100 New Code Films

100 New Code Films

Last year, here at PEPS I discovered new Code films through a special weekly series I created, 52 Code Films. I watched and reviewed one new Code film every week, so I discovered many new movies from the American Breen Era (1934-1954) which I had never seen before. I published my analysis of my findings from this series a few days ago here.

This year, I am starting a new series for discovering new Code films. I am calling it 100 New Code Films. Rather than just watching and reviewing one new Code film per week and occasionally watching extra new films which I don’t review, I have decided to definitely watch two new Code films in all but the first and last week of the year. Thus, I will watch 100 new Code films in all in 2020.

To make it possible for me to review all those films, I am going to keep my reviews briefer than those in last year’s series. Instead of writing a long condensation of the plot, I am going to keep the plot description down to a few sentences and will combine the opinion and recommendation sections into one section. Thus, I will be able to review two films per week instead of one.

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I want to watch a substantial amount of noteworthy films this year as well as less well-known ones which I may want to watch because of actors I like. As well as some films that are just famous or acclaimed, I want to watch the movies which won the most important awards during the Breen Era. To accomplish this, I am going to try to watch all the films in the top four Academy Award categories which I haven’t seen yet. That includes Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress. Below is a list of those films which I haven’t seen yet. There are some duplicates, since many Best Pictures won other awards, so I am just listing each film in the category which comes first. (Note: I am not including Hamlet from 1948, even though it won Best Picture and Best Actor, since it is a British film and thus not technically a Code film.)

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David O. Selznick (left) receiving the Best Picture Oscar for Gone with the Wind.

Best Picture:

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

All the King’s Men (1949)

All About Eve (1950)

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

From Here to Eternity (1953)

On the Waterfront (1954)

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Frank Capra with his Best Director Oscar for It Happened One Night.

Best Director:

The Informer (1935)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

A Place in the Sun (1951)

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Bing Crosby with his Best Actor Oscar for Going My Way.

Best Actor:

The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Sergeant York (1941)

Watch on the Rhine (1943)

A Double Life (1947)

Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

High Noon (1952)

Stalag 17 (1953)

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Olivia de Havilland with her Best Actress Oscar for To Each His Own

Best Actress:

Dangerous (1935)

The Good Earth (1937)

Kitty Foyle (1940)

The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Mildred Pierce (1945)

To Each His Own (1946)

Johnny Belinda (1948)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

The Country Girl (1954)

These four categories alone provide twenty-eight films. Two other films which I am determined to see this year are The Maltese Falcon and Citizen Kane, both from 1941. Those two movies are so famous that non-classic film fans have seen them. It’s about time that I watch them so that I can express an opinion if necessary! I will embolden the titles of these films throughout the year as I watch these movies.

Stay tuned for an exciting year of new Code films! If you have any suggestions for me, just let me know. If I haven’t watched the film yet, I will be happy to add it to my watchlist!

All film titles followed by asterisks (*) were entries in blogathons.

The Roster:

Image result for The Unfinished Dance 1947

#1. The Unfinished Dance from 1947

Good Code Film, Recommended

Image result for the razor's edge 1946

#2. The Razor’s Edge from 1946

Poor Code Film, Recommended

Image result for Shadow of the Thin Man 1941

#3. Shadow of the Thin Man from 1941

Good Code Film, Recommended

Image result for Some Like It HOt 1939

#4. Some Like It Hot (Rhythm Romance) from 1939

Good Code Film, Recommended

Image result for A Damsel in Distress 1937

#5. A Damsel in Distress from 1937

Good Code Film, Recommended

Image result for Stalag 17 1953

#6. Stalag 17 from 1953

Fair Code Film, Recommended

Image result for From Here to Eternity 1953

#7. From Here to Eternity from 1953

Fair Code Film, Recommended

Image result for The Lady Takes a Chance 1943

#8. A Lady Takes a Chance from 1943

Good Code Film, Recommended

Image result for Road to Singapore 1940

#9. Road to Singapore from 1940

Good Code Film, Recommended

Image result for Hunchback of Notre Dame 1939 poster

#10. The Hunchback of Notre Dame from 1939

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Image result for the strange love of martha ivers (1946)

#11. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers from 1946

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Image result for my favorite brunette 1947

