Pre-Code Movies on TCM in January 2020

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January has a number of good standards playing on TCM, including kicking off the decade with the 20s-tastic The Public Enemy. There’s also a ton of shorts that I didn’t list from the Vitaphone-era playing, so be sure to check those out too.

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Pre-Code Movies on TCM in January

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).
  • Plot descriptions and casts lists below come from TCM. See the full listings for the month here.
Date & Time Film

1st
10:00 PM

The Public Enemy (1931)

An Irish-American street punk tries to make it big in the world of organized crime.

Dir:  William A. Wellman Cast:  James Cagney , Jean Harlow , Edward Woods .

BW- 84 mins, CC,

5th
8:00 AM

Sally (1930)

A waitress dreams of becoming a Broadway star.

Dir:  John Francis Dillon Cast:  Marilyn Miller , Alexander Gray , Joe E. Brown .

C- 102 mins, CC,

6th
9:15 PM

Red Dust (1932)

A plantation overseer in Indochina is torn between a married woman and a lady of the evening.

Dir:  Victor Fleming Cast:  Clark Gable , Jean Harlow , Gene Raymond .

BW- 83 mins, CC,

8th
1:45 PM

Before Dawn (1933)

Detectives compete to solve the murders at a mysterious mansion.

Dir:  Irving Pichel Cast:  Stuart Erwin , Dorothy Wilson , Warner Oland .

BW- 61 mins, CC,

9th
12:15 AM

Scarface (1932)

A murderous thug shoots his way to the top of the mobs while trying to protect his sister from the criminal life.

Dir:  Howard Hawks Cast:  Paul Muni , Ann Dvorak , Karen Morley .

BW- 94 mins, CC,

9th
4:00 AM

The Doorway to Hell (1930)

Despite his efforts to go straight, a young gangster keeps falling back into crime.

Dir:  Archie Mayo Cast:  Lew Ayres , Charles Judels , Dorothy Mathews .

BW- 78 mins, CC,

9th
11:45 AM

The Phantom of Crestwood (1933)

Five men have to prove their innocence when a blackmailer is murdered.

Dir:  J. Walter Ruben Cast:  Ricardo Cortez , Karen Morley , Anita Louise .

BW- 76 mins, CC,

9th
1:15 PM

Millie (1931)

A prostitute turns to murder to protect her teenage daughters honor.

Dir:  John Francis Dillon Cast:  Helen Twelvetrees , Lilyan Tashman , Robert Ames .

BW- 84 mins, CC,

9th
2:45 PM

Everything’s Rosie (1931)

A carnival con artist tries to mend his ways when his adopted daughter gets engaged.

Dir:  Clyde Bruckman Cast:  Robert Woolsey , Anita Louise , John Darrow .

BW- 67 mins, CC,

10th
7:15 AM

The Lost Squadron (1932)

Veteran flyers from World War I find work as movie stuntmen.

Dir:  George Archainbaud Cast:  Richard Dix , Mary Astor , Robert Armstrong .

BW- 79 mins, CC,

12th
6:00 AM

Huddle (1932)

A steelworker’s son becomes a college football hero.

Dir:  Sam Wood Cast:  Ramon Novarro , Madge Evans , Una Merkel .

BW- 103 mins,

13th
7:45 AM

Show Girl in Hollywood (1930)

A Broadway songbird goes to Hollywood in search of screen stardom.

Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy Cast:  Alice White , Jack Mulhall , Blanche Sweet .

BW- 78 mins, CC,

13th
10:45 AM

Make Me A Star (1932)

A grocery clerk goes to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune.

Dir:  William Beaudine Cast:  Joan Blondell , Stuart Erwin , ZaSu Pitts .

BW- 86 mins, CC,

13th
12:15 PM

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,

15th
7:45 AM

Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

True story of the mad monk who plotted to rule Russia.

Dir:  Richard Boleslavsky Cast:  John Barrymore , Ethel Barrymore , Lionel Barrymore .

BW- 121 mins, CC,

15th
8:00 PM

The Wet Parade (1932)

A crusading politician fights the evils of both drink and prohibition.

Dir:  Victor Fleming Cast:  Dorothy Jordan , Lewis Stone , Neil Hamilton .

BW- 118 mins, CC,

16th
4:00 AM

The Secret Six (1931)

A secret society funds the investigation of a bootlegging gang.

Dir:  George Hill Cast:  Wallace Beery , Lewis Stone , John Mack Brown .

BW- 84 mins, CC,

16th
9:45 AM

Is My Face Red? (1932)

A gossip columnist witnesses a gangland killing.

Dir:  William Seiter Cast:  Helen Twelvetrees , Ricardo Cortez , Jill Esmond .

BW- 66 mins, CC,

16th
12:15 PM

Blessed Event (1932)

An unscrupulous gossip columnist lands himself in hot water.

Dir:  Roy Del Ruth Cast:  Lee Tracy , Mary Brian , Allen Jenkins .

BW- 80 mins, CC,

17th
6:00 AM

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

A World War I veteran faces inhuman conditions when he’s sentenced to hard labor.

Dir:  Mervyn Le Roy Cast:  Paul Muni , Glenda Farrell , Helen Vinson .

BW- 93 mins, CC,

17th
7:45 AM

The World Changes (1933)

When a farmer strikes it rich in business, success goes to his head.

Dir:  Mervyn Le Roy Cast:  Paul Muni , Aline MacMahon , Mary Astor .

BW- 90 mins,

17th
9:30 AM

Hi, Nellie! (1934)

A crusading newspaper editor keeps digging into corruption, even when he’s forced to write advice to the lovelorn.

Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy Cast:  Paul Muni , Glenda Farrell , Ned Sparks .

BW- 75 mins, CC,

19th
4:00 PM

The Thin Man (1934)

A husband-and-wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.

Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  William Powell , Myrna Loy , Maureen O’Sullivan .

BW- 91 mins, CC,

23rd
1:30 PM

The Painted Desert (1931)

A cowboy and his girlfriend try to settle a feud between their fathers.

Dir:  Howard Higgin Cast:  Bill Boyd , Helen Twelvetrees , William Farnum .

BW- 75 mins,

23rd
8:00 PM

Imitation of Life (1934)

A widow and her housekeeper go into business together but almost lose their daughters.

Dir:  John M. Stahl Cast:  Claudette Colbert , Warren William , Rochelle Hudson .

BW- 111 mins, CC,

26th
6:00 AM

The White Sister (1933)

A noblewoman becomes a nun when she thinks her lover is killed during the war.

Dir:  Victor Fleming Cast:  Helen Hayes , Clark Gable , Lewis Stone .

BW- 105 mins, CC,

26th
7:45 AM

Tarzan And His Mate (1934)

The jungle king fights to protect his wife from a greedy ivory hunter.

Dir:  Cedric Gibbons Cast:  Johnny Weissmuller , Maureen O’Sullivan , Neil Hamilton .

BW- 104 mins, CC,

29th
9:00 AM

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

A World War I veteran faces inhuman conditions when he’s sentenced to hard labor.

Dir:  Mervyn Le Roy Cast:  Paul Muni , Glenda Farrell , Helen Vinson .

BW- 93 mins, CC,

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