Category Archives: Pre-Code

  1. Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)

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    March 26, 2017 by smumcounty

    Every Sunday I go through the Turner Classic Movies listings for the next week (that’s about as far ahead as …
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  2. Men Must Fight (1933)

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    April 17, 2016 by smumcounty

    Political movies are not a real genre these days. In our politically divided environment, studios can’t risk alienating large swaths …
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  3. Shanghai Express (1932)

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    October 17, 2015 by smumcounty

    “Grand Hotel on a train.” That’s how they referred to “Shanghai Express” when it was released in 1932 the same …
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  4. Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

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    May 24, 2015 by smumcounty

    The 30’s are my go to decade for classic films. I watch more films from that decade than any other. …
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  5. Counsellor at Law (1933)

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    March 22, 2015 by smumcounty

    I really like John Barrymore, that resonant vibrato, that great profile (the great profile), that thick shock of hair. But …
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  6. Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

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    September 21, 2014 by smumcounty

    Between 1929 and 1939 more than 250,000 men left their homes and took to the road to ride the rails …
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  7. The Penguin Pool Murder (1932)

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    January 16, 2014 by smumcounty

    Stockbroker Gerald Parker (Guy Usher) is on the phone with Bertrand Hemingway (Clarence Wilson), the director of the New York …
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