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Actresses who were at their peak in the years 1929 - 1933

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Barbara Stanwyck and Claudette Colbert were actresses
who made some sizzling pre-codes and whose careers
spanned many decades but there are a lot of beautiful
actresses whose careers, for some reason or another
faltered after the code - Noel Francis, Alice White, Peggy
Shannon, Nancy Carroll, Helen Chandler, Karen Morley,
Anita Page, Dorothy Revier ect. Dorothy Lee, I read was
too much associated with Wheeler and Woolsey to make
it on her own and I suppose temperament and marriage
may have been the reason for some retirements but it is
interesting to wonder about what happened. Ann Dvorak,
Sidney Fox, Dorothy Wilson, Jacqueline Logan, June Collyer,
the list is endless.....

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WARREN WILLIAM - WHERE WOULD PRE-CODES BE WITHOUT HIM?

Started by diane. Last reply by William Jan 14. 17 Replies

I was going to call this discussion - "What is your favourite Warren William film"? There arejust so many!!! I really like "Skyscraper Souls" (1932). It is a wonderful film - I am reallysuprised how…Continue

PRE - CODE "BAD GIRLS"

Started by diane. Last reply by Mike Duffy Sep 9, 2013. 17 Replies

There were definately some actresses who excelled at playing "bad girls".Continue

Anyone see this?

Started by Jim Harris. Last reply by diane Jul 3, 2013. 2 Replies

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PRE-CODE RECOMMENDATIONS

Started by diane. Last reply by Ktrek Apr 15, 2013. 73 Replies

I thought I would start this topic. If anyone has some favourite pre-codefilms that they would like to recommend please feel free to post theirplots and why you like them here.Continue

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Comment by diane on September 27, 2013 at 5:38pm

Alice White would have been so cute in that movie

William but I don't think, at that time, she was

thought so very highly of.

I remember seeing "Picture Snatcher" with James

Cagney, she played the "dumb blonde" girlfriend

of Ralph Bellamy. I always thought she would

have suited Cagney down to the ground, they had

some terrific scenes where they were pushing each

other around but he ended up with Patricia Ellis and

considering Ellis looked about 15!! I think he was

landed with the wrong girl!!

Comment by William on September 23, 2013 at 12:18am

Hi Diane..I often thought that Alice White would have done a credible job.....She should have been given better roles she was a good actress...............................................................

But at the time I guess,they could pick and choose,and a ;ot of good actresses,careers,went by the wayside............................

 

Comment by diane on September 22, 2013 at 10:12pm

What a fascinating story William - just imagine if

they had have said "Claudette - just go fly a kite"

How terrible!!

Comment by William on September 22, 2013 at 8:21am

Hi Karen.       Wasn't that great...I'm telling you the whole movie is great....................................................................

And to think that it almost wasn't made..They had a hard time

finding a leading lady,and only after Claudette Colbert said she would do it for twice the money,because she had a vacation planned...

And Clark Gable was being punished by Mr.Louis B. Mayer........But Mr Frank Capra's direction was without question the best..........................................................

The supporting cast was up to the task..Walter Connelly,Roscoe Karns,and Ward Bond...

 

Comment by kareng on September 22, 2013 at 6:06am

Watched the famous hitch hiking scene the other day.  Its still great.

Comment by William on September 21, 2013 at 9:31pm

Just got through watching.my favorite all time "Talkie Movie"

"It Happened One Night"..The first picture to grab all 5 top Oscars...Best Picture,Best Actress,Best Actor,Best Director.and Best Screen Play........................................................................

And also my favorite direwctor Mr.Frank Capra..........................

I never get tired of watching that movie,,Have been watching that since I was a kid..............................................................

Everything about that movie was great...

Comment by William on August 21, 2013 at 11:31pm

Even though at the time they were judged on more than one movie,I still Jeanne Eagles should have won hands down......

Comment by diane on August 21, 2013 at 11:13pm

I think my favourite would have been Bessie Love, I

thought she was terrific in "The Broadway Melody",

played a very good part.

I went over to IMDb to have a look at who was nominated

in 1930, well Chester Morris was for "Alibi" (just love that

movie), George Bancroft, Paul Muni and Lewis Stone. The

winner was Warner Baxter. I haven't seen any of the movies

except "Alibi" but judging by the names would Warner Baxter

have been the least deserving out of the men.

I'm with you William about loving Jeanne Eagles. I actually

thought she was so much better than Bette Davis (I know

I will be in the minority). The first version of "The Letter"

was structured in a different way to the 1940 one. You

knew Leslie was a cheat and a liar from almost the get go!!

Comment by William on August 21, 2013 at 12:29am

Yes he was goodand he could hold his own he I think started in show business when he was 6 years old  He had a lot of experience..I like Norma Shearer,but I think Jeanne eagles should have won instead of her..But when you are goig with the boss...

Comment by kareng on August 21, 2013 at 12:23am

I was very sad when I heard what happened to him.  I love him in early precodes, particularly with Robert Montgomery and Norma Shearer.

 

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