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The Painted Veil (1934) greta garboJean Harlow. Joan Blondell. Warren William. Dorothy Mackaill. Kay Francis. Ricardo Cortez. Madge Evans. Leila Hyams. Lyle Talbot. Anita Page. Norma Shearer.

Pick a star, any star. Or any movie released between 1930 and 1934 – that absolutely awesome, totally titillating, sinfully scandalous era of film making known as pre-Code.

The 2015 Pre-Code Blogathon is a celebration of this brief but oh-so memorable period in the annals of cinema – one that featured more lingerie than you can shake a stick at!  Around these parts, we think that the films produced in the early 1930s are some of the best from Hollywood’s Golden Age – and if you share our fondness for these features and the performers who made them so unforgettable, you are cordially invited to join in the fun!

Your hosts for this event are:
Danny of  ( and
Karen of Shadows and Satin (

We all have days where this is the best possible choice. If you’d like to take part, please leave a comment below or send an email to either of your hosts, including the name of your blog, the topic you plan to write about, and your email address. And help yourself to one of the banners below to advertise the event on your blog!

The blog-a-thon will take place March 31 – April 3, 2015 in celebration of the 85th anniversary of the adoption of the Production Code. If you’d like to post on a designated day, just let us know. (Otherwise, we’ll  assign a date to you.) Our participants so far are as follows:


 Speakeasy  The Old Dark House (1933)
 Silver Screenings  The Intruder (1933)
 Now Voyaging  Safe in Hell (1932)
 Outspoken and Freckled  I’m No Angel (1933) and
Employee’s Entrance (1933)
 Noirish  Red Headed Alibi (1932) and
Passport to Hell (1932)
 Mildred’s Fatburgers  Red Headed Woman (1932) and
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
 A Shroud of Thoughts  Island of Lost Souls (1932)
 Acidemic Film Journal  Waterloo Bridge (1932)
 Hitless Wonder  Five Star Final (1932)
 Movies Silently  The Monster Walks (1932)
 Immortal Ephemera  Blood Money (1931)
 I See A Dark Theater  Baby Face (1933)
 Island of Lost Films  Island of Lost Souls (1932)
 A Person in the Dark  Call Her Savage (1932)
 Queerly Different  The Sign of the Cross (1933)
 Once Upon a Screen  The Divorcee (1930) and
Love is a Racket (1931)
 Classic Reel Girl  Consolation Marriage (1931)
 Classic Movie Hub  Scarface (1932) and
  She Done Him Wrong (1933)
 Silent Locations  Lady Killer, Public Enemy,
and Night Nurse
 Moon in Gemini  Imitation of Life (1934)
 Girls Do Film  The Divorcee (1930)
 Prowler Needs a Jump  Freaks (1932)
 Caftan Woman  The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
 The Movie Rat  Blonde Venus (1933)
 Second Sight Cinema  The Bitter Tea of General Yen
(1932) and
The Scarlet Empress (1934) and
Shanghai Express (1933)
 Public Transportation Snob  Shanghai Express (1933) and
Morocco (1931)
 The Cinematic Packrat  I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
 Critica Retro  The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
 Mike’s Take on the Movies  Tarzan (1932) and
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
 Sister Celluloid  Christopher Strong (1933)
 Thrilling Days of Yesteryear  Sin of Nora Moran (1933)
 The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood  No Man of Her Own (1932)
 Man on the Flying Trapeze  Love Me Tonight (1933)
 Smitten Kitten  It Happened One Night (1934)
 Movie Classics  Song of Songs (1933)
 This Girl Friday  Taxi! (1932) and
Picture Snatcher (1932)
 Spellbound by Movies  Trouble in Paradise (1932)
 The Motion Pictures  Week-End Marriage (1932)
 Watch Over Me Movies  Queen Christina (1933)
 Shameless Pile of Stuff  Little Caesar (1930)
 Forgotten Filmz  Downstairs (1932)
 The Stop Button  All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
 The Cinematic Frontier  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
 Random Pictures  Woman in the Moon and
Murder at the Vanities (1934)
 Cinemaven’s Essays from the Couch  Shanghai Express (1932)
 Phyllis Loves Classic Movies  Platinum Blonde
 Karavansara  Madam Satan
 ilgiornodeglizombi   The Unholy Three
 Pure Golden Classics   The Gay Divorcee
 The Vintage Cameo  Busby Berkeley (pre and post-Code)
 Wolfian’s Classic Movie Digest  Barbara Stanwyck
 Margaret Perry  Jean Harlow
 Warren  Warren William
 Wide Screen World  Joan Blondell
 The Chiseler  Phillips Holmes
 Flapper Flickers and Silent Stanzas  Aline MacMahon
 Your name here!


