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Pre-Code Hollywood (1930-1934)

The Pre-Code Period of movie making happened (debatably) between the beginning of 'talkies' (sound movies) around 1929, and July 1, 1934. After this time, the Motion Picture Production Code was enforced; essentially it is a group of rules as to what was deemed appropriate, and inappropriate to present to the general public (http://pre-code.com/the-motion-picture-production-code-of-1933/). Pre-code movies, in contrast, had violence, nudity, sexual innuendo, sexual freedom, strong and powerful women, and sometimes crime paid, and the criminals could even be the heroes. Although these movies may have many un-PC moments, and can be a little stiff in the acting, their allure comes from how un-sanitized they are compare to movies that have come since. Society has been altered by the code in so many ways, so these movies can give us a glimpse of where we were going before our experiences were censored. Here is just a taste.
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13 Women
13 Women
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Arsène Lupin (1932)
Arsène Lupin (1932)
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Baby Face (1933, Alfred E. Green)
Baby Face (1933, Alfred E. Green)
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Bad Girl (1932)
Bad Girl (1932)
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The Big House (1930)
The Big House (1930)
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Bitter Tea of General Yen, the (1933, Frank Capra)
Bitter Tea of General Yen, the (1933, Frank Capra)
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Blonde Crazy (1931)
Blonde Crazy (1931)
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Blondie Johnson (1933)
Blondie Johnson (1933)
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Bombshell (1933)
Bombshell (1933)
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Born to Be Bad (Lowell Sherman)
Born to Be Bad (Lowell Sherman)
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The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)
The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)
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Call Her Savage (1932)
Call Her Savage (1932)
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Christopher Strong (1933)
Christopher Strong (1933)
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The Divorcee (1930)
The Divorcee (1930)
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931, Rouben Mamoulian)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931, Rouben Mamoulian)
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Dr. Monica (1934)
Dr. Monica (1934)
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Dracula (1931)
Dracula (1931)
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Employees' Entrance (1933)
Employees' Entrance (1933)
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Faithless
Faithless
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Fashions of 1934 (1934)
Fashions of 1934 (1934)
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Female
Female
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Flying Down to Rio (Thornton Freeland)
Flying Down to Rio (Thornton Freeland)
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Footlight Parade (1933, Lloyd Bacon)
Footlight Parade (1933, Lloyd Bacon)
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Forbidden
Forbidden
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Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
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A Free Soul (1931)
A Free Soul (1931)
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Girls About Town (George Cukor)
Girls About Town (George Cukor)
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Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933 – Mervyn Leroy)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933 – Mervyn Leroy)
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It Happened One Night (1934)
It Happened One Night (1934)
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King Kong (1933)
King Kong (1933)
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Ladies of Leisure (1930)
Ladies of Leisure (1930)
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Ladies They Talk About (1933)
Ladies They Talk About (1933)
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Lady for a Day (1933)
Lady for a Day (1933)
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Lights of New York (1928)
Lights of New York (1928)
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Little Ceasar
Little Ceasar
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Loose Ankles (1930)
Loose Ankles (1930)
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Madam Satan (1930)
Madam Satan (1930)
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Man Wanted 1932
Man Wanted 1932
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Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
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The Mummy (1932)
The Mummy (1932)
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