The U.S. Supreme Court decided unanimously in 1915 that free speech did not extend to motion pictures. This eventually led to the setting up of a Motion Picture Production Code for films. Fortunately for Hollywood, this code was not enforced until mid-1934. In the interim, the motion picture industry had few if any barriers, a good thing for the studios since their audiences had dropped sharply in the wake of the Great Depression. This study group will focus on films from the early 1930s that pushed the envelope on such issues as sexual innuendo, promiscuity, adultery, nudity (but mostly for “uncivilized” women), perversion, abortion, homosexuality, illegal drug use, profanity, the evils of capitalism and the mixing of races. Racial stereotypes typically portrayed Asians as villains and blacks dummies, with Stepin Fetchit being the leading black actor of the white cinema. Films often involved such issues as strong women sleeping their way to the top and gangsters portrayed as heroes. We will see films depicting sex, romances, dramas, crime movies, comedies, musicals and adventure films. Please join us in viewing and discussing these movies that shocked the audiences of their day.