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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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58 minutes ago, Ron Obvious said:

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

 

Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Frederic March and Miriam Hopkins (1931)

 

 

Trouble in Paradise is in my top 5.    I assume you like Miriam Hopkins since she is in both the films you mentioned.

Hard for me to say one pre-code is my favorite.   Three on a Match,   Baby Face,  and Red-Headed Women are favorites.

 

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Great topic.  I agree with the consensus favorites Red Dust, Baby Face, and Red Headed Woman, as well as Three on a Match and others.  I'm not sure I saw anyone mention The Match King with Warren William, but it's great.  By the way, his Perry Mason series shows a lawyer literally helping a client get away with murder in the Howling Dog, something that a year later would probably not have been allowed.

Jewell Robbery's best line:  "Someone's outside--I can hear the gwavel cwunching!"

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1 hour ago, charvakan said:

Great topic.  I agree with the consensus favorites Red Dust, Baby Face, and Red Headed Woman, as well as Three on a Match and others.  I'm not sure I saw anyone mention The Match King with Warren William, but it's great.  By the way, his Perry Mason series shows a lawyer literally helping a client get away with murder in the Howling Dog, something that a year later would probably not have been allowed.

Jewell Robbery's best line:  "Someone's outside--I can hear the gwavel cwunching!"

TCM has shown The Match King,  which as you note is a really good film with William and soon to be Flynn's wife,   French actress, Lili Damita.

Yea,  pre-code Mason films were more faithful to the novels than Production code films or the T.V.  series.      

 

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The Match King, Three on a Match, Public Enemy, Gold Diggers of 1933, Night Nurse, She Done Him Wrong, Morning Glory, A Farewell to Arms, Employees' Entrance, Red-Headed Woman,  The Front Page 

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Death Takes A Holiday (1934)

Saw this one over 40 years ago on the late late late late late show :)  way before TCM 

March has been my favorite actor ever since. Sign of The Cross, Mary Queen of Scots, Anthony Adverse, et al - all the way up to the creep you love to despise in Hombre as an elder statesman.

I have a horrible, grainy VHS tape copy of the film made when I first saw it missing the intro credits because I didn't get the "show on the road" in time. It is barely watchable. If any film buffs out there can tell me when this EVER airs ( or aired) let me know. I have not seen it aired in over 30 years.

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