In November, we alerted you to the upcoming release of "Forbidden Hollywood,Volume 2" from Warners Home Video (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/52151.html). Well, the "upcoming" is coming on Tuesday, when the set is being issued.
And the good news is that on Monday night, you can get an idea what this is all about, thanks to the good folks at Turner Classic Movies. The U.S. TCM channel is showing all five films in the set...plus a new documentary on the pre-Code era, "Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood."
The schedule (all times Eastern):
8 p.m. -- "The Divorcee" (1930) Norma Shearer won the Oscar for best actress and changed the course of her career with this brilliant portrayal of a woman who challenges the double standard of sexuality. Below is an ad for the film:
9:30 p.m. -- "Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood"
10:45 p.m. -- "Night Nurse" (1931) Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell as nurses in this drama with comedic overtones, plus a young Clark Gable as a brutish chauffeur.
midnight -- "Three on a Match" (1932) Blondell, the always-delightful Ann Dvorak plus a young blonde Bette Davis, along with Humphrey Bogart in a supporting role.
1:15 a.m. -- "Female" (1933) Ruth Chatterton as a high-powered female executive, with real-life husband George Brent as an underling who challenges her.
2:30 a.m. -- "Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood"
3:45 a.m. -- "A Free Soul" (1931) The film that put Gable on the map as a dynamic gangster...but it's a supporting role. Lionel Barrymore won the Oscar for best actor with his vivid portrayal of a drunken attorney; Shearer plays his daughter, who falls in love with Gable's character and dumps upper-class beau Leslie Howard.
It will be good to have TCM back to its format of showing all sorts of classic films on Monday, after the end of its "31 Days Of Oscar" celebration...and this certainly kicks it off with a bang. If you're unfamiliar with the pre-Code era, this evening's fare will be a fine introduction.
(By the way, an earlier TCM documentary on pre-Code times, "Complicated Women," will air at 5 a.m. Eastern on April 3.)