Your Pre-Code DVD wish-list

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  1. Paul_Scott

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    it was really nice of Warner to give us a taste of pre-code goodness with the inclusion of Mystery Of The Wax Museum on the House Of Wax disc, and i'm eagerly looking forward to the Jeckyll and Hyde films this January.
    some others i would love to see (but of course i won't hold my breath) are

    Employees Entrance
    Skyscraper Souls
    Call Her Savage
    (c'mon Fox! throw us Bow fans a bone!)

    i'm sure someday we'll see things like Red Dust and Tarzan and His Mate, but those others i would like to own just as much, but i don't think they'll ever be a very high priority.
    or even a medium priority.

    another one i've always wanted to see is The Story Of Temple Drake, but thats one film i never run across at all.
    never been on tape, and never broadcast as far as i can tell.
    it could be sharing a canister with London After Midnight for all its worth.

    any good stuff out there now i may not be aware of?
     
  2. Jack Theakston

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    Well, the only Pre-code really worth seeing is the stuff put out by Warner Bros., so here we go:

    Al Jolson:
    The Jazz Singer (coming soon)
    The Singing Fool (one of his best)
    Big Boy
    Mammie
    Wonder Bar

    Musicals:
    Gold Diggers of 33, 35, and 37
    Footlight Parade
    Dames

    Eddy G. Robinson (I'm guessing these will come out on the TCM label since they ran them recently):
    Five Star Final
    Two Seconds
    Hatchet Man
    Little Caesar
    Brother Orchid


    I think the Jimmy Cagney stuff will be covered within the next few months.
     
  3. Jim_K

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    The pre-code films I want the most are:

    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Jan 04 [​IMG]

    King Kong - rumored 04

    Island of Lost Souls - held hostage by Universal

    The Black Cat - ditto

    Public Enemy - rumored 04

    Freaks - 04

    Scarface - Sept [​IMG]

    Others I'd like:

    Tarzan
    Tarzan and His Mate
    The Criminal Code
    The Mask of Fu Manchu
    Murders in the Rue Morgue
    Kongo
    Dr X
     
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    Yep, Jim K. pretty much covered it. The classic horror stuff is highest on my list (esp. Kong), but all the others would (will) be great, too.

    Also, E.G. Robinson in Little Caesar.
     
  6. Rob Willey

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    I'd be tempted to buy any/all of these:

    Platinum Blonde

    The Miracle Woman

    Arsene Lupin

    Rasputin and the Empress

    The Sign of the Cross

    What Price Hollywood?

    Bombshell

    20,000 Years in Sing Sing

    Of Human Bondage


    Rob
     
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    I'll add

    Follow Thru
    The Love Parade
    Monte Carlo
    One Hour with You
    The Bitter Tea of General Yen
    Taxi
    Public Enemy
    Bad Girl
    Cavalcade
    Man's Castle
    The Power and the Glory
    Public Enemy
     
  8. Jon Hertzberg

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    Great thread! Yes, to the opening of the vaults for the likes of Cagney, Muni, Robinson, Davis, Tracy, Stanwyck, Shearer, Crawford, Powell, West, Gable, and Harlow.

    I would love to see some of Carole Lombard's pre-Code work:
    Virtue
    Sinners in the Sun
    White Woman
    No Man of Her Own
    Man of the World
    Twentieth Century
    The Eagle and the Hawk
    Bolero
    Ladies'Man

    Some other titles of interest:
    The Divorcee
    Private Lives
    Grand Hotel
    Design For Living
    Baby Face
    I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
    Ladies They Talk About
    Miracle Woman
    Two Seconds
    Street Scene
    Criminal Code


    Jon
     
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    I, too, echo Jim K's complete list, as well as the aforementioned Frank Capra films (MIRACLE WOMAN, PLATINUM BLONDE and THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN), THE POWER & THE GLORY, TWENTIETH CENTURY...

    I'd also add:

    MURDERS IN THE ZOO (1933) Paramount/Universal
    SUPERNATURAL (1933) Paramount/Universal
    TERROR ABOARD (1933) Paramount/Universal
    MURDER BY THE CLOCK (1931) Paramount/Universal
    IF I HAD A MILLION (1932) Paramount/Universal
    MILLION DOLLAR LEGS (1932) Paramount/Universal
    INTERNATIONAL HOUSE (1933) Paramount/Universal
    ZOO IN BUDAPEST (1933) Fox
    ONE-WAY PASSAGE (1932) WB
    JEWEL ROBBERY (1932) WB
    THE MAYOR OF HELL (1933) WB
    GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE (1933) MGM/WB
    AMERICAN MADNESS (1932) Columbia
    LADIES OF LEISURE (1930) Columbia
    DIRIGIBLE (1931) Columbia
     
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    Second vote for The Criminal Code...it was nice to see a little bit of it on the new DVD for Targets!
     
  11. SteveP

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    LOVE ME TONIGHT (Paramount, 1932) has NEVER been released on video. This is part of the pre-1948 Paramount Library now owned by Universal--a library now up for sale by Vivendi. Wish they'd get it together to start releasing the many great Paramount titles that deserve to be seen.

    STREET SCENE (Goldwyn, 1931) is available on a pretty good Region 1 DVD.
     
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    I'm not sure about the details but I believe Love Me Tonight (a wonderful musical)and another early talkie Applause are coming out this year. I think there is even a street date in September or October. Apart from Bing Crosby /Bob Hope and a few titles farmed out to Criterion the pre 1948 Paramount film isn't well represented on DVD. Universal continue to sit on the Marx Brothers,W.C. Fields, Mae West, Demille, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Lubitsch, Sturges etc. It looks like they consider most of these corporate assets rather than future releases (a real pity) if they willing to sell them. We can only hope a new owner might give these titles the DVD releases they deserve.
     
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    Platinum Blonde 11/4 from Columbia. Cover Art (& minimal specs)at DVD Times
    Tim
     
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