Pre-Code Movies on TCM in October 2019

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TCM in October has some really amazing pre-Code content, including October 2nd being packed with pre-Code goodies. Paul Muni gets a showcase on the 8th and Walter Huston gets one on the 18th. But, really, you can’t go two days in October without a great pre-Code popping up. Let’s relish it while it lasts!

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Pre-Code Movies on TCM in October

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.
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Date & Time Film

2nd
7:15 AM

Redemption (1930)

A man thought dead returns to find his wife has built a new life.

Dir:  Fred Niblo Cast:  John Gilbert , Renée Adorée , Conrad Nagel .

BW- 66 mins,

2nd
8:30 AM

Lilly Turner (1933)

After unwittingly marrying a bigamist, a pregnant woman faces many trials on the road to romance.

Dir:  William A. Wellman Cast:  Ruth Chatterton , George Brent , Frank McHugh .

BW- 65 mins, CC,

2nd
9:45 AM

Employees’ Entrance (1933)

An unscrupulous department store manager stops at nothing to get what he wants.

Dir:  Roy Del Ruth Cast:  Warren William , Loretta Young , Wallace Ford .

BW- 75 mins, CC,

2nd
11:00 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,

2nd
12:15 PM

Ever In My Heart (1933)

During World War I, a woman suspects her husband of being a German spy.

Dir:  Archie Mayo Cast:  Barbara Stanwyck , Otto Kruger , Ralph Bellamy .

BW- 68 mins, CC,

2nd
1:30 PM

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,

2nd
4:00 PM

Side Streets (1934)

A lady furrier marries a lovesick sailor then has to deal with his checkered past.

Dir:  Alfred E. Green Cast:  Aline MacMahon , Paul Kelly , Ann Dvorak .

BW- 64 mins,

2nd
5:15 PM

Desirable (1934)

An aging actress tries to keep her teen-aged daughter out of the public eye.

Dir:  Archie L. Mayo Cast:  Jean Muir , George Brent , Verree Teasdale .

BW- 68 mins,

2nd
6:30 PM

One Way Passage (1932)

An ocean voyage leads to romance for a dying heiress and a condemned criminal.

Dir:  Tay Garnett Cast:  William Powell , Kay Francis , Aline MacMahon .

BW- 68 mins, CC,

2nd
8:00 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,

2nd
9:15 PM

Union Depot (1932)

An out-of-luck con artist discovers a suitcase full of money at a train station.

Dir:  Alfred E. Green Cast:  Douglas Fairbanks , Joan Blondell , Guy Kibbee .

BW- 67 mins,

2nd
10:30 PM

Beauty and the Boss (1932)

After being distracted by a string of pretty secretaries, a banker hires a plain Jane, only to fall in love with her.

Dir:  Roy Del Ruth Cast:  Marian Marsh , David Manners , Warren William .

BW- 65 mins,

2nd
11:45 PM

Rafter Romance (1933)

A salesgirl falls for a night worker without realizing they share the same apartment.

Dir:  William Seiter Cast:  Ginger Rogers , Norman Foster , George Sidney .

BW- 73 mins, CC,

3rd
1:15 AM

The Girl from Missouri (1934)

A gold-digging chorus girl tries to keep her virtue while searching for a rich husband.

Dir:  Jack Conway Cast:  Jean Harlow , Lionel Barrymore , Franchot Tone .

BW- 72 mins, CC,

3rd
2:45 AM

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,

3rd
4:00 AM

One Sunday Afternoon (1933)

A small-town dentist longs to avenge an old friend who stole his love, but discovers there’s no need.

Dir:  Stephen Roberts Cast:  Gary Cooper , Fay Wray , Neil Hamilton .

BW- 69 mins, CC,

3rd
5:15 AM

Ex-Lady (1933)

A female artist is torn between her belief in free love and the constraints of romance.

Dir:  Robert Florey Cast:  Bette Davis , Gene Raymond , Frank McHugh .

BW- 67 mins, CC,

6th
2:00 AM

Animal Crackers (1930)

Three zanies try to recover a stolen painting during a madcap house party.

