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Pre-Code that Pushed the Envelope


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#41 markbeckuaf

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:56 AM

Tracey, that's a great list!!!

Prince, I agree, W&W flix were a hotbed of innuendo in the pre-code era!!

#42 PrinceSaliano

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 12:42 PM

Many of the Wheeler & Woolsey pre-Codes are filled with sexual innuendos and double entendres.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 08:46 PM

Bed of Roses --two working girls leave prison and seduce and rob their way to "the good life."

Safe in Hell -- Dorothy Mackaill is a prostitute who's accused of killing a customer and escapes to the Caribbean, where she encounters the same man and actually kills him this time

The Holy Grail of all precodes-- Convention City, which included Guy Kibbee quipping to Joan Blondell: "You take off your dress and I'll take off my toupee!"
There's also Mary Astor gulping gin and a subplot concerning a goat and an amorous auctioneer Adolphe Menjou does his sleezy older man thing and seduces the boss's daughter.

The Divorcee, A Free Soul and Strangers May Kiss depicted an unmarried Norma Shearer having lots and lots of sex and feeling no shame or remorse about it at all. In Private Lives, she and ex husband Robt Montgomery meet up while honeymooning with their respective 2nd spouses, realize they are still in love, and take off together.
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#44 johnbabe

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 09:11 PM

Queen Christina for the sex trans gender insinuations, Mata Hari, the original uncut version that TCM has not been able to get for us, not the watered down after the code version, the original was pre-code but it was butchered when MGM re-released it in 1936, after the Code was being enforced.

Baby Face is another

Inspiration (it depicts sexual ties with an older man and teenage girl, suicide, prostitution, it has it all!

the original Waterloo Bridge

Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)

these are bit a few!
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#45 traceyk65

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 08:32 PM

The Scarlet Empress Catherine the Great played as a power-hungry ****...

Queen Christina the bisexual queen of Sweden w/ her mistress, Lady Ebba and the "rrround dozen!' lovers and 3 days in bed w/ the Spanish envoy

Song of Songs with its lascivious attention to that statue...

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#46 Kellykoop

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 10:22 PM

THE STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 07:41 PM

CALL HER SAVAGE, RED-HEADED WOMAN, RED DUST, BABY FACE, SHE DONE HIM WRONG and I'M NO ANGEL immediately come to mind.
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#48 HomesoulM

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 04:04 PM

Which Pre-Code movie pushed the envelope as far as sex is concerned? I wished there are more that are preserved,restored,and released.




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