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Pre-code Hollywood collection

Author: Tallulah BankheadIrving PichelFredric MarchSylvia SidneyCary GrantAll authors
Publisher: Universal Cily, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c[2009]
Series: Universal backlot series.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: Feature films
Erotic films
Comedy films
Musical films
Film adaptations
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama
Named Person: Harvey Fergusson; Grace Perkins; Earl Carroll; Rufus King; Schuyler E Grey; Paul R Milton
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Tallulah Bankhead; Irving Pichel; Fredric March; Sylvia Sidney; Cary Grant; Randolph Scott; Nancy Carroll; Claudette Colbert; Ricardo Cortez; David Manners; Lyda Roberti; Baby Le Roy; Carl Brisson; Victor McLaglen; Jack Oakie; Kitty Carlisle; Duke Ellington; Dorothy Stickney; Gertrude Michael; Buster Crabbe; Ida Lupino; Robert Armstrong; James Gleason; Roscoe Karns; Toby Wing; Bradley Page; George Abbott; Dorothy Arzner; William A Seiter; Alexander Hall; George Somnes; Mitchell Leisen; Erle C Kenton; Hector Turnbull; Rufus King; Paul R Milton; Cleo Lucas; Harvey Fergusson; Grace Perkins; Earl Carroll; Schuyler E Grey; Paramount Pictures Corporation,; Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm),
OCLC Number: 318451919
Language Note: English dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: Collective title from container.
The Cheat: Based on an original story by Hector Turnbull.
Merrily we go to Hell: Based on the story, 'I Jerry, take thee Joan' by Cleo Lucas.
Hot Saturday: Based on the novel by Harvey Fergusson.
Torch singer: Based on the story 'Mike' by Grace Perkins.
Murder at the Vanities: Based on the play by Earl Carroll and Rufus King.
Search for beauty: Based on the play by Schuyler E. Grey and Paul R. Milton.
Originally produced as a motion pictures 1931-1934.
Includes booklet: Code to govern the making of talking, synchronized and silent motion pictures and the reason supporting it / formulated by Association of Motion Picture Producers, Inc. and Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc., June 13, 1934.
Credits: The Cheat: Photography, George Folsey.
Merrily we go to Hell: Phoography, David Abel.
Hot Saturday: Photography, Arthur L. Todd.
Torch singer: Photography, Karl Strauss ; music and lyrics, Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin.
Murder at the Vanities: Photography, Leo Tover ; lyrics and music, Arthur Johnston and Sam Caslow ; dance numbers, LArry Ceballus and Leroy Prinz.
Search for beauty: Photography, Harry Fischbeck.
Cast: The Cheat: Tallulah Bankhead, Irving Pichel.
Merrily we go to Hell: Frederic March, Sylvia Sidney.
Hot Saturday: Nancy Carroll, Randolph Scott, Cary Grant.
Torch singer: Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, David Manners, Lyda Roberti, Baby Le Roy.
Murder at the Vanities: Carl Brisson, Victor McLaglen, Jack Oakie, Kitty Carlisle, Dorothy Stickney, Gertrude Michael. With the musical talents of Kitty Carlisle and Duke Ellington.
Search for beauty: Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Ida Lupino, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason, Roscoe Karns, Toby Wing, Gertrude Michael, Bradley Page.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 3 videodiscs (466 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (19 p. ; 18 cm.)
Details: DVD; full frame 1.33:1; Dolby digital 2.0 mono.; digitally remastered; dual-layer; NTSC region 1.
Contents: Cheat / Paramount Pictures ; silent film script, Hector Turnbull ; writer, Harry Hervey ; directed by George Abbott ; (1931 ; 68 min.) --
Merrily we go to Hell / Paramount Pictures ; writer, Edwin Justus Mayer ; directed by Dorothy Arzner ; (1932 ; 84 min.) --
Hot Saturday / Paramount Pictures ; writers, Josephine Lovett, Joseph Moncure March, Seton I. Miller ; directed by William A. Seiter ; (1932 ; 73 min.) ; Torch singer / Paramount Productions, Inc. ; screenplay by Lenore Coffee and Lynn Starling ; directed by Alexander Hall, George Somnes ; (1933 ; 72 min.) --
Murder at the Vanities / Paramount Pictures ; dialogue, Sam Hellman ; writers, Joseph Gollomb, Carey Wilson ; directed by Mitchell Leisen ; (1934 ; 90 min.) --
Search for beauty / Paramount Pictures ; story by David Boehm, Maurine Watkins ; dialogue, Sam Hellman ; writers, Claude Binyon, Frank Butler ; directed by Erle C. Kenton ; (1934 ; 78 min.).
Series Title: Universal backlot series.
Responsibility: Paramount Pictures.

Abstract:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Murder at the Vanities: This film is an elaborate showcase for the female form. It violated almost every section of the Code.

Search for beauty: Con artists dupe Olympic athletes into endorsing a skin magazine. The movie was heavily censored.

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