Category Archives: Pre-Code Film

The Sexy GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 “Sequel” You Haven’t Seen

Even if you don’t like old movies you’ve probably heard of GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933. The Warner Bros. musical about sassy showgirls and their in-the-money beaus has become iconic, thanks in part to lampoons in Preston Sturges’ SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (where … Continue reading

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Shampoo = Sex in SMARTEST GIRL IN TOWN (1936)

I’m a Pre-Code film snob. Or at least I’ve become one in recent years. If a sound film was released before July of 1934 (when enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code censorship guidelines began in earnest), it’s a good bet I’ll … Continue reading

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Friday on the Couch with Will

One of the great things about being freelance, unmarried, and childless is, I can pretty much do whatever I want, whenever I want. For example, if I choose to stay home on a Friday and watch movies all day long … 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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Screening Report: CARTOON CUT-UPS of 1933 at Film Forum

The cinematic celebration of 1933 – “Hollywood’s naughtiest, bawdiest year!” – continues at New York City’s Film Forum on Monday, February 25 with Cartoon Cut-ups of 1933, a collection of rare animated shorts released by RKO, Columbia, MGM, Warner Bros., … Continue reading

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Screening Report: Pre-Code Fun at Film Forum’s 1933 Festival

This weekend, Film Forum kicked off 1933: Hollywood’s Naughtiest, Bawdiest Year – a monthlong, 66-film retrospective of my favorite year in movie history. I didn’t say it was the best year in movie history, of course. That honor, at least during … 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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