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DID THIS SLIP PAST?

PostSun Apr 08, 2018 2:10 pm

Watching the Barrymore MOBY DICK (1930), a couple of nights ago, I was surprised to hear him utter the word 'brothels' (less surprising in real life, though) during one exchange of dialogue. Would this word have been allowed, or did it just slip through?
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Re: DID THIS SLIP PAST?

PostSun Apr 08, 2018 7:09 pm

There was no strict code yet in 1930, so it wasn't a problem. That's why get topless shots, women sleeping around, etc., during this time.
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Re: DID THIS SLIP PAST?

PostMon Apr 09, 2018 1:54 am

Thanks for that. Of course I knew things were rather looser then, but wasn't sure how much one could get away with. Can't recall the use of the word 'brothel' in other films of the period, though of course there were places depicted which were clearly establishments of that type... And watched THE BREAKING OF THE DROUGHT (1920) last night, in which at least two of the characters were clearly 'living in sin'...
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PostMon Apr 09, 2018 10:51 am

Reminds me of a gag in WHO DONE IT? (1942) with Abbott & Costello--an acrobatic team is announced as "The Flying Bordellos!"

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Re: DID THIS SLIP PAST?

PostMon Apr 09, 2018 12:22 pm

westegg wrote:Reminds me of a gag in WHO DONE IT? (1942) with Abbott & Costello--an acrobatic team is announced as "The Flying Bordellos!"

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Re: DID THIS SLIP PAST?

PostTue Apr 10, 2018 8:09 am

There's a Joe E. Brown film where he plays a mousy botany student -- he identifies one plant with its two-word Latin name, and the second word is "coptifil" (i.e., "copped a feel") I always pictured the Warners scenarists clapping high fives over sneaking that through.
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Re: DID THIS SLIP PAST?

PostSun Apr 15, 2018 11:10 am

I just watched "Hell's Angels" last night. During the final sequence of aerial combat, "son of a bitch" is clearly heard. Interestingly enough, just a bit earlier in the film, it was "son of a boche."
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Re: DID THIS SLIP PAST?

PostMon Apr 23, 2018 12:57 pm

The Clark and McCullough short THE GAY NIGHTIES (1933) has this nice exchange:

Lady at Convention: "There's the Countess, they say she's a sleepwalker."
Clark: "Pardon me madam, what did you say?"
Lady: "I said she's a sleepwalker!"

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