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Pre-code Hollywood 1: The Risque Years (1931)

Cast: Helen Twelvetrees, Dorothy Mackaill, Helen Twelvetrees, more...
Director: Lloyd Bacon, John Francis Dillon, John Francis Dillon, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Roan Archival Group
Genre: Drama, Crime, Pre-Code, Precode, Romance, Classic Romance
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Pre-Code Hollywood: The Risque Years #1 - Millie / Kept Husbands (1931)
Yet another variation on the already then-ancient Madame X theme, this early talkie stars Helen Twelvetrees in the title role, a small-town girl marrying a New York City businessman (James Hall). The union produces a daughter, but ends when Millie catches her husband with a mistress (Marie Astaire). Attempting to make a life for herself without turning to gold-digging, like her friends, Angie (Joan Blondell) and Helen (Lilyan Tashman), Millie is once again disappointed by a man when reporter boyfriend Tommy (Robert Ames) is found in another girl's apartment. Years later, a nearly destitute and much hardened Millie discovers that an old admirer, Jimmy Damier (John Halliday), is about to seduce her now 17-year-old daughter, Connie (Anita Louise). Catching the couple almost in the act, Millie shoots and kills Jimmy, but is acquitted when the jury learns the identity of the molested girl. Millie was an independent Charles R. Rogers production sold to RKO when producer Rogers joined that company. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide

Pre-Code Hollywood: The Risque Years #1 - Of Human Bondage (1931)
In this drama, a blue collar steelworker marries a wealthy socialite. It all begins after he saves two workers during a factory accident. To thank him, the boss invites him to dinner where he meets the boss's lovely daughter. She is so impressed by him that she vows that he will be hers in one month. She is correct and they marry. Unfortunately, he finds that her appetite for extravagances is insatiable. This begins to wear him down, financially and emotionally until he becomes a 'kept husband.' Eventually he convinces her to settle down, respect him, and live on his humble salary with no help from her wealthy papa. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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Pre-Code Hollywood: The Risque Years #1 - Millie / Kept Husbands (1931)
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4.38 (8 votes)
Pre-Code Hollywood: The Risque Years #1 - Of Human Bondage (1931)
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4.83 (12 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

read review of the first one. by psychodrama311 June 17, 2003 - 5:53 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
waste of tyme.. although millie and kept husbands are not available on there own..i'm sure criterion will be releasing no extra's about the pre code era.

ok.. what a waste by psychodrama311 June 17, 2003 - 5:51 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
ok.. this is for the concept of this disc not the movie itself..which is available on it's own.. no one extra.. not even a menu. the movie of course is a classic.. but i was purely disappointed.. rent the movie itself.. not this lame ass repackaging.

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