You Don’t Own Me: Women’s Sexuality in the Pre-Code Era – Episode 3

Our third episode focuses on the small window of films made in Hollywood between 1930 and 1934, known usually as ‘Pre-Code’. The censorship rules of the ‘Hays Code’ was introduced to Hollywood studios in 1930 but was not actually enforced until late 1934. During these years studios were pumping out films testing the limits of propriety, usually with strong central female characters using their wiles to break out of poverty and marital drudgery. This month’s He’s a Keeper is devoted to the charming Melvyn Douglas. Lastly, an honourable mention to the late Setsuko Hara.

You Don’t Own Me: Women’s Sexuality in the Pre-Code Era – Episode 3 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

Our third episode focuses on the small window of films made in Hollywood between 1930 and 1934, known usually as ‘Pre-Code’. The censorship rules of the ‘Hays Code’ was introduced to Hollywood studios in 1930 but was not actually enforced until late 1934.

Sources:
A Woman’s Face (1941) Dir. George Cukor. [DVD] MGM.
Baby Face (1933) Dir. Alfred E. Green. [DVD] Warner Bros.
Bed of Roses (1933) Dir. Gregory La Cava. [DVD] RKO.
Doherty, T. (1999) Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality and Insurrection in American
Cinema 1930-1934. New York: Columbia University Press.
Douglas, M. (1986) See You at the Movies: The Autobiography of Melvyn Douglas (with Tom Arthur). Boston: University Press of America.
Jacobs, L. (1991) The Wages of Sin: Censorship and the Fallen Woman 1928-1942. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
LaSalle, M. (2000) Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
Loos, A. (1974) Kiss Hollywood Goodbye. London: W.H. Allen.
Loy, M. (1987) Being and Becoming (with James Kotsilibas-Davis). London: Bloomsbury.
Brooks, Louise. (1974) Lulu in Hollywood. USA: University of Minnesota Press.
Ninotchka (1939) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. [DVD] MGM.
Penthouse (1933) Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. [DVD] MGM.
Possessed (1931) Dir. Clarence Brown. [DVD] MGM.
Red Headed Woman (1932) Dir. Jack Conway. [DVD] MGM.
Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1931) Dir. Robert Z. Leonard [DVD] MGM.
The Divorcee (1930) Dir. Robert Z. Leonard. [DVD] MGM.
The Easiest Way (1931) Dir. Jack Conway [DVD] MGM.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936) Dir. Richard Boleslawski. [YouTube] Columbia.
Third Finger, Left Hand (1940) Dir. Robert Z Leonard. [DVD] MGM.
THAT scene in Possessed – www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWmI88_hP0M

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Gold Band Advisory Warning – Episode 2

Our second episode focuses on wives in peril, the post-war ladies who either married a stranger or had a husband return from the war a changed man. We discuss classics from Douglas Sirk, Nicholas Ray and Preston Sturges to name but a few. Our He’s a Keeper segment this month features the dreamy Joseph Cotten.

Gold Band Advisory Warning – Episode 2 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

Our second episode focuses on wives in peril, the post-war ladies who either married a stranger or had a husband return from the war a changed man. We discuss classics from Douglas Sirk, Nicholas Ray and Preston Sturges to name but a few. Our He’s a Keeper segment this month features the dreamy Joseph Cotten.

Ladies!
Does your husband insist you drink glasses of questionable milk each day?
Or coffee? Or hot chocolate?
Does he rummage in the attic?
Does he accuse you of cheating?
Does he carry around expensive ladies jewellery?
Is he obsessed with orchids and ladies without an appetite?
Do dogs dislike him?
Has he failed in his career?
Is he broke?
Does he hide his paintings from you?
Has he curated rooms in his house depicting famous murder scenes?
Is he always snooping in your handbag?
Is he unable to perform in the sack?
Does he have a woman on the side?
Join us!

Sources:
Bigger Than Life (1956) Dir. Nicholas Ray. [DVD] 20th Century Fox.
Citizen Kane (1941) Dir. Orson Welles. [DVD] RKO.
Cotten, Joseph. (1987) Vanity Will Get You Somewhere. London: Columbus Books.
Crawford, Joan. (1962) A Portrait of Joan. [with Jane Kesner Ardmore] New York: Doubleday.
Dial ‘M’ for Murder (1954) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. [DVD] Warner’s.
Dragonwyck (1946) Dir. Joseph L Mankiewicz. [YouTube] 20th Century Fox.
Gaslight (1944). Dir. George Cukor. [DVD] MGM.
Night of the Hunter (1955) Dir. Charles Laughton. [DVD] MGM.
Notorious (1946) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. [DVD] RKO.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Dir. Roman Polanski. [DVD] Paramount.
Secret Beyond the Door (1947) Dir. Fritz Lang. [DVD] Universal.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. [DVD] Universal.
Sleep, My Love (1948) Dir. Douglas Sirk. [DVD] United Artists.
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Dir. Anatole Litvak. [DVD] Paramount.
Sudden Fear (1952) Dir. David Miller. [DVD] RKO.
Suspicion (‘41) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. [DVD] RKO.
The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. [DVD] United Artists.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Dir. Orson Welles. [DVD] RKO.
The Third Man (1949). Dir. Carol Reed. [DVD] 20th Century Fox.
The Two Mrs Carrolls (1947) Dir. Peter Godfrey. [DVD] Warner’s.
Undercurrent (1946). Dir. Vincente Minnelli. [DVD] MGM.
Unfaithfully Yours (1948) Dir. Preston Sturges. [DVD] 20th Century Fox.
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Joseph Cotten in Citizen Kane clip – www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/499…Other-Marriage.html

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