Pre-Code Movies on TCM and Filmstruck in July 2018

And it’s July! Wow, 2018 sometimes goes fast, sometimes it goes slow, and sometimes I often wish I were dead. But I have movies in the meantime, and that’s good enough for me.

The most important, special news is that it’s Barnes & Noble sale time for all your Criterion needs. That means you can get the newly released Dietrich & Von Sternberg boxset, which includes classics like Shanghai Express and Blonde Venus, for only $62. There’s also the recently released King of Jazz restoration for only $19, which I need to bite the bullet on myself.

TCM this month has some really great selections. Who can get mad at a month that has programming blocks dedicated to Joan Blondell (7/2), Barbara Stanwyck (7/16), remarkably bad doctors (7/20), and a murderer’s row of the best pre-Codes ever made on the 31st?

Filmstruck isn’t quite as heavy, with only two pre-Codes added this month, What Price Hollywood? and Little Women. (They’re also both showing on TCM, so you really have no excuse not to watch them.)

Today’s header is from 1934’s Gambling Lady with Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea, which plays on July 16th on TCM. Thanks to Doctor Macro for the image.

Lastly, just a friendly a reminder: if you want to support my site, you can become a Patron over at Patreon. I may actually post a bonus something this month, I almost promise. Cheers!

Pre-Codes to be Added to Filmstruck in June 2018

Please note: movies on Filmstruck rotate on and off the service, so their availability may be limited.


13th What Price Hollywood? (1932)
13th Little Women (1933)

Pre-Code Movies on TCM in June

Please note:

  • All times listed here are Eastern Standard. This schedule is subject to change (like if someone dies or the world ends– you know how it is).
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Date & Time Film

2nd
6:00 AM

God’s Gift to Women ( 1931)

A modern-day Don Juan tries to go straight for love of an American woman.

Dir: Michael Curtiz Cast: Frank Fay , Laura La Plante , Joan Blondell .

BW- 72 mins

2nd
9:00 AM

Smarty ( 1934)

A squabbling couple can’t seem to make it to the divorce court.

Dir: Robert Florey Cast: Joan Blondell , Warren William , Edward Everett Horton .

BW- 65 mins

2nd
4:45 PM

Illicit ( 1931)

Young free-thinkers turn conventionally jealous when they marry.

Dir: Archie Mayo Cast: Barbara Stanwyck , James Rennie, Charles Butterworth.

BW- 79 mins, CC

3rd
3:30 AM

Little Women ( 1933)

The four March sisters fight to keep their family together and find love while their father is off fighting the Civil War.

Dir: George Cukor Cast: Katharine Hepburn , Joan Bennett , Paul Lukas .

BW- 115 mins, CC,

3rd
8:00 PM

King Kong ( 1933)

A film crew discovers the “eighth wonder of the world,” a giant prehistoric ape, and brings him back to New York, where he wreaks havoc.

Dir: Merian C. Cooper Cast: Fay Wray , Robert Armstrong , Bruce Cabot .

BW- 104 mins, CC,

5th
7:30 AM

Going Wild ( 1931)

A lovesick fool pretends to be an ace flyer.

Dir: William A. Seiter Cast: Joe E. Brown , Laura Lee , Walter Pidgeon .

BW- 66 mins

5th
8:45 AM

You Said A Mouthful ( 1932)

To sell his unsinkable bathing suit, an inventor passes himself off as a championship swimmer.

Dir: Lloyd Bacon Cast: Joe E. Brown , Ginger Rogers , Preston S. Foster .

BW- 70 mins, CC

5th
10:00 AM

Fast Life ( 1932)

An innocent man stands trial for killing the man who tried to steal his wife.

Dir: Harry Pollard Cast: William Haines , Madge Evans , Conrad Nagel .

BW- 82 mins

7th
12:00 PM

Gabriel Over The White House (1933)

A crooked president reforms mysteriously.

Dir: Gregory LaCava Cast: Walter Huston , Karen Morley , Franchot Tone .

BW- 86 mins, CC,

11th
9:30 PM

Sons of the Desert ( 1933)

Two friends hatch a harebrained scheme to attend a lodge convention over their wives’ objections.