Dir:  Victor Heerman Cast:  Groucho Marx , Harpo Marx , Chico Marx .

BW- 97 mins, CC,

6th
4:00 AM

Monkey Business (1931)

Four stowaways get mixed up with gangsters while running riot on an ocean liner.

Dir:  Norman McLeod Cast:  Groucho Marx , Harpo Marx , Chico Marx .

BW- 78 mins, CC,

7th
8:00 PM

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,

7th
9:45 PM

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,

8th
12:45 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,

8th
2:30 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,

8th
6:00 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,

8th
7:45 AM

Safe in Hell (1931)

On the run from the police, a New Orleans prostitute gets stranded in a tropical haven for outlaws

Dir:  William A. Wellman Cast:  Dorothy Mackaill , Donald Cook , Ralf Harolde .

BW- 73 mins, CC,

8th
2:30 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- 85 mins,

8th
6:30 PM

Hell’s Heroes (1930)

Three cowboys risk their lives to get an abandoned baby to civilization.

Dir:  William Wyler Cast:  Charles Bickford , Raymond Hatton , Fred Kohler .

BW- 68 mins, CC,

9th
9:30 PM

The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

RAF pilots fight to endure the nerve-wracking ordeal of flying in World War I.

Dir:  Stuart Walker Cast:  Fredric March , Cary Grant , Jack Oakie .

BW- 73 mins, CC,

10th
12:30 AM

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,

10th
1:45 AM

Captured! (1933)

While in a POW camp, a man discovers his best friend was his wife’s lover.

Dir:  Roy Del Ruth Cast:  Leslie Howard , Douglas Fairbanks , Paul Lukas .

BW- 69 mins,

10th
3:15 AM

Ace of Aces (1933)

After he’s branded a coward, a sculptor travels to France to help fight World War I.

Dir:  J. Walter Ruben Cast:  Richard Dix , Elizabeth Allen , Ralph Bellamy .

BW- 77 mins, CC,

10th
8:00 PM

The Black Cat (1934)

A Satanist faces off with the vengeful man whose wife and daughter he has stolen.

Dir:  Edgar G. Ulmer Cast:  Karloff , Bela Lugosi , David Manners .

BW- 65 mins, CC,

13th
6:00 AM

Footlight Parade (1933)

A producer fights labor problems, financiers and his greedy ex-wife to put on a show.

Dir:  Lloyd Bacon Cast:  James Cagney , Joan Blondell , Ruby Keeler .

BW- 103 mins, CC,

13th
8:00 AM

The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

A boxing champion falls for a gangster’s moll.

Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  Myrna Loy , Max Baer , Primo Carnera .

BW- 102 mins, CC,

14th
11:00 AM

Men of the North (1930)

Mounties track down gold mine robbers.

Dir:  Hal Roach Cast:  Gilbert Roland , Barbara Leonard , Arnold Korff .

BW- 61 mins,

14th
3:00 PM

Haunted Gold (1932)

A cowboy and his girl fight bandits and a ghost over an abandoned mine.

Dir:  Mack V. Wright Cast:  John Wayne , Duke , Sheila Terry .

BW- 58 mins, CC,

14th
4:00 PM

Ghost Valley (1932)

A cowboy and a beautiful girl inherit a supposedly haunted gold mine.

Dir:  Fred Allen Cast:  Tom Keene , Merna Kennedy , Kate Campbell .

BW- 54 mins,

15th
3:15 AM

The Strange Love Of Molly Louvain (1932)

A woman’s bad taste in men leads to pregnancy out of wedlock.

Dir:  Michael Curtiz Cast:  Ann Dvorak , Lee Tracy , Richard Cromwell .

BW- 73 mins,

15th
8:00 AM

Evelyn Prentice (1934)

A criminal lawyer’s wife faces blackmail when she has an affair.

Dir:  William K. Howard Cast:  William Powell , Myrna Loy , Una Merkel .

BW- 79 mins, CC,

15th
5:30 PM

Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Boyhood friends grow up on opposite sides of the law.

Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  Clark Gable , William Powell , Myrna Loy .

