Since this was put up at the official site and a date and time have been picked finalized, I should probably invite all of you, too: I will be speaking at Unknown Film in Harajuku, Tokyo on February 8th at 5:00 PM. The talk will be after a screening of the classic Night Nurse and will also include showings of a couple of pre-Code short films/cartoons. My talk will mostly be about the history of pre-Code cinema, the story behind Prohibition and censorship, and detailing the cultural differences to help put it into context for what will be an assuredly mostly-Japanese audience. I will be speaking in English (which is for the best, really), and translation duties will be handled by the cool dude Murderous Ink.

Here’s the info you need for it:

In Japanese

Translated to English: Main Site / Description / Location

So if you’re in Tokyo on February 8th and you want to come, cover is 1,000 yen (or about $10), and you get to see my smiling cheerful face. I may wear a bow tie. We shall see.

And it looks like the event will be recorded, too, so we’ll see if I can post the awkward results here afterward.

Regardless, hope to see you there!


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.


Patricia Nolan-Hall (@CaftanWoman) · January 3, 2015 at 2:22 am

Ah, to be in Tokyo now that Danny’s talking!

    Danny · January 3, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    It wasn’t a happening place until I started talking. 😉

Nancy Anderson · January 5, 2015 at 4:02 am

so cool! I wish I could be there. Will be looking for the fab talk on the Interweb sometime soon.

Judy · January 5, 2015 at 6:34 am

I saw this on the big screen in London and it was fab, but wish I could see it in Tokyo too and hear your talk.

    Danny · January 8, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Thanks Judy. Wish you could come too. 🙂

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