Happy Birthday, Joe Breen!

Joseph Breen, hard at work

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been hit and miss on the website recently. If you’ve been following PEPS’s recent activity, you’ll know that it’s mostly been miss. For the last few months, our monthly blogathons have been our only activity. In September and now October, I just haven’t been able to host a blogathon. I’ve been so busy with outside activities and other writing commitments that, sadly, I’ve been neglecting PEPS.

Today is Joseph Breen’s 133rd birthday. If you are a regular reader of PEPS, you know that Joseph I. Breen was the head of the Production Code Administration from 1934 to 1954 and the only true enforcer of the Motion Picture Production Code. As such, he is my personal hero. Since 2017, the second year of our blog’s existence, we have hosted a Great Breen Blogathon around his birthday to celebrate the event. It also commemorates our anniversary, which is tomorrow. On October 15, 2021, PEPS will be six years old!

Friends, thank you for accompanying us on this journey. I’ve learned so much about the Code and Old Hollywood during the past six years, and I hope I’ve shared some interesting information with you. I’ve also made some great friends. I’m grateful for your support.

This is by no means the end of PEPS. I feel like I’m getting a better hold on my writing schedule now, and I plan to make weekly PEPS articles part of that. Obviously, 100+ New Code Films won’t be finished as planned. I intend to use a less rigid schedule from now on and just to write what and when I want. I will be announcing blogathons for November and December in a couple of days.

Let me know if you would like us to host a Breening Blogathon this year. You can look at past events which are linked in the sidebar. If you think that sounds like fun, leave a comment to let me know, and we’ll make that our November blogathon. If not, I look forward to your joining two other blogathons which we will host in the rest of the year!

I feel bad that I wasn’t able to host a blogathon on Mr. Breen’s birthday this year, but I know that he would be very pleased about and proud of the other progress which the cause is making, outside of this blog. I have been writing two articles per month for the Epoch Times for two years now. All those articles have been about classic movies and traditional entertainment. In almost all of them, I have mentioned the Code and Joe Breen. Those articles are published online and in print nationally, and they receive some wonderful comments and lots of shares online! That means that hundreds or thousands of people are reading about the Code and learning about the importance of clean movies. I think that’s an accomplishment of which Mr. Breen, a newspaperman himself, would be very proud.

In honor of his birthday, I would like to share some of my recent Epoch Times articles. I hope you enjoy them!

‘Mank’: The Story Behind the Story of ‘Citizen Kane’

‘Dangerous’ and ‘Jezebel’: Bette Davis’s 2 Oscars in the 1930s

A Father’s Day Treat: The Andy Hardy Film Series

3 Films for 4th of July: Classic Movies That Celebrate America

Let me know which ones are your favorites.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Breen!

Follow us to bring back the Code and save the arts in America!

We are lifting our voices in classical song to help the sun rise on a new day of pure entertainment!

Only the Code can make the sun rise on a new day of pure entertainment!


7 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Joe Breen!

  1. Hello Soprani Sisters!

    I recently came across your site thanks to one of your articles in the Epoch Times and have spent the last few weeks reading through your blog, watching your performances and discussions, and getting to known the code. As a film professional who has worked for several of the major studios I am certainly familiar with the Golden Era of Hollywood but not as familiar with the production codes from that period. Thanks to your site, I have not only received an education on the subject, I have also been deeply inspired. Did you know that one third of the movies on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Movies list are from the Breen Era ? That is an extraordinary accomplishment for a 20 year period on a list that covers 106 years of filmmaking! This is an undeniable testimony to the power of the Breen Code to catalyze superior filmmaking and I believe there is a practical way to bring back the code for the modern era. The first step is to update the code to reflect the original spirit, while removing the dated aspects considered unacceptable for the 21st century. The second step is to partner with like-minded organizations like Movieguide that work directly with studios to show them the financial benefits of making cleaner movies. I abhor censorship, and there are many extraordinary films that could not have been made under the code, yet have their place in the art world. My goal would be to inspire the highest form of artistic expression, while allowing the free market to prevail. Please feel free to contact me via email if you would like to discuss further, I have many ideas and am happy to lend my experience to the cause!


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