Eat My Shorts: Pre-Code Sizzlers

Last week Pam Grady wrote about women flouting social norms in Pre-Code Hollywood.

PRECODE-POSTCARD-FRONTHer article was a perfect teaser for Elliot Lavine’s latest festival of classics from the era when movies were racy, raunchy and raw. Check out the schedule of consecutive Wednesdays at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre.

We could not resist offering you a selection of posters, trailers and clips from some of the films you will see there.

March 2- Sinsational Triple Feature


A scene from the 1932 film Three on a Match with Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak, Lyle Talbot and Warren William.

the cheat poster


“Blue Velvet has nothing on the perversity shown in 1933’s The Cheat, starring Tallulah Bankhead.” (Sheila O’Malley)

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Listen to Claudette Colbert singing Give Me Liberty or Give Me Love from Torch Singer.


March 9: Undeniable Eroticism


You look like nice girls … or not!


Gilda (Dorothy Mackaill) checks into an hourly hotel with a “friend.”


Gilda lets loose and Nina Mae McKinney sings the sultry blues, Sleepytime Down South.

Watch the original trailer and more clips.

Dorothy Mackaill is ready for discovery in Safe in Hell.

March 16: On The Run


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March 23: Breaking Hollywood Taboos


Barbara Stanwyck has a most frightening dream that even you will want to wake up from — but can’t.


John Gilbert gives a brilliant performance as the lecherous chauffer, Karl – a devious and malicious scoundrel who uses sex and blackmail to get ahead in life and, by doing so, turns a household upside down with his arrogance and charm. Based on Gilbert’s original story.

March 30: Bizarre Horror Triple Bill




Frederic March terrorizes Miriam Hopkins.

dr jekyll swedishFrederic March’s astonishing transformation into his darker side.

EDF FilmStripAfter these films you may feel like taking a bath – Joan Blondell did.

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