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The Crash (1932)     Registered Nurse (1934)

Ruth Chatterton and Bebe Daniels, two of the greatest leading ladies of the Pre-Code era, are the main attraction in this riches to rags “working woman” double bill. Storied director William Dieterle takes the reins in the first picture, The Crash, directing newlyweds Ruth Chatterton and George Brent. The pair play a married couple who broker wifely favors for inside stock tips. When the market crashes, both must learn a new way to live. And love. Registered Nurse finds Bebe Daniels leaving society dreams behind after her husband cracks up. Returning to the working world, ‘Ben’ (Daniels) tries to stay loyal to her mentally ill husband while fending off advances and her own temptations working the “night watch.” With Lyle Talbot, Sidney Toler, and Beulah Bondi. Directed by Robert Florey.

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directed by William Dieterle
USA 1932

 

In this drama, set in 1929 when the stock market crashed, a selfish, money-grubbing wife ruins her husband, an accountant after she feeds him a fake stock market tip. Prior to that, she had been having an affair with a wealthy fellow. She destroys her husband because she is bored with her lover and wants to start fresh in Bermuda. On the island, she meets a wealthy Australian who wants to get married. Her husband wants his fortune back. To get it, he blackmail's his wife's former lover. The capricious woman soon tires of the Australian and returns to her spouse. She then tears up the blackmail check.

Theatrical Release: 8 October 1932 (premiere)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Pre-Code Double Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 0:56:32
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.95 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: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• 2 films on 1 disc
• Theatrical trailer for The Crash (2:23)

DVD Release Date: February 28th, 2012
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Chapters 6

 

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Before Warner Archive collection relaunched Forbidden Hollywood with Volume 4 and Volume 5, they released a number of pre-code double features, like this one or two Dorothy Mackaill sets (reviewed HERE and HERE). [more reviews of such sets to come]. This set collects two female-centered First National Pictures features, each running around 60 minutes. The fast-paced B pictures are very enjoyable with both Ruth Chatterton (in The Crash) and Bebe Daniels (in Registered Nurse) giving very strong performances. It is easy to see why the extramarital affairs of these films would be considered pre-code.

The dual-layered made-on-demand disc features new progressive transfers that suffer due to the film elements with scratches and damage, but all things considered has very good contrast and grey-scale. The sound, likewise, is as good as the materials being used for the transfer. A single extra is a theatrical trailer for The Crash. This set comes recommended for any fan of pre-codes - you will be pleasantly surprised with both features.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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directed by Robert Florey
USA 1934

Theatrical Release: 7 April 1934 (USA)

Reviews 

DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Pre-Code Double Feature) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:02:12
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.95 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: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

DVD Release Date:
Keep case

Chapters 7

 


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Distribution

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Region 0 - NTSC

 


 




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