Pre-Code eBook for Kindle Now Available

11 Pre Code Hollywood Movie Histories book

11 Pre-Code Hollywood Movie Histories: Early Depression-Era Melodramas, Adaptations, and Headline Stories Kindle eBook is now for sale. Includes two exclusive entries, For the Defense (1930) and Only Yesterday (1933). Articles about 11 pre-Code movies that variously look at source material, pre-production notes, casting changes, basic story and plot, the history behind any story elements unique to their time, brief biographies of key film players, and other relevant aspects of each film.

The Infinite Possibilities of Hemingway’s The Killers

Burt Lancaster in The Killers

Classic 1946 film noir The Killers is based on a story by Ernest Hemingway, but only for the first few minutes. Hemingway has nothing to do with the story after the Swede is killed. The later 1964 film adaptation proves how flexible Hemingway’s story is, as it spins a completely different movie out of the 1927 short story.

The Mouthpiece (1932) – Warren William Becomes a Star; 1932 William J. Fallon Cycle Begins

Warren William in The Mouthpiece by Firestone

Warren William has his breakthrough role in The Mouthpiece, first and best of the 1932 cycle of William J. Fallon inspired lawyer films. Background on Fallon and his legacy included.

The Last Flight (1931) – John Monk Saunders Hijacks Hemingway’s Lost Generation

The Last Flight 1931

Upon publication reviews called John Monk Saunders anything from a hack to a plagiarist when his Single Lady cashed in as an inferior version of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Adapted as The Last Flight, Saunders’s story emerges as perhaps the best of any film about The Lost Generation. Directed by William Dieterle, with excellent performances from Richard Barthelmess and Helen Chandler.

Gladys George Is Madame X (1937), Plus Brief Biography

Madame X 1937 trade ad

A history of Madame X concentrates on the 1937 film version starring Gladys George. Includes a biography of Gladys George with comparison to Ruth Chatterton’s 1929 performance.

Blessed Event (1932) – Lee Tracy as Early Version of Winchell

Lee Tracy in Blessed Event

A look at Lee Tracy as the Walter Winchell inspired star of pre-Code classic Blessed Event (1932). Includes back story about the stage adaptation, movie casting and speedy film production, plus a bit about Walter Winchell himself, circa 1932.