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George Christy Talks About Forbidden Hollywood, Mark Vieira, Mae West, Jean Harlow and more!

Claudette Colbert starred in The Sign of the Cross, 1932, an epic from Cecil B. DeMille who broke all moral rules and offended the Catholic dynasty. Creating a boycott against Hollywood with a code of morality. This photograph, along with others on this page, appears in Mark Vieira’s Forbidden Hollywood, documenting the immoral sexuality allowed during 1930-1934.

Posted Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:30 pm

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This time, he corners the market on the deliriously sexy Hollywood era of the Pre-Code thirties. When censorship was verboten.

Movie making was open to anything goes. Sexual innuendo, profanity, illegal drug use, prostitution, promiscuity, infidelity, mixed race, abortion, violence, homosexuality.

Mark Vieira’s colossal collections of photographs from the now-gone Hollywood Who and Who are published in eighteen gorgeous books (including the historic Sin In Soft Focus) that are keepsakes.

In Forbidden Hollywood, from Turner Classic Movies and Running Press, Mark focuses on the yeas and nays of the Pre-Code era (1930-1934) that hooked audiences with that never-ending love of feminine glamour and the potent allure of sin/sex on the silver screen.

Nary a whit of shame, only the desirable beauty of the famous flesh photographed to best advantage.

Forbidden Hollywood (five titillating chapters, 271 pages) is a grand excursion into Hollywood’s treasures.

Alive with come-hither elegance of cinema sexuality.

Not to be missed.

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