Pre-Code.Com Site News for April 2015

Are you excited? I’m excited. Later this week I’ll make my way to the TCM Film Festival, as outlined here and here, where I will be posting daily updates. (Or I plan to, at least.) We’ll see how things go between sleeping on the plane, finding wifi, getting a phone that works, not being mugged in LA, etc. And, if I should die in doing my duty in reporting this festival, remember that I did it for all you wonderful people out there in the dark.

Also worth noting: I just got the email from Wallace that Taste the Blood of Monster Serial is now available for purchase! The book is a collection of essays about vampire films, and I have three essays in it: one on the pre-Code horror mash-up The Vampire Bat (33), one on the remake of Fright Night, and one covering the entire Twilight saga (which will probably not win me any popularity contests). Click the image below to check out the book on Amazon!

Taste the Blood of Monster Serial Cover

Next week the pre-Code blogathon will kick off next week. As compiled by the amazing and wonderful Karen, here’s all the entries and the dates assigned. Let us know ASAP in the comments if there’s any issue with the date or the links below. (Since Karen and I will both be very busy at TCMFF, we cannot accept any more entries past this. Thank you!)

Pre-Code Blogathon Dates & Articles

March 31st

Flapper Flickers and Silent Stanzas Aline MacMahon
Noirish Red-Haired Alibi
Mildred’s Fatburgers Red-Headed Woman
Shroud of Thoughts Island of Lost Souls Warren William
Once Upon a Screen The Divorcee
Silent Locations Lady Killer
Mike’s Take on the Movies Tarzan and Tarzan the Ape Man
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood No Man of Her Own
This Girl Friday Taxi and Picture Snatcher
Forgotten Filmz Downstairs
Random Pictures Woman in the Moon
The Stop Button All Quiet on the Western Front
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies Platinum Blonde
Pure Golden Classics The Gay Divorcee
Horrible Imaginings Podcast on Race Sensitivity in Film
Auxiliary Memory Kay Francis

April 1st

Chiseler Phillips Holmes
Journeys in Classic Film The Most Dangerous Game
Hitless Wonder Five Star Final
Classic Movie Hub Scarface
Author Melanie Surani Lot in Sodom
Girls Do Film The Divorcee
The Movie Rat Blonde Venus
Second Sight Cinema The Bitter Tea of General Yen
Second Sight Cinema The Scarlet Empress
Second Sight Cinema Shanghai Express
Margaret Perry Jean Harlow
Man on the Flying Trapeze Love Me Tonight
Watch Over Me Movies Queen Christina
Shameless Pile of Stuff Little Caesar
ilgiornodeglizombi The Unholy Three
The Joy and Agony of Movies The Marx Brothers Pre-Code Movies

April 2nd

The Wonderful World of Cinema Murder!
Silver Screenings The Intruder
Now Voyaging Safe in Hell
Now Voyaging The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
Outspoken and Freckled I’m No Angel
Noirish Passport to Hell
Mildred’s Fatburgers Golddiggers of 1933
Movies Silently The Monster Walks
Immortal Ephemera Blood Money
Once Upon a Screen Love is a Racket
Silent Locations Public Enemy
Moon in Gemini Imitation of Life
Caftan Woman The Mask of Fu Manchu
Critica Retro Story of Temple Drake
Movie Movie Blog Blog Double Whoopee
Wolfian’s Classic Movie Digest Barbara Stanwyck
Smitten Kitten It Happened One Night
CineMaven’s: Essays from the Couch Shanghai Express
Cinematic Frontier Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Back to Golden Days Footlight Parade

