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I really enjoyed the precode movies.I love seeing my favorite stars so young and early in their careers.The stories are more intense also.
They had BEAUTIFUL faces then.
- Thomas Kelly
Midnight Mary is one of my favorite pre-code films. I grew up in the 50s and 60s and knew of Loretta Young only from her TV shows. Thought she was an attractive woman, but did not particularly find her "holier than thou" parts very interesting. First time I saw an early 1930s film of her, I was fascinated and hooked. She was only 18, 19 and 20 years old in these pre-code films and a "damn good actress." I had never seen a more beautiful face than in Midnight Mary, Employee's Entrance, Taxi, Big Business Girl, Hatchet Man (made up to look oriental), Grand Slam, They Call It Sin, and many more. I never get tired looking at her lovely face in the EARLY 1930s. I wonder if TCM will finally make her star of the month for January 2013 to commemorate her 100th birthday. I also wonder why a documentary has not been made about her. She had a fascinating life and career. Would be first in line to see that. Of course, it must focus on her PRE-CODE FILMS. They were the best.
Midnight Mary (1933)
- James Higgins
Good pre-code crime drama. Loretta Young is surprisingly effective and gives a freshness to the movie. It's a rather ordinary story, but it's well handled. The gowns and clothes by Adrian are magnificent. Fine photography and the art direction is very good.
Great Movie!-Timeless Relevance for Women
After DVRing this movie, I viewed it for the first time recently. I was struck by the environmental life events that direct the title character's course of living and the choices she makes; and how they parallel the span of time. Updated to the present, the title character could be any woman faced with similar life circumstances and choices today. The acting was superb (and not corny); and the subject matter was treated tastefully and realistically for the time period in which it takes place.The movie must have ran a few minutes over the set time stated on the schedule and the DVR cut the movie off at the end (during the final court scene), much to my dismay. Now I must wait for it to air again in the future to find out what becomes of Midnight Mary. I can't wait!