Announcing the Pre-Code Blogathon! (Or: Silk, and Satin, and Lace – oh, my!)

Precodegif2Jean Harlow. Joan Blondell. Warren William. Dorothy Mackaill. Kay Francis. Ricardo Cortez. Madge Evans. Leila Hyams. Lyle Talbot. Anita Page. Norma Shearer.

Pick a star, any star.

Or any movie released between 1930 and 1934 – that absolutely awesome, totally titillating, sinfully scandalous era of filmmaking known as pre-Code.

The 2015 Pre-Code Blogathon is a celebration of this brief but oh-so memorable period in the annals of cinema – one that featured more lingerie than you can shake a stick at!  Around these parts, we think that the films produced in the early 1930s are some of the best from Hollywood’s Golden Age – and if you share our fondness for these features and the performers who made them so unforgettable, you are cordially invited to join in the fun!

Precodegif3Your co-hosts for this event are:

Danny of ( and

Karen of Shadows and Satin (

If you’d like to take part, please leave a comment below or send an email to either of your hosts, including the name of your blog, the topic you plan to write about, and your email address. And help yourself to one of the banners below to advertise the event on your blog!

The blogathon will take place March 31 – April 3, 2015, in celebration of the 85th anniversary of the adoption of the Production Code.  If you’d like to post on a designated day, just let us know. (Otherwise, we’ll  assign a date to you.) Our participants so far are as follows:

Silver Screenings The Intruder (1933)
Speakeasy The Old Dark House
Flapper Flickers and Silent Stanzas Aline MacMahon
Now Voyaging Safe in Hell
Now Voyaging The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
Outspoken and Freckled I’m No Angel
Outspoken and Freckled Employees’ Entrance
Noirish Red-Haired Alibi (1932)
Noirish Passport to Hell(1932)
Mildred’s Fatburgers Red-Headed Woman
Mildred’s Fatburgers Golddiggers of 1933
Chiseler Phillip Holmes
Shroud of Thoughts Island of Lost Souls (32)
Acidemic Film Journal Waterloo Bridge
Hitless Wonder Five Star Final
Movies Silently The Monster Walks
WarrenWilliam Warren William
Immortal Ephemera Blood Money
I See a Dark Theater Baby Face
Island of Lost Films Island of Lost Souls (1932)
A Person In the Dark Call Her Savage
Queerly Different The Sign of the Cross
Once Upon a Screen The Divorcee
Once Upon a Screen Cuban Love Song
Classic Reel Girl Consolation Marriage
Classic Movie Hub Scarface
Silent Locations Lady Killer
Silent Locations Public Enemy
Silent Locations Night Nurse
Moon in Gemini Imitation of Life
Girls Do Film The Divorcee
Prowler Needs a Jump Freaks
Caftan Woman The Mask of Fu Manchu
The Movie Rat Blonde Venus
Second Sight Cinema The Bitter Tea of General Yen
Second Sight Cinema The Scarlet Empress
Second Sight Cinema Shanghai Express
Public Transportation Snob The Scarlet Empress
Public Transportation Snob Morocco
The Cinematic Packrat I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
Critica Retro Story of Temple Drake
Mike’s Take on the Movies Tarzan and Tarzan the Ape Man
Sister Celluloid Christopher Strong
Margaret Perry Jean Harlow
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear The Sin of Nora Moran (1932)
Wolfian’s Classic Movie Digest Barbara Stanwyck
Joanie1977 No Man of Her Own (1932)
Vintage Cameo pre-Code/post-Code Busby Berkeley
Man on the Flying Trapeze Love Me Tonight (1933)
Smitten Kitten It Happened One Night (1934)
Movie Classics Song of Songs (1933)
Watch Over Me Movies Queen Christina
This Girl Friday Taxi
Spellbound by Movies Trouble in Paradise
Shameless Pile of Stuff Little Caesar
Forgotten Filmz Downstairs
Random Pictures Woman in the Moon
Random Pictures Murder at the Vanities
CineMaven’s: Essays from the Couch Shanghai Express
The Stop Button All Quiet on the Western Front
Cinematic Frontier Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Wide Screen World Joan Blondell
Blog of the Darned The Little Giant
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies Platinum Blonde
Karavansara Madam Satan
ilgiornodeglizombi The Unholy Three
Pure Golden Classics The Gay Divorcee

Come on — hop aboard the pre-Code train, and remember, in the words of Mae West,  “It ain’t no sin.”










~ by shadowsandsatin on January 7, 2015.

