Pre-Code Movies on TCM in March 2021

It’s March. Again. Somehow.

Lots of good stuff coming up on TCM this month, including some nice obscurities. The night of the 14th even includes a tribute to Kay Francis. Watch some movies, stay safe out there.

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Pre-Code Movies on TCM in March

  • 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

2nd
9:00 AM

Blondie of the Follies (1932)

Two showgirls on the road from rags to riches compete for the same man.

Dir:  Edmund Goulding Cast:  Marion Davies , Robert Montgomery , Billie Dove

BW- 91 mins, CC,

2nd
10:45 AM

Goodbye Again (1933)

An author’s reunion with an old flame angers the secretary who loves him.

Dir:  Michael Curtiz Cast:  Warren William , Joan Blondell , Genevieve Tobin .

BW- 66 mins,

2nd
12:00 PM

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,

2nd
1:45 PM

Sing and Like It (1934)

A gangster tries to turn his tone-deaf girlfriend into a singing star.

Dir:  William A. Seiter Cast:  ZaSu Pitts , Pert Kelton , Edward Everett Horton .

BW- 72 mins, CC,

2nd
3:00 PM

Backs to Nature (1933)

In this short film, Patsy Kelly and Thelma Todd try to brave the great outdoors.

Dir:  Gus Meins Cast:  Thelma Todd , Patsy Kelly , Don Barclay .

BW- 19 mins, CC,

2nd
3:00 PM

Strictly Unreliable (1932)

In this comedic short, Thelma Todd has gotten her big break in a vaudeville act but friend ZaSu Pitts steals the show.

Dir:  George Marshall Cast:  Symona Boniface , Charlie Hall , Bud Jamieson .

BW- 20 mins,

5th
6:00 AM

The Big House (1930)

An attempted prison break leads to a riot.

Dir:  George Hill Cast:  Chester Morris , Wallace Beery , Lewis Stone .

BW- 87 mins, CC,

5th
7:30 AM

Hold ‘Em Jail (1932)

Two salesmen sent to jail on trumped-up charges build a prison football team.

Dir:  Norman Taurog Cast:  Bert Wheeler , Robert Woolsey , Edna May Oliver .

BW- 66 mins, CC,

5th
11:30 AM

Numbered Men (1930)

A convict learns that a fellow prisoner has been messing with his woman.

Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy Cast:  Conrad Nagel , Bernice Claire , Raymond Hackett .

BW- 65 mins,

5th
3:30 PM

Ladies They Talk About (1933)

A lady bank robber becomes the cell block boss after she’s sent to prison.

Dir:  Howard Bretherton Cast:  Barbara Stanwyck , Preston S. Foster , Lyle Talbot .

BW- 69 mins, CC,

6th
10:08 AM

The Kennel Murder Case (1933)

Society sleuth Philo Vance investigates a murder tied to a Long Island dog show.

Dir:  Michael Curtiz Cast:  William Powell , Mary Astor , Eugene Pallette .

BW- 73 mins, CC,

7th
4:15 AM

Downstairs (1932)

An evil chauffeur seduces and blackmails his way through high society.

Dir:  Monta Bell Cast:  John Gilbert , Paul Lukas , Virginia Bruce .

BW- 78 mins, CC,

7th
6:00 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,

10th
10:00 AM

Laugh and Get Rich (1931)

A man drives his family wild with get-rich-quick schemes.

Dir:  Gregory La Cava Cast:  Edna May Oliver , Hugh Herbert , Dorothy Lee .

BW- 72 mins,

10th
11:30 AM

The Age of Consent (1932)

College co-eds learns to handle the responsibilities of romance.

Dir:  Gregory LaCava Cast:  Dorothy Wilson , Arline Judge , Richard Cromwell .

BW- 63 mins, CC,

10th
12:45 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, CC,

10th
2:00 PM

Gabriel Over The White House (1933)

A crooked president reforms mysteriously.