BW- 90 mins, CC,

16th
12:00 AM

Lady For A Day (1933)

A gangster helps an old apple-vendor pose as a society woman to fool her visiting daughter.

Dir:  Frank Capra Cast:  Warren William , May Robson , Guy Kibbee .

BW- 96 mins, CC,

16th
6:00 AM

Three on a Match (1932)

A woman’s childhood friends try to rescue her from gangsters.

Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy Cast:  Virginia Davis , Joan Blondell , Dawn O’Day .

BW- 63 mins, CC,

16th
7:15 AM

Midnight Mary (1933)

An abused orphan sinks into a life of crime.

Dir:  William Wellman Cast:  Loretta Young , Ricardo Cortez , Franchot Tone .

BW- 74 mins, CC,

16th
8:30 AM

Taxi! (1932)

A feisty independent cab driver fights off a crooked syndicate.

Dir:  Roy Del Ruth Cast:  James Cagney , Loretta Young , George E. Stone .

BW- 69 mins, CC,

16th
1:30 PM

Blondie Johnson (1933)

A female crook fights her way from poverty to the top of the underworld.

Dir:  Ray Enright Cast:  Joan Blondell , Chester Morris , Allen Jenkins .

BW- 67 mins, CC,

16th
2:45 PM

Star Witness (1931)

An old man who witnessed a crime is threatened by gangsters.

Dir:  William A. Wellman Cast:  Walter Huston , Frances Starr , Grant Mitchell .

BW- 68 mins, CC,

18th
7:30 AM

Abraham Lincoln (1930)

In this biography the simple backwoods boy rises to become one of America’s most beloved presidents.

Dir:  D. W. Griffith Cast:  Lucille La Verne , W. L. Thorne , Helen Freeman .

BW- 94 mins, CC,

18th
9:15 AM

The Ruling Voice (1931)

A powerful gangster goes soft when he meets his grown-up daughter.

Dir:  Rowland V. Lee Cast:  Walter Huston , Loretta Young , Dudley Digges .

BW- 72 mins,

18th
10:45 AM

The Woman from Monte Carlo (1932)

A ship’s captain loses course in perilous waters when he discovers his wife cheating on him.

Dir:  Michael Curtiz Cast:  Lil Dagover , Walter Huston , Warren William .

BW- 70 mins,

18th
12:00 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,

18th
1:45 PM

Ann Vickers (1933)

A social worker’s fight for reform is compromised by her love for a corrupt judge.

Dir:  John Cromwell Cast:  Irene Dunne , Walter Huston , Conrad Nagel .

BW- 76 mins, CC,

18th
3:00 PM

Storm at Daybreak (1933)

Fictionalized account of the events leading up to Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination and the start of World War I.

Dir:  Richard Boleslavsky Cast:  Kay Francis , Nils Asther , Walter Huston .

BW- 79 mins, CC,

18th
4:30 PM

Keep ‘Em Rolling (1934)

A soldier deserts when he’s separated from his horse.

Dir:  George Archainbaud Cast:  Walter Huston , Frances Dee , Minna Gombell .

BW- 69 mins, CC,

18th
2:00 PM

White Zombie (1932)

A zombie master menaces newlyweds on a Haitian plantation.

Dir:  Victor Halperin Cast:  Bela Lugosi , Madge Bellamy , Joseph Cawthorn .

BW- 67 mins,

20th
6:15 AM

Five And Ten (1931)

A dime-store heiress elopes with a married man.

Dir:  Robert Z. Leonard Cast Marion Davies , Leslie Howard , Richard Bennett .

BW- 89 mins, CC,

20th
8:00 AM

Grand Hotel (1932)

Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through scandal and heartache.

Dir:  Edmund Goulding Cast:  Greta Garbo , John Barrymore , Joan Crawford .

BW- 113 mins, CC,

22nd
4:15 AM

Viva Villa! (1934)

Rousing biography of the bandit chief who led the battle for Mexican independence.

Dir:  Jack Conway Cast:  Wallace Beery , Leo Carrillo , Fay Wray .

