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Forbidden Hollywood Collection

Vol. 2
(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Forbidden Hollywood Collection
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Five classic films that offer a rare glimpse at a lost era of provocative filmmaking.
Title: Forbidden Hollywood collection
Vol. 2
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Atlanta, GA] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2008]
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (370 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: All-new documentary "Thou shalt not: sex, sin and censorship in pre-code Hollywood"; commentaries on "The divorcée" and "Night nurse" by film historians Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta; theatrical trailers of "Female," "Night nurse" and "Three on a match."
The divorcee originally released as a motion picture in 1930 ; A free soul originally released as a motion picture in 1931 ; Three on a match originally released as a motion picture in 1932 ; Female originally released as a motion picture in 1933 ; Night nurse originally released as a motion picture in 1931
Night nurse from the novel by Dora Macy
The divorcée based on a story by Ursula Parrott
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Contents: Disc one: The divorcee / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents ; a Robert Z. Leonard production (82 min.) A free soul / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents ; Clarence Brown's production ; directed by Clarence Brown. (93 min.)
Disc two: Three on a match / First National Pictures presents ; directed by Mervyn LeRoy ; screen play by Lucien Hubbard (63 min.). Female / First National Pictures presents ; directed by Michael Curtiz ; screen play by Gene Markey & Kathryn Scola (60 min.)
Disc three: Night nurse / Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & The Vitaphone Corp. present ; directed by William A. Wellman ; screen play by Oliver H.P. Garrett. (72 min.)
Performers: ["Night nurse: Barbara Stanwyck, Clark Gable.<br/>", "Female: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson, Johnny Mack Brown, Ruth Donnelly, Ferdinand Gottschalk.<br/>", "Three on a match: Joan Blondell, Warren William, Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis.<br/>", "A free soul: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, James Gleason, Clark Gable.<br/>", "The divorcee: Norma Shearer, Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel, Robert Montgomery.<br/>"]
Summary: Five classic films that offer a rare glimpse at a lost era of provocative filmmaking.
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD, NTSC; region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono., dual-layer
Terms Of Use: These DVDs are copy protected and may be played only on licensed devices
Other Language: English dialogue, optional English SDH or French subtitles
Subject Headings: Sick children Drama Nurses Drama Automobile industry workers Drama Women Sexual behavior Drama Friendship Drama Defense (Criminal procedure) Drama Trials (Murder) Drama Divorce Drama Adultery Drama Man-woman relationships Drama Women Drama
Genre/Form: Suspense films
Melodrama
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Film adaptations
Thrillers (Motion pictures, television, etc.)
Romance films
Melodrama
Feature films
Topical Term: Sick children
Nurses
Automobile industry workers
Women
Friendship
Defense (Criminal procedure)
Trials (Murder)
Divorce
Adultery
Man-woman relationships
Women
Publisher No: 2000001781
2000000287
2000001749
3000014978
ISBN: 9781419845468
1419845462
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE F
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I really enjoyed seeing these oldies but goodies films.

Oct 17, 2013
  • AQUILEA777 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fine collection with outstanding casts,
superb acting,
keen psychological insights,
and strong moral judgments.
You'll never see Barbara Stanwyck better.
Lionel Barrymore won the Best Actor Oscar for
A Free Soul.

Sep 13, 2013
  • Derringer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I'm definitely an open-minded kind of guy and certainly no prude, but, with that said, I found myself quite put off by the unrelenting crudeness and vulgarity depicted by the main female characters in these 3 pre-code, Depression-era "Chick Flicks"._____ The message sent out to me by these 3 films was crassness at its most base and contemptible._____ I was clearly told that all any young woman needed to do (provided she had a decent body and a pretty face) to get what she wanted (i.e. material gain) was to simply lie on her back and spread her legs for any, and every, man (provided, of course, that he had plenty of money) - And no matter how callously a woman may treat her intended victims in the scheme of things she was bound to achieve her heart's desire and have oodles of diamonds and furs to show off for all of her fornication fortitude._____ Maybe back in the early 1930s, when these films were originally released, they entertained and tickled the fancy of its audience - But, today, 80 years later, I found their subject matter (which, literally, clobbered me over the head with its crude message) to be distasteful beyond belief.

These are important movies to watch. Because of the Hays code movies made between 1929 and 1934 dealing with some difficult topics were sent to the vault and not seen again. After 1968 when the code was finally abandoned the movies where either forgoten or in such bad conditions that they could not be seen. Thank fully some have been restored and this great series has several of them including Baby Face with Barbara Stanwyck and an early version of Waterloo Bridge which is phenomenal. /// What sets these movies apart was the role of women and in particular of women of poor reputation or loose morals. Hollywood would not revist roles like these for women for another 35 years. A must see series.
/// Also will get a chance to see John Wayne and Clark Gable in some early performances.

Apr 01, 2013
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Though tame by today's loose standards, these 5 racy "Chick Flicks" from the early 1930s contain such taboo subject matter (considered very risque at the time) as - infidelity, promiscuity, child neglect, kidnapping, and ruthless business ethics (all presented from a woman's involvement in things)._____ The movies contained in this collection feature a number of young actors just starting out in their careers who would go on to become some of "Hollywood's Greats", like - Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Joan Blondell, Chester Morris and Norma Shearer._____ All remastered and filmed in b&w, these pictures have running times that range from 60-90 minutes._____ (*Note* - These comments apply to Volume 2. Comments for Volume 1 of this collection can be read below)

Dec 03, 2012
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This impressive 4-DVD collection contains 6 first-rate movies from the early 1930s during the days of The Great Depression._____ With stories containing such "forbidden" subject-matter as infidelity, drug addiction, gangsterism, poverty, prostitution, and juvenile deliquency, these beautifully restored films were all directed by master filmmaker, William Wellman._____ 3 of my favorites from this collection were Heroes For Sale, Wild Boys Of The Road, and Other Men's Women._____ All filmed in b&w, none of these 6 pictures had a running time of more than 75 minutes.

I didn't watch all of the films but out of the 3 I did watch, I loved Female with Ruth Chatterton and a handsome George Brent. Chatterton plays an alpha female executive who runs a car company and has a habit of taking home to the mansion she lives in, her male employees to "discuss business". The dialogue is quick, snappy with a sense of humor and just the right amount of camp. Good fun. The Divorcee and Night Nurse the other 2 I watched were painless. The Divorcee would've been better if an actress with more depth than Norma Shearer had played it and Night Nurse is enjoyable but odd. Dvd's for the latter 2 titles are NOT in good condition and I tried cleaning them.

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