Thou Shalt Not Sex Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood
Thou Shalt Not Sex Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood: Documentary exploring Hollywood movies in the days before the infamous production code was put in place, when movies were as provocative, erotic, dark and violent as they dared to be. Hollywood censorship began after a few sensational scandals in 1922, and the official code was put in place in 1930. Yet the studios largely ignored most restraints during the early 30s, the better to lure Depression-era audiences with sensational, escapist fare. It wasnt until 1934 that the rise of the Legion of Decency helped bring about strict adherence to the production code, also known as the Hays Code. The code barred frank depictions of nudity and dark topics like prostitution, and insisted that evil characters never be allowed to triumph in the end and that the law and order would not be mocked. It was a creative straitjacket that lasted 30 years, and spawned a lot of clever work-arounds until the movie rating system was put in place in 1968.
A Patch of Blue
A Patch of Blue: A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life.
Warlock: The town of Warlock is plagued by a gang of thugs, leading the inhabitants to hire Clay Blaisdell, a famous gunman, to act as marshal. When Blaisdell appears, he is accompanied by his friend Tom Morgan, a club-footed gambler who is unusually protective of Blaisdells life and reputation. However, Johnny Gannon, one of the thugs who has reformed, volunteered to accept the post of official sheriff in rivalry to Blaisdell; and a woman arrives in town accusing Blaisdell and Morgan of having murdered her fiance. The stage is set for a complex set of moral and personal conflicts.
Twilight for the Gods
Twilight for the Gods : After being court-martialed and discharged from the Navy, Captain Bell (Rock Hudson) turns to drink. Reduced to skippering a rundown schooner in the South Seas he takes on board a disparate group of passengers and crew; including a prostitute, a show-biz entrepreneur, a missionary, a washed up opera singer, and a couple of refugees. During a storm at sea, the true characters of all on board are revealed.
The Maverick Queen
The Maverick Queen: Beautiful and willful Kit Banion is the Maverick Queen. She is a saloon owner and also one of the leaders of an outlaw gang called the Wild Bunch. A Pinkerton agent posing as Jeff Younger is sent to infiltrate the gang and gather evidence against the
The Rainmaker: Lizzie Curry is on the verge of becoming a hopeless old maid. Her wit and intelligence and skills as a homemaker cant make up for the fact that shes just plain plain! Even the town sheriff, File, for whom she harbors a secrect yen, wont take a chance --- until the town suffers a drought and into the lives of Lizzie and her brothers and father comes one Bill Starbuck ... profession: Rainmaker!
Lucy Gallant: The success story of a dressmaker who comes to run a group of fashion shops at the expense of her love life.
Wichita: Ex-Buffalo Hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita Kansas. His skill as a gunfighter make him a perfect candidate for Marshal but he refuses the job until he feels morally obligated to bring law and order to this wild town.
Vallei der wetteloosheid
Vallei der wetteloosheid: A Marshal must face unpleasant facts about his past when he attempts to run a criminal gang out of town.
The Man from Laramie
The Man from Laramie: Mysterious Will Lockhart delivers supplies to storekeeper Barbara Waggoman at Coronado, an isolated town in Apache country. Before long, hes tangled with Dave Waggoman, vicious son of autocratic rancher Alec and cousin of sweet Barbara. But he sticks around town, his presence a catalyst for changes in peoples lives, searching for someone he doesnt know...whos been selling rifles to the Apaches.
The Spoilers: In 1899 Alaska, miners have to protect themselves from a phony legal team trying to steal their gold claims.
A Lawless Street
A Lawless Street: A Marshal must face unpleasant facts about his past when he attempts to run a criminal gang out of town.
3 Ring Circus
3 Ring Circus: Another movie with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. Jerry and Pete are two friends with no money, looking for some job...
