Friday, August 26, 2016

Hell Toupée

Films this racy and blue draw attention
Here's a case that caused studio tension
Said Jack Warner, annoyed,
"Have that porn film destroyed!"
It flew in the face of convention.

Guy Kibbee and Joan Blondell live it up in Convention City (Archie Mayo; 1933). Due to its salacious content, Convention City was banned after the Motion Picture Production Code was enacted in 1934. Prints were subsequently ordered to be destroyed by studio head Jack L. Warner. The film is now considered lost.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gold Figures

As pure and as meek as the lambs
They're helpless and weak when in jams.
But virtue will pay
When hearts they display
(Along with their cheeks and their gams).

Donald B. Benson

Joan Blondell gets up to answer the door in the pre-code musical Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy; 1933).

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Diggers With Attitude


With randy old characters leering
At dandy canaries, careering
These crafty young honeys
Are after their monies
Their candor is very endearing.

Joan Blondell and Guy Kibbe in a still from Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy; 1933). Title by David Cairns, accepted with gratitude.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Brother Can You Spare a Dame

So fraught were the day's economics,
As naughty were chorines and comics.
'Cause wolves at the door
Demanded much more
Than watered-down westerns with Tommix.
Donald B. Benson

The camera passes through the spread legs of chorus girls in the Busby Berkeley choreographed production number "Young and Healthy" in 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon; 1933).

Monday, August 22, 2016


Our doughboys return from the war
Find no way to earn, and grow sore 
Gave their all, are forgotten
It's appalling, it's rotten
This show-stopping turn demands MORE!

Joan Blondell delivers the very stirring spoken word in the Remember My Forgotten Man number in Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy; Busby Berkeley). Title by doughy Donald B. Benson.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Wing Man-ic

The queen of bit parts, Toby Wing
On screen she made heartstrings go "zing"
From prop man to mogul
They'd stop and they'd ogle
This "teenager" started to sing.

Dick Powell and uncredited chorus girl Toby Wing, in the Busby Berkeley production number Young and Healthy from 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon; 1933). The 27 year old Powell plays the show's "juvenile" lead, Billy Lawler.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Toby Wing Nut

For fair Toby Wing, here's an ode.
Our fantasy fling of pre-code.
Although she has talents,
What's tipping the balance
Is she's got that thing -- a la mode

 Donald B. Benson

Perennial chorus girl Toby Wing, here entertaining the swells in Search For Beauty (Erle C. Kenton;1934).

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ginger's Snap

Now Ruby, your mother could meet,
While Joan was more earthy, but sweet.
But let it be said
That Ginger (pre-Fred)
Would crank up the sexual heat.

Donald B. Benson

Aline MacMahon, Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, and Ruby Keeler, the Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy; Busby Berkeley).

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wearin' the Money

These diggers' finances are stressed
With big rolls of cash they're impressed
What's more it's the duty
Of chorus girl cutie
To wiggle while scantily dressed.

The "We're in the money" number from the depression era Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy; Busby Berkeley). The Pre-Code frolicking continues at LimerWrecks.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sour Mash-Up

To keep his good name undefiled,
A nom de indulgence he styled.
The name wasn't Hyde.
"It's Ernest", he lied.
A different story -- by Wilde.

Donald B. Benson

Fredric March as Edward Hyde,...blah blah...absurd literary reference...blah blah...Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931). And with that we bid farewell to the good doctor. But there's more Pre-Code to come here at LimerWrecks..

Friday, August 12, 2016

Doubled Jeopardy

With the coppers wide-eyed and aghast,
This proper doc's ride ends at last
As his head rearranges,
And from Edward he changes,
He says, "Swapping with Hyde was a blast!"

Dr. Jekyll (Fredric March), at rest in his lab in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931). Title by double standard-bearer Donald B. Benson.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wrong Division

Doc and Hyde by the mob have been hounded
Now both sides are, by bobbies, surrounded
Policemen forbid
Releasing one's id
And divided, Doc's problem's compounded.

Mr. Hyde (Fredric March) is caught in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931). LimerWrecker Donald B. Benson gave the title his undivided attention.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hyde in Plain Sight


When he's popped in the chest, point-blank range
The cops watch this pest start to change
Till his nibs lies prostrated
With his ribs perforated
Though he's stopped, this arrest is quite strange.

David Cairns

Dr. Jekyll reverts to Mr. Hyde (Fredric March)  in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931).