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11 hours ago, TopBilled said:

I always find it interesting that when people discuss precodes, they tend to leave western precodes out of the discussion.

We discussed this before;  it all comes down to if one classify pre-codes as a genre (like westerns),  or as just a time-period; talking films made until the 'code' was really enforced in July of 1934.

(and of course some that define it as some type of combo of both of the above).

I tend to define pre-codes as a genre,  but as you know I'm very flexible in this regard (and so are you since neither of us get 'hung-up' on such labels).

So to me there is such a thing as a pre-code western;   a film with a western setting and theme but that has pre-code content that after July of 1934 wouldn't be seen again in American films until the 60s.

(like Blood on the Moon is a noir-western).

 

 

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1 hour ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

We discussed this before;  it all comes down to if one classify pre-codes as a genre (like westerns),  or as just a time-period; talking films made until the 'code' was really enforced in July of 1934.

(and of course some that define it as some type of combo of both of the above).

I tend to define pre-codes as a genre,  but as you know I'm very flexible in this regard (and so are you since neither of us get 'hung-up' on such labels).

So to me there is such a thing as a pre-code western;   a film with a western setting and theme but that has pre-code content that after July of 1934 wouldn't be seen again in American films until the 60s.

(like Blood on the Moon is a noir-western).

Recently I watched TO THE LAST MAN (1933) on YouTube. It's an early Henry Hathaway western, made at Paramount. There's a scene where leading lady Esther Ralston goes to take a bath in a pond, and it's clear the actress has no clothes on. Very precode. So yeah, I'd definitely say there is such a thing as a precode western.

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