Posts tagged “pre-code hollywood”

  1. Never forget this was the closing number in Gold Diggers of 1933, which is a little bit like ending Seven Brides for Seven Brothers with a scene from All Quiet on the Western Front.

  2. I finally got to see Shanghai Express, which coincidentally was also my first movie with Anna May Wong, which I was TREMENDOUSLY excited about, and who did not disappoint. Oh man, her delivery of "I must confess. I don't quite know the standard of respectability that you demand in your boardinghouse, Mrs. Haggerty" made me lose the entirety of my itness.

  3. Previously.

    If you hear any of the following words or phrases used to describe someone in a movie made before 1970, odds are good that they’re trying to tell you about a tight ankle, a real bank-opener, a central casting girl, a man who knows his onions from his applesauce.

  4. Right-ho, so as one of you pointed out the other day, The Toast has yet to run anything substantial in the way of pre-Code Hollywood, and I'm here to correct the error, as your faithful 1930s correspondent. The term "pre-Code" refers to a handful of years in the late 1920s and early 1930s after the introduction of sound but before the consistent enforcement of the Hollywood Production Code, when movies were chock-full of…

  5. It has recently come to my attention that there is a film featuring Katharine Hepburn as an aviatrix who commits an abortion/suicide by flying into the sun, and I am simply furious with each and every one of you for keeping this from me. "That...that can't possibly be right," I hear you stammer weakly. OHO, CAN'T IT. I present to you the plot summary of Christopher Strong: Kate plays Lady Cynthia Darrington, an aviatrix who…