Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, being completely adorable.
Pre-Code Hollywood refers to the era in the American film industry between the introduction of sound in the late 1920s 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.
As a result, films in the late 1920s and early 1930s included sexual innuendo, miscegenation, profanity, illegal drug use, promiscuity, prostitution, infidelity, abortion, intense violence and homosexuality.
Gregory Peck in Finland, January 1953 (Part 1/2).
Happy Birthday Eldred Gregory Peck!
April 5th 1916 - June 12th 2003
"In art there is compassion, in compassion there is humanity, with humanity there is generosity and love. Gregory Peck gave us these attributes in full measure."
- Brock Peters
"He was no saint, but he was a man of extraordinary gifts. Of course, he was tall, dark and handsome, but actually more than that - he was dazzling."
- Lauren Bacall
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Swing Time (1936)
Heaven, I’m in heaven. And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak. And I seem to find the happiness I seek. When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek.
Gregory Peck photographed in 1953.
Baby Face (1933)
1929 - High Voltage | WATCH & WATCH
1929 - Big News | WATCH & WATCH
1929 - The Racketeer | WATCH & WATCH
1931 - It Pays to Advertise | WATCH
1931 - Man of the World | WATCH & WATCH & TORRENT
1932 - No Man of Her Own | WATCH & TORRENT
1933 - Supernatural | WATCH
1933 - The Eagle and the Hawk | WATCH
1934 - Bolero | TORRENT
1934 - We’re Not Dressing | WATCH & WATCH & TORRENT
1934 - Twentieth Century | WATCH & TORRENT
1934 - Now and Forever | WATCH & TORRENT
1934 - The Gay Bride | TORRENT
1935 - Hands Across the Table | WATCH & WATCH & TORRENT
1936 - Love Before Breakfast | WATCH & WATCH & TORRENT
1936 - The Princess Comes Across | WATCH & TORRENT
1936 - My Man Godfrey | WATCH & WATCH & TORRENT & TORRENT
1937 - Swing High, Swing Low | WATCH
1937 - Nothing Sacred | WATCH & WATCH & TORRENT & TORRENT
1937 - True Confession | WATCH & TORRENT
1939 - Made for Each Other | WATCH & WATCH & TORRENT
1939 - In Name Only | WATCH
1940 - Vigil in the Night | WATCH
1941 - They Knew What They Wanted | WATCH
1941 - Mr. & Mrs. Smith | WATCH & TORRENT
1942 - To Be or Not to Be | WATCH & WATCH & TORRENTNOTE: For the Veehd links, create a free account on the website to watch the film.
This list is nowhere close to being complete and I will be adding more films as I find them. Please message me if any of the links are broken so I can replace them!
Through their artistry, wherever they wrought their magic, they made us believe, in place, time, light, story, or emotion. They mentored us, challenged us, inspired us, elevated us, and made us only want to be better. Because of their particular gifts, they gave us a greater understanding of the human condition and the human heart.We lost too many of them this year, but because of the great gift of film, they will live forever.
To those who are featured here tonight, and to the many deserving others who are in our hearts, we love you, we honor you, we miss you … but most of all, we thank you.