Ah, June! What is June’s deal? At least it’s not as useless as a month as March is, but it’s close.

I say that partially inspired by the paltry number of pre-Codes present on Turner Classic Movies this month. While there a few obscurities– a Frank Fay movie that I haven’t seen yet? Oh yay– there are a number of excellent movies you should check out if you haven’t yet, including less-well-known corkers like Picture Snatcher, Faithless, and Madame Du Barry. (I was honestly a little too excited when I saw the network was showing the hard-to-find Du Barry again, that movie is bonkers.)

Over on the Criterion Channel, this month they will have a few rare Carole Lombard pre-Codes streaming, the masterful Virtue and No More Orchids, plus a nice edition of Madchen in Uniform. On the physical media side, the label just released a copy of Merrily We Go to Hell on DVD and blu-ray, another personal favorite that I’m hoping to pick up soon.

As mentioned last month, I’ve been revising some old reviews. I’ve completely updated and rewritten my decade-old reviews for The Emperor Jones and Midnight Mary, as well as added a ton of new images and info for Heroes for Sale. So please check those out!

I am still planning a household move near the end of July, so postings maybe become infrequent. But then then I’m also going through and getting rid of stuff. I have a plan to raffle off some of my old DVDs and blu-rays to my Patrons over at Patreon in July; I’ll post more details about that early next month.

Have a safe and fun summer!

Pre-Code Movies on TCM in June

  • All times listed here are Eastern Standard. This schedule is subject to change.
  • Plot descriptions and casts lists below come from TCM. See the full listings for the month here.
Date & Time Film

9:30 AM

The Sea Bat (1930)

Mexican fishermen enter a deadly competition to kill a sting ray.

Dir:  Wesley Ruggles Cast:  Raquel Torres , Charles Bickford , Nils Asther .

BW- 69 mins,

10:45 AM

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,

9:45 PM

The Music Box (1932)

Two men running a moving company have to get a large piano up a daunting flight of stairs in this comedic short film.

Dir:  James Parrott Cast:  Stan Laurel , Oliver Hardy , Billy Gilbert .

BW- 29 mins,

6:00 AM

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,

2:15 PM

Design For Living (1933)

An independent woman can’t chose between the two men she loves.

Dir:  Ernst Lubitsch Cast:  Fredric March , Gary Cooper , Miriam Hopkins .

BW- 91 mins, CC,

12:15 AM

It Happened One Night (1934)

A newspaperman tracks a runaway heiress on a madcap cross-country tour.

Dir:  Frank Capra Cast:  Clark Gable , Claudette Colbert , Walter Connolly .

BW- 105 mins, CC,

10:15 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,

11:45 AM

Madame Du Barry (1934)

True story of the legendary courtesan who was mistress to France’s King Louis XV.

Dir:  William Dieterle Cast:  Dolores Del Rio , Reginald Owen , Victor Jory .

BW- 79 mins, CC,

1:15 PM

The Matrimonial Bed (1930)

Amnesia turns a small-town man into a bigamist.

Dir:  Michael Curtiz Cast:  Frank Fay , Lilyan Tashman , James Gleason .

BW- 69 mins, CC,

6:00 PM

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,

8:15 AM

Twentieth Century (1934)

A tempestuous theatrical director tries to win back the star he created and then drove away.

Dir:  Howard Hawks Cast:  John Barrymore , Carole Lombard , Walter Connolly .

BW- 91 mins, CC,

6:00 AM

Picture Snatcher (1933)

An ex-con brings his crooked ways to a job as a news photographer.

Dir:  Lloyd Bacon Cast:  James Cagney , Ralph Bellamy , Patricia Ellis .

BW- 77 mins, CC,

7:30 AM

Spitfire (1934)

A backwoods faith healer falls for a married man from the big city.

Dir:  John Cromwell Cast:  Katharine Hepburn , Robert Young , Ralph Bellamy .

BW- 86 mins, CC,

9:30 AM

Morning Glory (1933)

A stage struck girl travels to New York determined to make it on Broadway.

Dir:  Lowell Sherman Cast:  Katharine Hepburn , Douglas Fairbanks , Adolphe Menjou .

BW- 74 mins, CC,

12:15 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,

1:30 PM

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,

7:45 AM

Girl Missing (1933)

A new bride disappears from her honeymoon hotel the same night a dead body pops up.

Dir:  Robert Florey Cast:  Glenda Farrell , Ben Lyon , Mary Brian .

BW- 69 mins,

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Danny is a writer who lives with his lovely wife, adorable children, and geriatric yet yappy dog. He blogs at pre-code.com, a website dedicated to Hollywood films from 1930 to 1934, and can be found on Twitter @PreCodeDotCom.