Pre-Code Movies on TCM in March 2019

The 31 Days of Oscar is over, so let the good times roll! There’s a ton of great pre-Codes showing in February of all shapes in sizes. Feeling like a ton of Fredric March dramas? Got ’em– he’s star of the month! Constance Bennett weepies? Oh yeah. Weird-ass musical fever dreams? Yep, they’re showing King of Jazz again.

More announcements have come out about the 2019 TCM Film Festival, including The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer in nitrate, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Working Girl, and more. Still only, uh, one pre-Code announced. I know there will be more soon, but the wait is killing me.

One last note: Andrea Rosen, a twitter pal, passed away this month unexpectedly. Her husband is running a fundraiser in support of her favorite charity to honor her memory. Give it a look.

I’ll be drawing the winner from last month’s Patreon contest in a bit and send the book on its merry way on Monday. If you want to support my site, you can become a Patron over at Patreon. Cheers!

Pre-Code Movies on TCM in March

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

4th
10:00 AM

The Champ (1931)

A broken-down prizefighter battles to keep custody of his son.

Dir:  King Vidor Cast:  Wallace Beery , Jackie Cooper , Irene Rich .

BW- 86 mins, CC,

4th
8:00 PM

King of Jazz (1930)

Dir:  John Murray Anderson Cast:  Paul Whiteman , John Boles , Laura La Plante .

BW- 100 mins,

5th
4:30 AM

Life of Vergie Winters, The (1934)

A politician marries while maintaining a second, illegitimate family on the side.

Dir:  Alfred Santell Cast:  Ann Harding , John Boles , Helen Vinson .

BW- 82 mins, CC,

5th
8:00 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,

5th
9:45 PM

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of a scientist who unleashes the beast within.

Dir:  Rouben Mamoulian Cast:  Fredric March , Miriam Hopkins , Rose Hobart .

BW- 96 mins, CC,

5th
11:30 PM

Smilin’ Through (1932)

A young woman falls in love with the son of an old family enemy.

Dir:  Sidney Franklin Cast:  Norma Shearer , Fredric March , Leslie Howard .

BW- 98 mins, CC,

6th
1:30 AM

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

An invalid poetess defies her father’s wishes to marry a dashing young poet.

Dir:  Sidney Franklin Cast:  Norma Shearer , Fredric March , Charles Laughton .

BW- 110 mins, CC,

6th
8:30 AM

Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)

A stenographer tries to save her boss from his divorcee girlfriend.

Dir:  Paul Stein Cast:  Constance Bennett , Kenneth MacKenna , Basil Rathbone .

BW- 80 mins, CC,

6th
10:00 AM

The Easiest Way (1931)

A slum girl discovers the joys of life as a kept woman until she falls in love.

Dir:  Jack Conway Cast:  Constance Bennett , Adolphe Menjou , Robert Montgomery .

BW- 74 mins, CC,

6th
11:30 AM

Lady With a Past (1932)

A good girl raises her popularity when she pretends to be bad.

Dir:  Edward H. Griffith Cast:  Constance Bennett , Ben Lyon , David Manners .

BW- 80 mins, CC,

6th
1:00 PM

After Tonight (1933)

A female Russian spy falls for the enemy during WWI.

Dir:  George Archainbaud Cast:  Constance Bennett , Gilbert Roland , Edward Ellis .

BW- 71 mins,

6th
2:15 PM

Bed of Roses (1933)

A girl from the wrong side of the tracks is torn between true love and a life of sin .

Dir:  Gregory LaCava Cast:  Constance Bennett , Joel McCrea , John Halliday .

BW- 67 mins,

6th
6:00 AM

Not So Dumb ( 1930)

A scatterbrained miss throws a big party to advance her boyfriend’s career.

Dir:  King Vidor Cast:  Marion Davies , Elliott Nugent , Raymond Hackett .

BW- 76 mins, CC,

7th
7:30 AM

The Tenderfoot (1932)

An innocent cowboy sets out to back a Broadway play.

Dir:  Ray Enright Cast:  Joe E. Brown , Ginger Rogers , Lew Cody .

BW- 69 mins, CC,

7th
8:45 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,

7th
10:15 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,

7th
12:15 PM

The Man With Two Faces ( 1934)

An actor uses his skills to protect his sister from her sinister husband.

Dir:  Archie Mayo Cast:  Edward G. Robinson , Mary Astor , Ricardo Cortez .

BW- 73 mins, CC,

9th
8:29 AM

Randy Rides Alone (1934)

An undercover agent searches for a murderous outlaw.

