Naughty Classics

(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.

Pre-Code films
(Above source: Wikipedia)

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:

May 3

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.

May 10

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.

The Vampire Bat on The Film Detective
(Above source: Flickr)

The streamer’s schedule also includes Speak Easily (1932), starring Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante and Thelma Todd; and I Cover the Waterfront (1933), with Claudette Colbert.

To find out what’s playing later in the month, you can check with

Where to Watch The Film Detective

The streamer’s 24/7 channel is available on SlingStirr and DistroTV.

You can also watch the service on demand at The Film Detective, and via its app for iOSRoku, Fire TV and Apple TV.

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.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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