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Forbidden Hollywood Collection

Volume Three
(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Disc 1: First, Bill and Jack are railroad men. When Bill comes to stay with Jack and his wife, Bill and Lily fall in love. Jack confronts Bill about his suspicions and the two fight, leaving Jack seriously injured. Last, Joan Gordon is a singer tiring of her relationship with Eddie. She flees to North Dakota to become a mail-order bride. Happiness is threatened by her stubborn husband, a lecherous neighbor and the appearance of Eddie. Disc 2: First, Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has gone on to become the madame of a prosperous bawdy house. After putting her son up for adoption, he becomes a district attorney dedicated to closing down such houses. She kills an underling who wants her son dead and is now facing execution. Last, A mistaken arrest, a prison term, and lack of employment leads to a young woman's involvement with gangsters. In a brothel she meets a wealthy lawyer who falls in love with her. He helps her turn her life around, but her past catches up with her. Now she is on trial for murder. Disc 3: First, A man stands up during a WWI battle and becomes a hero, but he doesn't get the credit. He becomes injuried and soon gets hooked on morphine, causing him to fall apart when he returns home. He eventually marries, but soon the Depression hits. Last, Tom and Ed are high school students whose parents, thanks to the Depression, have lost their jobs. Wanting to help make money, they set off on the rails looking for work. They finally end up in New York and Ed thinks he might have foud a job. Disc 4: Wild Bill: Explores the life and directorial times of William A. Wellman. The men who made the movies: Wellman shares many stories and speaks bluntly of the producers with who he has worked and describes his remarkable star-making and star-spotting abilities. He was responsible for helping actors win Oscars and discovered such notable actors as James Cagney and Gary Cooper.
Statement of Responsibility: Turner Entertainment Co. ; TCM Archives
Title: Forbidden Hollywood collection
Volume three
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Atlanta, GA] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2009]
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (573 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Series:
Notes: Title from container
Other men's women originally released as a motion picture in 1931 ; The purchase price originally released as a motion picture in 1932 ; Frisco Jenny originally released as a motion picture in 1932 ; Midnight Mary originally released as a motion picture in 1933 ; Heroes for sale originally released as a motion picture in 1933
Wild Bill: Hollywood maverick created by William A. Wellman, Jr
Special features: Disc 1: S.S. Dine detective short: "The Wall Street mystery;" 2 classic cartoons "Moonlight for two" and "You don't know what you're doin!;" theatrical trailers of "Other men's wives" and "The purchase price."
Special features: Disc 2: Commentary on "Midnight Mary" by historians Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta; S.S. Dine detective short "The studio murder mystery;" vintage Pete Smith short "Goofy movies #1;" classic cartoon "Bosko's parlor pranks;" theatrical trailers of "Frisco Jenny" and "Midnight Mary."
Special features: Disc 3: Commentary on "Heroes for sale" by historian John Gallagher; commentary on "Wild boys of the road" by William Wellman, Jr. and historian Frank Thompson; S.S. Van Dine detective short "The trans-Atlantic mystery;" 2 classic cartoons "One step ahead of my shadow" and "Sittin' on a backyard fence;" theatrical trailers of "Heroes for sale" and "Wild boys of the road."
Contents: Disc 1. Other men's women / a Warner Bros. and Vitaphone Picture ; directed by William A. Wellman (70 min.)
The purchase price / a Warner Bros. and Vitaphone picture ; directed by William A. Wellman (68 min.)
Disc 2. Frisco Jenny / [presented by] First National and Vitaphone Picture ; directed by William A. Wellman (70 min.)
Midnight Mary / [presented by] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; original story by Anita Loos ; screenplay by Gene Markey and Kathryn Scola ; directed by William A. Wellman (74 min.)
Disc 3. Heroes for sale / a First National and Vitaphone picture ; directed by William A. Wellman (71 min.)
Wild boys of the road / a First National and Vitaphone picture ; directed by William A. Wellman (68 min.)
