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Forbidden Hollywood Collection

Vol. 2

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Forbidden Hollywood Collection
Five classic films that offer a rare glimpse at a lost era of provocative filmmaking.
Publisher: [Atlanta, GA] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2008]
ISBN: 1419845462
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE F
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (370 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 21, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

VOLUME 1: _____________________ "Baby Face" (4½*) Barbara Stanwyck nailed this role as the man-eating succubus steamrolling her way to riches, all thanks to a sympathetic wise old man, and Nietzsche... "Red-Headed Woman" (2*) I don't understand the (past) appeal of Jean Harlow whatsoever. I find her and her exaggeratedly penciled eyebrows to be irritating and butt-ugly. "Waterloo Bridge" (4½*) Helmed by classic monster movie director James Whale, this heartfelt WWI tragic drama was very moving. I've never seen the 1940 highly rated remake w/Vivien Leigh & Robert Taylor, but I intend to now to compare the two. Mae Clarke and (especially) Douglass Montgomery were excellent here.

Dec 21, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

VOLUME 3: _____________________
A nice selection of early '30s goodies, all directed by William Wellman, (with a fourth disc with two exceptional documentaries about the man). "Other Men's Women" (4*), "The Purchase Price" (4*), "Frisco Jenny" (4*), "Midnight Mary" (4*), "Heroes For Sale" (4½*), Wild Boys Of The Road" (4*).

Nov 27, 2014
  • AQUILEA777 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fine collection. All entries well worth seeing.

Nov 21, 2014
  • d1967 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wild Boys was the best one ! Watched it 4 times !

I really enjoyed seeing these oldies but goodies films.

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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