The Precode 34

Here are 34 recommended precode films - the number 34 memorializes the dark year 1934 when Hollywood's self-censorship took hold. These titles are drawn from Austin Film Society programming with a few other classics thrown in as well. Click on "show notes" to see where these films are currently streaming.

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  • The Cocoanuts
  • Hell Harbor
  • The Divorcee
  • Other Men's Women
  • Dance, Fools, Dance
  • Night Nurse
  • The Miracle Woman
  • The Smiling Lieutenant
  • Working Girls
  • Mata Hari
  • Shanghai Express
  • Freaks
  • Scarface
  • Grand Hotel
  • Merrily We Go to Hell
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Three on a Match
  • Island of Lost Souls
  • Employees' Entrance
  • Ladies They Talk About
  • 42nd Street
  • Ex-Lady
  • Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Baby Face
  • Dinner at Eight
  • I'm No Angel
  • Design for Living
  • It Happened One Night
  • The Black Cat
  • Twentieth Century
  • The Scarlet Empress
  • The Thin Man
  • Cleopatra