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Pre-code Nudity

CharlieCharlie Member, Administrator, Moderator, Game Master Posts: 5,598 admin

I found this great blog post on pre-code nudity:

http://www.precodemisbehaving.com/2015/03/pre-code-nudity-update-and-film-guide.html?m=1

I wonder what else they got away with?
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  • DavidDavid Administrator Posts: 9,268 admin
    Interesting. And a reminder of how hot Claudette Colbert was...
    David
  • DavidDavid Administrator Posts: 9,268 admin
    The writer Emma (from Brisbane, Australia) of the blog does write a series of interesting articles about pre-code Hollywood, one is a weekly one called This Week in History



    This Week in History - Feb 12 to 18

    Everything you need to know about the goings-ons and gossip from this week in Precode Hollywood.

    1929:

    Lily Langtry Dead - Lady De Bathe, 77, professionally known as Lily Langtry died at Monte Carlo on February 12 of heart failure.
    Hell’s Angels at 17 Reels - James Hall and Ben Lyon were recalled last week for flying inserts in Hell’s Angels taken at Caddo Field in Van Nuys. The production is now down to 17 reels, leaving but five to cut out.

    Assumed Charms of 50 Show Girls Classified - An acute examination of the assumed charms of 50 leading Broadway showgirls reveals sad deficiencies. Despite propaganda, the publicised “beauties” do a tailspin upon analysis point by point. Of the 50 girls:
    - seven are knock-kneed
    - eight wear glasses to read
    - 18 have astigmatism
    - two are actually pigeon-toed
    - nine have scars on their faces
    - 16 have dyed hair
    - only seven have a genuine rosy complexion
    - 22 are undeniably pasty-faced
    - 14 are unusually round shouldered
    - 27 are either too fat or too thin
    - 17 have oversized shoulders
    - 19 are flat chested
    - 35 own from one to 12 false teeth
    - eight have one or more gold teeth
    - only six are distinguished looking in evening clothes
    - 29 are common appearing in street wraps
    - 12 have extremely large mouths
    - 15 have razor edge lips
    - 28 have ungainly torsos
    - 11 have exceptionally long arms
    - seven have short arms
    - 10 have very large necks
    - 25 have naturally wavy hair and
    - 19 have facial birth marks, freckle or moles

    1930:

    Dot Mackaill’s Loss - Dorothy Mackaill escaped serious injury when the Sunset Limited from San Francisco struck a gasoline line truck on February 10. She lost two trunks in the fire which destroyed part of the train.
    Revising Bill for Federal Censorship - Warning of an impending fight to establish national censorship of pictures is given by the Federated Motion Picture council in an announcement that they are at work revising the Hudson bill for reintroduction into Congress. This measure will provide for a federal commission to regulate pictures subject matter and its treatment.

    Campaign on Garbo has Coast Steamed Up - “Greta Garbo is the greatest living actress,” is the billing being given for that star for Anna Christie in 24 sheets plastered all over the town. Fox West Coast publicity department was behind the extravagant placarding that created comment. Meanwhile, Elsie Adair and Mable Lash, studio doubles for Greta Garbo, worked as a lobby plug for Anna at the Criterion. The girls appeared in a frame in the lobby dressed in the clothes worn by Garbo in the picture. The gag tied up sidewalk traffic during their appearance. 

    1931:

    Radio Stars Dorothy Lee Despite Her Objections - Radio will star Dorothy Lee despite her objections. Studio offered a starring contract a month ago, which she turned down claiming she wasn’t ready for the big leap. Miss Lee was then assigned to the femme lead in Too Many Cooks opposite Bert Wheeler. After the completion of the picture she will be assigned to one with her name above it.
    In anticipation of her first European vacation, Norma Shearer, Canadian by birth, is now a naturalised American citizen.

    Brutal Censoring Burns Press and Fans - Pennsylvania censors are certainly getting tough these days. They butchered The Blue Angel so badly Paramount refused to release it there and Greta Garbo’s Inspiration was chopped to 60 minutes. The latest to get the axe is Nancy Carroll’s Stolen Heaven. The board refused to okay it in present form and it may have to be shelved entirely in this state, like Blue Angel.

    1932:

    Mickey McGuire Legalised - Judge Gates ruled Mickey McGuire (who became Mickey Rooney) had a right to use that cognomen as his legally changed name. Judge dissolved an injunction by Radio Darmour Productions and Fontaine Fox against the boy’s taking it.

    Tarzan’s New Finis - Owing to audience reaction at the preview of Metro’s Tarzan, the picture is having a new ending supplied. In the original a monkey protecting the heroine was killed by a gorilla. At the tryout there was such evident disapproval of the incident that a new tag will be made of a happy ending for the monk. Figured the same reaction would obtain on general release.