Dir:  Gregory LaCava Cast:  Walter Huston , Karen Morley , Franchot Tone .

BW- 86 mins, CC,

10th
3:30 PM

The Half Naked Truth (1932)

A carnival pitch man turns a sideshow dancer into an overnight sensation.

Dir:  Gregory La Cava Cast:  Lupe Velez , Lee Tracy , Eugene Pallette .

BW- 77 mins, CC,

11th
6:00 AM

Voltaire (1933)

The famed French writer becomes the conscience of his country during the French Revolution.

Dir:  John G. Adolfi Cast:  George Arliss , Doris Kenyon , Margaret Lindsay .

BW- 72 mins,

12th
6:15 AM

As the Earth Turns (1934)

A young couple face the hardships of farm life in Maine.

Dir:  Alfred Green Cast:  Jean Muir , Donald Woods , Russell Hardie .

BW- 73 mins,

12th
2:15 PM

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,

14th
6:00 AM

A Farewell To Arms (1932)

An American serving in World War I falls for a spirited nurse.

Dir:  Frank Borzage Cast:  Helen Hayes , Gary Cooper , Adolphe Menjou .

BW- 89 mins, CC,

14th
8:00 PM

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

A love triangle ignites trouble between two jewel thieves and their intended victim.

Dir:  Ernst Lubitsch Cast:  Miriam Hopkins , Kay Francis , Herbert Marshall .

BW- 82 mins, CC,

14th
9:30 PM

Jewel Robbery (1932)

A jewel thief falls for a tycoon’s wife in Vienna.

Dir:  William Dieterle Cast:  William Powell , Kay Francis , Helen Vinson .

BW- 68 mins, CC,

14th
10:45 PM

Mandalay (1934)

A woman with a past tries to get rid of a former lover.

Dir:  Michael Curtiz Cast:  Kay Francis , Ricardo Cortez , Warner Oland .

BW- 65 mins, CC,

16th
8:15 AM

A Woman of Experience (1932)

A female con artist uses her skills against German spies.

Dir:  Harry Joe Brown Cast:  Helen Twelvetrees , William Bakewell , Lew Cody .

BW- 74 mins,

16th
9:30 AM

Born to Love (1932)

A World War I pilot thought dead turns up after the mother of his child has married.

Dir:  Paul L. Stein Cast:  Constance Bennett , Joel McCrea , Paul Cavanagh .

BW- 81 mins, CC,

16th
11:00 AM

Chances (1931)

When brothers fighting World War I together fall for the same girl, it spells danger.

Dir:  Allan Dwan Cast:  Douglas Fairbanks , Rose Hobart , Anthony Bushell .

BW- 71 mins,

16th
12:15 PM

The Lost Patrol (1934)

A British army troop fights off Arab snipers while holed up in an oasis.

Dir:  John Ford Cast:  Victor McLaglen , Boris Karloff , Wallace Ford .

BW- 72 mins, CC,

16th
1:45 PM

The Last Flight (1931)

Four disillusioned Army buddies roam post-WWI Europe.

Dir:  William Dieterle Cast:  Richard Barthelmess , David Manners , John Mack Brown .

BW- 77 mins, CC,

16th
3:15 PM

Three Faces East (1930)

During World War I, a female agent tries to unmask a German spy.

Dir:  Roy Del Ruth Cast:  Constance Bennett , Erich von Stroheim , Anthony Bushell .

BW- 71 mins, CC,

16th
4:30 PM

The Cuban Love Song (1931)

An ex-marine returns to Cuba to find the child he fathered on leave.

Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  Lawrence Tibbett , Lupe Velez , Ernest Torrence .

BW- 86 mins, CC,

16th
6:00 PM

Today We Live (1933)

An aristocratic English girl’s tangled love life creates havoc during World War I.

Dir:  Howard Hawks Cast:  Joan Crawford , Gary Cooper , Robert Young .

