Paramount on Parade (1930) Review, with Maurice Chevalier, Ruth Chatterton, Jack Oakie, Clara Bow, William Powell, and many more

Jack Oakie Leon Erroll Skeets Gallagher Buddy Rogers Lilian Roth Warner Oland Eugene Pallette William Powell Clive Brooks Harry Green Maurice Chevalier Evelyn Brent Nino Martini Jean Arthur Phillips Holmes Zelma O’Neal Ruth Chatterton Fredric March Stuart Erwin Mitzi Green Helen Kane Nancy Carroll Mary Brian Gary Cooper Fay Wray Read more…

Behind the Makeup (1930) Review, with Hal Skelly, William Powell, and Fay Wray

Hap Brown Hal Skelly Gardoni William Powell Marie Fay Wray Released by Paramount Pictures | Directed by Robert Milton Proof That It’s Pre-Code A married man cheats on his wife. But, hey, he’s Italian and super smooth. Behind the Makeup: Cloying Around “I seem to lack something. Something that appeals Read more…

Man Wanted (1932) Review

Danny Like BannerProof That It’s Pre-Code

  • When you watch Pre-Code films, it’s sometimes hard to realize just how disenfranchised women were during this time period. That’s because movies in that era went out of their way to give us strong female roles who did things like run a car company, function as a doctor, or, in this film’s case, be the lead editor on a magazine. And, the best part is, in this one our heroine not punished for being devoted to her job, and she’s damned good at it.
  • Of course, the heroine’s husband is a louse who engages in extramarital sex, but that’ll happen.
  • Big old goof Andy Devine claims that there hasn’t been any marriage in his family for three generations. Wait, didn’t he claim that back in Doctor Bull too?

The Particulars of the Picture

Man Wanted Kay Francis Man Wanted Una Merkel
Lois Ames…
Kay Francis
Tommy Sherman…
David Manners
Ruth Holman…
Una Merkel
Man Wanted Andy Devine Man Wanted Kenneth Thompson William Dieterle
Andy Doyle…
Andy Devine
Freddie Ames…
Kenneth Thompson
Directed by
William Dieterle

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