#12. My Favorite Brunette from 1947

Good Code Film, Recommended

Image result for The Howards of Virginia 1940

#13. The Howards of Virginia from 1940

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Image result for panama lady 1939

#14. Panama Lady from 1939*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Image result for Lady of Burlesque 1943 poster

#15. Lady of Burlesque from 1943*

Fair Code Film, Recommended

Image result for Sunset Boulevard 1950

#16. Sunset Boulevard from 1950

Fair Code Film, Recommended

Image result for Calamity Jane and Sam Bass 1949

#17. Calamity Jane and Sam Bass from 1949*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Walter Brennan, Mary Brian, and Lyle Talbot in Affairs of Cappy Ricks (1937)

#18. The Affairs of Cappy Ricks from 1937*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Image result for Stagecoach 1939

#19. Stagecoach from 1939*

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Image result for Stowaway 1936

#20. Stowaway from 1936

Good Code Film, Recommended

Image result for Little Nellie Kelly 1940

#21. Little Nellie Kelly from 1940

Good Code Film, Recommended

Image result for The Story of Louis PAsteur 1936

#22. The Story of Louis Pasteur from 1936

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Image result for Kitty Foyle 1940

#23. Kitty Foyle from 1940

Poor Code Film, Recommended

#24. The Grapes of Wrath from 1940

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

1952 "The Winning Team" Starring Ronald Reagan LE Original Movie ...

#25. The Winning Team from 1952*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Original Mister Scoutmaster (1953) movie poster in F+ condition ...

#26. Mr. Scoutmaster from 1953

Good Code Film, Recommended

Now and Forever (1934 film) - Wikipedia

#27. Now and Forever from 1934

Fair Code Film, Recommended

One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) - IMDb

#28. 100 Men and a Girl from 1937

Good Code Film, Recommended

Home in Indiana (1944)

#29. Home in Indiana from 1944

Good Code Film, Recommended

Louisiana Purchase (1941)

#30. Louisiana Purchase from 1941

Non-Code Film, Not Recommended

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936 film) - Wikipedia

#31. Little Lord Fauntleroy from 1936

Good Code Film, Recommended

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek - Wikipedia

#32. The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek from 1944

Good Code Film, Recommended

Athena (1954)

#33. Athena from 1954

Good Code Film, Recommended

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir - Wikipedia

#34. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir from 1947*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Raffles (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

#35. Raffles from 1939

Good Code Film, Recommended

Texas Carnival (1951) - IMDb

#36. Texas Carnival from 1951

Good Code Film, Recommended

Storm Warning (1951) - IMDb

#37. Storm Warning from 1951

Fair Code Film, Recommended with Caution

Ziegfeld Girl (film) - Wikipedia

#38. Ziegfeld Girl from 1941

Fair Code Film, Recommended

The Strange Woman (1946) - IMDb

#39. The Strange Woman from 1946

Good Code Film, Recommended

Angel on My Shoulder (1946) - IMDb

#40. Angel on My Shoulder from 1946

Good Code Film, Recommended

The Fighting 69th (1940) - IMDb

#41. The Fighting 69th from 1940

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

The Last Outpost (1951 film) - Wikipedia

#42. The Last Outpost from 1951

Good Code Film, Recommended

All About Eve - Wikipedia

#43. All About Eve from 1950*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

#44. Goodbye, Mr. Chips from 1939*

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Titanic (1953 film) - Wikipedia

#45. Titanic from 1953*

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) - IMDb

#46. The Hound of the Baskervilles from 1939*

Fair Code Film, Recommended

Frankly, My Dear: Sunday Movie Review: "Mrs. Parkington" (1944)

#47. Mrs. Parkington from 1944

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

The Big Hangover (1950) - IMDb

#48. The Big Hangover from 1950

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

The Red Danube (MGM, 1949). One Sheet (27.25" X 41"). Drama ...

#49. The Red Danube from 1949

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

The Sky's the Limit (1943) - IMDb

#50. The Sky’s the Limit from 1943

Good Code Film, Recommended

To Each His Own (film) - Wikipedia

#51. To Each His Own from 1946*

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934 film) - Wikipedia

#52. The Count of Monte Cristo from 1934*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Lili (1953) - IMDb

#53. Lili from 1953

Fair Code Film, Recommended

The Shopworn Angel (1938) Original U.S. Three-Sheet Movie Poster ...

