The Resource Pre-Code Hollywood collection

Pre-Code Hollywood collection

Label
Pre-Code Hollywood collection
Title
Pre-Code Hollywood collection
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • fre
  • spa
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
  • The cheat: A spoiled socialite is a gambling addict. She borrows money from an exotic art collector in order to replace what she has stolen from a charity. The collateral for the loan may be a shock, a there is a large penalty for default. A catalog of selfishness, desire and revenge, not to mention a touch of kinky
  • Merrily we go to hell: Jerry Corbett finally meets and marries Joan Prentiss, the right girl. Unfortunately their wedded bliss is interrupted when Jerry's play becomes a hit and he hooks up with the wrong woman from his past. Joan decides that turn-about is fair play and she picks Charlie to escort her to various parties around New York. Eventually Jerry quits drinking and sends his girlfriend packing, just in time for Joan to take him back
  • Hot Saturday: Bank employee Ruth Brock has a reputation around town for being fast-and-easy. Yet none of the panting suitors has made her yet. She disillusions each one, but the last guy is a bad sport and starts a gossip scandal about her and a millionaire playboy. This causes Ruth to lose her job. Figuring that as long as she has the name, she might as well play the game
  • Torch singer: Sally Trent has an illegitimate child, but cannot support her. She gives the baby up for adoption. Michael Gardner is the father who leaves for China not knowing about the baby. Sally assumes he has abandoned her for life. She gets a job as a torch singer and changes her name to Mimi Benton. She becomes notorious for her drinking and philadering. Then, Mimi fills in on a children's radio program singing and telling bedtime stories. She uses the airtime to find her daughter. She leaves her partying days behind and reunites with Michael
  • Murder at the Vanities: Shortly before the curtain goes up the first time at the latest performance of Earl Carroll's Vanities, someone is attempting to injure the leading lady Ann Ware. She wants to marry leading man Eric Lander. Stage manager Jack Ellery calls in his friend, policeman Bill Murdock, to help him investigate. They find the body of a murdered women. Bill suspects Eric of the crime. Rita Ross, a second female lead, tells Bill that she saw the women leaving from Eric's room. Rita is shot onstage with Eric's gun. Jack and Bill decide not to stop the show, but Bill prepares to arrest Eric
  • Search for beauty: Inspired by the L.A. Olympics, a trio of con artists lure some prize-winning athletes into endorsing their newly-acquired fitness magazine. They stage an international publicity stunt to find the healthiest young bodies in the English-speaking world. While the athletes are out scouting for specimens, the three rogues turn the magazine into a lurid cheesecake rag. This spins off into a health farm, which they try to turn into a high-priced facility for Hollywood swells out to exploit eager young talent
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Cataloging source
MaGrPL
Characteristic
videorecording
Intended audience
MPAA rating: Not rated
Language note
English dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PerformerNote
  • The cheat cast: Tallulah Bankhead, Harvey Stephens, Irving Pichel, Jay Fassett, Ann Andrews
  • Merrily we go to hell cast: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Adrianne Allen, Richard Gallagher, George Irving, Cary Grant
  • Hot Saturday cast: Nancy Carroll, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Edward Woods, Lilian Bond
  • Torch singer cast: Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, David Manners, Lyda Roberti
  • Murder at the Vanities cast: Carl Brisson, Victor McLaglen, Jack Oakie, Kitty Carlisle, Dorothy Stickney, Gertrude Michael
  • Search for beauty cast: Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Ida Lupino, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason, Toby Wing, Gertrude Michael, Bradley Page
Runtime
466
Series statement
Universal backlot series
Technique
live action
Label
Pre-Code Hollywood collection
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from container
  • Originally released as motion pictures, 1931-1934
  • Merrily we go to Hell is based on the play "I Jerry take thee, Joan" by Cleo Lucas
  • Hot Saturday is based on the novel by Harvey Fergusson
  • Torch singer is based on the story "Mike" by Grace Perkins
  • Murder at the Vanities is based on a play by Earl Carroll and Rufus King
  • Search for beauty is based on the play "Love your body" by Schuyler E. Grey and Paul R. Milton
  • In 1934, Hollywood was turned upside down by the enforcement of a strict "Production Code" that would change the way movies were made for the next 34 years. But during the "pre-Code" period (1929-1934), censorship barely existed and filmmakers had free reign to make the movies they wanted and the public demanded. No subject was taboo including adultery, murder or sex
  • The cheat violated the Production Code's strictures against miscengenation, sadism, white slavery and rape. Merrily we go to Hell violated the Production Codes strictures against scenes of drunken parties, clinging Travis Banton gowns and Art Deco settings
  • Hot Saturday violated the Production Code's strictures against scenes of seduction, this includes the scenes in which a group of young people drive to a drinking party that leads to worse behavior. Torch singer violated the Production Codes strictures against raising a child born out of wedlock, illicit love scenes, drunkeness and a shimmering lamé gown
