Videodrone MOD Movies: Columbia Pictures and Universal Classics from the TCM Vault Collection
Women dominate these collections of pre-code fun and fifties thrillers
And speaking of "Forbidden Hollywood," you could call "Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection" (TCM Vault Collection) a companion set. The "Forbidden Hollywood" collections (numbering five sets now) are show what how Warner Bros. and MGM studios were pushing the envelope of sex, subject matter, and attitude in the years before the censorship hammer of the production code came down on Hollywood. Columbia films—with the notable exception of those from Frank Capra—did not have the energy and momentum that defined the Warner studio style in the thirties, but they did have a handsome sheen and sense of low-key production design that defined and contrasted the lives of the rich and poor very nicely.
They also had the ambition of studio head Harry Cohn, who pushed his smaller, poorer studio to compete with Hollywood powerhouses. This collection is carried by some of the most glamorous female stars of the day -- Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Mae Clarke -- and all but Stanwyck were on loan from other studios.