Since I generally prefer to watch comedies, I have a lot of pre-Code melodramas/potboilers/morality tales in my collection that I still haven't watched. These were all gifts from friends. I have a huge backlog now, and today I was realizing what a treasure-trove it is.
I have several boxed sets of movies with dozens of Pre-Code movies starring great actors such as Loretta Young, Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Barbara Stanwyck, and on and on--all new to me!
I don't know much about these, but I'm curious to find out more. I'm currently watching Midnight Mary, starring a young and stupendously beautiful Loretta Young. She was 20 years old and already had 16 years of screen appearances behind her. Some of the other titles include:
Merrily We Go to Hell (Fredric March & Sylvia Sidney)
Hot Saturday (Cary Grant, Randolph Scott & Nancy Carroll)
Torch Singer (Claudette Colbert)
Search for Beauty (Ida Lupino, Buster Crabbe)
Other Men's Women (Mary Astor, Grant Withers, Joan Blondell, James Cagney)
Frisco Jenny (Ruth Chatterton)
Virtue (Carole Lombard, Pat O'Brien)
Shopworn (Barbara Stanwyck)
Ten Cents a Dance (Barbara Stanwyck)
Hard to Handle (James Cagney, Mary Brian)
The Mind Reader (Warren William)
Ladies They Talk About (Barbara Stanwyck)
Miss Pinkerton (Joan Blondell)
Jewel Robbery (William Powell, Kay Francis)
Lawyer Man (William Powell, Joan Blondell)
Man Wanted (Kay Francis)
They Call It Sin (Loretta Young, George Brent)
I'd be interested in other people's recommendations and comments on these and pre-Codes in general.