August TCM 2014Pre-Code.Com Site News for August 2014

By the time you read this I will be down to less than two weeks of grad school left. Get the cake ready.

Participants in The Thin Man book project should take this as their one month warning siren. I’ll be sending out an update soon– I hope!

On TCM this month is their annual Summer Under the Stars lineup. Pre-Code fans should really tune in on the 9th for William Powell’s day and the 21st for Lee Tracy’s day. GetTV is mostly just replaying old Buck Jones cowboy movies from the early 30s, as well as a Billie Burke weepie I’ve never heard of. Side note, I updated the formatting of the listings below. Hopefully it’s a little easier to read!

Upcoming Reviews in August

  • 8/1 – State’s Attorney
  • 8/4 – Ex-Lady
  • 8/8 – Union Depot
  • 8/11- Taxi!
  • 8/15- The Public Enemy
  • 8/18- Hatchet Man
  • 8/22- Little Caesar
  • 8/25- Pre-Code Retro: Johnny Dangerously [84 Blogathon]
  • 8/29- [September Schedule]

Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in August

Please note: All times are Eastern. This schedule is subject to change. See the full listings here. To watch TCM online, check out their TCM Watch site.

Date & Time

Walter Pidgeon Day!

6:00 AM
Kiss Me Again (1931)
A French army officer and a cabaret singer chase each other across Europe.
7:30 AM
The Hot Heiress (1931)
When a society woman falls for a riveter, she tries to pass him off as an architect.
4:45 AM
Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930)
An 18th-century English flirt wins the heart of a notorious highwayman.

Babara Stanwyck Day!

6:00 AM
Illicit (1931)
Young free-thinkers turn conventionally jealous when they marry.
10:00 PM
Night Nurse (1931)
A nurse discovers that the children she’s caring for are murder targets.

Paul Muni Day!

6:00 AM
The World Changes (1933)
When a farmer strikes it rich in business, success goes to his head.
7:45 AM
Hi, Nellie! (1934)
A crusading newspaper editor keeps digging into corruption.
8:00 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.
9:30 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.

William Powell Day!

6:00 AM
Road to Singapore (1931)
A woman’s life falls to pieces when she’s caught cheating on her husband.
7:30 AM
Jewel Robbery (1932)
A jewel thief falls for a tycoon’s wife in Vienna. A pre-Code essential!
8:45 AM
Lawyer Man (1932)
Success corrupts a smooth talking lawyer. With Joan Blondell.
10:00 AM
Double Harness (1933)
After tricking a playboy into marriage, a woman sets out to win his love honestly. Very underrated little gem.
11:15 AM
Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
Boyhood friends grow up on opposite sides of the law. With Clark Gable and Myrna Loy.
8:00 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. We may be fans of this movie on this site. 🙂
4:45 AM
High Pressure (1932)
A scheming promoter tries to get rich selling artificial rubber.

Carole Lombard Day!

6:00 AM
Virtue (1932)
A taxi driver falls for a reformed prostitute.
7:30 AM
No More Orchids (1932)
A wealthy woman opposes her uncle to marry a young man.
12:30 PM
Twentieth Century (1934)
An eccentric producer and an eccentric star bounce off one another.

Cary Grant Day!

8:00 PM
Hot Saturday (1932)
A virtuous small-town clerk becomes the victim of a scandalous rumor from an unsuccessful suitor.

Herbert Marshall Day!

6:00 AM
Riptide (1934)
A chorus girl weds a British lord then falls for an old flame.
11:30 AM
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
A love triangle ignites trouble between two jewel theives and their intended victim.

Claudette Colbert Day!

6:00 PM
It Happened One Night (1934)
A newspaperman tracks a runaway heiress on a madcap cross-country tour.
8:00 PM
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
A misfired flirtation lands a young lieutenant married to a princess instead of the one he loves.

Lee Tracy Day!

