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Jewel Robbery with Kay Francis and William Powell is a very subversive little film. My wife told me that Kay's clothes must have been pinned to her; that they wouldn't have stayed on otherwise! Not available anywhere I know of except TCM from time to time.

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To Ken123 and Jack Burley:

 

Isn't she a doll!! She's the definition of a girl being 'cute' and 'sexy' at the same time. Her smile was brilliant, and she could wisecrack with the very best of them. I'd have like to see her and Bette Davis in some kind of 'friends who hate each other' pic.

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For me, the hands down winner for most impressive Pre-Code film is KONGO. It has it all: Sex, violence, drugs, voodoo, cruelty, etc. The first time I saw it I was literally stunned.

 

Of course, SAFE IN HELL has a beasitality joke...

 

And BABY FACE is pretty remarkable too...Dad's a pimp! And are those lesbian undertones between Barbara Stanwyck and (the incredibly lovely) Theresa Harris?

 

And anything with Warren William being sleazy or Joan Blondell being teasy is also darn good viewing.

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> For me, the hands down winner for most impressive

> Pre-Code film is KONGO. It has it all: Sex, violence,

> drugs, voodoo, cruelty, etc. The first time I saw it

> I was literally stunned.

>

> Of course, SAFE IN HELL has a beasitality joke...

>

> And BABY FACE is pretty remarkable too...Dad's a

> pimp! And are those lesbian undertones between

> Barbara Stanwyck and (the incredibly lovely) Theresa

> Harris?

>

> And anything with Warren William being sleazy or Joan

> Blondell being teasy is also darn good viewing.

 

Lesbian undertones and interracial too ! Now i will have to see "Babyface". Isn't Jon Wayne, in a small role also in that film.

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KONGO--this is a dark, disgusting wonderful example of a pre-Code! I was really surprised by the story line, and I can't imagine what movie goers of the early 30's must have thought.

 

Others along this "dark" genre of pre-Code include ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, WHITE ZOMBIE, FREAKS. I was surprised to see ISLAND shown on TCM this week. Way go to TCM!

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they are playing 2 minor movies with Joan Blondell the morning after her bday on Aug 31, 'Illicit' and 'Night Nurse'. i like Night Nurse, a good early barbara stanwyck vehicle with some definite pre-code moments (gratuitous clothes-changing scene). but yeah, although TCM has been good at regularly showing rarities of joan's, especially in recent months (the cagney marathon had atleast 3 early films with her), they are long overdue for a real joan blondell marathon. some of my favorite JB movies haven't aired on TCM in years, most notably 'Kansas City Princess', which i think is the best of the many joan blondell - glenda farrell golddigger movies.

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