In this new year, PEPS is beginning a weekly feature exclusively about Code films. That way, our readers will have a clear contrast to the films we breen every week in our Breening Thursdays series. This new series is called 52 Code Films. Unlike the breening articles, which are always published on Thursday, 52 Code Films articles will be published at anytime during each week. However, one will definitely be published per week.
Like many classic film fans, I often am struck by the huge amount of wonderful movies I haven’t seen yet. There are so many movies from the Breen Era with favorite actors that I haven’t watched. With over 17,000 Seals of Approval having been issued by the PCA during Joe Breen’s tenure, it would be almost impossible to see all of them in one’s lifetime. However, one can try to make an effort to frequently find new classics, which might become new favorites.
To expand my horizons in terms of Code films, I am challenging myself this new year. Every week, I will watch a Code film which I have never seen before. Then, some time during that week, I will write an article about it. That way, I will watch and review 52 previously unseen Breen Era films during this new year. I invite my readers to join me in this challenge!
If you want to join 52 Code Films, just post this banner on your website, link to this article, and start watching and reviewing! If you aren’t able to join during the first week of January, that’s fine. You can join any time during the year! If you are unable to commit to the challenge for the whole year, you could try it for just a month or two. You could commit to the watching without writing a whole article about each film you see. You could just publish an overview of all the films you watch each month. No matter how you decide to join, carefully observe the dates of the new films you see. Only American-made films from the Greater Breen Era (1934-1954) qualify. Be wary of films from 1934. Only those released in or after July were approved by the PCA. Those which were released before July are considered pre-Code films, so they don’t count. After all, the point of the challenge is to discover new Code films, so the dates are important.
Every time I publish an article in this series, I will include the link to it in this article. Keep checking back here to see the complete roster of the films I am watching and reviewing! In each article, I will include a brief plot of the film, the cast, the movie’s Code classification, my thoughts on recommendation, and my general opinion of it. I can’t wait to watch and review some wonderful new movies!
My 52 Film Reviews
Week 1: Since You Went Away from 1944
Week 4: Something in the Wind from 1947
Week 5: Guest in the House from 1944
Week 6: Can’t Help Singing from 1944
Week 7: Lady on a Train from 1945
Week 9: Casanova Brown from 1944
Week 10: Three Husbands from 1950
Week 11: Random Harvest from 1942
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Enjoy watching new, wonderful Code films in 2019!
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