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Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 4

4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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An enticing trio of suave silver screen seducers lies at the heart of this fourth collection of pre-Code sensations whose subject matter would soon be forbidden by the infamous Production Code. William Powell, Kay Francis and David Manners prove that sophistication and sexiness once walked hand in hand – ably abetted (and abedded!) by the likes of Joan Blondell, Loretta Young and George Brent. Powell headlines in Jewel Robbery and Lawyer Man, while his Jewel costar Francis works late with David Manners in Man Wanted (all three directed by cinema maestro William Dieterle), who in turn teaches innocent Loretta Young just why They Call It Sin. From the simply frank to the jaw-droppingly shocking, this forbidden foursome promises nights of delight.

This collection includes: Jewel Robbery (1932), Lawyer Man (1932), Man Wanted (1932), They Call It Sin (1932)

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  • Actors: William Powell, Kay Francis, David Manners, Joan Blondell, Loretta Young
  • Directors: William Dieterle
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2012
  • Run Time: 267 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008JEJROE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There are no extras on Forbidden Hollywood 4, but the films are still fun. How bad can it be with stars like Kay Francis, William Powell, David Manners, & Loretta Young?
"Jewel Robbery" is a Lubitsch-like film almost as sublime as "Trouble in Paradise". Francis & Powell are so wonderful to watch. This film alone is worth the price of the whole collection.
Powell teams with Joan Blondell (always great) in "Lawyer Man" which is another solid film. Powell is a lawyer with Blondell as his secretary.
Kay Francis again in "Man Wanted" as a married hard working executive fooling around with handsome David Manners.
A very young Loretta Young in "They Call It Sin" with George Brent, David Manners, Una Merkel (as a speciality dancer!), & Louis Calhern. The ending is unbelievable!
Only "They Call It Sin" was previously available on home video. Another must have for film buffs.
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The best movie on this DVD (in my opinion) is "Jewel Robbery" which takes place in Vienna. The dialogue is so nuanced and clever that you must watch it several times to appreciate it fully. German-speaking viewers will pick up visual clues that add to the hilarity. The essence of the "Zeitgeist" is captured in the separation of the classes and the pomposity of the self-important public officials who, in the end, get their come-uppance. This is a Pre-code film and the sexual innuendos come at you fast and furious and my eldest daughter asked me, after viewing it, "Why don't they make movies like this any more!" And indeed, I for one prefer this over the overt steamy, heaving and pumping scenes were are subjected to by the filth merchants of Hollywood. Sex isn't filthy but Hollywood manages to make it so. Kay Francis is lovely, seductive and desirable and William Powell steals the show when it comes to just the right thing to say to coax another laugh from us viewers. The other films on this DVD don't come close in entertainment value but "Jewel Robbery" is worth the price of the whole DVD.
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I like most of the pre-code movies. The four from this particular volume are all from 1932 and the themes are great: a robber is romanticized, a lawyer becomes corrupt, an executive woman has a very liberal marriage relationship, and an innocent country girl moves to a "sin" city. The only thing I did not like about this package is not one of the DVD's has any special features, nor background information, just the movie and that is it. For the high price of this DVD set, I was expecting to see more than just the 4 movies. That is why I did not give this product a 5-star.
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The Four Films contained in this collection are all very different,but are excellent, both in the way the films are shot, and also to let the story unfold at a great pace.All are very enjoyable, and all have great stars who can act and play their roles with a believable interpretation.
The restoration is excellent.
Many thanks to Warner Bros. for releasing such long lost gems.
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I was pleasantly surprised to find that "Man Wanted" was in really good condition. There are only some minor scratches occasionally, but the quality of the image is really good, crisp and rich in detail, and the sound is also very good, especially considering this is from 1932 and I've seen older movies look and sound really bad.
I am pretty sure this was remastered in some way, or it's a lucky find.
The movie itself is quite interesting, the characters have a bit more depth than usual, I was surprised that Kay Francis and her husband almost consider not breaking up, as it seems many movies of this era dealt with marriage and love quite easily as it they were talking about buying a record.
Kay Francis looks beautiful, the sets are classic pro WB art déco, and her leading man also looks very good. Una Merkel is a hoot as usual.
This is a good package of a movie and will expect nothing less from the other movies. I held off buying the Forbidden Hollywood packages in DVD-R because these collections used to be so carefully packaged and now they are what they are, simply the movies, with their trailers. At least the menu screens and disc themselves look very good.
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I have been waiting for "Jewel Robbery," one of the films included in this collection for a long while - I have a VHS copy taped from TCM a long time ago - I remember the intro on TCM discussed the fact that when the film came out, viewers contacted the studio not to complain about the marijuana use in the film, but instead asking where they could get some, LOL!
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Absolutely terrific.
William Powell was as usual A -1
BUt I had not seen Kay Francis before and she was a delight.
Warning: These are NOT sexy films; just damn good old Hollywood!
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I bought this for "Jewel Robbery". Which, by itself, is worth the price. "Lawyer Man" made me glad I did!
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