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Pre-code Nudity

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  • jayn_jjayn_j Member, Singin Dancing Fool, Lobby Master Posts: 639 ✭✭✭ Daybiller
    Tarzan and his Mate
    Johnny Weismuller
    Maureen O'Sullivan

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    Curmudgeon in training 
  • BruceBruce Member, Captain Movie Poster Posts: 890 ✭✭✭ Daybiller

    jayn_j said:

    Tarzan and his Mate
    Johnny Weismuller
    Maureen O'Sullivan



    The entire scene is online here, and it is pretty amazing!



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  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Claudette Colbert in Sign Of The Cross ( 1932 )

    Myrna Loy in The Barbarian ( aka A Night In Cairo ) ( 1933 ). Myrna Loy said she wore a flesh-tinted body suit for this scene.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Yola d'Avril in Beauty and The Boss ( 1932 ).

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Footlight Parade ( 1933 ).

    George Raft in Night After Night ( 1932 ).

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Jean Harlow in a scene from Platinum Blonde from 1931.

    Let's not forget about the suggested nudity in films, on film posters as well, some examples soon.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

        

     

                                                                    Dante's Inferno (1924 )

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

     

    1935 Dante's Inferno title lobby card and a black and white scene from the 1924 version of Dante's Inferno. It appears to me the above are from the same scene that appears in both films. The 1935 version refined this scene, and the female was covered up to allow the scene to be able to pass the production code rules which were starting to be  enforced in 1935.                                                                                                             

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Jean Harlow in Red Dust ( 1932 ) at top and just above some ladies and an admirer in Gold Diggers of 1933 ( 1933 ).

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    The 1920's. Viola Dana in Open All Night ( 1924 ).

     !920's again. Ruth Rowland in The Masked Woman ( 1927 ).


    Lawrence
  • theartofmovieposterstheartofmovieposters Member Posts: 4,032 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Oh!  This will be good :)

  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Fay Wray  ( with Bruce Cabot ) in King Kong ( 1933 ).

    Lawrence
  • PaulPaul Member, Quad Master Posts: 1,619 ✭✭✭✭ Three-Sheeter
    There is the scene where Kong peels off Ann's clothes...

    It's more than a Hobby...
  • BruceBruce Member, Captain Movie Poster Posts: 890 ✭✭✭ Daybiller
    Paul said:
    There is the scene where Kong peels off Ann's clothes...

    I think that is Bruce Cabot and not Kong. =)
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  • PaulPaul Member, Quad Master Posts: 1,619 ✭✭✭✭ Three-Sheeter
     =) 

    Maybe he wished he had...

    It's more than a Hobby...
  • BrudeBrude Member Posts: 265 ✭✭ One-Sheeter
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

                                                                                                       Next we'll take a look at Betty Blythe and some of her films.She was one of the first actresses to ever appear nude ( or in various stages of undress ) on screen. Nudity on a Bela Lugosi poster should be of interest later on as well. One sheets and lobby cards on the agenda as well. I hope all this nudity won't be too overwhelming.

    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    Publicity shot and an unidentified image, most likely  from She, in the 1920s.

    She ( 1925 )

    Queen Of Sheba ( 1921 )


    Chu-Chin-Chow ( 1923  U.K. / 1925  U.S. A. )


    Betty Blythe was one of the first actresses to ever appear nude, or in various stages of undress on screen. She starred in some exotic silent films as pictured above,

    Betty's last screen appearance was playing a small unbilled part in My Fair Lady in 1964.

    Lawrence
  • BrudeBrude Member Posts: 265 ✭✭ One-Sheeter

    Actress Sybil Seely as 'the Bride' in Buster Keaton's One Week (1920)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrsP9oUbEHI


  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector


    Ben-Hur. The 1925 silent version.





