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
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.
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This Apr 01, 2013
  • Bubba_Louie 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)

Report This Dec 03, 2012
  • Bubba_Louie 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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