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Forbidden Hollywood Collection

Norma Shearer , Robert Montgomery , Clarence Brown , Mervyn LeRoy    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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The Divorcee (1930): After Several Blissful Years Of Marriage A Woman Catches Her Husband In A Compromising Position And Forces Him To Confess His Infidelities Her Solution To The Problem Is To Then Try To Match Him Tryst For Tryst. Based On The 1929 Ursula Parrott Novel "Ex-Wife," This Highly Controversial Story Was First Published Anonymously, With The Author'S Name Added Only After Thousands Of Copies Were Sold. A Free Soul (1931): Lionel Barrymore Shines As Stephen Ashe, A Brilliant Alcoholic Lawyer Who Successfully Defends Dashing Gangster Ace Wilfong (Clark Gable) On A Murder Charge Only To Find That His Headstrong Daughter, Jan (Norma Shearer), Has Fallen In Love With His Client. Jan, A Fun-Loving Socialite Seeking Freedom From Her Blue-Blood Upbring, Is Only Too Eager To Dump Her Aristocratic Boyfriend (Leslie Howard) For The No-Good Gangster. Barrymore Gives A Remarkable Oscar-Winning Performance Culminating In A Legendary Courtroom Scene That Is Powerful And Deeply Moving. Three On A Match (1932): Childhood Friends Mary Keaton, Ruth Wescott And Vivian Deverse Reunite Ten Years After High School. Mary Is Now A Chorus Girl, Level-Headed Ruth Has A Job As A Secretary, And Sexy Vivian Is On The Verge Of Deserting Her Wealthy Husband Henry Kirkwood And Their Baby In Favor Of A Glamorous Gangster. Female (1933): In Michael Curtiz'S Romantic Comedy Female, Ruth Chatterton Plays Alison Drake, The Iron-Fisted President Of A Motorcar Company. Alison Oversees The Daily Operations Of Her Male Employees With A Predatory Gaze And Frequently Exercises Her Right To Engage With Them In Any Way She Deems Fit. She Meets Her Match In An Equally Strong-Minded New Employee, Jim Thorne (George Brent), And The Two Engage In A Smoldering, Contentious, Sexually Charged Duel. Night Nurse (1931): William Wellman'S Night Nurse Is A Sassy, Unsentimental Comedy About A Private Pediatric Nurse Named Lora Hart (Barbara Stanwyck) Who, After Applying As An Apprentice In A Family Home,

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4.0 out of 5 stars Shearer and Stanwyck Showcase of Early Films Dec 25 2010
By Moodywoody TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the second volume of the three volume collection of Pre-Code Hollywood movies. These films offer a fascinating glimpse into 1930's social mores that we rarely would be able to see once the censorship code took effect in Hollywood.

The collection has two fascinating films starring Norma Shearer. I have to admit that Shearer is not one of my favourite actresses, but the films are interesting nevertheless. The first of these two, The Divorcee, is an exploration of a woman's relationships after she has a divorce. Fearful of any new commitment, she begins having a series of meaningless affairs, the point being that she does not have to be sexually tied down due to her divorce. The second film, A Free Soul, is about a woman who does not believe in any social or moral conventions regarding her sexuality, and therefore has no problem having sexual relations before marriage, a rather avant garde lifestyle for a woman of the time. Clark Gable is in this film, before his superstar status, playing a hard nosed gangster who ends up wanting the Shearer character to make a permanent commitment to him against her will. Leslie Howard is also in the film, again before his emergence as a star, playing the cuckolded ex-boyfriend who ends up saving her from Gable.

In Night Nurse, we have a very young Barbara Stanwyck playing a nurse with a strong conscience and devotion to her profession trying to save two children from being murdered. This film also has a pre-superstar Clark Gable in not only his most villainous role, but probably in one of the most villainous roles in Hollywood history. He is absolutely amazing in playing the handsome but banally evil and brutish chauffeur, his screen presence overwhelming in its menace. This film is worth viewing if only to witness his performance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disc One was defective, hence the poor review. July 30 2012
By V. Buttino TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I would have loved to give this set a wonderful review, but when I got it home and tried to play the first disc, my Bluray player spit it right back out. I thought maybe my player was acting up, but when I checked the back of the disc for any scratches, I noticed that it had a milky white film over the entire play area. The other two discs in the set appeared to be fine.

I have sent this product back for a full refund. I've no doubt the actual movies and doucmentary are worth 5 stars, but I am extremely saddened that I had to send the product back. I was really looking forward to watching all five films on here.

My advice: Do go ahead and check all discs to make sure that they all run perfectly. This is the first time I've ever had to return a defective product, so hopefully this won't happen again :)
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Product: 3 DVD-s / Technical execution of the DVD-s: pressed

Disc 1: Film 1 and 2
Disc 2: Film 3 and 4
Disc 3: Film 5
All movies: Language: english. Subtitles: english and french. Picture: good / black and white / 4:3 (originalformat)

Film 1: The Divorcee. USA 1930.
Cast: Norma Shearer, Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel, Robert Montgomery a. o.
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Length of movie: 82 minutes and 11 seconds
4 nominations for Oscar: leading actress, best picture, best direction and best writing.
1 Oscar-Award for Norma Shearer
Specials: Commentary by Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta
One Star for this boring flirtations inclusive complications in all variations. Norma Shearer has not much soul in the performance for a award and shows not enough human heart. She is to masculine, static, uniform, lackluster and the men are to female with there permanent smiling visages (Chester Morris, Robert Montgomery,...). A chaotic structure. Sorry, but Barbara Stanwyck is much better.

Film 2: A Free Soul. USA 1931.
Cast: Norma Shearer, Lionel Barrymore, Leslie Howard, Clark Gable a. o.
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Length of movie: 93 minutes and 30 seconds (originallength)
Awards: Oscar for Lionel Barrymore
Nominations for Oscar: Norma Shearer, best direction
Specials: no

A bombastic, unreal, pathetic story with a good Lionel Barrymore in a implausible melodrama. Norma Shearer posing with oiled hairstyle in a closely, sexy dress - not more. Her oscarnomination for this fashionshow? Not enough for it. This girl had a protection by her husband Irving Thalberg (productionboss of MGM) since 1927 until his dead 1936.

Film 3: Three on a Match. USA 1932.
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4.0 out of 5 stars if you enjoy old hollywood films Dec 6 2010
By madge
i'm a fan of 30's hollywood films--and this collection offers some that are unusual in subject matter(more risque, and with stories that would stand today)--usually with a dominant role for strong women--the documentary included in the dvd's is well done and an eye opener, if you're not familiar with the censorship of that time--i saw the documentary on tcm channel and it spurred me to purchase this collection--there are other collections in this series, but this is a good one to start with--well grouped--interesting and fun to watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, love the classics. May 16 2014
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I love classic movies, these are great, I know if before the code is supposedly outrageous, heaven only knows we have no code whatsoever these days....... Just buy this set for the classic of the beginning code to the end...... Truly a great collection......
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