Ten authors spoil the broth in Paramount pre-Code The Woman Accused (1933) starring Nancy Carroll and Cary Grant. Featuring one shocking scene with Grant, Jack La Rue, and a rawhide whip.
One passenger drops after another in Terror Aboard (1933), Paramount’s pre-Code preview of the far-off slasher genre. An all-star cast of B-players is led by John Halliday in this tale of multiple murders at sea.
Wallace Ford’s head swells after wife Helen Twelvetrees helps make him a radio sensation in Columbia pre-Code My Woman (1933) Also starring Victor Jory, Claire Dodd. Directed by Victor Schertzinger. Article excerpted from Helen Twelvetrees, Perfect Ingenue.
Murder-mystery GIRL MISSING (1933) ignores its murder and telegraphs its mystery, but Glenda Farrell manages to carry the day anyway. An excellent pre-Code showcase for the actress. Good support from Guy Kibbee, Helen Ware, and Ferdinand Gottschalk.
Contemporary reaction to William A. Wellman’s Wild Boys of the Road (1933), plus writer Danny Ahearn, and a peek at Thomas Minehan’s study “Boy and Girl Tramps of America.”
Paramount pre-Code sex farce turned romantic-comedy A Bedtime Story (1933) stars Maurice Chevalier and Helen Twelvetrees, and introduces the world to Baby LeRoy.
MGM pre-Code Turn Back the Clock (1933) stars Lee Tracy, who goes back in time, hoping to get rich this time. With Mae Clarke. Directed by Edgar Selwyn.
Brief look at Paramount pre-Code THE GIRL IN 419 (1933), gangster movie and hospital drama starring James Dunn with Gloria Stuart, David Manners, and William Harrigan. Directed by Alexander Hall and George Somnes.
Brief look at 20th Century Pictures pre-Code production Advice to the Lovelorn. Lee Tracy stars as lonely hearts columnist in fast-paced comedy that turns tragic for a few awkward moments. With Sally Blane, Paul Harvey, Sterling Holloway, C. Henry Gordon. Directed by Alfred Werker.
A look at the very specific time and place of King Kong’s March 2, 1933 premiere at Radio City Music Hall and the Roxy in New York City.