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Title Pre-code Hollywood collection / Paramount Pictures.

Published Universal Cily, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c[2009]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank DVD  DVD 3737  Booklet  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description 3 videodiscs (466 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (19 pages ; 18 cm.)
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Series Universal backlot series.
Universal backlot series.
Notes Collective title from container.
Credits The Cheat: Photography, George Folsey.
Merrily we go to Hell: Phoography, David Abel.
Hot Saturday: Photography, Arthur L. Todd.
Torch singer: Photography, Karl Strauss ; music and lyrics, Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin.
Murder at the Vanities: Photography, Leo Tover ; lyrics and music, Arthur Johnston and Sam Caslow ; dance numbers, LArry Ceballus and Leroy Prinz.
Search for beauty: Photography, Harry Fischbeck.
Notes The Cheat: Based on an original story by Hector Turnbull.
Merrily we go to Hell: Based on the story, 'I Jerry, take thee Joan' by Cleo Lucas.
Hot Saturday: Based on the novel by Harvey Fergusson.
Torch singer: Based on the story 'Mike' by Grace Perkins.
Murder at the Vanities: Based on the paly by Earl Carroll and Rufus King.
Search for beauty: Based on the play by Schuyler E. Grey and Paul R. Milton.
Originally produced as a motion pictures 1931-1934.
Contents Cheat / Paramount Pictures ; silent film script, Hector Turnbull ; writer, Harry Hervey ; directed by George Abbott ; (1931 ; 68 min.) -- Merrily we go to Hell / Paramount Pictures ; writer, Edwin Justus Mayer ; directed by Dorothy Arzner ; (1932 ; 84 min.) -- Hot Saturday / Paramount Pictures ; writers, Josephine Lovett, Joseph Moncure March, Seton I. Miller ; directed by William A. Seiter ; (1932 ; 73 min.) ; Torch singer / Paramount Productions, Inc. ; screenplay by Lenore Coffee and Lynn Starling ; directed by Alexander Hall, George Somnes ; (1933 ; 72 min.) -- Murder at the Vanities / Paramount Pictures ; dialogue, Sam Hellman ; writers, Joseph Gollomb, Carey Wilson ; directed by Mitchell Leisen ; (1934 ; 90 min.) -- Search for beauty / Paramount Pictures ; story by David Boehm, Maurine Watkins ; dialogue, Sam Hellman ; writers, Claude Binyon, Frank Butler ; directed by Erle C. Kenton ; (1934 ; 78 min.)
Notes Includes booklet: Code to govern the making of talking, synchronized and silent motion pictures and the reason supporting it / formulated by Association of Motion Picture Producers, Inc. and Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc., June 13, 1934.
Performers The Cheat: Tallulah Bankhead, Irving Pichel.
Merrily we go to Hell: Frederic March, Sylvia Sidney.
Hot Saturday: Nancy Carroll, Randolph Scott, Cary Grant.
Torch singer: Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, David Manners, Lyda Roberti, Baby Le Roy.
Murder at the Vanities: Carl Brisson, Victor McLaglen, Jack Oakie, Kitty Carlisle, Dorothy Stickney, Gertrude Michael. With the musical talents of Kitty Carlisle and Duke Ellington.
Search for beauty: Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Ida Lupino, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason, Roscoe Karns, Toby Wing, Gertrude Michael, Bradley Page.
Summary Six films made before the Production Code. In 1934, Hollywood was turned upside down by the enforcement of a strict "Production Code" that would change the way movies were made for the next 34 years. But during the "pre-Code" period (1929-1934), censorship barely existed and filmmakers had free rein to make the movies they wanted and the public demanded. No subject was taboo including adultery, murder or sex.
The cheat: Tallulah Bankhead plays a spoiled socialite who borrows money from an exotic art collector to replace what she has stolen from a charity. The collateral for the loan and the penalty for default may shock even modern audiences. The cheat violated the Production Code's strictures against miscegenation, sadism, white slavery and rape.
Merrily we go to hell: A cautionary tale of a marriage wrecked by the drinking of a young husband. Has numerous scenes of drunken parties which were prohibited by the Code, as well as clinging gowns and art deco settings.
Hot Saturday: A small-town girl spends the night with a family friend in defiance of her mother, who has accused her of sleeping with the town playboy. The Code forbade seduction scenes and disapproved of the scenes in which a group of young people drive to the playboy's lakeside lodge for a drinking party that leads to worse.
Torch singer: Claudette Colbert plays a sexy radio chanteuse who passes her time with an entourage of drunken debauched friends while raising her child born out of wedlock. The Code prohibited stories of illicit love and drunkenness.
Murder at the Vanities: This film is an elaborate showcase for the female form. It violated almost every section of the Code.
Search for beauty: Con artists dupe Olympic athletes into endorsing a skin magazine. The movie was heavily censored.
Audience Not rated.
System notes DVD; full frame 1.33:1; Dolby digital 2.0 mono.; digitally remastered; dual-layer; NTSC region 1.
Language notes English dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Other author Bankhead, Tallulah, 1902-1968, actor.
Pichel, Irving, 1891-1954, actor.
March, Fredric, 1897-1975, actor.
Sidney, Sylvia, 1910-1999.
Grant, Cary, 1904-1986, actor.
Scott, Randolph, 1898-1987, actor.
Carroll, Nancy, 1904-1965, actor.
Colbert, Claudette, actor.
Cortez, Ricardo, 1899-1977, actor.
Manners, David, 1901-1998, actor.
Roberti, Lyda, 1912-1938, actor.
Baby Le Roy, actor.
Brisson, Carl, 1893-1958, actor.
McLaglen, Victor, 1886-1959, actor.
Oakie, Jack, 1903-1978, actor.
Carlisle, Kitty, 1910-2007, actor.
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974, performer.
Stickney, Dorothy, actor.
Michael, Gertrude, 1911-1964, actor.
Crabbe, Buster, 1908-1983, actor.
Lupino, Ida, 1918-1995, actor.
Armstrong, Robert, 1890-1973, actor.
Gleason, James, 1886-1959, actor.
Karns, Roscoe, 1893-1970, actor.
Wing, Toby, 1915-2001, actor.
Page, Bradley, actor.
Abbott, George, 1887-1995, director.
Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979, director.
Seiter, William A., 1892-1964, director.
Hall, Alexander, 1894-1968, director.
Somnes, George, -1956, director.
Leisen, Mitchell, 1898-1972, director.
Kenton, Erle C., 1896-1980, director.
Turnbull, Hector.
Lucas, Cleo. I, Jerry take thee, Joan.
Fergusson, Harvey, 1890-1971. Hot Saturday.
Perkins, Grace, 1900-1955. Mike.
Carroll, Earl. Murder at the Vanities.
King, Rufus, 1893-1966.
Grey, Schuyler E. Search for beauty.
Milton, Paul R. (Paul Robert), 1904-
Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm)
Subject Fergusson, Harvey, 1890-1971. -- Film adaptations.
Perkins, Grace, 1900-1955. -- Film adaptations.
Carroll, Earl. -- Film adaptations.
King, Rufus, 1893-1966. -- Film adaptations.
Grey, Schuyler E. -- Film adaptations.
Milton, Paul R. (Paul Robert), 1904- -- Film adaptations.
Embezzlement -- Drama.
Alcoholism -- Drama.
Fornication -- Drama.
Unmarried mothers -- Drama.
Nudity -- Drama.
Erotic films.
Comedy films.
Musical films.
Film adaptations.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Feature films -- United States.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Standard Number 025195051910
Publisher Number 61106092 Universal Studios Home Entertainment