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Forbidden Hollywood Collection Vol. 1 (1933)

Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook, more...
Director: Alfred E. Green
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Classics, Classic Comedy, Classic Drama, Pre-Code, Precode
Languages: English

Forbidden Hollywood Collection Vol. 1 (Disc 1 of 2): Baby Face (1933)
  • Baby Face (1933)
  • Lilly (Baby Face) sleeps her way from basement speakeasy bartender, literally floor by floor, to the top floor of a New York office building. Bank submanager Jimmy McCoy finds her a job in the bank only to be cast aside as she hooks up with the bank's president. When he complains of not seeing her she says: "I'm working so hard I have to go to bed early every night."

    Forbidden Hollywood Collection Vol. 1 (Disc 2 of 2): Red-Headed Woman & Waterloo Bridge (1933)

  • Red Headed Woman (1932)

  • Jack Conway complained about being assigned to direct this comedy, claiming that a woman like the title character had almost ruined his own marriage. In a way he had a point , but only Jean Harlow could have made gold digger Lil Andrews a sympathetic protagonist. And Katherine Brush's racy novel (which first appeared, serial-fashion, in the Saturday Evening Post) could only have been filmed in the pre-Code days of the early 1930s. Helping both star and story is the snappy dialogue written by Anita Loos. Lil is the classic girl "from the wrong side of the tracks" -- she's a secretary with a bootlegger boyfriend and a wisecracking roommate named Sal (Una Merkel, who was a delightful foil to Harlow in several films). But Lil has ambitions -- she's "strictly on the level, like a flight of stairs," as one character says. She plans to snag Bill Legendre (Chester Morris), son of the venerable company head (Lewis Stone) -- no matter that he's happily married to his childhood sweetheart, Irene (Leila Hyams). Lil throws herself at Legendre until he can resist no longer and she snares him. But things don't work out as planned.

  • Waterloo Bridge (1931)

  • Mae Clarke had the best role of her career as the heroine of Waterloo Bridge, the first of three filmizations of Robert L. Sherwood's play. Douglass Montgomery (here credited as Kent Douglass) plays a young American soldier who, while on leave from World War I, meets Myra (Clarke) during an air raid in London and falls in love with her, unaware she is a prostitute. Directed with a delicate mixture of realism and impressionism by James Whale, the 1931 Waterloo Bridge is head and shoulders above its heavily laundered 1940 remake -- which in turn is vastly superior to the 1956 re-remake, Gaby.

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    Forbidden Hollywood Collection Vol. 1 (Disc 1 of 2): Baby Face (1933)
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