Before the Hays Thou Shall Not 1. Law Defeated. 2. Inside of Thigh 3. Lace Lingerie 4. Dead Man 5. Narcotics 6. Drinking 7. Exposed Bosom 8. Gambling 9. Pointing Gun 10. Tommy Gun

Before the Hays
Why You Should See These 51 Pre-Code Movies: My List of Blogs and Films for 2009

The Teens-Before Anyone Was Paying Attention
1. “Tess of the Storm Country” (1914)-Love in the time of Swine Flu
2. “Anders al di Andern” (1919)-Hope you had a great holiday! The Hitler Channel, Casablanca and Conrad Veidt, Speaking of the Weimar Republic…
The Twenties-This is where the freaky stuff is.
3. “Nosferatu” (1921)-Battleship LaGuardia(Vampires were very unattractive before Twilight)
4. “The Battleship Potemkin” (1925)-Battleship LaGuardia (Maggots on Beef Cause a Revolution)
5. “Miss Mend” (1926)-Miss Mend, Terrorism and how Enemas can destroy the revolution. (An Enema almost destroys Soviet Russia)
6. “Metropolis” (1927)-Movies to Celebrate with as GM goes Bankrupt (See the FX King of Fantasy)
7. “The Crowd” (1928)-Movies to Celebrate with as GM goes Bankrupt (The first toilet on film)
8. “Our Dancing Daughters” (1928)-Women Behind Bars (Watch Joan Crawford dance on a table)
9. “The Man Who Laughs” (1928)-Hope you had a great holiday! The Hitler Channel, Casablanca and Conrad Veidt (The movie which inspired the character of the Joker)
10. “The Godless Girl” (1929)-The Godless Girl,
The Catholic League is after Ron Howard (A Movie about Atheism, Christianity and the Juvenile Detention System)
11. “Sherlock Holmes”(1929)-Clive Brook and Robert Downey Jr. Real Men do Holmes. (The only movie Sherlock Holmes Dies In)
1930 Women in Charge
12. “Ladies of Leisure” (1930)-How to act like a nut job the morning after (The Movie that made Barbara Stanwyck a star)
13. “Madam Satan” (1930)-The Golden Globes and Pre-Code alternatives for the cheap and broke (A party on a Zeppelin)
14. “Our Blushing Brides” (1930)-Joan Crawford for your wedding day (Joan in White)
15. “Min and Bill” (1930)-Marie Dressler and Oprah Winfrey (The Great Marie Dressler’s greatest role)
16. “School’s Out” (1930)-National Honor Society run by the Little Rascals (SO NOT Politically Correct)
1931 Bad Things Happen
17. “Night Nurse” (1931)-Women Behind Bars (Woman in charge of public health OMG!)
18. “The Public Enemy” (1931)-The Creative Professional (Smash a Grapefruit in your girls face and drag her by the hair)
19. “The Cheat” (1931)-The Cheat or the U.S. Debt Bomb (Tallulah Bankhead and a great downfall)
20. “Mad Genius” (1931)-Mad Genius (A Same Sex Version of Svengali)
1932 It’s the Economy Stupid
21. “Skyscraper Souls” (1932)-Snakes on a Train, 5th Avenue? Really? (Familiar use of bad loans)
22. “States Attorney” (1932)-Snakes on a Train (Barrymore, Prostitutes and Booze)
23. “The Match King” (1932)-Snakes on a Train, Upset over Pandas
(The Original Monopoly, the Origin of the Global Corporate Model we have today, which fails.)
24. “Red Headed Woman” (1932)-Battleship LaGuardia (Harlow, need I say more)
25. “Three On a Match” (1932)-With Friends Like These (The Match King actually started this myth to sell more matches!)
26. “The Beast of the City” (1932)-5th Avenue? Really? (Sex, Violence and Pre-Miranda Rights)
27. “Hot Saturday”(1932)-Goin’ South
(Quote-Ruth Brock: Immoral women shouldn’t work in banks, you know. They might corrupt the young dollar bills)
28. “Scarface” (1932)-And now for the violence… (Paul Muni is so much better than Al Pacino and his little friend)
29. “American Madness” (1932)-Bank Runs-You could have knocked me over with a pin, It’s the movie line-up I’ve been waiting for (Frank Capra does a run on the bank)
