Item Details

Pre-Code Hollywood Collection [videorecording]

Carroll, Nancy; Grant, Cary; Scott, Randolph; Woods, Edward; Bond, Lillian; Colbert, Claudette; Cortez, Ricardo; Manners, David; Roberti, Lyda; Fergusson, Harvey; Perkins, Grace; Lovett, Josephine; March, Joseph Moncure; Miller, Seton I; Seiter, William A; Coffee, Lenore; Starling, Lynn; Hall, Alexander; Somnes, George; Paramount Pictures Corpor...
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
In 1934, Hollywood was turned upside down by the enforcement of a strict "Production Code" that would change the way movies were made for the next 34 years. But during the "pre-Code" period (1929-1934), censorship barely existed and filmmakers had free reign to make the movies they wanted and the public demanded. No subject was taboo including adultery, murder or sex.
Hot Saturday: Bank employee Ruth Brock has a reputation around town for being fast-and-easy. Yet none of the panting suitors has made her yet. She disillusions each one, but the last guy is a bad sport and starts a gossip scandal about her and a millionaire playboy. This causes Ruth to lose her job. Figuring that as long as she has the name, she might as well play the game.
Torch singer: Sally Trent has an illegitimate child, but cannot support her. She gives the baby up for adoption. Michael Gardner is the father who leaves for China not knowing about the baby. Sally assumes he has abandoned her for life. She gets a job as a torch singer and changes her name to Mimi Benton. She becomes notorious for her drinking and philadering. Then, Mimi fills in on a children's radio program singing and telling bedtime stories. She uses the airtime to find her daughter. She leaves her partying days behind and reunites with Michael.
Performers
Hot Saturday cast: Nancy Carroll, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Edward Woods, Lilian Bond.
Torch singer cast: Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, David Manners, Lyda Roberti.
Release Date
2009
Run Time
146 min.
Language
English dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Rating
Not rated
Notes
  • Title from set container.
  • Hot Saturday is based on the novel by Harvey Fergusson.
  • Torch singer is based on the story "Mike" by Grace Perkins.
  • Hot Saturday violated the Production Code's strictures against scenes of seduction, this includes the scenes in which a group of young people drive to a drinking party that leads to worse behavior. Torch singer violated the Production Codes strictures against raising a child born out of wedlock, illicit love scenes, drunkeness and a shimmering lamé gown.
Variant Title
Pre-Code Hollywood collection. [Disc 2]
Related Title
Hot Saturday.
Torch singer.
Series
Universal Backlot Series
Contents
Hot Saturday / Paramount Pictures ; writers, Josephine Lovett, Joseph Moncure March, Seton I. Miller ; directed by William A. Seiter ; (1932 ; 73 min.) ; Torch singer / Paramount Productions, Inc. ; screenplay by Lenore Coffee and Lynn Starling ; directed by Alexander Hall, George Somnes ; (71 min.).
Published
Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2009.
Publisher no.
61106092 Universal Studios Home Entertainment (set)
Description
1 videodisc (146 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1); Dolby Digital 2.0 mono., digitally remastered, dual-layer, NTSC.
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