Pre-Code Hollywood Books

Books About Pre-Code Hollywood

There are a good number of resources for any bookworm to read and learn about Pre-Code Hollywood. Below I’ve listed all of the books specifically available about pre-Code Hollywood, as well as any other books I’ve reviewed for the site.

Books About Pre-Code Hollywood Specifically

These books are the best resources for studying and learning about pre-Code Hollywood. These are my bibles, books I go to whenever I’m curious or want to learn more about a trend, film or subject.

Pre-Code Hollywood by Thomas Doherty Complicated Women by Mick LaSalle

Pre-Code Hollywood:
Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934

by Thomas Doherty


Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood

by Mick LaSalle


Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man

by Mick LaSalle

Amazon | My Review

11 Pre-Code Hollywood Movie Histories by Cliff Aliperti

Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood

by Mark A. Vieira


11 Pre-Code Hollywood Movies and Their Histories

by Cliff Aliperti


Film and Film History Books

Books about specific film trends, background, and censorship, not necessarily centered on the pre-Code era but still good information.

Dawn Of Technicolor review The Genius of the System

The Dawn of Technicolor:
1915 – 1935

by James Layton
and David Pierce

Amazon | My Review

The Genius
of the System

by Thomas Schatz


Books about Pre-Code Stars and Filmmakers

If you’re looking to find if a certain star has a biography written or available about them, check out their Actor or Actress page. This page only links the biographies I’ve reviewed.

The Bennetts: An Acting Family by Kellow Featured Player Mae Clarke James Curtis Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel Christina Rice book review pre-code hollywood

The Bennetts:
An Acting Family

by Brian Kellow

Amazon | My Review

Featured Player:
An Oral Autobiography of Mae Clarke

by James Curtis

Amazon | My Review

Ann Dvorak:
Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel

by Christina Rice

Amazon | My Review

The Inseparables by Christina Rice Todd2

The Inseperables

by Christina Rice


The Ice Cream Blonde

by Michelle Morgan

Amazon | My Review

Books I’ve Been Involved In

I can’t really review these since I was involved with them in one capacity or another, but you may also be interested in these titles.

Thoughts On The Thin Man Murder on Celluloid

 Thoughts on
The Thin Man

Edited by Danny Reid


Murder on Celluloid: The Cinematic Puzzles of Hildegarde Withers

Written by Danny Reid


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