGRobinson, Creator/RobertMontgomery, Creator/ClaudetteColbert, Creator/ConstanceBennett, Creator/MyrnaLoy, Paul Muni, Creator/FredricMarch, Creator/MauriceChevalier, Creator/ClarkGable, Creator/JeanHarlow and [[UsefulNotes/NotablePreHaysCodeActors many others]]. In addition, actors like Creator/JoanCrawford, Creator/HumphreyBogart, Creator/CaryGrant and Creator/JohnWayne made [[RetroactiveRecognition early-bird appearances]] in films in this era.

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This period provided us the Gangster Film, TheMusical and the ScrewballComedy, in addition to some war films like ''Film/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront''. It was also the period of Franchise/UniversalHorror films, titles like James Whale's ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'' with Boris Karloff Creator/BorisKarloff and its sequel ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'', Tod Browning's ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'', ''Film/TheBlackCat'' as well as MGM's one attempt to cash in on the trend, Tod Browning's ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' which could not be made in any other period but this one. It was also a time of important innovations in special effects, with ''[[Film/KingKong1933 King Kong]]'' released in 1933. All in all, this period of six years, which marked the end of silent cinema and the beginning of sound was a climate of freedom which was [[ShortLivedBigImpact all too brief]] but whose impact reverberated for years to come.

Actors who were major figures in this era include Creator/JamesCagney, Creator/MarleneDietrich, Creator/BarbaraStanwyck, Creator/SpencerTracy, Creator/NormaShearer, Creator/GaryCooper, Creator/CaroleLombard, Creator/MiriamHopkins, Creator/KayFrancis, Margaret Sullavan, George Raft, Creator/WilliamPowell, Wallace Beery, Creator/WallaceBeery, Creator/GingerRogers, Creator/EdwardGRobinson, Creator/RobertMontgomery, Creator/ClaudetteColbert, Creator/ConstanceBennett, Creator/MyrnaLoy, Paul Muni, Creator/FredricMarch, Creator/MauriceChevalier, Creator/ClarkGable, Creator/JeanHarlow and [[UsefulNotes/NotablePreHaysCodeActors many others]]. In addition, actors like Creator/JoanCrawford, Creator/HumphreyBogart, Creator/CaryGrant and Creator/JohnWayne made [[RetroactiveRecognition early-bird appearances]] in films in this era.
15th Jan '18 2:48:39 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/RedDust'' (1932) -- an adulterous LoveTriangle with Creator/ClarkGable having a BettyAndVeronica dilemma between married Betty (Mary Astor) and Veronica (Creator/JeanHarlow) the HookerWithAHeartOfGold.

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* ''Film/RedDust'' (1932) -- an adulterous LoveTriangle with Creator/ClarkGable having a BettyAndVeronica dilemma between married Betty (Mary Astor) (Creator/MaryAstor) and Veronica (Creator/JeanHarlow) the HookerWithAHeartOfGold.
14th Jan '18 10:14:35 PM jormis29
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* ''Film/CallHerSavage'' (1932) -- adultery, MaritalRapeLicense, a CatFight, Clara Bow [[SingleMomStripper turning to prostitution]] to get money for her baby...

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* ''Film/CallHerSavage'' (1932) -- adultery, MaritalRapeLicense, a CatFight, Clara Bow Creator/ClaraBow [[SingleMomStripper turning to prostitution]] to get money for her baby...
5th Jan '18 10:36:17 AM Kitchen90
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Actors who were major figures in this era include Creator/JamesCagney, Creator/MarleneDietrich, Creator/BarbaraStanwyck, Creator/SpencerTracy, Creator/NormaShearer, Creator/GaryCooper, Creator/CaroleLombard, Creator/MiriamHopkins, Creator/KayFrancis, Margaret Sullavan, George Raft, Creator/WilliamPowell, Wallace Beery, Creator/GingerRogers, Creator/EdwardGRobinson, Creator/RobertMontgomery, Creator/ClaudetteColbert, Creator/ConstanceBennett, Creator/MyrnaLoy, Paul Muni, Creator/FredricMarch, Creator/MauriceChevalier, Creator/ClarkGable, Creator/JeanHarlow and many others. In addition, actors like Creator/JoanCrawford, Creator/HumphreyBogart, Creator/CaryGrant and Creator/JohnWayne made [[RetroactiveRecognition early-bird appearances]] in films in this era.

