Here at PEPS, this July is #CleanMovieMonth2020! Since 20 is the theme of this year’s celebration of Hollywood’s Breen Era (1934-1954), I decided to review twenty Code films during July. In addition to the eight 100 New Code Films articles I will write during this month, I decided to review twelve other new Code films to make up the twenty reviews. This weekend, I got a great start on this number, since I watched eight new Code films on Saturday and Sunday! I already reviewed one of them, The Count of Monte Cristo (1934), yesterday, and I will review another one of these films later this week as my second 100 New Code Films article of the week. I will gradually write about the rest of these films in these short #CleanMovieMonth2020 reviews. I saw some great movies. I can’t wait to share them with you!
#4 – The Voice of the Turtle (1947)
Ronald Reagan, Eleanor Parker, and Eve Arden
Director: Irving Rapper, Producer: Charles Hoffman, Production Company: Warner Bros.
When a flirtatious actress (Arden) stands up her soldier beau (Reagen) because her sailor sweetheart (Wayne Morris) is also in New York on leave, her friend (Parker), a sensitive young actress, agrees to go out to dinner with the jilted soldier. When he has no place to stay, she lets him sleep on the sofa in her apartment, and a tender romance blossoms as they spend time together.
Good Code Film
Highly Recommended, Five Stars
This is a delightful movie. I really enjoyed it. The romance between Bill (Reagan) and Sally (Parker) is so tender, intimate, and sincere, largely because most of their courtship happens when they are alone. Although Bill spends the night at Sally’s apartment, there is nothing improper in their relationship. Sally is very kind, caring, and proper, and Bill is a sensitive, considerate gentleman. Others may misunderstand the situation, but they know that they have done nothing wrong. The acting is marvelous. I really enjoyed these unique, nuanced performances from two stars whom I haven’t seen in many leading roles. The romance is so convincing that I really believed they were in love. For those curious about the film’s unusual title, it is a quote from the Bible, and the turtle referenced is a turtledove: “For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.” – Song of Solomon 2:11-12
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