Pre-code Hollywood: Red Headed Woman (Cert. TBC) Cuppa Screening

“When I kiss 'em, they stay kissed for a long time.”
“Jean Harlow, the blonde bombshell bar none of 1930s Hollywood, rinsed her hair scarlet to play social-climbing homewrecker Lil Andrews in this audacious, cynical and often hilarious Pre-Code film from MGM. Anita Loos was famous for announcing that Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but it was her rewrite on F Scott Fitzgerald’s screenplay, adapted from Katharine Brush’s popular 1931 novel, that gave Lil’s story the laughs it desperately needed. Lil is a seemingly hard woman in a tough world, but Loos’s one-liners draw the audience on to her side, as she seduces first her married boss (Chester Morris) and then a visiting coal tycoon (Henry Stephenson).
As Screenland’s critic wrote: “Jean plays a mean part so cleverly that you can't help liking this wild red-headed woman.” And Lil’s not alone in her sexual “racketeering”. Una Merkel plays her fretful, wisecracking best pal to perfection and none other than Charles Boyer plays a key role as a divertingly attractive chauffeur. The Hays Office demanded 17 cuts to the film to tone down Harlow’s sexual assertiveness and still some audience members were shocked by her antics. In fact, the film was banned outright in the UK. So watch with caution.” Pamela Hutchinson.
Special Offer
When you buy a ticket for Pre-code Hollywood: Red Headed Woman or any other movie in the Pre-Code season, you will get 50% off a ticket for the screening of a‘ A Free Soul’. 
To claim the offer, both films must be booked at the same time and this offer can only be claimed over the phone via our Box Office on 01324 506850 or in person at The Hippodrome Bo'ness. (Not available for online bookings.  Offer must be claimed at the same time as booking the other title/s).  

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