BW- 112 mins, CC,

23rd
6:00 AM

They Learned About Women (1930)

Professional baseball players win big with their vaudeville act until love gets in the way.

Dir:  Jack Conway Cast:  Joseph T. Schenck , Gus Van , Bessie Love .

C- 95 mins, CC,

23rd
1:30 PM

Hips, Hips, Hooray (1934)

Two salesmen try to market a flavored lipstick.

Dir:  Mark Sandrich Cast:  Bert Wheeler , Robert Woolsey , Ruth Etting .

BW- 68 mins, CC,

23rd
8:00 PM

Duck Soup (1933)

When he’s named dictator of Freedonia, a con artist declares war on the neighboring kingdom.

Dir:  Leo McCarey Cast:  Groucho Marx , Harpo Marx , Chico Marx .

BW- 69 mins, CC,

23rd
11:00 PM

Sons of the Desert (1933)

Two friends hatch a harebrained scheme to attend a lodge convention over their wives’ objections.

Dir:  William A. Seiter Cast:  Stan Laurel , Oliver Hardy , Charley Chase .

BW- 65 mins, CC,

24th
4:30 AM

You Said A Mouthful (1932)

To sell his unsinkable bathing suit, an inventor passes himself off as a championship swimmer.

Dir:  Lloyd Bacon Cast:  Joe E. Brown , Ginger Rogers , Preston S. Foster .

BW- 70 mins, CC,

24th
7:00 AM

High Pressure (1932)

A scheming promoter tries to get rich selling artificial rubber.

Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy Cast:  William Powell , Evelyn Brent , George Sidney .

BW- 73 mins, CC,

25th
11:30 AM

Professional Sweetheart (1933)

A radio star’s pure image leads to a fake engagement to a hayseed.

Dir:  William A. Seiter Cast:  Ginger Rogers , Norman Foster , ZaSu Pitts .

BW- 73 mins, CC,

25th
1:00 PM

The Prodigal (1931)

A wealthy southern boy takes to the road as a hobo.

Dir:  Harry Pollard Cast:  Lawrence Tibbett , Esther Ralston , Roland Young .

BW- 76 mins,

25th
2:30 PM

Elmer The Great (1933)

A country hick bats his way to baseball stardom.

Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy Cast:  Joe E. Brown , Patricia Ellis , Frank McHugh .

BW- 72 mins, CC,

27th
6:00 AM

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,

30th
9:45 AM

The Penguin Pool Murder (1932)

A feisty school teacher sets out to solve a murder in an aquarium.

Dir:  George Archainbaud Cast:  Edna May Oliver , James Gleason , Robert Armstrong .

BW- 65 mins, CC,

30th
12:15 PM

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,

30th
1:30 PM

The Public Defender (1931)

A bank failure could land one of its executives in jail.

Dir:  J. Walter Ruben Cast:  Richard Dix , Shirley Grey , Purnell Pratt .

BW- 70 mins, CC,

30th
6:30 PM

Fog Over Frisco (1934)

A San Francisco heiress discovers her sister is hanging out with gangsters.

Dir:  William Dieterle Cast:  Bette Davis , Donald Woods , Margaret Lindsay .

BW- 68 mins, CC,

30th
9:15 PM

The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

A big game hunter decides to stalk human prey.

Dir:  Ernest B. Schoedsack Cast:  Joel McCrea , Fay Wray , Robert Armstrong .

BW- 63 mins, CC,

31st
6:45 AM

Freaks (1932)

A lady trapeze artist violates the code of the side show when she plots to murder her midget husband.

Dir:  Tod Browning Cast:  Wallace Ford , Leila Hyams , Olga Baclanova .

BW- 62 mins, CC,

31st
8:00 AM

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,

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4 Replies to “Pre-Code Movies on TCM in October 2019”

  1. Ah, sorry to hear things are issuey — best wishes for a turnaround. If you can catch it, SIDE STREETS is really special, I think.

  2. a month of binging!
    some of my favourites and a few I’ve never seen (that always surprises me)
    thanks for all your efforts with these monthly lists

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