Sunday, March 02, 2008

pre-code hollywood on tcm

As we say goodbye to 31 Days of Oscar tonight, we move on to a night of pre-code Hollywood films and a brand new documentary on Turner Classic Movies Monday, March 3rd. Just in time for Tuesday's release of Forbidden Hollywood Vol. 2. We'll have a review here at The Shelf of course. But in the meantime check it out (all times are eastern):

7:00 PM The Divorcee (1930)
The double standard destroys a liberal couple's marriage. Stars: Norma Shearer, Chester Morris and Robert Montgomery. Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard.

8:30 PM Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008)
This documentary looks at how the social, financial and moral forces all helped shape one of the most intriguing periods in Hollywood history.

9:45 PM Night Nurse (1931)
A nurse discovers that the children she's caring for are murder targets. Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon and Clark Gable. Directed by: William A. Wellman.

11:00 PM Three on a Match (1932)
A woman's childhood friends try to rescue her from gangsters. Stars: Joan Blondell, Bette Davis and Ann Dvorak. Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy.

12:15 AM Female (1933)
A female CEO who's used to buying love meets her match in an independent young executive. Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent and Johnny Mack Brown. Directed by: Michael Curtiz.

1:30 AM Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008)
Encore Presentation

2:45 AM A Free Soul (1931)
A hard-drinking lawyer's daughter falls for one of his underworld clients. Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Norma Shearer, Clark Gable. Directed by: Clarence Brown.

Lots of interesting films that haven't been seen in years. In 2006, we reviewed Forbidden Hollywood Vol. 1 (here) and we made this comment:
I think the DVD set could have really benefited from a documentary on Pre-Code Hollywood, but since this is Volume One, perhaps that will be forthcoming in a later Volume. There are a lot more Pre-Code films out there, so one can hope.

Thou Shalt Not is that documentary and it will be included in Volume 2, along with the films: The Divorcee, A Free Soul, Night Nurse, Three on a Match, and Female. So check out tomorrow's TCM lineup and then order yourself a copy of Forbidden Hollywood Vol. 2. And be sure to check back with us for a full review.

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