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31 DAYS OF UNIVERSAL PRE-CODES


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THE LAST WARNING (1929) Laura La Plante, John Boles

BROADWAY (1929) Glenn Tryon, Evelyn Brent

CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD (1930) Laura La Plante, John Boles

LITTLE ACCIDENT (1930) Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Anita Page

OUTSIDE THE LAW (1930) Mary Nolan, Edward G. Robinson

EAST IS WEST (1930) Lupe Velez, Edward G. Robinson

THE BOUDOIR DIPLOMAT (1930) Betty Compson, Ian Keith

FREE LOVE (1930) Conrad Nagel, Genevieve Tobin

RESURRECTION (1931) John Boles, Lupe Velez

MANY A SLIP (1931) Joan Bennett, Lew Ayres

THE VIRTUOUS HUSBAND (1931) Betty Compson, Elliott Nugent

UP FOR MURDER (1931) Lew Ayres, Genevieve Tobin

HOMICIDE SQUADRON (1931) Leo Carrillo, Noah Beery

RECKLESS LIVING (1931) Ricardo Cortez, Mae Clarke

NICE WOMEN (1931) Sidney Fox, Frances Dee

THE IMPATIENT MAIDEN (1932) Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke

SCANDAL FOR SALE (1932) Charles Bickford, Pat O'Brien

NIGHT WORLD (1932) Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke

AFRAID TO TALK (1932) Eric Linden, Sidney Fox

LAUGHTER IN HELL (1933) Pat O'Brien, Gloria Stuart

PRIVATE JONES (1933) Lee Tracy, Gloria Stuart

DESTINATION UNKNOWN (1933) Pat O'Brien, Ralph Bellamy

HORSE PLAY (1933) Slim Summerville, Andy Devine

LOVE, HONOR AND OH BABY! (1933) Slim Summerville, ZaSu Pitts

KING FOR A NIGHT (1933) Chester Morris, Helen Twelvetrees

MADAME SPY (1934) Fay Wray, Nils Asther

THE CROSBY CASE (1934) Wynne Gibson, Onslow Stevens

THE COUNTESS OF MONTE CRISTO (1934) Fay Wray, Paul Lukas

LET'S TALK IT OVER (1934) Chester Morris, Mae Clarke

THE LOVE CAPTIVE (1934) Gloria Stuart, Nils Asther

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Actually, I think I only count 30 precodes in your list, but why quibble?. I've seen and have copies of the following:

 

 

BROADWAY (1929) Glenn Tryon, Evelyn Brent

LITTLE ACCIDENT (1930) Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Anita Page

UP FOR MURDER (1931) Lew Ayres, Genevieve Tobin

THE IMPATIENT MAIDEN (1932) Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke

SCANDAL FOR SALE (1932) Charles Bickford, Pat O'Brien

NIGHT WORLD (1932) Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke

AFRAID TO TALK (1932) Eric Linden, Sidney Fox

KING FOR A NIGHT (1933) Chester Morris, Helen Twelvetrees

THE CROSBY CASE (1934) Wynne Gibson, Onslow Stevens

 

"Broadway" is actually on DVD! It's an extra on the Criterion DVD of Lonesome and includes the Technicolor finale.

The copy of Little Accident I have is just awful. There's such a terrible hum in the audio you can barely hear what is going on.

The Impatient Maiden does not pay off. When Mae Clarke meets young doctor Lew Ayres she suddenly shakes that cynical attitude and it's time for family values.

You might want to add "Graft" to your list. It's a nifty little newspaper caper/crime drama with Boris Karloff as a gangster.

1934's Crosby Case actually has nothing to do with the 29 early talkie version. The talkie version of the 29 version is lost but I bought a VHS tape of the silent version a few years back.

 

In order of excellence I'd list the ones I've seen as follows:

Night World

Scandal for Sale

Afraid to Talk

King for a Night (Very bad print - it shakes to the point of giving me a headache - but a good film.)

Crosby Case

Up For Murder

The Impatient Maiden

Broadway

Little Accident

 

Might I also recommend the following Universal precodes not on your list:

Air Mail (1932) - Has a mercy killing in which the killer goes completely unpunished. In fact what he did is considered noble and needed.

Radio Patrol (1932) - An African American as a cop and a hero.

Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934) - Cynical view on government and some implied horror.

Kiss Before The Mirror (1933) - was on TCM before

By Candlelight (1934) - A prince has multiple married lovers and needs to get away from it all.

Undertow (1930) - A woman cheats on her blind husband under his nose and does not enjoy motherhood. Oh the horror!

Iron Man (1931) - A boxing coach can't get over the crush he has on the guy he's been training after he leaves him for his wife.

What Men Want (1930) - Such nonsense, but lots of precode situations.

Bombay Mail (1934) - Nothing really precode about it but a very good mystery

The Bad Sister (1931) - The bad sister has an affair with Bogart, who then disappears on her, and now she NEEDS to get married.Can she lure her fiance back from her plain sister?

Back Street (1932) - Much better than its campy production code era successors

 

Honestly, why didn't Universal trot out any of these guys for their 100th anniversary?

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Just as a guage for what's "out there" in addition to the titles listed by calvinnme here are some more from your list that I have copies of:

CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD

EAST IS WEST

RESURRECTION

 

And two I've seen at theatrical screenings but don't have copies of:

 

THE VIRTUOUS HUSBAND

DESTINATION UNKNOWN

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> {quote:title=calvinnme wrote:}{quote}

> 1934's Crosby Case actually has nothing to do with the 29 early talkie version. The talkie version of the 29 version is lost but I bought a VHS tape of the silent version a few years back.

>

 

I've been very familiar for years with the 1934 movie THE CROSBY CASE but was unaware of any earlier version. What is this 1929 version you mention? What's the title and who's in it?

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