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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!

95 Replies to “ANNOUNCING THE PRE-CODE BLOGATHON, MARCH 31st to APRIL 4th, with Shadows & Satin!”

  1. 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:


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

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. Hello:
    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.

  6. 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

    1. 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!

    1. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

    1. 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!

      1. 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!

        1. 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)

          1. 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. 🙂

      1. 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.

  9. 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)

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

      I have you down for Kay Francis. Thanks!

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