2:30 PM
The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)
A woman’s bad taste in men leads to pregnancy out of wedlock.
3:45 PM
The Half Naked Truth (1933)
A carnival pitch man turns a sideshow dancer into an overnight sensation.
5:15 PM
Love is a Racket (1932)
A beautiful girl convinces a reporter to cover up her involvement in a murder.
6:30 PM
Turn Back the Clock (1933)
A middle aged working man gets to relive his life.
8:00 PM
Bombshell (1933)
A glamorous star rebels against her studio. With Jean Harlow.
10:00 PM
Blessed Event (1932)
An unscrupulous gossip columnist lands himself in hot water.
11:30 PM
Dinner At Eight (1933)
A high society party masks a bunch of intrigue.
1:30 AM
Doctor X (1932)
Synthetic. Flesh.
4:30 AM
Clear All Wires! (1933)
Foreign correspondents clash over working methods and love.

Dick Powell Day!

1:00 PM
42nd Street (1933)
The definitive backstage musical, complete with the dazzling newcomer who goes on for the injured star.
11:00 PM
Dames (1934)
A reformer’s daughter wins the lead in a scandalous Broadway show.

Betty Grable Day!

6:00 AM
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
An unhappily married woman mistakes a suitor for the gigolo hired to end her marriage.

Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on GetTV in August

Please note: All times are Eastern. This schedule is subject to change. See the full listings here.

Date & Time
5th, 8:25 PM
6th, 6:20 PM
14th, 2:20 PM
18th, 9:55 PM
24th, 4:30 PM
26th, 2:00 AM
A Feather In Her Hat (1933)
A loving mother tells her son that he isn’t hers so that the boy will be able to climb out of their poor surroundings. With Billie Burke.
 2nd, 2:20 AM
16th, 5:15 AM
30th, 2:20 AM
Desert Vengeance (1931)
Buck Jones, as the leader of an outlaw gang, is bilked by a chiseler while voyaging on a steamship off San Francisco Bay.
9th, 1:00 AM
13th, 12:30 AM
30th, 3:50 AM
The Fighting Sheriff (1931)
Sayers, a society debutante, is thrown together with Jones, a rough-and-tumble cowboy.
12th, 9:35 PM
16th, 2:25 AM
30th, 6:45 AM
Hello Trouble (1932)
Buck Jones quits the Texas Rangers after accidentally killing a boy he once knew.
2nd, 1:00 AM
16th, 3:55 AM
30th, 1:00 AM
The Lone Rider (1931)
Tom Reynolds stands unjustly accused of a murder, until his brother takes the stand and tells his side of the story.
9th, 3:55 AM
23rd, 1:00 AM
The Man Trailer (1931)
Jones, wrongly accused of being an outlaw, saves Parker in a stagecoach robbery and prevents the bandits from taking the money.
16th, 1:00 AM
29th, 9:30 PM
30th 6:45 AM
One Man Law (1932)
Ellis plays a city slicker from Chicago who buys up land to have it developed by one set of tenants, while at the same time the deeds are being sold to someone else back in the city. When the new owners come to stake their claims, trouble erupts. But sheriff Jones settles everything for both parties.
9th, 2:30 AM
12th, 11:05 PM
30th, 5:20 AM
Ridin’ For Justice (1932)
Buck Jones plays a broncho buster who’s popular with all the gals in town, from saloon girls to the marshal’s wife. Naturally the marshal isn’t too pleased with this, which causes Jones some problems.

Questions? Comments? Or do you just want to bug me? Leave a comment below!

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


Vanessa B (@callmeveebee) · July 28, 2014 at 5:05 am

Less than two weeks of grad school left? FANTASTIC! Congratulations 😀

*bakes a cake*

    Danny · July 28, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I will be eating so many cakes when I’m done. SO MANY CAKES

willmckinley · July 30, 2014 at 5:56 am

Save me some cake.

    Danny · July 30, 2014 at 8:52 am

    … no promises.

doug n · July 31, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Thanks for keeping us informed while getting your degree.

    Danny · August 7, 2014 at 10:22 am

    My pleasure. Thanks for coming by! I’m almost there!

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