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Actors who were major figures in this era include Creator/JamesCagney, Creator/MarleneDietrich, Creator/BarbaraStanwyck, Creator/SpencerTracy, Creator/NormaShearer, Creator/GaryCooper, Creator/CaroleLombard, Creator/MiriamHopkins, Creator/KayFrancis, Margaret Sullavan, George Raft, Creator/WilliamPowell, Wallace Beery, Creator/GingerRogers, Creator/EdwardGRobinson, Creator/RobertMontgomery, Creator/ClaudetteColbert, Creator/ConstanceBennett, Creator/MyrnaLoy, Paul Muni, Creator/FredricMarch, Creator/MauriceChevalier, Creator/ClarkGable, Creator/JeanHarlow and [[UsefulNotes/NotablePreHaysCodeActors many others.others]]. In addition, actors like Creator/JoanCrawford, Creator/HumphreyBogart, Creator/CaryGrant and Creator/JohnWayne made [[RetroactiveRecognition early-bird appearances]] in films in this era.
24th Nov '17 11:27:51 AM nombretomado
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Some directors who were especially frank and provocative suffered when censorship was enforced. A director like Josef von Sternberg, a favorite of Creator/JorgeLuisBorges and an influence on Creator/AlfredHitchcock and many others, made provocative works about sex and power in his films with Creator/MarleneDietrich. Censorship inevitably prevented him from dealing with the same kind of content, and Dietrich herself declined in stardom after the period, never truly playing roles of the same caliber. Creator/FrankBorzage, who was LighterAndSofter, but thought nothing of making films about couples who were openly sexual and who tended not to be married and whose films had a real anarchic working class spirit, never recovered fully either. It was also a prolific period of creative outpouring with a director like William A. Wellman making 20 films in a three-year period for Warner Bros, a rate of productivity that he didn't repeat afterwards, even if he continued making good films. Several of the films made in this era disappeared from public view because UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode required older titles to be resubmitted for evaluation for general release in repertory theaters and later on television. Most of them, needless to say, didn't pass muster. They became prized objects for [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes private collectors]], and archivists around the world. These films were often more widely seen abroad than in America in the same period, especially at the Cinematheque in Paris, whose audiences became the FrenchNewWave.

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Some directors who were especially frank and provocative suffered when censorship was enforced. A director like Josef von Sternberg, a favorite of Creator/JorgeLuisBorges and an influence on Creator/AlfredHitchcock and many others, made provocative works about sex and power in his films with Creator/MarleneDietrich. Censorship inevitably prevented him from dealing with the same kind of content, and Dietrich herself declined in stardom after the period, never truly playing roles of the same caliber. Creator/FrankBorzage, who was LighterAndSofter, but thought nothing of making films about couples who were openly sexual and who tended not to be married and whose films had a real anarchic working class spirit, never recovered fully either. It was also a prolific period of creative outpouring with a director like William A. Wellman making 20 films in a three-year period for Warner Bros, a rate of productivity that he didn't repeat afterwards, even if he continued making good films. Several of the films made in this era disappeared from public view because UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode required older titles to be resubmitted for evaluation for general release in repertory theaters and later on television. Most of them, needless to say, didn't pass muster. They became prized objects for [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes private collectors]], and archivists around the world. These films were often more widely seen abroad than in America in the same period, especially at the Cinematheque in Paris, whose audiences became the FrenchNewWave.UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave.
17th Nov '17 7:28:02 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/MadamSatan'' (1930): A society wife realizes that she needs to BeAWhoreToGetYourMan when she finds out her husband is having an affair.



* ''Man's Castle'' (1933) by Creator/FrankBorzage, starring Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young. A love story among two slum-dwellers living in a hooverville, it shows the Depression with a candour few films of the time dared. It also features a scene of the two lovers skinny-dipping, incredibly realistic and deliriously romantic at the same time.

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* ''Man's Castle'' (1933) by Creator/FrankBorzage, starring Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young. A love story among two slum-dwellers living in a hooverville, it shows the Depression with a candour candor few films of the time dared. It also features a scene of the two lovers skinny-dipping, incredibly realistic and deliriously romantic at the same time.
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