This screening will feature a recorded introduction by film writer, journalist and Pre-Code season co-curator Christina Newland, which was filmed at the Watershed Cinema.
Listen up, all you dirty rats and hot dames! Let us transport you back to Hollywood's savage years. If you want to see women centre-stage and expressing their own desires, or criminals so charming you’ll pray they get away with the loot, step this way...
Co-curated by film writers and critics Pamela Hutchinson and Christina Newland, Riverside Studios are excited to partner with our friends at Cinema Rediscovered to present key films from a brand new touring package: PRE-CODE.
Featuring sparkling new remasters of some of Tinseltown's most risqué films, made before the conservative 1930's Hays code was enforced, these Pre-Code classics tested the boundaries by breaking every single one of them.
In BLONDE CRAZY, a cheeky bellhop (a young James Cagney) meets a dishy blonde (the effervescent Joan Blondell) and gets her installed in his hotel as a chambermaid through nefarious means. The pair set a criminal scheme into motion. Here’s the grift: they entrap and blackmail married men who are up to no good. The problem is that they’re wide open to being conned by a bigger fish, and Louis Calhern is precisely that fish.