Disc 4. Wild Bill: Hollywood maverick / Turner presents a Kenneth A. Carlson production, a film by Todd Robinson ; produced by Kenneth A. Carlson ; written and directed by Todd Robinson (94 min.)
The men who made the movies: William A. Wellman / Turner Classic Movies presents a Lorac production ; directed, written & produced by Richard Schickel (58 min.)
Credits: Wild Bill: Hollywood maverick: Editor, Leslie Jones ; original music, David Bell.
Performers: ["Other men's women cast: Grant Withers, Regis Toomey, Mary Astor, J. Farrell MacDonald, Fred Kohler, Joan Blondell, James Cagney.<br/>", "The purchase price cast: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Lyle Talbot.<br/>", "Frisco Jenny cast: Ruth Chatterton, Louis Calhern.<br/>", "Midnight Mary cast: Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez, Franchot Tone, Andy Devine, Una Merkel.<br/>", "Heroes for sale cast: Richard Barthelmess, Aline MacMahon, Loretta Young, Gordon Westcott.<br/>", "Wild boys of the road cast: Frankie Darro, Dorothy Coonan, Rochelle Hudson, Edwin Phillips, Ann Hovey, Arthur Hohl.<br/>", "Wild Bill: Hollywood maverick narrator, Alec Baldwin.<br/>"]
Summary: Disc 1: First, Bill and Jack are railroad men. When Bill comes to stay with Jack and his wife, Bill and Lily fall in love. Jack confronts Bill about his suspicions and the two fight, leaving Jack seriously injured. Last, Joan Gordon is a singer tiring of her relationship with Eddie. She flees to North Dakota to become a mail-order bride. Happiness is threatened by her stubborn husband, a lecherous neighbor and the appearance of Eddie.
Disc 2: First, Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has gone on to become the madame of a prosperous bawdy house. After putting her son up for adoption, he becomes a district attorney dedicated to closing down such houses. She kills an underling who wants her son dead and is now facing execution. Last, A mistaken arrest, a prison term, and lack of employment leads to a young woman's involvement with gangsters. In a brothel she meets a wealthy lawyer who falls in love with her. He helps her turn her life around, but her past catches up with her. Now she is on trial for murder.
Disc 3: First, A man stands up during a WWI battle and becomes a hero, but he doesn't get the credit. He becomes injuried and soon gets hooked on morphine, causing him to fall apart when he returns home. He eventually marries, but soon the Depression hits. Last, Tom and Ed are high school students whose parents, thanks to the Depression, have lost their jobs. Wanting to help make money, they set off on the rails looking for work. They finally end up in New York and Ed thinks he might have foud a job.
Disc 4: Wild Bill: Explores the life and directorial times of William A. Wellman. The men who made the movies: Wellman shares many stories and speaks bluntly of the producers with who he has worked and describes his remarkable star-making and star-spotting abilities. He was responsible for helping actors win Oscars and discovered such notable actors as James Cagney and Gary Cooper.
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono., dual-layer
Terms Of Use: These DVD discs are copy protected
Other Language: English dialogue, French subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Railroads United States Employees Drama Triangles (Interpersonal relations) United States Drama Mail order brides North Dakota Drama Man-woman relationships North Dakota Drama Brothels United States Drama Public prosecutors United States Drama Women Conduct of life Drama Lawyers United States Drama Trials (Murder) United States Drama World War, 1914-1918 Veterans United States Drama Morphine abuse United States Drama High school students Employment United States Drama Depressions 1929 United States Drama Romance films Documentary films Biographical films Animated films Feature films
Genre/Form: Romance films
Documentary films
Biographical films
Animated films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Railroads
Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
Mail order brides
Man-woman relationships
Brothels
Public prosecutors
Women
Lawyers
Trials (Murder)
World War, 1914-1918
Morphine abuse
High school students
Depressions
Romance films
Documentary films
Biographical films
Animated films
Feature films
Publisher No: 3000018533
2000005174
2000005173
2000005175
2000005176
ISBN: 1419866354
9781419866357
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.

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