The Golden Age of Hollywood

A companion thread to my "What's the Last DVD You Purchased?" thread. I thought it might be fun to discuss what we all are watching or have recently watched. Below will be my first post in this thread.


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I had a friend visiting for Labor Day weekend, and we watched several of my favorite movies, including On Approval, Hobson's Choice, and Easy Living.

I was going to watch something tonight but couldn't decide what it should be. Too many choices!

Watching pre-Codes lately. Saw Midnight Mary last night (really enjoyed it) and Frisco Jenny tonight. Frisco Jenny was quite a downer. Life was unfair to Jenny from beginning to end, but Ruth Chatterton was great in the lead role The depressing plots are the reason I don't watch a lot of pre-Codes. It is interesting, though, to watch some movies a little earlier than the screwball comedies I usually watch, which are normally from 1936 to the 1940s. The pre-Codes have a special and very distinctive 1930s flavor to them.

I'm watching an early Cary Grant comedy, Kiss and Make-up (1934), costarring Genevieve Tobin and Helen Mack. I've never seen it before, and so far I'm really enjoying it. It's hokey but fun. This is from the Cary Grant Screen Legend collection. I've had this boxed set for years, and this is the only movie in it I hadn't watched yet.

Kiss and Make-up was loaded with questionable attitudes towards women, such as the implication that pretty girls don't make good wives because other men will be hitting on them all the time (like women have no minds of their own or something). But I'm used to screening out the outdated attitudes when I watch classic movies and can enjoy them on their other merits.

Now I'm watching an adventure movie about pilots, starring Humphrey Bogart. I've never seen this one before. It's called Chain Lightning. There's a romantic subplot with Eleanor Parker. If you guessed 1940s, you would be correct! Raymond Massey is also in it.


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