Well, this has been an interesting month to say the least. And I don’t mean because it’s been 31 Days of Oscar on TCM and I thus have had to entertain myself in other ways. No, TCM has (finally) connected with Filmstruck to connect a not-insignificant chunk of their vault to the service.
The good news is the service finally seems to be worth getting without the Criterion Channel add-on. TCM Select will have weekly curation, and they already have a number of pre-Codes on the service, including some of Bette Davis’ best output from the time. While it’s a bummer that the selection, currently, seems to be more towards some popular classics, there are a ton of great classic film gems there. And, I mean, they’re adding the Thin Man series tomorrow, can’t go wrong there.
TCM in March is, well, a ton of stuff, including a bunch I haven’t seen or reviewed, so I’m looking forward to it. Some common stuff is getting trotted out: the early 30s Westerns John Wayne made at Warners. It looks like you’ll be able to get your Tarzan fix on Saturday mornings, and TCM is running through the RKO titles they own, too.
Site-wise, I hope everyone is enjoying the new layout for the site. I thought it was about time to shake things up a bit.
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Pre-Codes Being Added to Filmstruck in March 2018
Please note: movies on Filmstruck rotate on and off the service, so their availability may be limited.
||The Thin Man (1934)
||Tiger Bay (1934)
A young Englishman gets involved in a gang war. With Anna May Wong.
||A Farewell to Arms (1932)
An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I. This film is already on the service, but it will be added to a Gary Cooper showcase.
Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in March 2018
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). See the full listings for the month here. If you subscribe to TCM via cable, you can watch TCM online via the TCM Watch site. If you don’t have cable, check out Sling TV, where (Americans) can watch TCM online or on their Roku for only $25/month.
|4th, 8:00 PM
||Daughter of the Dragon (1933)
A Chinese princess is caught between Fu Manchu and a handsome man.
|6th, 7:30 AM
||Children of Pleasure (1930)
A Jewish songwriter forsakes his heritage for a woman.
|6th, 8:45 PM
||Beauty for Sale (1933)
A beautiful hairdresser snares a married rich man.
|6th, 10:30 AM
||Laughing Boy (1934)
A Navajo defies tribal custom to marry an outsider. With Ramon Navarro.
|8th, 6:45 AM
A woman joins her husband in a prison camp only to find he’s an alcoholic.
|8th, 8:00 AM
||The Wet Parade (1932)
A politician fights the evils of drink.
|8th, 2:00 PM
||Way Back Home (1932)
A preacher shelters a young boy from his alcoholic father.
|10th, 6:00 AM
||Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)
A cowboy tames a horse.
|10th, 10:00 AM
||Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
He Tarzan. You watchin’.
|17th, 6:30 AM
||Peg o’ My Heart (1933)
A spunky Irish girl inherits a British estate.
|17th, 8:00 AM
||The Big Stampede (1932)
A sheriff faces off against rustlers.
|17th, 10:00 AM
||Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
|19th, 11:45 AM
||King Kong (1933)
|23rd, 6:00 AM
||This Modern Age (1931)
A child of divorce raises eyebrows in Paris. With Joan Crawford.
|24th, 8:00 AM
||Haunted Gold (1932)
A cowboy and his girl fight bandits over an abandoned mine.
|24th, 6:30 AM
||Scarlet Empress (1934)
Catherine the Great gets herself some.
|24th, 8:30 AM
||The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)
RAF pilots in World War I are tested. With Fredric March and Cary Grant.
|26th, 11:45 AM
An Australian bandit kidnaps an opera singer; with Irene Dunne and Richard Dix.
|28th, 7:00 AM
||The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934)
Catherine gets some (again).
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