TCM will be highlighting Pre-Code Hollywood films this month. Pre-Code Hollywood is the era in the American film industry between the intorduction of sound in the late 1920s and the strict enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code beginning in the mid-1930s. Now's the chance to see several of these films. According to the TCM website,
Films of this period included unflinching portrayals of such subject
matter as sexuality, prostitution, illegal drug use, abortion and
extreme violence. Without the interference of censors, law-breakers in
the movies were often allowed to profit from their schemes, and fallen
women became the heroines of many films. Gangster films were popular,
and their protagonists were viewed with some sympathy despite their
This is a contination of TCM's Friday Night Spotlight (July featured Noir films, introduced by Eddie Muller). Each Friday in September, Alec Baldwin and TCM host Robert Osborne will introduce the films airing in primetime. There will be a total of 67 movies, covering a wide range of genres and represents the output of all the major Hollywood stuidoes of the era.
Films include Illicit (1931), Ladies They Talk About (1933) and Baby Face (1933). Some of the leading ladies include Barbara Stanwyck, Mae West, Norma Shearer, and Bette Davis, as well as Loretta Young. Leading men include Warren William (Kine of Pre-Code), Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney and Paul Muni.