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Tuesday, 01 November 2022 at 8.15 pm
Pre Hays Code Season
  • Romance, Comedy, Drama
  • 1931
  • USA
  • B&W
  • 81 mins.

The Motion Picture Production Code was a set of industry guidelines for the self-censorship of content that was applied to most motion pictures released by major studios in the United States from 1934 to 1968. It is also popularly known as the Hays Code, after Will H. Hays, president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) from 1922 to 1945. Under Hays's leadership, the MPPDA, later the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA), adopted the Production Code in 1930 and began rigidly enforcing it in 1934. The Production Code spelled out acceptable and unacceptable content for motion pictures produced for a public audience in the United States. 


InFiFa are proud to show some pre-Hays Code films, some of the content may surprise you considering the age of these films, first one up is Blonde Crazy


''Oh, that dirty, double-crossin' rat. I'd like to get my own hooks on him. I'd tear him to pieces.”

When a cheeky bellhop (a young James Cagney, the same year as he made his blistering appearance in The Public Enemy) meets a dishy blonde (the effervescent Joan Blondell) and gets her installed in his hotel as a chambermaid through nefarious means, the pair set a criminal scheme into motion. Here’s the grift: they entrap and blackmail married men who are caught up to no good. The problem is that they’re wide open to being conned by a bigger fish, and Louis Calhern is precisely that fish.

Released under the title ‘Larceny Lane’ in Great Britain, Cagney and Blondell’s fiery and frank chemistry is only made sexier by the uncertainty of their loyalty to each other, both criminally and romantically. Although initially there appears to be a more respectable suitor in the mix (no less than Ray Milland), he, too, shows a penchant for the felonious. In spite of a rather unexpectedly sweet conclusion, it’s pretty obvious no one who made this movie was interested in ‘respectability’....whatever that word’s supposed to mean. “ Christina Newland


Roy Del Ruth


James Cagney Joan Blondell Ray Milland Louis Calhern

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