Forbidden Hollywood

Forbidden Hollywood

Volume 6

DVD - 2013
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"Volume Six turns the spotlight on adultery, alcoholism, prostitution, and racism, issues that the Production Code would soon ban from the screen. Starring the pre-Code era's biggest stars, including John Gilbert, Richard Barthelmess, Myrna Loy, Kay Francis, and Ann Dvorak, [they] are a provocative reflection of American mores in a not-so-innocent time. The Wet Parade: Demon whiskey brings ruin to two families in this all-star adaptation of Upton Sinclair's impassioned novel. Downstairs: A philandering chauffer (Gilbert) creates havoc in an upper-class household. Mandalay: A Russian refugee (Francis) seeks revenge upon the ex-lover (Ricardo Cortez) who sold her into slavery. Massacre: A college-educated Sioux (Barthelmess) wreaks vengeance upon the white officials who abused his family and cheated his people"--Container.

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ManMachine
Sep 22, 2016

Hello!?... Just because these 4 Hollywood dramas happened to fall into the time-line of being "pre-code" productions doesn't necessarily make them any better to watch than the pictures that quickly followed in that same decade (1930's) and were heavily censored by the "Hays Code of Decency".

Yes. When it came to such "forbidden" subject matter as racism, alcoholism, suicide, and adultery - These stories were, at times, somewhat frank about their depiction of such topics. But, generally speaking - They were mediocre productions, at best, that had "rush job" written all over them. I mean, it was so painfully clear to see that Hollywood was just churning them out in order to make a quick buck from the already-jaded, star-struck movie-goers (all across the nation) who were looking for another thrill.

Out of these 4 "forbidden" pictures there wasn't (in my opinion) a single stand-out in the lot. But there certainly was one total stinker called "Downstairs". It starred that repulsive creep, John Gilbert, as a philandering, shit-disturbing chauffeur. Man, I cannot, for the life of me, understand how this wimp ever became such a popular leading man of his day.

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AQUILEA777
Feb 09, 2016

MASSACRE is a great study in bureaucratic corruption. The others are also worth exploring.

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