Come on  – hop aboard the pre-Code train. In the words of Mae West, “It ain’t no sin!”









Leave a comment below to join!

Categories: Blog-A-Thons


Danny is a writer who lives with his lovely wife, adorable children, and geriatric yet yappy dog. He blogs at, a website dedicated to Hollywood films from 1930 to 1934, and can be found on Twitter @PreCodeDotCom.


Jen from FF+SS · January 8, 2015 at 12:31 am

Ooh, this is gonna be terrific! Can I write about Aline MacMahon? 🙂

    Danny · January 8, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Totally! She’s all yours. 🙂

Rich · January 8, 2015 at 3:00 am

I’ll take Joan Blondell, preferably on the 3rd.

    Danny · January 8, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Sounds great, Rich. I’m looking forward to it!

Erich Kuersten · January 8, 2015 at 10:41 am

Count me in for James Whale’s Waterloo Bridge!

    Danny · January 8, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Sounds great! I’ll put you on the list.

Dan Day Jr. · January 8, 2015 at 11:20 am

Hi this is Dan from the Hitless Wonder Movie Blog ( I’d like to write about “Five Star Final”. My email is

    Danny · January 8, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Awesome, adding you on!

Movies, Silently · January 8, 2015 at 11:43 am

Hi there! I would like to cover The Monster Walks (1932), which is absolutely dripping with silent movie veterans.

    Danny · January 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Awesome, I’ll add you! Can’t wait to see it!

Kim · January 8, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Very excited for this! There’s too many great films to pick from, but can I take BABY FACE (1933)? I’ll mainly be comparing the two versions that exist today and the differences between them, and perhaps touch upon the insane marketing campaign for the film.
My blog is: I See A Dark Theater ( and my email is:


    Danny · January 8, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Sounds great! And thanks for coming by, really digging your site. 🙂

      Kim · January 11, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Thank you! I love all things pre-code, so I always enjoy visiting your site!

Bonnie · January 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

I would love to do a write up on Consolation Marriage (1931).

    Danny · January 9, 2015 at 8:27 am

    I’ll add you down. Thanks!

JennyG · January 8, 2015 at 11:17 pm

Pardon the off-topic question here, but what film is the ether gif from? It looks hilarious.

Aurora · January 9, 2015 at 2:10 am

Hi Danny! I’d love to participate and couldn’t decide between two titles so if I may I’ll post a commentary on each – THE DIVORCEE (1930) and THE CUBAN LOVE SONG (1931). Let me know if both are OK. 🙂

Once Upon a Screen

    Danny · January 9, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Got you down for both. Thanks!

Debbie · January 9, 2015 at 9:03 am

Hello! I would love to write about Imitation of Life. My blog is Moon in Gemini ( and my email is Thanks!

    Danny · January 9, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve added you to the list. Thanks!

Kerry Fristoe · January 10, 2015 at 2:46 am

Hi, I’m Kerry from May I write about Freaks?

    Danny · January 10, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Sounds good, I’ll add you on. Thanks!

Classic Movie Hub (@ClassicMovieHub) · January 10, 2015 at 10:56 am

Hi, I’d like to do She Done Him Wrong for Classic Movie Hub (that would make two entries for CMH)… Thanks!

    Danny · January 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Done. Thank you!

Le · January 11, 2015 at 9:17 am

Whoa! I had a hard time choosing a topic! But I want a naughty film, I’m over 21 and I’m ready to review The Story of Temple Drake (1933)!

P.S.: Did you receive my e-mail?

    Danny · January 19, 2015 at 7:58 am

    It’s all yours, Le! And thanks!

mikestakeonthemovies · January 11, 2015 at 9:47 am

How about a double feature consisting of the first two films in the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan series. Tarzan the Ape Man from 32 and the rather risque sequel Tarzan and his Mate in 34.

    Danny · January 19, 2015 at 8:20 am

    That sounds great! I’ll add you in! Thanks!

sistercelluloid · January 12, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Fabulous idea!! Could I please cover The Divorcee?

sistercelluloid · January 12, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Whoops, just saw that The Divorcee is already in good hands, with Girls Do Film! Could I do Dorotht Arzner’s Christopher Strong (1933)?

