Forbidden Hollywood Collection

Volume Three

(DVD - 2009)
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Forbidden Hollywood Collection
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.

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Publisher: [Atlanta, GA] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2009]
ISBN: 1419866354
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE F
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (573 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 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.


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