Pre-Code.Com Site News for August 2016
The good news: there’s some excellent pre-Code programming on TCM for August. There are early-30s focused days dedicated to stars like Robert Montgomery, Fay Wray, Jean Harlow, Ruby Keeler, Boris Karloff, Janet Gaynor and– amazingly– Constance Cummings.
The bad news: between grad school and being a stay-at-home father, August looks pretty paltry for posts. I will still have reviews for you on every Friday and the new issue of the Companion should arrive soon, but I will unfortunately not be posting anything connected to Summer Under the Stars, and, as I will be having a very busy fall, I’m not sure when I will be able to catch up. But I love this site, and, trust me, I have big things planned for it just as soon as I finish school this winter.
So go out and watch some good stuff!
Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in August
Please note: All times are Eastern. This schedule is subject to change. See the full listings here. To watch TCM online, check out their TCM Watch site.
|1st, 6:00 AM
||Tiger Shark (1932)
Edward G. Robinson and Richard Arlen battle over Zita Johann.
|4th, 6:00 AM
||The Unholy Garden (1931)
A gentleman thief falls for the daughter of the man he’s trying to rob. Kicks off a day devoted to Fay Wray!
|4th, 7:30 AM
||Ann Carver’s Profession (1933)
A female lawyer is torn between her career and her husband’s ego.
|4th, 11:45 AM
||The Richest Girl in the World (1934)
An heiress trades places with a secretary to throw off fortune hunters.
|4th, 2:30 PM
||Captain Thunder (1931)
A Mexican bandit kidnaps a wedding party.
|4th, 10:00 PM
||King Kong (1933)
Fay Wray kills an amorous giant gorilla.
|5th, 3:15 AM
||The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
Spoiler alert: not foosball.
|7th, 10:00 AM
||Beast of the City (1932)
Part a day of Jean Harlow films! (Hint: avoid the post-Code ones (except Libeled Lady))
|11th, 6:00 AM
||20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)
A criminal takes the wrap to protect a woman. The only pre-Code on Spencer Tracy day (probably because it’s the only one owned by Warner Bros…)
|12th, 12:00 PM
Part of a day dedicated to Janet Gaynor! An immigrant falls for a dashing playboy engaged to another woman.
|12th, 4:15 PM
||State Fair (1933)
Children of Iowa farmers find love with mixed results. Best Picture nominee.
|12th, 6:15 PM
||Change of Heart (1934)
Two college sweethearts attempt to make it in the big city.
|20th, 4:00 AM
||The Phynx (1970)
Okay, not a pre-Code, but you really have to see it to believe it.
|23rd, 6:00 AM
||The Divorcee (1930)
Starts a day of Robert Montgomery movies. Can’t go wrong here…
|23rd, 7:30 AM
||The Man in Possession (1931)
An out-of-luck heiress falls for the man appointed to dispose of her property.
|23rd, 12:00 PM
||The Mystery of Mr. X (1934)
A jewel thief tries to prove himself innocent of a string of murders.
|24th, 6:00 AM
||Traveling Husbands (1931)
A wild party puts two married salesmen into trouble. Starts a day of Constance Cummings pictures! … Constance Cummings? Never would have expected that.
|24th, 10:30 AM
||This Man is Mine (1934)
A woman fights to keep her husband from cheating.
|24th, 3:30 PM
||The Big Timer (1931)
A female manager handles a boxer.
|24th, 5:00 PM
||Attorney for the Defense (1932)
Edmund Lowe is a ruthless attorney who must make amends.
|24th, 6:30 PM
||The Guilty Generation (1931)
Children of feuding gangsters fall in love.
|24th, 8:00 PM
||Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933)
A gangster helps a young dancer rise to stardom only to have her fall for another man.
|24th, 11:15 PM
||American Madness (1932)
A banker fights to keep his independence. From Frank Capra.
|25th, 4:15 AM
||The Criminal Code (1931)
Howard Hawks film about a convict stuck in a moral dilemma.
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