Warren William (December 2nd, 1894 - September 24th, 1948) and friends in “The Mind Reader” (1933)
He was known as The King Of Pre-Code, and rightfully so!
The Mind Reader (1933)
Happy Birthday today to Warren William - (December 2nd, 1894 - September 24th, 1948)
Joan Crawford - Letty Lynton (1932) Dress by Adrian
Macy’s department store copied the dress in 1932, and it sold over 500,000 replicas nationwide.
Happy Birthday, Marian Marsh (October 17th, 1913 - November 9th, 2006) - Photo from “The Mad Genius” (1931)
"She (Jean, Marian’s Sister) was determined that I should crash the studio gates, and with that end in view, spent weeks haunting casting offices, telling them all about ‘little sister,’ even forgetting her own career. I finally did get a chance to make a test at Pathe. We waited for six hours before I received any attention. My makeup had to be done over and my hair dressed. When the big moment arrived, I was so tired, I really didn’t care whether I stepped before the camera or not. The director, supervising the test, told me to cry-it was exactly what I wanted to do. I cried all over the place, and he thought it was great acting. I got the contract."
Betty Boop loses her top while Bimbo loses his heart in “Any Rags” (1932) - Max Fleischer
A Pre-code cartoon - after the Hays Code went into effect in 1934, Betty’s image changed and the Fleischer Brothers were forced to depict her in skirts below the knees and as a much more demure character.
The gangster appreciation banquet……………Little Caesar (1931)
Clearly, this movie influenced Billy Wilder’s gangster farce “Some Like It Hot” (1959)
Loretta Young in Loose Ankles, 1930