I'm referring to the period prior to 1934, when cinema dealt with racy, topical subjects of the era with minimal censure. Post '34, the Hayes Code was passed and subject matter was regulated by the censor board. For example; prostitution, adultery, substance abuse, alternative lifestyles, adultery, criminal matters etc. I have been watching these" oldies but goldies" for a few years now. I am currently reading a great book that deals with the famous actresses of the era, namely Garbo, Mae West, Norma Shearer, etc. The title is Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood by Mick Lasalle. It came out in 2000. It's a very informative and fun book to read!