(Above: Buster Keaton, Thelma Todd and Jimmy Durante in ‘Speak Easily.’ Source: Wikimedia)
The Film Detective, a 24/7 streaming channel that also offers free on-demand access to a large collection of films in dozens of categories, is highlighting its “naughty film” collection — movies from the pre-code era of American cinema (about 1927 to 1934).
July 1934 was a demarcation line for Hollywood films. That’s when the mandatory enforcement of the Motion Picture Production code went into effect. Before then, movies dared hint at sex, drugs, homosexuality and other topics that would soon be off-limits in US films for several decades.
The Film Detective will show pre-code classics every Sunday in May starting at 7 pm ET. All of these films are also available on demand, so just follow the links below if you would like to watch them at any time.
So far, the announced schedule includes:
Glorifying the American Girl (1929) – A showgirl (May Eaton) makes it to the big time in a Ziegfeld extravaganza. Also starring Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan and Rudy Vallee.
The Vampire Bat (1933) – Bloodless corpses start showing up in a European village. Is it vampirism? The cast includes Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray and Melvyn Douglas.
To find out what’s playing later in the month, you can check with thefilmdetective.com/schedule.
Where to Watch The Film Detective
The Film Detective is free, with commercials, but you can sign up for an ad-less experience for $3.99/month or $34.99 for a year.
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