    Danny · January 19, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Got ya. Thanks!

Margaret Perry · January 13, 2015 at 8:48 am

May I write about Jean Harlow?

    Danny · January 19, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Well, if you don’t, now I’ll be bummed. Can’t wait to read it!

Ivan G Shreve Jr · January 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm


I’m in for The Sin of Nora Moran (1932).

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

    Danny · January 19, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Awesome! I’ll put you down!

Patricia Nolan-Hall (@CaftanWoman) · January 15, 2015 at 4:47 am

Yours may be the definitive look at “The Mask of Fu Manchu”, but it is such a favourite of mine I’d love to have a whack at it for the blogathon.

    Danny · January 19, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Ha! Thanks for the compliment, but I’ll add you in– I think you’ll do its insanity justice. 🙂

wolffianclassicmoviesdigest · January 15, 2015 at 2:38 pm

I hope i am not too late. Id like review the precodes classics of barbara stanwyck my name is joey,i am a reviewer for wolffian classic movies digest,i am also a lover of movies too. @wolffianclassic on twitter is contract or just message if any questions about anything

crawford77 · January 15, 2015 at 2:57 pm

Hi Danny. Could I write about Carole Lombard and Clark Gable in “No Man Of Her Own”?

    Danny · January 19, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Sounds awesome! I’ll add you on.

Vintage Cameo · January 16, 2015 at 10:06 am

Hi Danny! A very fitting theme for you to host 🙂

I see someone’s already claimed Gold Diggers of ’33—could I do something that’s more of a comparison between that one and the later entries? A kind of Before-and-After-the-Code type thing?

Barring that, I’d gladly take Footlight Parade!

The Vintage Cameo

    Danny · January 19, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I’ll put you in for a pre-Code/post-Code Busby Berkeley piece. Can’t wait to read it!

David Inman · January 17, 2015 at 1:12 am

Hey, Danny — “Love Me Tonight” for me, please and thank you.

    Danny · January 19, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Awesome! That should be fun to see. 🙂

Rhonda0731 · January 17, 2015 at 9:16 am

I would like to write about Jean Harlow and “It Happened One Night”, if that is okay? My blog is Smitten Kitten Vintage . My email is

    Danny · January 19, 2015 at 8:36 am

    We already have someone talking about Jean Harlow, but I’ll put you down for It Happened One Night. Let me know if there’s another star you want to take on!

Judy · January 18, 2015 at 7:14 am

I’m excited to hear about this. Can I do ‘The Song of Songs’ if it isn’t taken?

    Danny · January 19, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Sure thing Judy! I’ll put you in!

paula Kirsch · January 19, 2015 at 11:23 am

I’d love to participate with a blog post dedicated to Gold Diggers of 1933

    Danny · January 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    There’s already someone else signed up for the movie, but you’re more than welcome to put your own take on it. What’s your blog?

crawford77 · January 19, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Hi Danny. I think you have me under the wrong blog and wrong movie. I’m doing “No Man Of Her Own” with Carole Lombard and Clark Gable.

My blog name is: In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood.

    Danny · January 21, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Fixed. Thanks!

Shannon · January 20, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Hi! I’m thinking I’d like to write a post on the great partnership/chemistry of James cagney and Joan Blondell (with emphasis on their film Blonde Crazy). But if you’d like me to simply showcase a film, then I’d choose Taxi!. Please let me know! 🙂

My blog is [This] Girl Friday.
Instagram: thisgirlfridayblog
Twitter: girl_fridayblog

Thanks! Sounds like fun!

    Danny · January 21, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Since we already have someone covering Joan on her own, I put you down for Taxi!. But if you want to cover Blonde Crazy too, let me know!

      Shannon · January 26, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Danny!
      Thank you. If blonde crazy is still open ill do that instead, but let me know. Also, let me know which date you would like me to do. Thank you! This should be fun!

        Shannon · January 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm

        Hi! (Again) I liked your review of blonde crazy! I couldn’t help but laugh at the numerous times someone gets slapped in that film. As soon as I counted five, six… slaps I knew… This is precode! Haha! Anyway, since you’ve written so well about the film, I hate to choose it so soon. So… I’m wondering if I can change to “Picture Snatcher”. Or do a double feature of that and taxi! Let me know. (And please pardon my indecisiveness)

          Danny · January 30, 2015 at 11:46 pm

          Only if you pardon how bad I am at getting back to comments. A double feature of Picture Snatcher and Taxi would be great! I’ll put you down for both. They’re a great combo. 🙂

Beth Ann Gallagher · January 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Hello Danny!