80 Responses to “Announcing the Pre-Code Blogathon! (Or: Silk, and Satin, and Lace – oh, my!)”


  2. Sounds fun! I could go with either Red-Haired Alibi (1932) or Passport to Hell (1932).

  3. Hi! May I take RED-HEADED WOMAN? I’m feeling like a little Una Merkel.

  4. Or maybe GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933?

  5. May I contribute with 2 posts- I’m No Angel and Employee’s Entrance? So many good ones, it’s hard to choose!

  6. I’m going to join the bandwagon and do both! Thanks a lot!

    • You got it, Beth! We’ve got you down for Red-Headed Woman and Golddiggers of 1933 — two of my favorites, I must say! Can’t wait to read your posts! Welcome aboard! 🙂

  7. I’m in! But haven’t decided on a film yet will be a Mae West one, unless I can combine a few in a post about her?

  8. Could I possibly do “The Sign of the Cross”? My blog is “Queerly Different,” and my email is

  9. I’d like to write about “Call Her Savage” if it is available.

  10. Ok I’ve decided I am going to do both as well…so “pen” me in for Molly Louvain too 🙂

  11. great concept!

  12. What the hell – Island of Lost Souls (1932) for me! That’s an easy one.

  13. Too many good ones to choose from, but please could I write about The Divorcee?

  14. This is going to be so much fun! What a terrific line-up of bloggers + movies you have already!

  15. […] doing TWO blog posts for it!  It is the Pre-Code Blogathon hosted by Danny at and ShadowsandSatin, running March 31st-April 3rd.  I am planning to write about two films, SAFE IN HELL and THE […]

  16. I’d like to cover “Blonde Venus” (1932) if it’s not been taken already.

  17. May I have a go at “The Mask of Fu Manchu”?

  18. Reblogged this on The Movie Rat and commented:
    Yes, another blogathon I am adding to my slate. However, this reblog/announcement comes well in advance of the late March-Early April window. It fits in well leading into Poverty Row April as well, as usually I have many pre-code titles in there as well. I am covering Blonde Venus (1932) and am looking forward to it greatly.

  19. I would certainly like to join in. I was going to pick King Kong, but I think I’ll go with I Am a Fugitive from a Chang Gang, if that works for you.

  20. my name is joey,i am a reviewer for wolffian classic movies digest, I would love do barbara stanwyck pre code films reviews for it if you feel contract me

  21. Hi Karen! Would love to chat with you about collaborating with the Movie & Music Network ‘s Vintage Film and Classic TV channels – hope to chat with you.

  22. That sounds great! I’d like to do a post on two Sternberg/Dietrich films, The Scarlet Empress and Morocco. My site is Public Transportation Snob.

  23. Hi! looking forward to this, should be fun to read everybody’s entries. I’m at… The Bitter Tea of General Yen and The Scarlet Empress…

  24. Oops, sorry… can I add one more movie—Shanghai Express—for a total of three? Or is that too many? (Bitter Tea… / Scarlet Empress / Shanghai Express)… Just let me know, thanks! xxoo Lesley

  25. Oh brilliant – I am so in!! Could I post about Queen Christina? My favourite Pre Code and possibly favourite film!!

  26. Holy Cow! I’m ready to jump on this bandwagon, but I see it’s mighty full with some grand pre-code choices. As they said in “The Twilight Zone” would you have ‘room for one more’? I’d like to cover “Shanghai Express” if at all possible. ( Or I can think of Plan B. )

  27. Woo-hoo! May I have “Woman in the Moon” (1929) and “Murder at the Vanities” (1934)? Can’t wait to read all the posts…

  28. It it’s not too late to jump in on this, I’d like to take on The Little Giant with Edward G. Robinson. It’s somewhat tame by pre-code standards, but it’s a great film that seems to have been largely ignore. Please let me know what you think.

    Blog of The Darned

  29. Thanks

  30. Hi Karen,
    If I’m not too late, I’d like to write about the Marx Brothers (specifically on their pre-Code films, of course).

    The Joy and Agony of Movies

  31. I forgot I was supposed to go yesterday!!!! Here’s my first post:

  32. […] post is part of the The Pre-Code Blogathon hosted by Danny at and Karen at Shadows and Satin.  Check out the other entries […]

  33. […] post is part of the The Pre-Code Blogathon hosted by Danny at and Karen at Shadows and Satin. Check out the other entries […]

  34. […]… […]

  35. […] Big Thank You to and Shadows and Satin for hosting this Pre-Code Blogathon.  Please don’t forget to check out the other fabulous […]

  36. Sorry this is so late… She Done Him Wrong from Classic Movie Hub

  37. […] Big Thank You to and Shadows and Satin for hosting this Pre-Code Blogathon.  Please don’t forget to check out the other fabulous […]

  38. […] is my contribution to the Pre-Code Blogathon, organised by Danny of and Karen of Shadows and Satin. Please take a look at […]

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