Tag Archives: Barbara Stanwyck

5 Reasons to Watch NIGHT NURSE (1931)

Tough broads, bootleggers, drug-abusing doctors, debauched rich people, and Barbara Stanwyck – William A. Wellman’s NIGHT NURSE (1931) has everything I love about Pre-Code movies. Stanwyck is Lora Hart, a determined young nursing student in a busy metropolitan hospital in this lurid melodrama, released by … Continue reading

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Stanwyck and Capra: An Intense Connection, Revisited

“I would say Frank Capra fell in love with her,” biographer Victoria Wilson said of Barbara Stanwyck last night at Film Forum in New York City. Really, who can blame him? And now, thanks to Film Forum’s 40-film Stanwyck retrospective, … Continue reading

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Bette Davis, Girl Reporter! FRONT PAGE WOMAN (1935) from Warner Archive

Bette Davis might hate me for saying this, but I love her early films. Movies like THREE ON A MATCH (1932), THE PETRIFIED FOREST (1935), and even the misguided SATAN MET A LADY (1936) are all eminently watchable, even if … Continue reading

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Screening Report: The 1933 Pre-Code Festival

On a recent Friday night, I struggled to find an empty seat at Film Forum, the Downtown Manhattan movie mecca where I spend most of my free time and discretionary dollars. Sold out shows are not uncommon at the cinema, … Continue reading

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GOD’S GIFT TO WOMEN (1931) from Warner Archive: One Kiss and You Die!

The year is 1931. Three undressed women catfight over the lover they share – wrestling in his bed, tearing at each other’s skimpy negligees. One of them is Louise Brooks, pansexual star of some of the sultriest silent films ever … Continue reading

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She Works Hard For the Money: The Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection on DVD from TCM

Sex sells, the old saying goes. It also employs, or at least it did in movies made before enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code began in 1934. In the The Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection, a five-film DVD set from … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Classics Shine Again in “Forbidden Hollywood” Volumes 4 and 5 from Warner Archive

“For me, the real ‘Classic Era’ in Hollywood was the mid-1930s until about 1959,” host Robert Osborne said at the third annual TCM Classic Film Festival in April. Coincidentally, those years also bookend the period during which the Motion Picture … Continue reading

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