John Wayne, Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow, Barbara Stanwyck, Pat O’Brien and Ward Bond, are just a few of the stars showcased in five rare pre-code classics coming to DVD for the first time ever from Turner Classic Movies (TCM)and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) on July 2. The Columbia Pre-Code Collection, available exclusively through shop.tcm.com as part of the TCM Vault Collection, features five films made before the Motion Picture Production Code was rigidly enforced beginning in July of 1934. The collection includes Arizona (1931), Ten Cents a Dance (1931), Virtue (1932), Three Wise Girls (1932) and Shopworn (1932). Each film touches on risky themes – like premarital sex, prostitution, infidelity, suicide and criminal activities – that would soon be heavily edited or banned entirely by the Production Code censors.
Presented for the first time on DVD, restored and digitally re-mastered, the five films in The Columbia Pre-Code Collection offer a fascinating glimpse of Depression-era social mores during the early sound era in Hollywood. The collection also includes extensive on-screen bonus materials including an introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne, production stills, behind-the-scenes photos, lobby cards, movie posters, censor board documents and more.
The following are the five films included in The Columbia Pre-Code Collection:
Arizona (1931) – John Wayne stars in this drama as a West Point football star who enlists in the army only to discover that his commanding officer is now married to his former mistress (Laura La Plante), a woman bent on revenge after being jilted by Wayne.
Ten Cents a Dance (1931) – Barbara Stanwyck plays a taxi dancer trying to rise above her low station in life, but her no-good gambler husband keeps dragging her down with his debts and unlawful activities.
Virtue (1932) – Pat O’Brien plays an honest, hard-working cab driver, with Carole Lombard as Mae, a prostitute he mistakes for an unemployed stenographer. After they get married, Mae’s past comes back to haunt her when a duplicitous acquaintance plunges her into a financial crisis that she tries to hide from her husband.
Three Wise Girls (1932) – In this drama made before Jean Harlow’s successful MGM career, the actress plays an innocent small-town girl who trades her soda fountain job for a modeling job in New York City…not to mention the complications and dangers that come with it.
Shopworn (1932) – Barbara Stanwyck stars in this class-conscious melodrama in which she plays a waitress who falls in love with a wealthy college student (Regis Toomey). But his mother resorts to devious means to end the relationship.
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