Monday, September 25, 2006

Fox Before the Code at New York's Film Forum


Pre-code movie fans in New York City have some early Christmas presents in store with Film Forum's three-week "Fox Before the Code" series, running from December 1st through the 21st. Many of the titles in the series are rarely screened - sadly, Fox Movie Channel (unlike Time Warner's Turner Classic Movies) generally shies away from pre-1940 fare. Though many of Fox's silents and early talkies are lost, it is nice to see such a treasure trove offered.

On the bill:

Several early Spencer Tracy films, including the delightful "Me and My Gal" with a saucy pre-"Dark Shadows" Joan Bennett, paired with Jean Harlow in "Goldie," and "Quick Millions," a 1931 gangster flick with George Raft.

"Advice to the Lovelorn," a 1933 comedy with pre-code favorite Lee Tracy.

"Blood Money," with an outrageous, censor-provoking turn from Frances Dee.

and for the titles alone: "3 on a Honeymoon," "Girls Demand Excitement," "Coming Out Party," and "She Learned About Sailors."

Who could resist? Many of the films will have new 35mm prints. Hopefully, some of these films will make their way out west after their runs at the Film Forum.

3 comments:

Brian said...

I've heard particularly good things about A ZOO IN BUDAPEST. Should we start petitioning the local rep. houses?

Jeff said...

hey brian -

just saw your comment -

"Zoo in Budapest" runs occasionally on Fox Movie Channel - I can record it for you if you like...

Brian said...

Just saw your comment on my comment, Jeff. I don't get the Fox Movie Channel so your offer is quite tempting! You can get my e-mail from my blog.