Pre-Code Hollywood Matinee Series

Sat, Dec 31st, 2016 to Sun, Feb 5th, 2017

The Music Box presents a matinee series of films from Hollywood's infamous "pre-code" era, !The fascination with pre-Code films often comes from how openly suggestive and fun the majority of films that compromised those seven years are. Sex, drugs, miscegenation, portrayals of homosexuality, and a host of other issues that would be banned from public consumption for several decades are indulged in and exploited frequently by then-big Hollywood studios. Pre-Code Films could be exploitative and lurid or sophisticated and adult.

All films presented on 35MM

GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 presented on special 16MM print

Movies & Showtimes for
Pre-Code Hollywood Matinee Series

Sat, Dec 31st
Gold Diggers of 1933

11:30AM
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Sun, Jan 1st
Gold Diggers of 1933

11:30AM
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Sat, Jan 7th
Freaks

11:30AM
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Sun, Jan 8th
Freaks

11:30AM
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Sat, Jan 21st
Baby Face

11:30AM
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Baby Face

A FILM BY: Alfred E. Green
WRITTEN BY: Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola
STARRING: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook

Barbara Stanwyck stars as a woman who has spent her entire life being sexually exploited by her father as a means to further his own end. After he dies in a fire (which her character, Lily, watches with a barely-contained smirk), she decides it’s time to exploit her sex for her own monetary gain. She works her way up the corporate ladder, one bathroom rendezvous at a time.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1933
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 71 mins
Format: 35mm

Freaks

A FILM BY: Tod Browning
WRITTEN BY: Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins, Willis Goldbeck
STARRING: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova

"One of us, one of us..."

One of the most controversial and weird movies ever made is about a troupe of circus freaks and how they react when one of their own is humiliated by a beautiful acrobat. Freaky, fascinating stuff

Technical Information

Production Year: 1932
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 64 mins
Format: 35mm

Gold Diggers of 1933

A FILM BY: Mervyn LeRoy
WRITTEN BY: Erwin S. Gelsey, James Seymour
STARRING: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon

Things get tough for Carol (Joan Blondell) and her showgirl pals when the Great Depression kicks in and all the Broadway shows close down. Wealthy songwriter Brad (DIck Powell) saves the day by funding a new Depression-themed musical for the girls to star in, but when his stuffy high-society brother finds out and threatens to disown Brad, Carol and her gold-digging friends scheme to keep the show going, hooking a couple of millionaires along the way. 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1933
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 97 mins
Format: 16mm

Little Caesar

A FILM BY: Mervyn LeRoy
WRITTEN BY: W.R. Burnett (novel), Robert N. Lee (continuity)
STARRING: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell

In a critically acclaimed performance, Edward G. Robinson plays Rico Bandello, a petty crook who ultimately schemes his way to the top of a Chicago mob. Mervyn LeRoy’s LITTLE CAESAR is often called the grandfather of the modern crime film, with its quintessential portrayal of an underworld character that rebelliously challenged traditional values

Technical Information

Production Year: 1931
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 79 mins
Format: 35mm

Night Nurse

A FILM BY: William A. Wellman
WRITTEN BY: Grace Perkins, Oliver H.P. Garrett
STARRING: Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell

The title alone suggests something lurid and pulpy. NIGHT NURSE is one of the most wildly silly movies of the early ‘30s, representing a moral looseness that’s just as fun as the brazen ways the filmmakers invent to get stars Joan Blondell and Barbara Stanwyck to constantly undress.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1931
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 72 mins
Format: 35mm

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