Stage 32 Glossary


Pre-Code refers to the four-five years (1930-1934) before the enforcement of the Hays Production Code in Hollywood to rigidly sanitize and censor films. In film plots from mid-1935 and lasting about the next 30 years, adultery and promiscuity were prohibited (unless they ended in a miserable downfall), and all crimes (and their criminals) had to be punished.