Pre-code Hollywood Collection

Pre-code Hollywood Collection

DVD - 2009
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Search for beauty: Con artists dupe Olympic athletes into endorsing a skin magazine. The movie was heavily censored.
Murder at the Vanities: This film is an elaborate showcase for the female form. It violated almost every section of the Code.
Torch singer: Claudette Colbert plays a sexy radio chanteuse who passes her time with an entourage of drunken debauched friends while raising her child born out of wedlock. The Code prohibited stories of illicit love and drunkenness.
Hot Saturday: A small-town girl spends the night with a family friend in defiance of her mother, who has accused her of sleeping with the town playboy. The Code forbade seduction scenes and disapproved of the scenes in which a group of young people drive to the playboy's lakeside lodge for a drinking party that leads to worse.
Merrily we go to hell: A cautionary tale of a marriage wrecked by the drinking of a young husband. Has numerous scenes of drunken parties which were prohibited by the Code, as well as clinging gowns and art deco settings.
The cheat: Tallulah Bankhead plays a spoiled socialite who borrows money from an exotic art collector to replace what she has stolen from a charity. The collateral for the loan and the penalty for default may shock even modern audiences. The cheat violated the Production Code's strictures against miscegenation, sadism, white slavery and rape.
Six films made before the Production Code. In 1934, Hollywood was turned upside down by the enforcement of a strict "Production Code" that would change the way movies were made for the next 34 years. But during the "pre-Code" period (1929-1934), censorship barely existed and filmmakers had free rein to make the movies they wanted and the public demanded. No subject was taboo including adultery, murder or sex.

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AQUILEA777
Apr 16, 2014

MURDER AT THE VANITIES is quite entertaining.
Beautiful music and women,
dramatic tension, murder-suspense.
Far above others of its type.

hania4987 Jun 18, 2013

1. The Cheat ** a bit melodramatic for today's tastes 2. Merrily We Go to Hell **** a surprisingly contemporary feeling story of a young couple's relationship 3. Hot Saturday **** Cary Grant comedy ... small town prejudices and misunderstandings ... choosing between the town's bad boy and a cherished childhood friend. 4. Torch Singer *** Claudette Colbert is a single woman who tries to raise her daughter then ends up giving her up for adoption when she is unable to find a job. 5. Murder at the Vanities ** secrets, murder and music 6. Search for Beauty * grifters meet Olympic stars and try to use them as cover for their latest scheme ... interesting locker room scenes

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Apr 16, 2013

Featuring a literal army of good-looking, scantily-clad, young men and women, "Search For Beauty" was really the only worthwhile film to see in this rather dreary and disappointing collection of 6, Pre-Code Hollywood films from 1929-1934._____ If you're a really big fan of beefcake and/or cheesecake, then, believe me, "Search For Beauty" is a film highlighting a delicious array of 1934 eye-candy that is sure to wet anyone's whistle! Indeed!_____ Other than the film mentioned above, "Murder At The Vanities" wasn't really too bad, but the other 4 films (even though they had sizzling titles like - "Hot Saturday" & "Merrily We Go To Hell") were all a complete limp-wristed let-down._____ Some of the big-name actors-of-the-day featured in these films were - Cary Grant, Buster Crabbe, Tallulah Bankhead, Fredric March, and Ida Lupino (Just wait'll you get a look at Ida's eyebrows! They're a total "fashion statement" scream!)

kpkowalski Feb 24, 2012

Watched 'The Cheat'

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