Am I correct in not seeing anyone claim Trouble in Paradise yet? If so, I’d love to cover that film!

    Danny · January 21, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Put you down. Can’t wait to see it!

      Beth Ann Gallagher · February 22, 2015 at 6:41 am

      Thanks, Danny! The funny thing is as soon as you said yes then I felt guilty for now choosing a Wheeler & Woolsey! I love getting new viewers for those fellows. I’m happy with my selection, though! File this under the troubles of being a film fanatic.

Graduated Cylinder · January 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

Is it true that “Little Caesar” is still unclaimed? If so I would like to cover that one.
The name of my blog is “Shameless Pile of Stuff”

    Danny · January 26, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I’ll add you on! Thanks!

Lindsey · January 28, 2015 at 8:32 am

Hi! I’m interested in contributing a review of 1932’s ‘Week-End Marriage’ on April 2, at my blog The Motion Pictures.

    Lindsey · January 28, 2015 at 8:39 am

    I forgot to include my e-mail address: 🙂

    Danny · January 30, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Awesome! Have added you on the list. Thanks!

filmscorehunter · February 13, 2015 at 3:50 am

Hi! I noticed that 1931’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde hasn’t been taken yet. I’d like to contribute a review of that film for this blogathon.

The Cinematic Frontier

    Danny · February 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I put you down for it. Thanks!

Phyl · February 15, 2015 at 5:09 am

I would like to do “Platinum Blonde”. Thanks!


    Danny · February 19, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Added you to the list! Thank you!

Davide Mana · February 16, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Great idea.
If Cecil B. DeMille’s 1930 scandalous science fiction musical “Madame Satan” has not been taken yet, I’d like to tackle it on my blog, Karavansara (
Just let me know if it’s all right – you can get to me at steamdave(at)

    Danny · February 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Added you on. Thanks! Looking forward to it!

Lucia · February 16, 2015 at 9:52 pm

Hi! I would like to cover The Unholy Three.
My blog:
My e-mail:
Thank you

    Danny · February 19, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Added you on. Thanks!

Pure Golden · February 17, 2015 at 8:45 am

I will take The Gay Divorcee (1934), if I may. Thank you!!

    Danny · February 19, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Added. Can’t wait to see some more of The Continental!

Laura (@shoopdancer2504) · March 9, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Hope I’m not too late! Would I be able to do “Merrily We Go to Hell” (1932)? My blog is and my email address is 🙂

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood · March 9, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Hi Danny. I would like to do another film as well as “No Man Of Her Own”. I’m wondering if I could do “Rasputin And The Empress” as well as the other one?

Laura (@shoopdancer2504) · March 10, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Like an idiot, I gave you an incorrect email address. My actual email is 🙂 Sorry to be such a nuisance!

MarsMoonlight · March 13, 2015 at 12:41 am

Could I please write about “Footlight Parade” (1933)?


    Danny · March 18, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Okay, got you down. I’ll be posting the updated list with dates on Monday. Cheers!

carygrantwonteatyou · March 16, 2015 at 5:23 am

What a great subject for a blogathon! Has anyone snatched The Jewel Robbery w/Kay Francis? My blog is, email

    Danny · March 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    It’s all yours. I’ll be posting the updated list with dates on Monday. Cheers!

jameswharris · March 18, 2015 at 2:48 am

I’d like to write about Kay Francis. My blog is – Auxiliary Memory. I haven’t done a blogathon before – so do we post on our own site, or send you an essay for your site?

    Danny · March 19, 2015 at 1:45 am

    You post on your own site. When it comes, we’ll link to all the entrants.

    I have you down for Kay Francis. Thanks!

Melanie · March 19, 2015 at 12:55 am

I’d love to sign up. Who’s up for some shirtless men in Lot in Sodom (1933)? An April date would work for me!

    Danny · March 19, 2015 at 1:55 am

    It’s all yours. I’ll post the dates on Monday. Thanks!

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood · March 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Hi Danny,

Would I be able to do “Rasputin And The Empress” as well as “No Man Of Her Own”?

    Danny · March 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Got you down. Cheers!

The Wonderful World of Cinema · March 21, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Hi, I’m Virginie and I’d like to write about Hitchcock’s “Murder!” (1930).
My blog is The Wonderful World of Cinema

And my e-mail is


    Danny · March 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Got you down. Thanks!

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