Man of the World (1931) Review, with William Powell and Carole Lombard

Michael William Powell Mary Carole Lombard Irene Wynne Gibson Released by Paramount Directed by Richard Wallace and Edward Goodman Run time: 71 minutes Proof That It’s a Pre-Code Film Guy Kibbee’s portly oligarch is taken with the ‘funny little green drinks’ of Paris– absinthe. “He was playing ‘nature’s nobleman’ with Read more…

What Price Hollywood? (1932) Review, with Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman, and Neil Hamilton

Mary Evans Constance Bennett Max Carey Lowell Sherman Lonny Borden Neil Hamilton Released by RKO/Pathe | Directed by George Cukor Run time: 88 minutes Proof That It’s a Pre-Code Film “You want me to call Nick over?” “Sure. Tell him about that 17-year-old girl you put in pictures.” The tipsy Read more…

Berekeley Square (1933) Review, with Leslie Howard and Heather Angel

Peter Standish Leslie Howard Helen Pettigrew Heather Angel Major Clinton Alan Mowbray Released by Fox Film | Directed by Frank Lloyd Proof That It’s Pre-Code Look, a guy travels through time to bone his great something-or-other’s cousin. It raises questions, certainly. Berkeley Square: Romance Through the Ages “Time– real time– Read more…

The Painted Veil 1934

The Painted Veil (1934) Review, with Greta Garbo, Herbert Marshall, and George Brent

Katrin Greta Garbo Walter Herbert Marshall Jack George Brent Released by Metro Goldwyn Mayer | Directed By Richard Boleslawski Proof That It’s Pre-Code-ish The film opens with Katrin’s sister’s wedding, and she gives her sister a neglige for a wedding present. “But don’t tell mother, she’ll think it’s wicked.” “But Read more…

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