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SPOTLIGHT: Youthful Pre-Code Young (IV)

Welcome to a new Film Friday and the continuation of our spotlight series on the Pre-Code work of the beautiful Loretta Young (1913-2000), whose work we’ve never covered before here on Film Friday! 828 more words


Born to Dance (1936) - Eleanor Powell, Cole Porter, and Jimmy Stewart sings and dances...sort of

My admittedly limited experience with Eleanor Powell musicals from MGM is that they are a mishmash of music, comedic routines, dancing numbers, general extravaganza and a dash of plot just to keep things interesting.  766 more words

Great American Songbook

The Merry Widow (Ernst Lubitsch, USA, 1934)

The Merry Widow is a shallow masterpiece. Sonia (Jeanette MacDonald), the richest woman in Warshovia has been widowed, might be hooked by a foreigner and send the country’s economy into a tailspin. 656 more words

Road to Zanzibar (1941) - reviewed by George

Zanzibar is an island off the East Coast of Africa and is part of the United Republic of Tanzania. I think in 1941 it was independent. 410 more words



Don’t Bet on Women, full of “risqué behaviors, modes of dress, suggestive situations, and freewheeling alcohol consumption,” is the ultimate Pre-Code film, says MoMA Film curator Anne Morra.  

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General Fiber


THE SECRET WITNESS is a 1931 pre-code with Una Merkel as a crime-solving society dame (I know! Una Merkel?), Zasu Pitts as a hapless switchboard operator (I feel your eyebrows, raised to stratospheric astonishment by the previous bit of casting, burn up on re-entry as they hasten to resume their customary position on your face), and, most excitingly of all, a pistol-packing chimpanzee known only as “the monk.” 294 more words


SPOTLIGHT: Flaming Pre-Code Francis (IV)

Welcome to a new Film Friday and the continuation of our spotlight series on the Pre-Code work of the unjustly under-praised Kay Francis (1905-1968), one of the most popular Warner Brothers stars of the 1930s. 793 more words