30. “Faithless” (1932)-Is anyone else watching Faithless on TCM? (Get advice from your maid on how it’s okay to prostitute yourself for comatose husband to pay for the Dr.’s Bill)
31. “The Crash” (1932)-It’s the movie line-up I’ve been waiting for (You’ve just lived thru one. Watch the original)
32. “Prosperity” (1932)-It’s the movie line-up I’ve been waiting for (This is good to help you understand why your bank should not have two sets of books)
33. “Tarzan the Ape Man” (1932)-Discovering the Amazon (Because it’s fun)
34. “Cavalcade” (1932)-Happy New Year. Wishing you Dignity, Greatness and Peace. (Very close reenactment of the decade from Hell)
35. “The Return of Sherlock Holmes”(1932)-Clive Brook and Robert Downey Jr. Real Men do Holmes.
(Sherlock Holmes in Drag)
36. “One Way Passage” (1932)-One Way Passage
(Oh..so beautiful, a very depressing An Affair to Remember)
1933 A Recovery?
37. “Looking Forward” (1933)-It’s the movie line-up I’ve been waiting for (Face Bankruptcy with Barrymore)
38. “Ecstasy” (1933)-The Big O and why you should thank Hedy Lamarr for your wireless connection (The first female orgasm captured on film)
39. “The Bitter Tea of General Yen” (1933)-In honor of Obama’s Trip to China (Capra goes interracial)
40. “Wild Boys of the Road” (1933)-So I’m bummed…Sunday afternoon and human trafficking
(Slumdog Millionaire 1933 American Style)
41. “Baby Face” (1933)-The Golden Globes and Pre-Code alternatives for the cheap and broke (Because it’s my favorite and you have to see it)
42. “King Kong” (1933)-The Golden Globes and Pre-Code alternatives for the cheap and broke (Because if you haven’t seen it, you need to know why the Chrysler Building is in NYC)
43. “Heroes for Sale” (1933)-The Golden Globes and Pre-Code alternatives for the cheap and broke (The homeless are really homeless in the fight scenes)
1934 Romance and other Social Ideologies
44. “It Happened One Night” (1934)-Keeping it Simple (So you know how to hitch hike)
45. “The Search for Beauty” (1934)-With Friends Like These (Naked people in the locker room)
46. “Men in White” (1934)-Tiger Woods, Heath Care and Men in White (A very un-Clarke Gable like performance, and it tackles abortion)
47. “The Road to Ruin” (1934)-Why fight it? I’m no Dorothy Davenport (Because a chick directed it, Puts Lifetime films to shame)
48. “Triumph of the Will” (1934)-The Golden Globes and Pre-Code alternatives for the cheap and broke (If you saw Inglourious Basterds and didn’t see this film you need to see this film)
1937 The Code has been enforced and you can tell, but we’re still trying to get away with as much as we can.
49. “Stella Dallas” (1937)-Women Behind Bars (A Great Tear Jerker, a remake of the 1925 Silent version)
50. “The Rains Came” (1937)-Love in the time of Swine Flu (Watch a 50,000 gallon tank flood a sound stage)
51. “The Women” (1939)-The Women-The Original Sex and the City (See the original Sex and the City)

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One Response to Why You Should See These 51 Pre-Code Movies: My List of Blogs and Films for 2009

  1. Axbish says:

    I was glad to see “The Bitter Tea of General Yen” on the list. I have just gotten to it and I had to watch it several times…I still don’t think I grasp the whole story line but it is most intriguing. Frank Capra with Barbara Stanwyk and a Swede playing a Chinese general no less. Capra also uses many of his typical supporting cast members. It is so strange to see the father of Claudet Colbert in “It Happened One Night” cast as a drunken mercinary in “Bitter Tea”.

    This is a great list! I have work to do!

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