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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Thirty-Day Princess (1934)

     "Well, there are a lot of complications and funny situations which add up to a pretty good time if you enjoy light comedy."

With Sylvia Sidney.

Thirty-Day Princess - Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):

"Thirty-Day Princess is a jolly and amusing romantic comedy about a princess from Taronia who comes to the United States to create favorable publicity for a bond issue, but unfortunately gets the mumps.  In real life, of course, it is the investor in foreign bonds who gets the mumps and the megrims, while Mr. Morgan gets the commission.  Deciding that a substitute Princess must be shown to the public, banker Gresham has detectives search New York for an actress who resembles the Princess.  They find Nancy Lane (Sylvia Sidney) and set her on the trail of the city's most influential paper publisher, whose delight it has been to bait big bad bankers.  This publisher hasn't got any more chance of escaping Nancy than a little tailor has of escaping General Johnson and the NRA. Well, there are a lot of complications and funny situations which add up to a pretty good time if you enjoy light comedy.  Miss Sidney is fine in a dual role, and Cary Grant, Edward Arnold, Vince Barnett, Henry Stephenson and others render good support.  J. P. Morgan should see this picture: its comedy ideas may help him to sell some more Peruvian bonds." 

Cy Caldwell, New Outlook

New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -
Number 14 - Thirty-Day Princess (Lobby Card Style)

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For more, see also:

On This Day 18 May 2020

On This Day 18 May 2021

Quote From Today 18 May 2022

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Quote From Today... Thirty-Day Princess (1934)

  "After all, this is not a scandal sheet."

With Sylvia Sidney.

Thirty-Day Princess was Cary Grant's 14th full length feature film.

Porter Madison III: After all, this is not a scandal sheet.

Managing Editor: That's news.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Cary Grant and the Pre-Code Era

Between the widespread adoption of sound, in films, from 1929 to the mid 1930's enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code (Hays Code), a Pre-Code period existed.

Although the Hays Code was adopted in 1930, it wasn't enforced until July 1st, 1934.

Before that date film content was regulated between the Studio Relations Committee(SRC), local law and popular opinion. Needless to say, much of the guidelines were ignored by film makers in Hollywood.

What was the Hays Code?

A Hollywood board was set up, and led by Will Hays and Joseph Breen with other prominent members of the Catholic community.
It put together a list of guidelines for film production based on "The Don'ts and Be Carefuls", with became known as the Hays Code.
These were to be voluntarily applied as a form of censorship to avoid the setting up of a censorship board by the federal government.

It was formulated in 1929, presented in 1930 and rigidly enforced from 1934. It was in force until 1965, finally replaced by an age-based system, that is still used today.

The Code was divided into two parts:
  • General Principles 
  • Particular Applications
General Principles:
  1. Prohibited a movie from "lowering the moral standards of those who see it"
  2. Called for depictions of the correct "standards of life"
  3. Forbade a movie from showing any sort of ridicule towards the law or "creating sympathy for its violation".

Particular Applications was a list of items which could not be depicted in a movie. Headings on such items included; Crimes against the Law, Sex, Vulgarity, Obscenity, Profanity, Costumes, Dances, Religion, Locations, National Feelings and Repellent Subjects.

Examples of the Hays Code Application:
  • The Hays Code required that women, in love scenes, at all time have "at least one foot on the floor".
  • People could not be in a horizontal position if they were kissing.
  • Betty Boop had to be "cleaned up". Her skirts lengthened to the knee, and necklines of her dress were raised, so as not to cause offence. Winking and shaking hips were deemed to be "suggestive of immorality". The clean up effectively ruined her on-screen career.
  • Gone With the Wind producer, David O. Selznick had to convince Hays and Breen, that the line "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" was not prejudicial to public morals, under the profanity guidelines.
Cary Grant Films:

Cary Grant appeared in 15 films during this unenforced period of 1929 to 1934.

They were (with examples of what would have been code infractions, if they had been enforced):

This Is the Night (1932)
Sinners in the Sun (1932)
Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

The title alone shows that it is  pre-code. Also contains infidelity and includes a female as and editor of a newspaper!

Devil and the Deep (1932)
Blonde Venus (1932)

Pre-code contents include women skinny dipping in flesh colored underwear, suggestive dialogue, suggested domestic violence, prostitution, songs including "Hot Voodoo" and "You Little So-and-So", and more including Marlene Dietrich's performance.

Hot Saturday (1932)

Suggestive dialogue, suggested potential rape scene, removal of underwear, view of legs and suggestive grabbing of a females chest.

Madame Butterfly (1932)
She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Portrayal of alcohol and a drunken cop, robbery, murder, counterfeiting, violence, white slavery and Mae West...and a discreetly covered picture.

The Woman Accused (1933)

Murder, decadence, innuendo, suggestive dialogue.

The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

Violence and combat scenes. Suggestive dialogue.

Gambling Ship (1933)
I'm No Angel (1933)

Suggestive dancing and dialogue. Costumes are provocative, multiple spouses and Mae West again!

Alice in Wonderland (1933)
Thirty Day Princess (1934)


Born to Be Bad (1934)

Suggestive images, single motherhood, child abuse, cheating and infidelity.

On this Day...1934: Born to Be Bad and Thirty Day Princess.

On this day, back in 1934, two Cary Grant films were released.

They were the last two films before the rigorous enforcement of the Hay's Code from 1st July 1934. (See Cary Grant and the Pre-Code Era...upcoming post.)

Born to be Bad:

Starring Loretta Young, as a single mother.

The New York Times described it as, "...a hopelessly unintelligent hodgepodge, wherein Loretta Young and Cary Grant have the misfortune to be cast in the leading roles".

Directed by Lowell Sherman
Distributed by United Artists
Produced by Twentieth Century
Running time: 61 minutes

Thirty Day Princess:

Starring Sylvia Sidney, as a stand-in princess.

Esquire described it as "...a complete dud..", whereas New Outlook reviewed "Miss Sidney is fine in a dual role, and Cary Grant, Edward Arnold, Vince Barnett...and others render good support."

Directed by Marion Gering
Distributed by Paramount Publix
Produced by AB.P. Schulberg Production
Running time: 73 minutes