    Tom Mix to Wed - Tom Mix was married on February 15 to Mabel Hubbell, circus
    aerialist, known as Mabel Ward. It is is third marriage. The bride was with the Sells-Floto circus of which Mix was also a headline member. 
    No Hooey Or Else - Hal Roach contracts with kids now bing them to study their lessons and regularly attend school classes arranged for them. It’s the first time in the history of children in pictures that playing hookey from school is made a breach of contract. 

    1933:

    George Raft in Wrong - Paramount is ready to put George Raft under suspension upon his refusal to play a part in Case of Temple Drake. Jack La Rue starts instead today. Raft is insisting the company give him $2,500 a week or he will go to Europe. Now drawing $750 weekly. It’s understood a producer associated with Paramount told Raft to stand put on the demand and that the company with come through. The officials here are burned over it. 

    Marlene’s Pants Give LA Stores a Break - Department stores here are viking with one another in pushing sale of male attire for women or mannish femme outfits, and are tying up picture star names as added lure. Marlene Dietrich gets the biggest plug in the drive, with ‘Marlene’ trouser suits; ‘Marlene’ hats and mannish suits, and ‘Marlene’ severely tailored coast suits. Other femme outfits of the mannish type are labelled ‘Kay’, ‘Marian’, ‘Norma’, ‘Joan’ and ‘Helen’. 

    Can’t Can Cantway - Warners can’t get away from Maxine Cantway. Four years ago the studio removed her from the chorus ranks and gave her a contract, later dropping her. This week contracts were handed out to 12 of the 20 chorines in 42nd Street and among the names was Miss Cantway. 

    1934:  

    Hays Better - Leaving Queens of Angels hospital where he had been taking a rest cure for several days, Will Hays, left for the east on February 9. Accompanying him to New York was Mrs Hays, Mr and Mrs Harry Warner, Patterson Rothacker and George Northwick.

    472 For Awards - Members of the Academy have 472 pictures to choose from in picking the winners of the awards, which will go respectively to the best male and female acting of the year, best writing, best directing and to the production company for the best picture. Ballots have been mailed calling for nominations of three names for each class. The final awards will be made at the Academy banquet March 16.

    Astaire Due in April Despite Divorce Ban - Radio Pictures is in trouble with the Hays organisation over Gay Divorcee. It was intended to do the musical with Fred Astaire in his original role by Hays ruled it out, claiming the subject was not suitable picture material. Radio is arguing the matter, but also looking for another vehicle for Astaire. Whatever the result, Astaire closes with stage production Gay Divorcee in April and will present himself in Hollywood in June. It is practically set that Ginger Rogers will be his leading lady.
    David
  • CharlieCharlie Member, Administrator, Moderator, Game Master Posts: 5,598 admin
    Lovely!!!
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  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,430 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Maniac ( 1934 ). A exploitation/ horror film mainly screened at burlesque houses or tent shows in the U.S.A.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,430 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Let's not forget the earlier Ben Hur ( 1925 ).

    Lawrence
  • DavidDavid Administrator Posts: 9,268 admin
    HONDO said:


    Let's not forget the earlier Ben Hur ( 1925 ).

    Easy for you...you saw it when it was first released.

     ;) 
    David
  • CharlieCharlie Member, Administrator, Moderator, Game Master Posts: 5,598 admin
     =) 
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  • CharlieCharlie Member, Administrator, Moderator, Game Master Posts: 5,598 admin
    Only two images Lawrence!!!  Put an effort into it...
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  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,430 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    A                                                 B 
    Charlie said:
    Only two images Lawrence!!!  Put an effort into it...
    Doubled my contribution in one fell swoop. Joan Blondell in Blonde Crazy ( 1931 ) ( A ) and The Office Wife ( 1930 ) ( B ) with the star Dorothy Mackaill in the background.
    Lawrence
  • jayn_jjayn_j Member Posts: 274 ✭✭ One-Sheeter
    How about this shot of the chorus for 1934's Search For Beauty?
    - Jay -
    Curmudgeon in training 
  • CharlieCharlie Member, Administrator, Moderator, Game Master Posts: 5,598 admin
    I like where this thread is going...
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  • DavidDavid Administrator Posts: 9,268 admin
    edited March 14
    The Fireman of the Folies Bergere (1928, Fr.) (aka Le Pompier des Folies Bergères) (short)

    This short Pre-Code French film (some dated it as 1930), not subject to the restrictions of the US' Hays Code, was a promotional piece for the famed Folies Bergeres in Paris, France. In particular, it advertised dancer Josephine Baker's Vents de Folies revue at the famous showplace in the late 1920s.

