100+ New Code Films!

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to now present this year’s semi-weekly series about discovering hitherto unseen American Breen Era (1934-1954) movies, 100+ New Code Films!

This year’s series is a reprise of last year’s, 100 New Code Films, but it will contain some minor alterations, like the new poster. Last year, I was determined to watch and review 100 Breen Era movies, which I thought would be a challenging upgrade of the previous year’s 52 Code Films. For the first few months, it was a good combination of a challenge and a convenient schedule. However, in March, I began to find the schedule of just 100 films stifling. As you can probably guess, this change was due to the lockdown, which kept my family at home on Sundays. Instead of going to the mall, we were watching “new” old movies on Amazon Prime. I felt like I couldn’t watch too many previously unseen movies, since that would throw off my schedule. Since the purpose of this series is to expand my watching of new Code films, not limit it, I realized there was a problem.

This year, I’m going to watch as many new Code films as I want to! I’ll review two of them in every week, except, of course, the fragment weeks at the beginning and end of the year, as well as any weeks where I may become overwhelmed by other duties. If I watch more than two movies, I’ll just list those films as extras without reviewing them. If I feel like reviewing more than two movies per week, most likely due to blogathon entries, I’m free to do so in this series! That’s what’s great about the 100+ aspect of this series!

Last year, I attempted to watch every film from the Breen Era which won an Academy Award in one of the four main categories, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress. There were twenty-eight films in these categories which I hadn’t seen yet, plus two extra iconic movies which I vowed to watch, Citizen Kane and The Maltese Falcon. I watched Citizen Kane, but I didn’t try very hard with the Oscar-winners. I only watched eleven of these movies, largely because of last year’s restrictive format. This year, I will definitely watch these movies, plus the additional films containing Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress winners. They are listed below chronologically, and I will embolden the titles as I cross them off the list.

  • Dangerous (1935)
  • The Informer (1935)
  • Anthony Adverse (1936)
  • Come and Get It (1936)
  • The Good Earth (1937)
  • In Old Chicago (1937)
  • The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
  • Kentucky (1938)
  • The Westerner (1940)
  • The Great Lie (1941)
  • Sergeant York (1941)
  • Johnny Eager (1942)
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
  • Watch on the Rhine (1943)
  • None but the Lonely Heart (1944)
  • Mildred Pierce (1945)
  • National Velvet (1945)
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
  • A Double Life (1947)
  • Johnny Belinda (1948)
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  • All the King’s Men (1949)
  • Twelve O’Clock High (1949)
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
  • A Place in the Sun (1951)
  • The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
  • High Noon (1952)
  • The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
  • Viva Zapata! (1952)
  • The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
  • The Country Girl (1954)
  • On the Waterfront (1954)

Besides these thirty-two movies, I plan to also watch the seven additional Code movies on the AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Films list:

  • A Night at the Opera (1935)
  • Modern Times (1936)
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  • Shane (1953)
  • Rear Window (1954)

I hope you will enjoy joining me in this quest to discover as many new Code films as possible. Let’s see how many I can watch and review this year! If you have any suggestions for movies you think I should watch, just leave me a comment with a suggestion!

Movies Reviewed So Far: 5

Movies Watched So Far: 11

The Roster

Forever Female (1953) - IMDb

#1 – Forever Female from 1953*

Men of Boys Town (1941)

#2 – Men of Boys Town from 1941

Young Tom Edison (MGM, 1940). Three Sheet (41" X 80.75") Style B.. | Lot  #83806 | Heritage Auctions

#3 – Young Tom Edison from 1940

Room for One More (film) - Wikipedia

#4 – Room for One More from 1952

Dangerous (1935) - IMDb

#5 – Dangerous from 1935+

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