King of the Pre-Code

Welcome to the online home of the meanest man in the history of Hollywood, Warren William. From 1931 to 1935, he bamboozled, scammed, conned and seduced his way across America’s theater screens as no one has before or since. If you’re a fan of classic movies and have been lucky enough to see him in any of his essential performances (Skyscraper Souls, Employees’ Entrance, The Mouthpiece), you know what I’m talking about. If not, you are in for a treat as you discover the man who has been called “the best-kept secret of the 1930’s.” Watch for new blog entries, links and unique items to be posted in upcoming days. And look for the new biography Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood, coming in late October from McFarland Books! 

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About magnificentscoundrel
John Stangeland is the biographer of 1930's film icon Warren William, a lazy business owner and a washed-up comic book artist. He's not bitter, though.

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