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jsterling03
Jsterling03  (Level: 65.8 - Posts: 19)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 12:41 AM

BORN TO BE BAD (1934)

I just caught this early post-code goodie complete on youtube. Not to be confused with the Nicholas Ray production from 1950 that bears the same name, this one has a very young Cary Grant trying to raise a streetwise boy who had been raised to be bad by his gold-digging, floozie of a mother, portrayed to the scandalous hilt by that paradigm of Cold War American goodness, Loretta Young!

I did a little research on the film's background, and found this interesting text on IMDb: "The film ran into censorship problems from the start, mainly from the character portrayed by Loretta Young and the skimpy clothes she wore. It was rejected twice by the Hays office before it was finally given an approval certificate, after several cuts and retakes (and all this before the Production Code was more rigorously enforced). Sidney Lanfield directed retakes on 10 November 1933 because director Lowell Sherman was on vacation; other retakes were made early in 1934. In 1935, the film was on a list at the Hays Office, of those films whose release should be halted, but it is not known if any action was ever taken."

Besides her wardrobe, check out the early scenes between Young's character and her son, and tell me they don't border on the perverse! The way the scenes are shot, with the boy appearing taller, or at least "above" his mother suggest rather incestuous undertones.

The film must have been one of the earliest from 20th Century Fox, as after the now familiar logo and fanfare have faded, the first credit reads: "20th Century Pictures". The film's end credit has a surprising plastering from the NRA, featuring their trademark eagle with the phrase, "We do our part".

I'd love to hear from anyone in the group who'd like to share their memories on this film. If you've never seen it, like I said, you can watch it on youtube. You can't beat free!


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