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Hope everyone had a spooooooooooky October! Now we’re in for a spooky November. Not many pre-Codes on, though there’s a Joel McCrea day on 11/6.

I’m also looking forward to watching Duck Soup again. Seems like the right time of year for it.

Pre-Code Movies on TCM in November

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

12:15 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

The Silver Horde (1930)

An Alaskan fisherman is dogged by a ruthless competitor and an ambitious dance hall girl.

Dir:  George Archainbaud Cast:  Evelyn Brent , Louis Wolheim , Joel McCrea .

BW- 75 mins,

7:30 AM

Kept Husbands (1931)

A steel worker marries the boss’s daughter, then has to teach her about life on a budget.

Dir:  Lloyd Bacon Cast:  Dorothy Mackaill , Joel McCrea , Ned Sparks.

BW- 76 mins,

9:00 AM

The Lost Squadron (1932)

Veteran flyers from World War I find work as movie stuntmen.

Dir:  George Archainbaud Cast:  Richard Dix , Mary Astor , Robert Armstrong .

BW- 79 mins, CC,

10:30 AM

The Sport Parade (1932)

College team mates follow different paths after they graduate.

Dir:  Dudley Murphy Cast:  Joel McCrea , Marian Marsh , William Gargan .

BW- 64 mins, CC,

10:30 AM

Doctor Monica (1934)

A female doctor learns that her husband loves another woman.

Dir:  William Keighley Cast:  Kay Francis , Warren William , Jean Muir .

BW- 53 mins, CC,

11:15 PM

Blind Adventure (1933)

An American in London stumbles on a criminal ring.

Dir:  Ernest B. Schoedsack Cast:  Robert Armstrong , Helen Mack , Roland Young .

BW- 63 mins, CC,

2:15 AM

Penthouse (1933)

The mob frames a lawyer for murder, so he enlists a call girl’s help in finding the real killer.

Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  Warner Baxter , Myrna Loy , Charles Butterworth .

BW- 89 mins, CC,

7:15 AM

Their Big Moment (1934)

A phony psychic conjures up a real ghost who asks her to solve his murder.

Dir:  James Cruze Cast:  ZaSu Pitts , Slim Summerville , William Gaxton .

BW- 68 mins,

8:00 PM

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,

8:26 AM

Flying Devils (1933)

A trio of veteran pilots joins an aerial circus.

Dir:  Russell Birdwell Cast:  Bruce Cabot , Eric Linden , Arline Judge .

BW- 62 mins, CC,

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,

8:30 AM

The Animal Kingdom (1932)

An intellectual publisher can’t choose between his society wife and his free thinking former love.

Dir:  Edward H. Griffith Cast:  Ann Harding , Leslie Howard , Myrna Loy .

BW- 85 mins, CC,

12:45 PM

One Night at Susie’s (1930)

A boarding house keeper’s gangster tenants step in to help when her son is framed for murder.

Dir:  John Francis Dillon Cast:  Billie Dove , Douglas Fairbanks , Helen Ware .

BW- 62 mins,

3:15 PM

A Successful Calamity (1932)

A family pulls together to help a member in financial trouble.

Dir:  John G. Adolfi Cast:  George Arliss , Mary Astor , Evalyn Knapp .

BW- 72 mins, CC,

8:00 AM

The Gay Divorcee (1934)

An unhappily married woman mistakes a suitor for the gigolo hired to end her marriage.

Dir:  Mark Sandrich Cast:  Fred Astaire , Ginger Rogers , Alice Brady .

BW- 105 mins, CC,

12:00 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.

Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  William Powell , Myrna Loy , Maureen O’Sullivan .

BW- 91 mins, CC,

9:30 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,

11:00 PM

Cracked Nuts (1931)

Friendly idiots become rivals in a mythical kingdom’s revolution.

Dir:  Edward Cline Cast:  Bert Wheeler , Robert Woolsey , Dorothy Lee .

BW- 65 mins, CC,

1:00 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,

6:00 AM

Strange Interlude (1932)

A doctor’s daughter defies convention in her fight for love and her child.

Dir:  Robert Z. Leonard Cast:  Norma Shearer , Clark Gable , Alexander Kirkland .

BW- 109 mins, CC,


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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.


Geno Cuddy · October 29, 2020 at 3:52 pm

Great list, thanks for the heads up. I, like you, detest TCM’s new website layout, but you cannot fight city hall. Looking forward to seeing TWENTIETH CENTURY, KEPT HUSBANDS, DR. MONICA, PENTHOUSE, ANIMAL KINGDOM and STRANGE INTERLUDE. I think they dropped the ball by choosing CRACKED NUTS as the W&W satirical comedy over a more pointed, and in my opinion superior, work like DIPLOMANIACS, I suppose they fear backlash over the blackface scene towards the end of the film, however those who love classic film should be able to look past such things and enjoy the films as is. Anyway, thanks again for the list and I hope all is well.

JenFior · November 21, 2020 at 11:37 pm

I love that you chose an image of Kay Francis from Dr Monica, it’s probably the best in what seems to be a playlist of the worst of her films playing this month. Comet Over Broadway, King of the Underworld, yikes TCM! Thank you for these great lists every month. I have borrowed a few of your images for a “women of pre-code” series I’ve written for a local paper – then reposted on my blog. I credit your site and have added links every month for people who want to learn more about pre-code. I’m limited to 600 words or so in print. I hope you will get even more people to this invaluable site!

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