cinematically insane

“Black & white movies are so boring and fake,” a co-worker once said to me, with an accompanying look of disgust usually afforded to those who belch audibly in public places.

In my younger days, I might have taken the bait and tried to plead my case. But now that I’m older (and lazier), I usually don’t bother anymore. It never really worked, anyway, just like posting about politics on Facebook has never turned my Republican family members into Democrats. Talk is cheap, and prejudices are deeply ingrained – none more so than the “newer is better” bias. So now, when someone casts aspersions, I simply suggest they watch a film from the Pre-Code Era. And William Wellman’s SAFE IN HELL is one I suggest most enthusiastically.

Like many movies made after the on-set of the Great Depression in 1929 and before the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code in 1934…

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  1. Hey Kellee! I love both pre-code and post-code movies from the classic age of the silver screen! And I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a couple of clips from this movie. Very interesting subject matter, as it often is with pre-code films. We have this impression that sex, and other racy themes, didn’t come about until the 60’s. 😉


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