  • Murder at the Vanities violated the Production Code's strictures against semi-nude women, cocktails for two and smoking marajuana and violated almost every section of the Code (six months later and it would not have been made)
  • Search for beauty violated the Production Codes strictures against scenes of naked bodies. The film was heavily censored and was never re-issued or re-made
Accompanying material
1 booklet.
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Disc 1. The cheat / Paramount Pictures ; silent film script, Hector Turnbull ; writer, Harry Hervey ; directed by George Abbott ; (1931 ; 68 min.) -- Merily we go to Hell / Paramount Pictures ; writer, Edwin Justus Mayer ; directed by Dorothy Arzner ; (1932 ; 84 min.)
  • Disc 2. Hot Saturday / Paramount Pictures ; writers, Josephine Lovett, Joseph Moncure March, Seton I. Miller ; directed by William A. Seiter ; (1932 ; 73 min.) -- Torch singer / Paramount Productions, Inc. ; screenplay by Lenore Coffee and Lynn Starling ; directed by Alexander Hall, George Somnes ; (71 min.)
  • Disc 3. Murder at the Vanities / Paramount Pictures ; dialogue, Sam Hellman ; writers, Joseph Gollomb, Carey Wilson ; directed by Mitchell Leisen ; (1934 ; 90 min.) -- Search for beauty / Paramount Pictures ; story by David Boehm, Maurine Watkins ; dialogue, Sam Hellman ; writers, Claude Binyon, Frank Butler ; directed by Erle C. Kenton ; (1934 ; 78 min.)
Control code
1501313
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Dimensions
other
Extent
3 videodiscs (466 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
025195051910
Other physical details
sound, black and white
Publisher number
61106092
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1501313
  • (Sirsi) 1501313
System details
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.37:1); Dolby Digital 2.0 mono., digitally remastered, dual-layer, NTSC
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Pre-Code Hollywood collection
Publication
Note
  • Title from container
  • Originally released as motion pictures, 1931-1934
  • Merrily we go to Hell is based on the play "I Jerry take thee, Joan" by Cleo Lucas
  • Hot Saturday is based on the novel by Harvey Fergusson
  • Torch singer is based on the story "Mike" by Grace Perkins
  • Murder at the Vanities is based on a play by Earl Carroll and Rufus King
  • Search for beauty is based on the play "Love your body" by Schuyler E. Grey and Paul R. Milton
  • In 1934, Hollywood was turned upside down by the enforcement of a strict "Production Code" that would change the way movies were made for the next 34 years. But during the "pre-Code" period (1929-1934), censorship barely existed and filmmakers had free reign to make the movies they wanted and the public demanded. No subject was taboo including adultery, murder or sex
  • The cheat violated the Production Code's strictures against miscengenation, sadism, white slavery and rape. Merrily we go to Hell violated the Production Codes strictures against scenes of drunken parties, clinging Travis Banton gowns and Art Deco settings
  • Hot Saturday violated the Production Code's strictures against scenes of seduction, this includes the scenes in which a group of young people drive to a drinking party that leads to worse behavior. Torch singer violated the Production Codes strictures against raising a child born out of wedlock, illicit love scenes, drunkeness and a shimmering lamé gown
  • Murder at the Vanities violated the Production Code's strictures against semi-nude women, cocktails for two and smoking marajuana and violated almost every section of the Code (six months later and it would not have been made)
  • Search for beauty violated the Production Codes strictures against scenes of naked bodies. The film was heavily censored and was never re-issued or re-made
Accompanying material
1 booklet.
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Disc 1. The cheat / Paramount Pictures ; silent film script, Hector Turnbull ; writer, Harry Hervey ; directed by George Abbott ; (1931 ; 68 min.) -- Merily we go to Hell / Paramount Pictures ; writer, Edwin Justus Mayer ; directed by Dorothy Arzner ; (1932 ; 84 min.)
  • Disc 2. Hot Saturday / Paramount Pictures ; writers, Josephine Lovett, Joseph Moncure March, Seton I. Miller ; directed by William A. Seiter ; (1932 ; 73 min.) -- Torch singer / Paramount Productions, Inc. ; screenplay by Lenore Coffee and Lynn Starling ; directed by Alexander Hall, George Somnes ; (71 min.)
  • Disc 3. Murder at the Vanities / Paramount Pictures ; dialogue, Sam Hellman ; writers, Joseph Gollomb, Carey Wilson ; directed by Mitchell Leisen ; (1934 ; 90 min.) -- Search for beauty / Paramount Pictures ; story by David Boehm, Maurine Watkins ; dialogue, Sam Hellman ; writers, Claude Binyon, Frank Butler ; directed by Erle C. Kenton ; (1934 ; 78 min.)
Control code
1501313
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Dimensions
other
Extent
3 videodiscs (466 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
025195051910
Other physical details
sound, black and white
Publisher number
61106092
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1501313
  • (Sirsi) 1501313
System details
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.37:1); Dolby Digital 2.0 mono., digitally remastered, dual-layer, NTSC
Video recording format
DVD

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