    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

    The Sin Of Nora Moran ( Majestic Pictures, 1933 ). The first of a selection of movie posters that I have found over a period of time showing nudity or partial nudity, starting with this poverty row production.
    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector

                                  The World Gone Mad ( Majestic Pictures, 1933 ).Does the sexy female image on the border art look familiar? Majestic released this film on 15 April 1933, and then they released The Sin Of Nora Moran on 13 December 1933, eight months later. Undoubtedly nothing remotely looking like this appeared in either film. The various poses of the scantily clad female were produced solely to attract potential male ticket buyers. One wonders if there are are any other Majestic pre-code film posters that featured the revealing redhead in similar sexy poses ?
    Lawrence
  • DavidDavid Member Posts: 10,246 admin
    HONDO said:

                                 
    The World Gone Mad ( Majestic Pictures, 1933 ).Does the sexy female image on the border art look familiar? Majestic released this film on 15 April 1933, and then they released The Sin Of Nora Moran on 13 December 1933, eight months later. Undoubtedly nothing remotely looking like this appeared in either film. The various poses of the scantily clad female were produced solely to attract potential male ticket buyers. One wonders if there are are any other Majestic pre-code film posters that featured the revealing redhead in similar sexy poses ?

    You still have your tickets Lawrence?
    David
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    edited December 2017

    Flirtation ( 1934 ). Another poverty row production, this time from First Division Pictures Curious to know what was under the black bar on, can I say, the bottom of the poster.
    Lawrence
  • DavidDavid Member Posts: 10,246 admin
    I've got no idea...anyone want to have a crack?
    David
  • DavidDavid Member Posts: 10,246 admin
    edited December 2017
    Jeanette Loff, seemingly didn't mind getting her gear off was a stunning looking woman with a very short career and sadly, a shorter life

      

     




    Jeanette Loff was born Janette Lov in Orofino, Idaho, on October 9, 1906. Her father Maurice was a successful violinist who moved their family to Canada when Jeanette was a child. She loved to sing and she studied music at the Ellison and White Conservatory. At age sixteen she had a starring role in the operetta Treasure Hunters. Jeanette moved to Oregon and got a job playing the organ. She made her acting debut in the 1927 film Uncle Tom's Cabin. Cecil B. Demille offered her a contract and she quickly became one of Hollywood busiest starlets. In 1928 she appeared in Annapolis, Love Over Night, and Hold 'Em Yale. After her parents divorced Jeanette's mother Inga and sisters Irene and Myrtle came to live with her in California. Jeanette married a salesman named Harry Rosenbloom but they divorced in 1929. She also had a love affairs with producer Paul Bern, song writer Walter O'Keefe, and actor Gilbert Roland. Jeanette got the chance to show off her soprano voice in films like King Of Jazz and Party Girl. By 1931 she was tired of playing ingénues and decided to take a break from making movies. She moved to New York city and starred in several Broadway shows. Jeanette tried to make a comeback with the 1934 drama St. Louis Woman but it was not a hit. After a few more small roles her career stalled. Her final film was the comedy Million Dollar Baby. She retired from acting and married producer and liquor salesman Bert E. Friedlob. Sadly she did not get to enjoy her new life for very long. On August 5, 1942 Jeanette died after ingesting ammonia. She was only thirty-five years old. Although many believe she committed suicide her death may have been accidental. Her family does not believe she took her own life. Jeanette is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

    She has a Bacon number of 3.

    Jeanette Loff
    was in
    King of Jazz (1930)
    with
    Glenn Tryon
    who was in
    Home Town Story (1951)
    with
    John Archer (I)
    who was in
    The Little Sister (1986)
    with
    Kevin Bacon





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  • jayn_jjayn_j Member, Singin Dancing Fool, Lobby Master Posts: 639 ✭✭✭ Daybiller
    Ran across this recently.  Originally from a 1940 Life magazine article on code no-nos.


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    Curmudgeon in training 
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector
    Great find Jay.Although the photograph appears to have been originally taken by A.L. ''Whitney'' Schafer in 1940, the above article was published later on and  refers to two British films released in the U.S.A. in 1946 that were heavily censored there.


    Notorious Gentleman ( A Rakes's Progress in U.K. )  and The Wicked Lady, both from 1945.



    The photographer of ''Thou Shalt Not'' was A.L. ''Whitey'' Schafer, and I thought seeing we have many fans on the forum of Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake I would include two beautiful  photograph images he had taken of them around the time of the peak of their popularity.



    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector


    Death Kiss ( 1932 ). Two versions of publicity produced for this film.
    Lawrence
  • HONDOHONDO Member, Wizard of Aus Posters Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭✭✭ Elite Collector


    Australian newspaper advertisement from 1931.



    MGM studio publicity shots.



    U.S. poster.

    Trader Horn ( 1931 ). MGM certainly pushed the half naked Edwina Booth angle.
    Lawrence
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