Dir: William A. Seiter Cast: Stan Laurel , Oliver Hardy , Charley Chase .

BW- 65 mins, CC,

11th
10:45 PM

Monkey Business ( 1931)

Four stowaways get mixed up with gangsters while running riot on an ocean liner.

Dir: Norman McLeod Cast: Groucho Marx , Harpo Marx , Chico Marx .

BW- 78 mins, CC,

12th
4:15 AM

Diplomaniacs ( 1933)

An Indian tribe sends two nitwits to a conference in Geneva.

Dir: William A. Seiter Cast: Bert Wheeler , Robert Woolsey , Marjorie White .

BW- 61 mins, CC,

12th
4:45 PM

Voltaire ( 1933)

The famed French writer becomes the conscience of his country during the French Revolution.

Dir: John G. Adolfi Cast: George Arliss , Doris Kenyon , Margaret Lindsay .

BW- 72 mins,

14th
1:30 AM

Doctor Monica ( 1934)

A female doctor learns that her husband loves another woman.

Dir: William Keighley Cast: Kay Francis , Warren William , Jean Muir .

BW- 53 mins, CC,

16th
6:00 AM

Gambling Lady ( 1934)

Two gamblers fall in love but one is already married to a possible murderer.

Dir: Archie Mayo Cast: Barbara Stanwyck , Joel McCrea , Pat O’Brien .

BW- 66 mins, CC,

16th
2:15 PM

Night Nurse ( 1931)

A nurse discovers that the children she’s caring for are murder targets.

Dir: William A. Wellman Cast: Barbara Stanwyck , Ben Lyon , Joan Blondell .

BW- 72 mins, CC,

16th
3:30 PM

Ever In My Heart ( 1933)

During World War I, a woman suspects her husband of being a German spy.

Dir: Archie Mayo Cast: Barbara Stanwyck , Otto Kruger , Ralph Bellamy .

BW- 68 mins, CC,

17th
3:45 AM

The Front Page ( 1931)

A crusading newspaper editor tricks his retiring star reporter into covering one last case.

Dir: Lewis Milestone Cast: Adolph Menjou , Pat O’Brien , Mary Brian .

BW- 101 mins, CC,

17th
10:45 AM

What Price Hollywood? ( 1932)

A drunken director whose career is fading helps a waitress become a Hollywood star.

Dir: George Cukor Cast: Constance Bennett , Lowell Sherman , Neil Hamilton .

BW- 88 mins, CC,

20th
6:00 AM

Alias the Doctor ( 1932)

Brothers with different work ethics clash while attending medical school.

Dir: Michael Curtiz Cast: Richard Barthelmess , Marian Marsh , Norman Foster .

BW- 61 mins,

20th
7:15 AM

Bedside ( 1934)

A fake doctor sets up a lucrative high-society practice.

Dir: Robert Florey Cast: Warren William , Jean Muir , Allen Jenkins .

BW- 66 mins, CC,

20th
2:30 PM

Doctor X ( 1932)

A reporter investigates a series of cannibalistic murders at a medical college.

Dir: Michael Curtiz Cast: Lionel Atwill , Fay Wray , Lee Tracy .

C- 76 mins, CC,

21st
12:00 PM

Arsene Lupin ( 1932)

A gentleman thief risks his life in an attempt to steal the Mona Lisa.

Dir: Jack Conway Cast: John Barrymore , Lionel Barrymore , Karen Morley .

BW- 84 mins, CC,

24th
6:45 AM

Rockabye ( 1932)

A Broadway star tries to hold onto an adopted child and a younger man.

Dir: George Cukor Cast: Constance Bennett , Joel McCrea , Paul Lukas .

BW- 68 mins,

24th
8:00 AM

Our Betters ( 1933)

An American heiress marries into the British nobility.

Dir: George Cukor Cast: Constance Bennett , Violet Kemble-Cooper , Phoebe Foster .

BW- 83 mins, CC,

24th
9:30 AM

Dinner at Eight ( 1933)

A high-society dinner party masks a hotbed of scandal and intrigue.

Dir: George Cukor Cast: Marie Dressler , John Barrymore , Wallace Beery .

