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Snappy, urban, cynical innuendo (verbal and otherwise) infuse Pre-Code films with nefarious flair missing from the era that immediately followed. Moralists already horrified by Hollywood's alleged on/off-screen licentiousness campaigned for 1934's censorious Production Code, a list that severely restricted grown-up content for decades. But for a few delicious post-silent years, the movies remained unfettered and sassy as hell.