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Arizona (1931)     Ten Cents a Dance (1931)        Virtue (1932)

Three Wise Girls (1932)        Shopworn (1932)

Turner Classic Movies and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment present The Columbia Pre-Code Collection; five films in which the working class heroines have more to overcome than just dubious occupations or notorious reputations. Made before the Motion Picture Production Code was rigidly enforced in July of 1934, these films traffic in subject matter than would soon become taboo on the screen and be banned or removed by the censors such as premarital sex, prostitution, infidelity, suicide and criminal activities.

Arizona (1931), not to be confused with the 1940 Western of the same name, features John Wayne as a West Point football star who enlists in the army only to discover that his commanding officer is now married to his former mistress (Laura La Plante), a woman bent on revenge after Wayne jilted her. In Ten Cents a Dance (1931), Barbara Stanwyck plays a taxi dancer trying to rise above her low station in life but her no-good gambler husband keeps dragging her down with his debts and unlawful activities. Virtue (1932) features Pat O’Brien as an honest, hard working cab driver and Carole Lombard as Mae, a prostitute he mistakes for an unemployed stenographer. After they get married, Mae’s past comes back to haunt her when a duplicitous acquaintance plunges her into a financial crisis that she tries to hide from her husband. Three Wise Girls (1932) showcases Jean Harlow, prior to her successful MGM career, as an innocent small-town girl who trades her soda fountain job for a modeling job in New York City….and the complications and dangers that come with it. Shopworn (1932) is a class-conscious melodrama in which a waitress (Barbara Stanwyck) falls in love with a wealthy college student (Regis Toomey) but his mother resorts to devious means to end the relationship.

Presented for the first time on DVD, these five films have been fully restored and re-mastered and offer a fascinating glimpse of Depression era social mores during the early sound era in Hollywood..

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Theatrical Release: 1931- 1932

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directed by Lionel Barrymore
USA 1931

DVD Review: Sony Pictures / TCM (Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Sony Pictures / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:16:36
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Robert Osborne Introduction (2:43)
• Galleries (stills, posters, lobby cards)
• TCMDb Article

DVD Release Date: July 2nd, 2012
5 discs in a digipack

Chapters 9

 

Comments

Pre-codes make a great marketing tool to release a number of late 1920's - early 1930's titles released to theaters before July 1, 1934 when the Motion Picture Production Code being enforced by censors. Universal has already released a collection of Pre-Codes (HERE), but Warner is a leader with more titles to choose from - there are a number if Forbidden Hollywood Collections (Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3) with two more collections being released in July, 2012 (Volume 4, Volume 5).

The Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection is released by Sony Pictures through Turner Classic Movies and being sold exclusively at Movies Unlimited and TCM Shop. There are a number of big stars in this collection - Barbara Stanwyck, John Wayne, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard. Each film is presented on its own single-layered progressive disc in a fold-out digipack. As usual for these TCM releases, the packaging is not perfect and sometimes it's a challenge to get a disc out of its gate. The last 2 minutes of Ten Cents a Dance is overly soft (see last capture), but overall all prints utilized for these transfers are in good shape and have a good contrast, with a number of scratches and lines on the prints. The first scene of Virtue was removed due to censorship, but audio still exists for it, so it's presented over a black screen. Each film features a number of stills, posters, lobby cards as an extra and the first disc starts with a Robert Osborne Introduction to the collection. An excellent collection that we can recommend.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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(aka "Men Are Like That" or "The Virtuous Wife")

 

directed by George B. Seitz
USA 1931

Theatrical Release: 27 June 1931 (USA)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures / TCM (Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Sony Pictures / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:06:28
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Galleries (stills, posters, lobby cards)

DVD Release Date:
5 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 8
 

 


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(aka "3 Wise Girls" or "Blonde Baby")

 

directed by William Beaudine
USA 1932

Theatrical Release: 11 January 1932 (premiere)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures / TCM (Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Sony Pictures / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:08:33
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.28 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Galleries (stills, posters, lobby cards)

DVD Release Date:
5 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 9

  


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directed by Nick Grinde
USA 1932

Theatrical Release: 25 March 1932 (USA)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures / TCM (Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Sony Pictures / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:05:54
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Galleries (stills, lobby cards)
• NY State Censor Board Documents (pdf file)

DVD Release Date:
5 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 8

 


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directed by Edward Buzzell
USA 1932

Theatrical Release: 24 October 1932 (New York City)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures / TCM (Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Sony Pictures / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:08:39
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Galleries (stills, posters, lobby cards)

DVD Release Date:
5 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 9

  


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Distribution

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Region 1 - NTSC

 




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