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Sep 25, 2020

Universal, 1933: Two little-known James Whale Pre-Codes that adopt divergent attitudes toward adulterous wives. First, treated as farce, in By Candlelight: Paul Lukas plays a butler who gets himself in trouble by masquerading as his playboy boss in order to have more refined erotic adventures. Then, treated as tragedy, in The Kiss Before the Mirror: Frank Morgan and Nancy Carroll get themselves in trouble by becoming fixated on their deceptive mirror images. Also discussed: Code censorship of ass-grabbing, Nils Asther's persona, David Lynch's Lost Highway, and how the Book of Job is a comedy.


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:       By Candlelight  (dir: James Whale)

0h 31m 53s:       The Kiss Before the Mirror (dir: James Whale)


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