''TCM Archives: Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 1'' -- Restored & Remastered Films Debut on DVD December 5.
"Baby Face," starring Barbara Stanwyck, is the most famous title, required viewing for anyone interested in seeing how far Hollywood would go before censorship kicked in. This collection boasts a rarely seen pre-release version, thought lost and shot before censors eliminated several scenes. Recently discovered and restored by the Library of Congress, this authentic version of "Baby Face" has been digitally remastered, and is a revelation to legions of fans familiar with the previously seen "theatrical release" version. The New York Times' Dave Kehr wrote: "('Baby Face') remains one of the most stunningly sordid films ever made, a standout even among the wave of risque entertainments that filled American screens in the early years of the Depression. Even the cut version is a jaw-dropper; (now) with its five full minutes of sleaze restored, it (the original version) has to be seen to be not quite believed." This Collection will treat viewers to both versions, allowing them to compare how certain scenes were carefully pruned, heavily edited, or replaced entirely.
Also featured is "Red Headed Woman," starring Jean Harlow in one of her best early films, written by Anita Loos ("Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"), where Harlow shines and beguiles as an avaricious secretary out to climb the social ladder even if it's on her back. "Waterloo Bridge," the first adaptation of famed playwright Robert E. Sherwood's stirring play, starring Mae Clarke ("Frankenstein," "The Public Enemy") as a prostitute in World War I-torn London, and directed by the legendary James Whale ("Show Boat" (1936), "Frankenstein"), rounds out the Collection. This deluxe two-disc set is available at the collectible price of $49.92 SRP.
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