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10 Naughty Pre-Code Films

Some of the raciest movies in Hollywood were made well before the Sharon Stone leg crossover and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s kinky tenure as a secretary. Between the advent of sound in the late 1920s and the enforcement of the restrictive Hays Code in 1934, filmmakers got away with making movies that introduced aggressive sexuality and untraditional relationships. Hollywood’s bawdy pre-code period featured lawbreakers, heartbreakers, and shocking tales of modern morals aplenty. We’ve highlighted ten of the naughtiest.

Gold Diggers of 1933

A Busby Berkeley extravaganza that features this bawdy little song and dance number about “getting it in the open air.” Why yes, that is Dick Powell opening Ruby Keeler’s metal corset with a can opener. Nineteen-thirties kink?

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