52 Code Films

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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

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Week 1: Since You Went Away from 1944

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

Week 2: The Barkleys of Broadway from 1949

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Week 3: And So They Were Married from 1936

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Week 4: Something in the Wind from 1947

Guest in the House (1944)

Week 5: Guest in the House from 1944

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Week 6: Can’t Help Singing from 1944

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Week 7: Lady on a Train from 1945

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Week 8: Three Coins in the Fountain from 1954

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Week 9: Casanova Brown from 1944

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Week 10: Three Husbands from 1950

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Week 11: Random Harvest from 1942

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Week 12: Royal Wedding from 1951

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Week 13: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty from 1947

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Week 14: A Song to Remember from 1945

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Week 15: Winged Victory from 1944

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Week 16: Double Dynamite from 1951

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Week 17: Wedding Present from 1936

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Week 18: They Were Expendable from 1945

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Week 19: She Married Her Boss from 1935

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Week 20: Young Man with a Horn from 1950

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Week 21: Salome, Where She Danced from 1945

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Week 22: For Me and My Gal from 1942

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Week 23: No Time for Comedy from 1940

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Week 24: Double Wedding from 1937

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Week 25: Wonder Man from 1945

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Week 26: The Santa Fe Trail from 1940

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Week 27: The World Moves On from 1934

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Week 28: A Star is Born from 1937

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Week 29: Colonel Effingham’s Raid from 1946

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Week 30: The Dark Mirror from 1946

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Week 31: The More The Merrier from 1943

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Week 32: Meet the Stewarts from 1942

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Week 33: After the Thin Man from 1936

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Week 34: Brigadoon from 1954

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Week 35: Destination Tokyo from 1944

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Week 36: The Heiress from 1949

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Week 37: Nothing Sacred from 1937

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Week 38: A Star is Born from 1954

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Week 39: The Spanish Main from 1945

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Week 40: All This, and Heaven Too from 1940

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Week 41: The African Queen from 1951

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Week 42: Another Thin Man from 1939

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Week 43: It’s a Wonderful World from 1939

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Week 44: Cover Girl from 1944

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Week 45: Key Largo from 1948

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Week 46: Dark Victory from 1939

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Week 47: Du Barry Was a Lady from 1943

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Week 48: Mr. Belvedere Goes to College from 1949

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Week 49: A Christmas Carol from 1939

Danny Kaye, Constance Dowling, Dinah Shore, and The Goldwyn Girls in Up in Arms (1944)

Week 50: Up in Arms from 1944

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Week 51: Ziegfeld Follies from 1945

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Week 52: Swing Time from 1936

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16 thoughts on “52 Code Films

  1. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #52: “Swing Time” from 1936; “The Grand Finale” for The Second Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Blogathon | pure entertainment preservation society

  2. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #51: “Ziegfeld Follies” from 1945 | pure entertainment preservation society

  3. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #50: “Up in Arms” from 1944 | pure entertainment preservation society

  4. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #45: “Key Largo” from 1948 | pure entertainment preservation society

  5. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #43: “It’s a Wonderful World” from 1939 | pure entertainment preservation society

  6. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #41: “The African Queen” from 1951; “An Unlikely River Romance” for The Second Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy Blogathon | pure entertainment preservation society

  7. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #6: “Can’t Help Singing” from 1944 | pure entertainment preservation society

  8. Pingback: 52 Code Films – #7: “Lady on a Train” from 1945 | pure entertainment preservation society

  9. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #8: “Three Coins in the Fountain” from 1954 | pure entertainment preservation society

  10. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #9: “Casanova Brown” from 1944 | pure entertainment preservation society

  11. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #10: “Three Husbands” from 1950 | pure entertainment preservation society

  12. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #11: “Random Harvest” from 1942 | pure entertainment preservation society

  13. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #13: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” from 1947 | pure entertainment preservation society

  14. Pingback: 52 Code Films – Week #14: “A Song to Remember” from 1945 | pure entertainment preservation society

  15. Pingback: Breening Thursday #38: “The Proud Rebel” from 1958; “Rebels Can Be Breened” for The Alan Ladd Blogathon | pure entertainment preservation society

  16. Pingback: What the Code Means to Me – March: “The Breen Code and its’ impact on Hollywood” by Paul Batters | pure entertainment preservation society

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