BW- 113 mins, CC,

18th
7:45 AM

Eskimo (1933)

An Eskimo family fights to survive harsh conditions in the frozen North.

Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  Mala , Lotus , Joseph Sauers .

BW- 114 mins, CC,

19th
2:30 PM

The Gay Diplomat (1931)

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

BW- 67 mins, CC,

19th
3:45 PM

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,

23rd
6:00 AM

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,

24th
8:15 AM

Children Of Pleasure (1930)

A Jewish songwriter forsakes his heritage for a society girl.

Dir:  Harry Beaumont Cast:  Lawrence Gray , Wynne Gibson , Helen Johnson .

BW- 70 mins,

24th
9:30 AM

Dancing Sweeties (1930)

A hot-shot dancer marries in haste and repents in waltz time.

Dir:  Ray Enright Cast:  Grant Withers , Sue Carol , Eddie Phillips .

BW- 62 mins,

24th
10:45 AM

Flying High (1931)

A hare-brained inventor invents a new flying machine but can’t figure out how to land it.

Dir:  Charles F. Riesner Cast:  Bert Lahr , Charlotte Greenwood , Pat O’Brien .

BW- 80 mins, CC,

24th
12:15 PM

The Hot Heiress (1931)

When a society woman falls for a riveter, she tries to pass him off as an architect.

Dir:  Clarence Badger Cast:  Ben Lyon , Ona Munson , Walter Pidgeon .

BW- 79 mins,

24th
1:45 PM

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,

24th
3:00 PM

Spring Is Here (1930)

A young woman is torn between the nice guy her father likes and the bad boy he doesn’t.

Dir:  John Francis Dillon Cast:  Lawrence Gray , Alexander Gray , Bernice Claire .

BW- 69 mins,

24th
4:15 PM

Broadway to Hollywood (1933)

Three generations of vaudevillians fight for stardom on stage and screen.

Dir:  Willard Mack Cast:  Alice Brady , Frank Morgan , Jackie Cooper .

BW- 85 mins, CC,

24th
6:00 PM

Call of the Flesh (1930)

A Latin lover fights for the heart of a beautiful convent girl.

Dir:  Charles Brabin Cast:  Ramón Novarro , Dorothy Jordan , Ernest Torrence .

BW- 100 mins, CC,

26th
6:00 AM

Tarzan The Ape Man (1932)

A British lord raised by apes kidnaps a beautiful noblewoman exploring Africa with her father.

Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  Johnny Weissmuller , Neil Hamilton , C. Aubrey Smith .

BW- 100 mins, CC,

26th
6:15 PM

King Kong (1933)

A film crew discovers the “eighth wonder of the world,” a giant prehistoric ape, and brings him back to New York, where he wreaks havoc.

Dir:  Merian C. Cooper Cast:  Fay Wray , Robert Armstrong , Bruce Cabot .

BW- 104 mins, CC,

29th
7:45 AM

Anna Christie (1930)

Eugene O’Neill’s classic about a romantic prostitute trying to run away from her past.

Dir:  Clarence Brown Cast:  Greta Garbo , Charles Bickford , George F. Marion .

BW- 89 mins, CC,

29th
11:30 AM

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,

29th
5:30 PM

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,

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2 Replies to “Pre-Code Movies on TCM in March 2021”

  1. I just watched “Children Of Pleasure”. The plot isn’t about a songwriter giving up his Jewish heritage. The songwriter becomes engaged to a society girl who doesn’t love him, unlike his secretary, who does.

  2. It’s nice to see good write up like this at least once in a while ??

    I am so glad you took out some time away and spent time with your son, which is so important. We did the same, though were also busy working behind the scenes, doing up the ABC forum and the blog too, and would be starting off with a bang from tomorrow now.

    I wish I had time to watch movies! But as my kids do, and we often wonder how safe they really are – the sites – we don’t allow them to download from a lot of them. I guess the ones you mentioned are all safe, so I would pass it on to them for sure.

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