Pre-Code Hollywood (1930-34)

In 1934, Hollywood was turned upside down by enforcement of the co-called "Hays Code" -- strict rules to govern the making of motion pictures developed in 1930 by Will H. Hays, president from 1922 to 1945 of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA). The Code would change the way movies were made for the next 34 years.

However, during the "pre-Code" period (1930-1934), censorship scarcely existed. Filmmakers were free to make the movies they wanted and which the public demanded. No subject was taboo including adultery, murder or pre-marital sex. Following is a non-exhaustive list of pre-Code films I hope to watch, presented in roughly chronological order. Ratings and links to reviews will appear in the NOTES.

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  • Born Reckless

    1

  • The Dawn Patrol

    2

  • The Divorcee

    3

  • Blonde Crazy

    4

  • City Girl

    5

  • The Cheat

    6

  • A Free Soul

    7

  • The Front Page

    8

  • Guilty Hands

    9

  • Night Nurse

    10

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    11

  • Tabu

    12

  • Strangers May Kiss

    13

  • Waterloo Bridge

    14

  • Big City Blues

    15

  • Blonde Venus

    16

  • The Cabin in the Cotton

    17

  • Downstairs

    18

  • Frisco Jenny

    19

  • The Hatchet Man

    20

  • Hell's Highway

    21

  • Hot Saturday

    22

  • Jewel Robbery

    23

  • Man Wanted

    24

  • The Match King

    25

  • Merrily We Go to Hell

    26

  • Miss Pinkerton

    27

  • The Mouthpiece

    28

  • The Purchase Price

    29

  • Red-Headed Woman

    30

  • Secrets of the French Police

    31

  • The Sign of the Cross

    32

  • Skyscraper Souls

    33

  • They Call It Sin

    34

  • Three on a Match

    35

  • The Wet Parade

    36

  • Employees' Entrance

    37

  • Ever in My Heart

    38

  • Ex-Lady

    39

  • Female

    40

  • Hard to Handle

    41

  • Ladies They Talk About

    42

  • Lawyer Man

    43

  • Midnight Mary

    44

  • The Mind Reader

    45

  • Pilgrimage

    46

  • Queen Christina

    47

  • Torch Singer

    48

  • When Ladies Meet

    49

  • Cavalcade

    50

  • Cleopatra

    51

  • Dark Hazard

    52

  • Here Comes the Navy

    53

  • Hi, Nellie!

    54

  • Imitation of Life

    55

  • I Sell Anything

    56

  • Mandalay

    57

  • Massacre

    58

  • Murder at the Vanities

    59

  • Search for Beauty

    60

  • Tarzan and His Mate

    61