Destry : In the old West, a small frontier town is being controlled by ruthless mob boss Decker and his cronies. After the local sheriff dies under mysterious circumstances, Decker arranges to have the town drunk appointed sheriff, thinking he will be ineffectual. But the new sheriff sends for Tom Destry, son of a famous two-fisted lawman, to be his deputy. When Tom arrives, he isnt exactly the swaggering he-man the sheriff had in mind. In fact, Destry doesnt even carry a gun. But the new deputys mild exterior masks a fierce determination to see justice done, as Decker and the other locals soon discover.
Harvey: The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places.
The Furies: A firebrand heiress clashes with her tyrannical father, a cattle rancher who fancies himself a Napoleon; but their relationship turns ugly only when he finds himself a new woman.
The Set-Up: Over-the-hill boxer Bill Stoker Thompson insists he can still win, though his sexy wife Julie pleads with him to quit. But his manager Tiny is so confident he will lose, he takes money for a dive from tough gambler Little Boy...without bothering to tell Stoker. Tension builds as Stoker hopes to take Tiger Nelson, unaware of what will happen to him if he does.
Shed No Tears
Shed No Tears: Edna Grover convinces her husband, Sam, to enter a scheme where they can defraud his insurance company out of $50,000, so they can live in luxury. Sam forgets to ask Edna who 'they' is. Edna's definition of 'they' is herself and her lover, Ray Belden. There is a hotel fire, and Edna identifies the body in the fire as her husband Sam. Meanwhile, Sam flees to another city under an assumed name, where he waits for his loving-spouse to join him and they can live a life of luxury. He waits. And waits some more. And returns to ask Edna just what the delay is, and learns that the delay is another man. Before long, there is another dead man, and then a blackmailing private detective shows up, and then a police detective starts nosing around, and Sam still hasn't seen any money nor a life of luxury.
Belle Starrs Daughter
Belle Starrs Daughter: The daughter of famous outlaw Belle Starr arrives at the town where her mother was murdered to find her killer.
Coroner Creek: A man is bent on taking revenge on those responsible for his fiance's death.
Dead Reckoning: Rip Murdock and Johnny Darke are en route to Washington when Johnny disappears and then turns up dead. Rip learns that Johnny had been accused of murder and sets out to find out what he can. He falls in love with Coral whose husband Johnny is supposed to have killed.
T-Men: United States Treasury agents OBrien and Genaro infiltrate a counterfeiting ring which has some dangerously good paper. This is supposedly based on several actual Treasury cases.
Black Angel: Kirk Bennett is falsely sentenced to death for killing blackmailer Mavis Marlowe, ex-wife of nice-guy drunk Martin Blair. Bennetts stand-up wife Catherine tries to prove him innocent, enlisting the aid of Blair, who falls in love with her. Bennetts execution draws near as the two pose as piano player and singer, trying to get the goods on sleazy nightclub owner Marko, a prime suspect. Failing to nail Marko, Catherine goes off to meet with her husband, scheduled to die the next morning, and Blair slips into an alcoholic stupor before the real killer is revealed.
Blood on the Sun
Blood on the Sun: Nick Condon is a newspaper reporter working in Tokyo who refuses to toe the Japanese line on the expansionist policies of the anti-democratic Imperialist government. When it become clear to the authorities that Condon isnt going to cooperate and that he has some valuable information and contacts, they decide to get him in their clutches for some interrogations and then dispose of him.
Spellbound: A female psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.
Machine Gun Mama
Machine Gun Mama: Ollie and John are a long way from their home in Brooklyn when their truck breaks down. When they run into a fair, they decide to sell their only valuable possession. Its an elephant with the name Bunny, and Ollie has grown really attached to him. At the fair the ferocious Nita Cordoba works and John falls in love with her, the feeling is mutual. Most employees of the fair are willing to buy Bunny, as the fair is in great commercial trouble and an elephant might just be the injection so barely needed. Owner Jose, however, has different ideas. Hed rather see the fair go down as that will be more benificial to him.