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Pre-Code Film: #9

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Cast: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Guy Kibbee, Ginger Rogers, Una Merkel, Ned Sparks
Director: Lloyd Bacon

Remember how I said musicals were often the most risque pre-code films? Well, they were, ESPECIALLY when there were dance numbers in them. Sexually suggestive songs could become 10 times more suggestive with visual aid, and dance was just that. Bebe Daniels' number "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me" seems innocent enough until you look at the number and realize it isn't just any love song. She's not talking about one particular guy. She's talking about several. It's not love she's talking about. It's running around with lots of different guys. And, in the dance, lost of different YOUNGER guys.

Couple this type of thing with some rather intense backstage politics, skimpy, barely-there costumes, and some brilliant lines of innuendo, and you have a musical pre-code masterpiece.
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