"We’re quoting from late movies, from the time before."

The Hollywood of the Hays Code era kept movie dialogue locked in a puritanical straitjacket for over thirty years. This began in 1934 following pressure from the Catholic Legion of Decency and national women’s groups, both of which held a huge amount of power at that time (the Great Depression). Prior to this, Hollywood self-regulated, and films from the pre-Code era (before 1933) seem, even today, astonishingly adult and risqué for the time.