    The central character was a lecherous fireman, who had subliminal surreal thoughts about the nude dancers from the stage show he had just watched. After drinking in a bar, he began to imagine all of the females in his view as naked - in the bar on the tabletop (even in the ring left by his drink) and at other tables, in the subway station on the platform (where he viewed Josephine Baker wearing only a bra and hula skirt), on a streetcar, and at his place of work.

    When he sat down on a streetcar bench between a priest and a woman with a hat box on her lap, he suddenly saw another female rider in front of him lose her clothes (through a double-exposure dissolve), and then his seat-mates on his right and left turned female without clothes.

    His entire crew of male firemen were seated on the fire truck, transformed into females wearing only firemen's helmets. Slightly later, they were transformed a second time as a group while performing deep knee-bend exercises.

    David
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,430 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited March 14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What's going on here one wonders? Conrad Nagel and Lupe Valez in an interestingconversation in Kongo ( 1932 ).
    Lawrence
  • DavidDavid Administrator Posts: 9,268 admin
  • EisenhowerEisenhower Member Posts: 2,957 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    David said:



    Very nice clip! :)

    lotsa blonde bombshells. Not sure who all of them were...I think I recognized-
    ---Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Harlow, Joan Blondell, Myrna Loy? I didn't see Joan Crawford. Any others you all recognized?

    also starring Lionel Barrymore... Joel McCrea?


    Mark
  • DavidDavid Administrator Posts: 9,268 admin
    I believe the order is:

    Joan Blondell, Miriam Hopkins and Claudette Colbert in Smiling Lieutenant with Maurice Chevalier, Jean Harlow, Jeanette McDonald, Miriam Hopkins in Dr Jekyll (Frederic March version), Louise Brooks, Myrna Loy, Miriam Hopkins, Barbara Stanwyck, Tallulah Bankhead, Joan Blondell, Toby Wing on table?, Bette Davis behind the door, Miriam Hopkins, Barbara Stanwyck, Betty Boop, Ginger Rogers, Mae Marsh, Joan Blondell as a nurse with Barbara Stanwyck in Night Nurse, Jean Hersholt with woman, Jeanette MacDonald...

    Ginger Rogers dancing, Mae Marsh in fur coat, Lionel Barrymore with Jean Harlow (Girl From Missouri), Joan Blondell dark bobbed hair, Miriam Hopkins rolling down stockings for Dr Jekyll, Joel Mcrea with Constance Bennett (Bed of Roses), Claudette Colbert's famous legs scene in It Happened One Night, Joan Blondell, Myrna Loy, Dorothy Mackaill (Safe in Hell?), Jeanette MacDonald, Jean Harlow getting swatted, Jean Harlow fur coat with Lionel Barrymore (Girl From Missouri),  Busby Berkeley's Dames title sequence with mirrors and maybe Ruby Keeler spraying the camera.
    David
  • EisenhowerEisenhower Member Posts: 2,957 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    ...Miriam Hopkins.... :D   ...think I'll take a second look....
    Mark
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,430 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited March 15

                                                                                                From the clip Toby Wing on table is correct and from Search For Beauty ( 1934 ). The above two images are also from Search For Beauty and scenes like this is why the code was enforced.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,430 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Easy To Love is another film from the offending year of 1934. Genevieve Tobin  and Adolph Menjou featured above. I had only intended to download once but I unintentionally sent it a second time, and as it doesn't look too bad, I decided to leave it as is.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,430 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Alice White in Sweethearts On Parade ( 1930 ). The pre code actresses were lucky that they got shower and bath at work as well as at home.

    Lawrence
  • CharlieCharlie Member, Administrator, Moderator, Game Master Posts: 5,598 admin
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  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,430 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Hips, Hips, Hooray! from 1934 would have had the Hays office up in arms.

    Had this one sitting in drafts and would be a pity not to share with members before I head into inactivity, so here it is.

    Lawrence
  • CharlieCharlie Member, Administrator, Moderator, Game Master Posts: 5,598 admin
    edited March 26
    Very nice!
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  • jayn_jjayn_j Member Posts: 274 ✭✭ One-Sheeter
    nice clips to add to this discussion



    - Jay -
    Curmudgeon in training 
  • HONDOHONDO Member Posts: 6,430 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    Apparently not available to view in Australia. Message at beginning reads -''This video contains content from SME, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds - sorry about that". I am curious to know if the material was originally from extras that were added to a film noir DVD. Love to know what I am missing here?
    Lawrence
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