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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.

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Comment by kareng on January 30, 2019 at 7:03am

I watched Her Private Affair (1930) and 'discovered' Ann Harding the other day.  Really liked the movie.  Ann Harding is SO beautiful and captivating.  Bit of a slow one, but worked for me.  Purchased another couple of her movies at Christmas time.  I watched When Ladies Meet.  which was great with Frank Morgan, Ann Harding, Myrna Loy and Robert Montgomery.  Its on Forbidden Hollywood Vol 9.

Btw, I really loved They Call it Sin when I saw it many years ago, Loretta Young and George Brent that you have in your collection. Hot Saturday and Virtue in your collection I enjoyed too.

Hope you're well Rosie  :D

Comment by Rosie Sayer on September 18, 2018 at 12:37pm

Thanks for the recommendation, Karen!

Comment by kareng on September 10, 2018 at 5:14am

Hi Rosie

I actually watched a pre-code on the weekend.  called Jungle Bride, with Anita Page and Charles Starrett.  Was quite good.  Its available on youtube.  and the print is very clear.  Made in 1933.

It has a ship wreck theme.  Women whose brother has been wrong jailed for murder is aboard a ship with the man she believes to be the murderer. He is being brought back to face trial when the ship hits an obstacle and four people survive, including woman and said 'murderer'.  Has its moments, worth a watch and don't expect anything. I'd give it a 2/5 stars.  Good one for a rainy afternoon.  Some humorous support actors.


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