BW- 111 mins, CC,

24th
10:00 PM

The Purchase Price ( 1932)

A night-club singer on the lam becomes a farmer’s mail-order bride.

Dir: William A. Wellman Cast: Barbara Stanwyck , George Brent , Lyle Talbot .

BW- 68 mins, CC,

26th
11:30 AM

Remote Control ( 1930)

A radio announcer discovers that one of his colleagues is working with the mob.

Dir: Malcolm St. Clair Cast: William Haines , Charles King , Mary Doran .

BW- 65 mins,

26th
5:30 PM

Are You Listening? ( 1932)

A radio announcer accidentally kills his wife, then leads an on-air hunt for her killer.

Dir: Harry Beaumont Cast: William Haines , Madge Evans , Anita Page .

BW- 73 mins,

28th
12:00 PM

King Kong ( 1933)

A film crew discovers the “eighth wonder of the world,” a giant prehistoric ape, and brings him back to New York, where he wreaks havoc.

Dir: Merian C. Cooper Cast: Fay Wray , Robert Armstrong , Bruce Cabot .

BW- 104 mins, CC,

29th
6:00 AM

The Blue Angel ( 1930)

A stodgy professor falls from grace when he’s seduced by a nightclub singer.

Dir: Josef von Sternberg Cast: Emil Jannings , Marlene Dietrich , Kurt Gerron .

BW- 107 mins,

31st
6:00 AM

Downstairs ( 1932)

An evil chauffeur seduces and blackmails his way through high society.

Dir: Monta Bell Cast: John Gilbert , Paul Lukas , Virginia Bruce .

BW- 78 mins, CC,

31st
7:30 AM

Loose Ankles ( 1930)

A young woman will inherit a million dollars if she marries well.

Dir: Ted Wilde Cast: Loretta Young , Douglas Fairbanks , Louise Fazenda .

BW- 67 mins,

31st
8:45 AM

She Had To Say Yes ( 1933)

A secretary pads her salary by dating prospective buyers for her company.

Dir: Busby Berkeley Cast: Loretta Young , Winnie Lightner , Lyle Talbot .

BW- 66 mins, CC,

31st
10:00 AM

Faithless ( 1932)

A spoiled rich girl is wiped out by the Depression.

Dir: Harry Beaumont Cast: Tallulah Bankhead , Robert Montgomery , Hugh Herbert .

BW- 77 mins, CC,

31st
11:30 AM

Hell’s Highway ( 1932)

A prison-camp convict learns that his younger brother will soon be joining him behind bars.

Dir: Rowland Brown Cast: Richard Dix , Tom Brown , Rochelle Hudson .

BW- 62 mins,

31st
12:45 PM

Safe in Hell ( 1931)

On the run from the police, a New Orleans prostitute gets stranded in a tropical haven for outlaws

Dir: William A. Wellman Cast: Dorothy Mackaill , Donald Cook , Ralf Harolde .

BW- 73 mins, CC,

31st
2:00 PM

Jewel Robbery ( 1932)

A jewel thief falls for a tycoon’s wife in Vienna.

Dir: William Dieterle Cast: William Powell , Kay Francis , Helen Vinson .

BW- 68 mins, CC,

31st
3:15 PM

Three on a Match ( 1932)

A woman’s childhood friends try to rescue her from gangsters.

Dir: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Virginia Davis , Joan Blondell , Dawn O’Day .

BW- 63 mins, CC,

31st
4:30 PM

Footlight Parade ( 1933)

A producer fights labor problems, financiers and his greedy ex-wife to put on a show.

Dir: Lloyd Bacon Cast: James Cagney , Joan Blondell , Ruby Keeler .

BW- 103 mins, CC,

31st
6:30 PM

Blonde Crazy ( 1931)

A con-man bellhop and his chambermaid girlfriend set out to fleece hotel guests.

Dir: Roy Del Ruth Cast: James Cagney , Joan Blondell , Louis Calhern .

BW- 79 mins, CC,

31st
Midnight

The Silver Horde ( 1930)

An Alaskan fisherman is dogged by a ruthless competitor and an ambitious dance hall girl.

Dir: George Archainbaud Cast: Evelyn Brent , Louis Wolheim , Joel McCrea .

BW- 75 mins,

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