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PRE CODE CUTIES

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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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

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

Started by diane. Last reply by diane Apr 1, 2013. 16 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

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Comment by William on November 14, 2016 at 6:37pm

Hi,

   And welcome to Pre-Code beauties,,right now I'm into that  ERA,and even the silents,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Take care and God Bless,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Comment by kareng on May 5, 2014 at 8:40pm

It could be Ethel Waters.  Or Ethel Watson? 

Comment by diane on May 5, 2014 at 7:59pm

That sounds a terrific movie Karen, I will have to look out for

it. It has one of my favourites - Sally Blane in it, but I also

like Minna Gombel as well. I have heard of Linda Watkins

but I couldn't pick her out of a "Name That Star" quiz.

How was Greta Nissen - was her accent very thick, I

suppose that's how you could pick her out!! The first

time I saw "The Circus Queen Murder" I could barely

understand her but after seeing her in a few talkies she

does grow on you.

Could that be Ethel Waters that they go to see. She is just

a marvellous singer, I have a couple of cassettes that I

taped from a late night ABC jazz program from about 25

years ago (and that still work!!) I think she originally

introduced "Stormy Weather" . Thanks for sharing your

viewing Karen.

Comment by kareng on May 5, 2014 at 7:35pm

Comment by kareng on May 5, 2014 at 7:34pm

Not sure who Linda Watkins is really.

oh, and also btw, really good jazz in this.  They all party on to Harlem where they go see is it Ethel Watkins?.  Music was great, a highlight.

Comment by kareng on May 5, 2014 at 7:30pm

Watched a really obscure precode yesterday called Good Sport from 1931.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWDOf5JTH0o

Its a really bad transfer, a lot of audio and visual problems, but I persevered to the end rather curious as to how a story about a woman who decides to enter the world of her cheating husband's mistress (the "party girl" circuit) could be beneficial to the nice lady playing the wife.

Imdb blurb says......"Marilyn Parker ('Linda Watkins (I)', a young unsophisticated wife, who while her husband, Rex Parker (Alan Dinehart), is in Europe on "business" but took his mistress, Peggy Burns (Greta Nissen), with him, sub-leases his former "love nest" and becomes friendly with the gold-digging blondes and their 'daddys' that Rex and Peggy formerly entertained. She meets Boyce Cameron (John Boles), a wealthy bachelor and they fall in love with each other."

That was the other good thing.  John Boles was in it.  So many precode favs there too incl Greta Nissen, Sally Blane, Joyce Compton, Hedda Hopper, but pretty hard to make out who's who the visual is so bad.

Nice to see it even if it is probably the hardest precode to watch that I've ever encountered, way worse than The Wild Party when I watched it on youtube and thought that was bad, but nice it has not been lost entirely.

Comment by William on September 27, 2013 at 8:50pm

Hi Diane,  Yes I seen that one to,and I agree with you..Patricia Ellis is a good actress but like you say,Alice QWhite would have been better...And also you're right they like didn't care,.....

Had she been handled right she would have been around a lot longer......................................................................................

 

 

Comment by diane on September 27, 2013 at 5:41pm

Here is Alice strutting her stuff in "Showgirl" (1928)

Comment by diane on September 27, 2013 at 5:40pm

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!!

 

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