Dir:  Harry Fraser Cast:  John Wayne , Alberta Vaughn , George Hayes .

BW- 52 mins,

10th
10:00 PM

Peg O’ My Heart (1933)

A spunky Irish girl inherits a place in a British estate.

Dir:  Robert Z. Leonard Cast:  Marion Davies , Onslow Stevens , J. Farrell MacDonald .

BW- 87 mins, CC,

13th
8:00 PM

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932)

An American missionary falls in love with a Chinese warlord.

Dir:  Frank R. Capra Cast:  Barbara Stanwyck , Nils Asther , Toshia Mori .

BW- 87 mins, CC,

14th
3:30 AM

Rain (1932)

A missionary tries to reform a streetwalker trapped on a Pacific island.

Dir:  Lewis Milestone Cast:  Frederic Howard , Ben Hendricks , William Gargan .

BW- 94 mins,

14th
6:00 AM

Top Speed (1930)

A humble clerk pretends to be a millionaire and gets mixed up in a yachting race.

Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy Cast:  Joe E. Brown , Bernice Claire , Jack Whiting .

BW- 71 mins, CC,

14th
8:30 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,

14th
9:45 AM

Crooner (1932)

A saxophone player rises to fame as a singing star.

Dir:  Lloyd Bacon Cast:  David Manners , Ann Dvorak , Ken Murray .

BW- 67 mins,

14th
12:15 PM

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,

14th
3:15 PM

Florodora Girl, The (1930)

A turn-of-the-century chorus girl searches for romance.

Dir:  Harry Beaumont Cast:  Marion Davies , Lawrence Gray , Walter Catlett .

BW- 79 mins, CC,

14th
4:45 PM

Dancing Lady (1933)

A musical star is torn between a millionaire playboy and her stage manager.

Dir:  Robert Z. Leonard Cast:  Joan Crawford , Clark Gable , Franchot Tone .

BW- 92 mins, CC,

14th
6:30 PM

Fashions of 1934 (1934)

A con artist and his beautiful assistant take on the fashion world.

Dir:  William Dieterle Cast:  William Powell , Bette Davis , Frank McHugh .

BW- 78 mins, CC,

18th
9:30 AM

Christopher Strong (1933)

An aviatrix’s affair with a married man could cost her her career.

Dir:  Dorothy Arzner Cast:  Katharine Hepburn , Colin Clive , Billie Burke .

BW- 78 mins, CC,

18th
4:00 PM

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,

19th
7:15 AM

The Lady Refuses (1931)

A millionaire hires an out-of-work girl to lure his son from a gold digger.

Dir:  George Archainbaud Cast:  Betty Compson , John Darrow , Gilbert Emery .

BW- 72 mins, CC,

19th
8:30 AM

The Gay Diplomat (1931)

A Russian diplomat takes on a notorious female spy in Bucharest.

BW- 67 mins, CC,

19th
9:45 AM

Inside the Lines (1930)

During World War I, German spies stop at nothing to spy on the allied war plans stored at Gibraltar.

Dir:  Roy J. Pomeroy Cast:  Betty Compson , Ralph Forbes , Montagu Love .

BW- 73 mins, CC,

21st
6:00 AM

Melody Cruise (1933)

A playboy finds true love during an ocean cruise.

Dir:  Mark Sandrich Cast:  Charles Ruggles , Phil Harris , Helen Mack .

BW- 76 mins,

21st
7:30 AM

The Captain Hates the Sea ( 1934)

A bond thief, a private eye and a drunken reporter wreak havoc on an ocean voyage.

Dir:  Lewis Milestone Cast:  Victor McLaglen , Wynne Gibson , Alison Skipworth .

BW- 85 mins, CC,

22nd
2:15 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,

22nd
6:00 AM

Montana Moon ( 1930)

A flapper weds a cowboy and has to adjust to life out West.

Dir:  Malcolm St. Clair Cast:  Joan Crawford , John Mack Brown , Dorothy Sebastian .

BW- 89 mins, CC,

24th
12:00 PM

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,

24th
8:45 AM

Jazz Heaven (1930)

A struggling song writer finds love at his boarding house.

Dir:  Melville Brown Cast:  John Mack Brown , Sally O’Neil , Clyde Cook .

BW- 68 mins,

28th
11:30 AM

The Working Man (1933)

A wealthy manufacturer takes a vacation incognito and ends up working for his chief rival.

Dir:  John G. Adolfi Cast:  George Arliss , Bette Davis , Theodore Newton .

BW- 77 mins, CC,

29th
2:30 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,

31st
8:00 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,

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