Sunday, June 15, 2014

Examples of Pre-Code Nudity!

While editing the next Bloody Pit podcast I was taken by the brief discussion Chris Herzog and I have about Pre-Code movies. Here is a definition from Wikipedia for those unaware -

"Pre-Code Hollywood refers to the era in the American film industry between the introduction of sound in the late 1920's and the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code (usually labeled, albeit inaccurately after 1934, as the "Hays Code") censorship guidelines. Although the Code was adopted in 1930, oversight was poor and it did not become rigorously enforced until July 1, 1934. Before that date, movie content was restricted more by local laws, negotiations between the Studio Relations Committee (SRC) and the major studios, and popular opinion, than strict adherence to the Hays Code, which was often ignored by Hollywood filmmakers.

Beginning in late 1933 and escalating throughout the first half of 1934, American Roman Catholics launched a campaign against what they deemed the immorality of American cinema. This, plus a potential government takeover of film censorship and social research seeming to indicate that movies which were seen to be immoral could promote bad behavior, was enough pressure to force the studios to capitulate to greater oversight." 

So, with that history in mind here is a video that shows some of the wily ways Hollywood showed some skin in the good old days!


Stephen D. Sullivan said...

For sheer volume of pre-code women taking off their clothes in movies, you can't beat Busby Berkley's films -- as the clips illustrate. Why have one woman undressing when you can have a dozen or more! :D

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marketer said...

Thanks for sharing. Always a pleasure to read.