Jerry Flynn, The “King of the Newsboys” in 1938

This article is part of the Reel Infatuations blogathon: https://silverscreenings.org/2017/06/20/reel-infatuation-blogathon-starts-friday/ 1938 was a big year for Lew Ayres. His third film that year was Holiday at Columbia, which also featured Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant and was directed by George Cukor. It brought him to MGM's attention, and they signed him to a contract. This … Continue reading Jerry Flynn, The “King of the Newsboys” in 1938

Michael Rand in “Night World” from 1932

This article is part of the Reel Infatuation blogathon: https://silverscreenings.org/2017/06/20/reel-infatuation-blogathon-starts-friday/ When one thinks of pre-Code men, not many noble, upstanding men come to mind. There are lots of criminals, lechers, and brutes, but Lew Ayres received many of the best roles for decent young men. Perhaps it was because he had such a kind, youthful … Continue reading Michael Rand in “Night World” from 1932

Judge James K. Hardy: A Hollywood Father Who is a Mentor for All Ages

Judge James K. Hardy, played by Lionel Barrymore in A Family Affair from 1937 and Lewis Stone in the other fourteen movies in the series, is the father in all but the last of the sixteen Andy Hardy movies; he is understood to have died between the fifteenth and the sixteenth film. Judge Hardy is … Continue reading Judge James K. Hardy: A Hollywood Father Who is a Mentor for All Ages

Saturdays of the Future: 5. Contact the Studios Now!

Last Monday, I sent a letter describing the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society's goals to each of the seven major motion picture studios in Hollywood. On the following Friday, I called the studios in Hollywood. It is easy to reach the secretaries of the heads of the company; all you have to know is someone's name … Continue reading Saturdays of the Future: 5. Contact the Studios Now!

Breening Thursday: 1. “Night World” from 1932

     Variety referred to Joseph I. Breen's process of self-regulation as “breening” or “joebreening,” since the PCA relied heavily on his judgment and discernment regarding films. Starting today, Thursday is going to be “Breening Thursday” on PEPS; every week, I will post an article in which I will “breen” a pre-Code or Shurlock era film. … Continue reading Breening Thursday: 1. “Night World” from 1932

Louie Ricarno: Hollywood’s First, Forgotten Gangster

Who was the first gangster to step onto the Silver Screen? From 1930 to 1934, a genre known as the gangster film thrived in the Warner Brothers studio. Although gangster films continued to be made in the Code and post-Code years, they were never the same as they had been in the pre-Code years. The … Continue reading Louie Ricarno: Hollywood’s First, Forgotten Gangster

Saturdays of the Future: 4. Joseph I. Breen, National Hero or Public Enemy?

The name Joseph I. Breen doesn't mean much to many people these days, yet it is the name of one of America's greatest influencers. If you read my last article in the Saturdays of the Future series, you already know about Mr. Breen. If you haven't read this article, I encourage you to do so … Continue reading Saturdays of the Future: 4. Joseph I. Breen, National Hero or Public Enemy?

The Studio Relations Committee: A Board of Film Review or a Jury of Gangsters?

Can you imagine criminals being put on trial before a jury of other criminals? The concept of trial by a jury of one's peers is theoretically an excellent democratic principle. However, this principle can be abused if taken so literally as to mean that a person should be tried only by people who are guilty … Continue reading The Studio Relations Committee: A Board of Film Review or a Jury of Gangsters?

Saturdays of the Future: 3. Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Last week and the week before I didn't publish a Saturday of the Future article since I was busy working on the plans which I will detail in this one. For the third article in this series, I am going to describe PEPS's biggest plan for promoting the cause, raising awareness, and spreading the word. … Continue reading Saturdays of the Future: 3. Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame