Forbidden Hollywood

Forbidden Hollywood

Volume 5

DVD - 2012
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After the dawn of sound and before the Production Code, Hollywood ran wild and free. Fearlessly and frankly tackling subjects and scenes that would quickly become forbidden to a generation of filmmakers, these seldom-seen pre-Code wonders are both revelatory and sin-sational. This fifth volume takes a walk on the wild side.
Hard to handle: Con leads to con when the prize money for a rigged dance marathon is stolen.
Ladies they talk about: "Nan Taylor, caught after an otherwise successful bank robbery, falls for radio crusader David Slade and confides her guilt to him. Much to her surprise, he turns her in. As a "new fish" at San Quentin, Nan fits right in, but won't see Slade, who still loves her. Then she learns that her former partners in crime, Don and Dutch, are on the other side of the wall in the men's section and have an escape plan."--Rod Crawford in the IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024238/
The mind reader: Con man "Chandra" pretends to be clairvoyant, but his girlfriend wants him to go straight.
Miss Pinkerton: Scion of the once-rich Mitchell family, Herbert Wynn is found shot to death. Nurse Adams, bored by hospital routine, is recruited by the police to ferret out clues as she tends to Wynn's elderly aunt Julia. Jokingly given the 'rank' of Miss Pinkerson, after the famous detective agency, Adams probes into the mystery, but not before a second death.

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Four films including "Ladies They Talk About" starring Barbara Stanwyck who is a member of a bank-robbery gang who is sent to prison.


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NeoNoir
Oct 08, 2019

These 4 vintage Hollywood pictures were originally released about 86 years ago. And, watching them today, I really fail to see why their subject matter is considered to be "forbidden". 'Cause I find their story-lines to be so tame in nature that it's almost laughable to think that the "Hays Code" had to be implemented in order to tone the "naughty stuff" down... (Oh!? Really!??)

Anyway - From a historical perspective on early Hollywood movie-making - I think that these 4 pictures (whose running times are all just slightly over 1 hour in length) are at least worth a view.

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AQUILEA777
Feb 09, 2016

An interesting collection. The great Warren William (MIND READER) is always entertaining.

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jprisco3
Jan 10, 2014

Where the first two volumes of FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD were solid Pre-Code fare, vol. 5 starts to feel like barrel-bottom scrapings: THE MIND READER goes through preamble after preamble, then wraps up for no real reason; LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT is a women's prison film where nothing actually happens after the opening scene; HARD TO HANDLE is FOOTLIGHT PARADE without the success or production numbers. The slight comedy-thriller MISS PINKERTON comes out best of the bunch, though a minor film by a minor star with sitcom-level reality. "Forbidden" elements are minimal to none [many Pre-Code films were re-edited in the 40s], so all these films are really of secondary interest: Cagney is better seen in FOOTLIGHT PARADE, Stanwyck in BABY FACE, Warren William in any number of films [CLEOPATRA, BEAUTY AND THE BOSS, SKYSCRAPER SOULS, etc]. The exception goes to Joan Blondell, who's just so danged cute that MISS PINKERTON works despite its cartooniness, but she too is better seen in BLONDIE JOHNSON, MAKE ME A STAR, and UNION DEPOT .... bottom line: this one is for those who have already seen the better films, but want to see more

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