July 7 – Perfect Code Film Feature #7
Today’s highlighted film is The Silk Hat Kid from 1935. This is the story of a tough young bodyguard who is hired by a nightclub owner as protection against gangsters but finds himself torn when he meets an old priest friend of his and a pretty young lady who helps at the priest’s home for orphaned boys. As the young man is softened by his friends and the little boys, the nightclub owner is jealous of his developing relationship with his girlfriend. This film stars Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke, and Paul Kelly. It was directed by H. Bruce Humberstome, produced by Joseph Engel, and released by the Fox Film Corporation. This is a perfect Code film because it shows the superiority of peaceful service and moral battles as opposed to physical fighting and shooting, with the added voice of morality from the very inspiring Brother Joe. I like this movie because of the sweet relationship between the older actors and the adorable little orphan boy who turns out to be the son of the nightclub owner. My favorite thing about it is the transformation which happens to the characters of both Lew Ayres and Paul Kelly, since love makes them want to be decent men.
As a special high-point of our month-long celebration in July, we are hosting a blogathon on the first weekend in July in honor of the formation of the PCA and the twenty wonderful years of decent cinema which followed during Joseph Breen’s tenure. It will be called The Favorite Code Film Blogathon. On July 5-7, participants will choose their single favorite Code films and write about why these movies from the era of film decency were so good. Please join!
This movie is not available on Amazon on DVD. The DVD which we have was printed on demand from Ebay. The film is no longer listed on Ebay, but you can contact the seller here.
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