#54. The Shopworn Angel from 1938

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Les Misérables (1935) - IMDb

#55. Les Miserables from 1935*

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Les Miserables (1952) - Where to Watch It Streaming Online | Reelgood

#56. Les Miserables from 1952*

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

The Song of Bernadette (1943) - IMDb

#57. Song of Bernadette from 1943*

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Poster - A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) | Midsummer nights dream ...

#58. A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 1935

Good Code Film, Recommended

Julia Misbehaves - Wikipedia

#59. Julia Misbehaves from 1948

Good Code Film, Recommended

Riding High (1950) - IMDb

#60. Riding High from 1950

Good Code Film, Recommended

Two Smart People - Wikipedia

#61. Two Smart People from 1946*

Good Code Film, Recommended

The Hoodlum Saint (1946) - IMDb

#62. The Hoodlum Saint from 1946*

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Mother is a Freshman (20th Century Fox, 1949). Three Sheet (41" X | Lot  #51349 | Heritage Auctions

#63. Mother is a Freshman from 1949

Good Code Film, Recommended

When Ladies Meet (1941 film) - Wikipedia

#64. When Ladies Meet from 1941

Non-Code Film, Recommended

The Asphalt Jungle - Wikipedia

#65. The Asphalt Jungle from 1950

Fair Code Film, Recommended

Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) - IMDb

#66. Week-End at the Waldorf from 1945*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Duchess of Idaho (1950) - IMDb

#67. The Duchess of Idaho from 1950*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Rage in Heaven - Wikipedia

#68. Rage in Heaven from 1941*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Too Young to Kiss (1951) - IMDb

#69. Too Young to Kiss from 1951

Good Code Film, Recommended

Cairo (1942 film) - Wikipedia

#70. Cairo from 1942

Good Code Film, Recommended

One Sunday Afternoon (1948) - IMDb

#71. One Sunday Afternoon from 1948

Good Code Film, Recommended

The Canterville Ghost (1944 film) - Wikipedia

#72. The Canterville Ghost from 1944

Good Code Film, Recommended

Because You're Mine - Wikipedia

#73. Because You’re Mine from 1952*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Spring Parade - Wikipedia

#74. Spring Parade from 1940*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Small Town Girl (1953 film) - Wikipedia

#75. Small Town Girl from 1953

Fair Code Film, Recommended

Honolulu (1939) - IMDb

#76. Honolulu from 1939

Good Code Film, Recommended

Gentleman's Agreement - Wikipedia

#77. Gentleman’s Agreement from 1947*

Poor Code Film, Recommended

Flight Angels - Wikipedia

#78. Flight Angels from 1940

Fair Code Film, Recommended

The Secret Garden (1949) - IMDb

#79. The Secret Garden from 1949

Good Code Film, Recommended

Never Say Goodbye (1946 film) - Wikipedia

#80. Never Say Goodbye from 1946*

Good Code Film, Recommended

The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) - IMDb

#81. The Devil and Miss Jones from 1941*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Mary of Scotland (film) - Wikipedia

#82. Mary of Scotland from 1936*

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Malaya (1949) - IMDb

#83. Malaya from 1949*

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Saratoga Trunk Movie Trailer, Reviews and More | TV Guide

#84. Saratoga Trunk from 1945

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

I Married a Witch (1942) - IMDb

#85. I Married a Witch from 1942*

Non-Code Film, Recommended with Reservations

Key to the City (1950) - IMDb

#86. Key to the City from 1950

Good Code Film, Recommended

Summer Stock - Wikipedia

#87. Summer Stock from 1950*

Fair Code Film, Recommended

On Borrowed Time (1939) - IMDb

#88. On Borrowed Time from 1939*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Four Daughters - Wikipedia

#89. Four Daughters from 1938*

Good Code Film, Recommended

Pinky (film) - Wikipedia

#90. Pinky from 1949*

Perfect Code Film, Recommended

Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937) - IMDb

#91. Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry from 1937*

Good Code Film, Recommended

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8 thoughts on “100 New Code Films

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  5. Good luck on this! I love watching movies that won Academy Awards! I don’t think that I’ve seen any of these either, but I look forward to watching them as well!

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