The Production Code Administration and the Handmade Furniture Company

The Production Code Administration, which served as a self-regulation board for Hollywood from 1934 to 1954, was like the board of review at a handmade furniture company. Such a furniture company has a rule book defining the company's code of standards, such as durability, sturdiness, and pureness of materials, just as Hollywood had the Motion … Continue reading The Production Code Administration and the Handmade Furniture Company

James Cagney, Hollywood’s Favorite Irish Gangster

James Cagney was a famous gangster actor for thirty years; although the gangster films' heyday was in the pre-Code years, they continued to be made through the Code and post-Code years, and James Cagney went right along with them. He made his big break as the nefarious gun-man Tom Powers in the 1931 film The … Continue reading James Cagney, Hollywood’s Favorite Irish Gangster

Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, Singing Sweethearts of the Code!

Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, the Singing Sweethearts of the Silver Screen, made eight diverse and entertaining musicals together between 1935 and 1942. Their first film together is Naughty Marietta, an adaptation of a play by Victor Herbert about a runaway princess who falls in love with a handsome Scout in colonial New Orleans. Their … Continue reading Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, Singing Sweethearts of the Code!