The Turner Movie Channel's (Rogers 48) terrific gay and lesbian film festival continues Wednesday June 8 with a line-up of Pre-Code flicks. Homos, set your machines!
8 pm THE SIGN OF THE CROSS (1932, dir: Cecil B. DeMille, w/ Charles Laughton and Claudette Colbert) Fully restored biblical spectacle finds a nelly Nero (Laughton) fiddling both his lyre and his slave boys as Rome burns and Christians get graphically thrown to the lions. Watch for Colbert famously bathing barenaked in ass's milk (pictured), an extended orgy sequence, and the previously censored Sapphic musical number The Naked Moon.
10:15 pm OUR BETTERS (1933, dir: George Cukor, w/ Constance Bennett, Gilbert Roland, Tyrell Davis) Based on the Somerset Maughm novel, Cukor's queer comedy follows a nouveau riche American heiress (Bennett) married into the British aristocracy who encounters a mincing dance instructor named Earnest (Davis).
11:45 pm DOUBLE HARNESS (1933, dir: John Cromwell, w/ Ann Harding, William Powell, Henry Stephenson) Long-thought-lost early RKO hit is more known for what's not there. Out gay drag nightclub performer Jean Malin's role as the MC was re-shot after the studio found him too effeminate.
1 am QUEEN CHRISTINA (1933, dir: Rouben Mamoulian, w/ Greta Garbo, John Gilbert) Mannish 17th-century Swedish queen (Garbo) lusts for a Spanish diplomat (Gilbert) and her lady-in-waiting.
2:45 am WONDER BAR (1934, dir: Lloyd Bacon, w/ Al Jolson, Kay Francis, Dick Powell) The omnisexual denizens of a Parisian night club deal with murder and romance. Watch for the sissy angel who gives Jolson his wings during the pic's notorious black-face musical sequence Goin' To Heaven On A Mule.
4:15 am THE SPORT PARADE (1932, dir: Dudley Murphy, w/ Joel McCrea, William Gargan, Marian Marsh) Muscular college team-mates form a special lifetime bond. Check out the flamers in the audience during the wrestling scene.