April 3rd

Speakeasy The Old Dark House
Outspoken and Freckled Employees’ Entrance
Acidemic Film Journal Waterloo Bridge
I See a Dark Theater Baby Face
Island of Lost Films Island of Lost Souls
A Person In the Dark Call Her Savage
Queerly Different The Sign of the Cross
Classic Reel Girl Consolation Marriage
Silent Locations Night Nurse
Prowler Needs a Jump Freaks
The Cinematic Packrat I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
Sister Celluloid Christopher Strong
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear The Sin of Nora Moran
Vintage Cameo pre-Code/post-Code Busby Berkeley
Movie Classics Song of Songs
Spellbound by Movies Trouble in Paradise
Random Pictures Murder at the Vanities
Blog of the Darned The Little Giant
Karavansara Madam Satan
Wide Screen World Joan Blondell
Lets Misbehave Let’s Misbehave
Stars Are Ageless Merrily We Go to Hell
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood Rasputin and the Empress
Cary Grant Won’t Eat You Jewel Robbery

Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in April

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

1st, 6:00 AM The Tenderfoot (1932)
Oh god, it’s another Joe E. Brown morning. Good luck with that.

1st, 7:15 AM Son of a Sailor (1933)
Joe E. Brown makes that mouth noise.

1st, 8:30 AM Fireman, Save My Child (1932)

4th, 12:15 AM Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
Sweet jungle lovin’.

5th, 4:00 AM The Vampire Bat (1933)
Fay Wray and Lionel Atwill and Melvyn Douglas and Dwight Frye fight a vampire OR IS HE.

6th, 6:45 AM Abraham Lincoln (1930)
Walter Huston morning!

6th, 8:30 AM Kongo (1932)

 6th, 10 AM Night Court (1932)
A corrupt judge attacks a reformer’s family.

6th, 11:45 AM Rain (1932)

6th, 1:30 PM The Wet Parade (1932)
Jesus, don’t drink homemade booze.

6th, 3:30 PM Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

6th, 5:00 PM Storm At Daybreak (1933)
Fictionalized account of the events leading up to the first World War.

6th, 6:30 PM Keep ‘Em Rolling (1934)
Haven’t seen it, but it sounds like a pre-Code version of War Horse.

12th, 12:15 AM Footlight Parade (1933)

13th, 8:00 PM King Kong (1933)
A giant lizard attacks Tokyo.

15th, 6:30 AM Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

15th, 10:00 AM Men Must Fight (1933)
Prophetic tale of a mother in 1940 trying to keep her son out of war. Part of a Diana Wynyard morning.

19th, 10:00 PM Baby Face (1933)

20th, 5:00 PM She Done Him Wrong (1933)

20th, 6:15 PM The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932)

23rd, 7:30 PM Of Human Bondage (1934)

23rd, 10:45 AM Waterloo Bridge (1931)

23rd, 2:00 PM Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

25th, 7:30 AM Son of Kong (1933)
Scientists experimenting with changes in weather on a tropical island get more than they bargained for when a giant lizard shows up to battle humongous insects and protect his newborn child.

25th, 10:45 PM The Big House (1930)

26th, 12:30 AM The Champ (1931)
A broken-down prizefighter battles to keep custody of his son.

26th, 8:00 AM The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
Eighth film in the ‘Private Life of Henry’ series, this one sees him suffer through five more disastrous marriages.

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


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.


La Faustin · March 23, 2015 at 9:04 am

That’s Phillips (yes, plural) Holmes at The Chiseler April 1st. He appears in NIGHT COURT, STORM AT DAYBREAK, and MEN MUST FIGHT on the above TCM list.

    Danny · March 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm


      La Faustin · March 25, 2015 at 5:05 am

      You’ve got a lot on your plate — what a sumptuous list of coming attractions! Hardly the worst indignity poor PH experienced in his short life.

Karin Sophie · March 24, 2015 at 4:22 am

Can’t Waits for the blogathon to start!!

Karin in Stockholm

    Danny · March 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Me either! Cheers!

Kevin Measimer · March 25, 2015 at 4:05 am

LOL on the King Kong and Son of Kong entries referencing Godzilla. “13th, 8:00 PM King Kong (1933)
A giant lizard attacks Tokyo.” and “25th, 7:30 AM Son of Kong (1933)
Scientists experimenting with changes in weather on a tropical island get more than they bargained for when a giant lizard shows up to battle humongous insects and protect his newborn child.”

Enjoy the festival.

Kevin Measimer · March 25, 2015 at 4:22 am

Then there’s this one:

“The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

Eighth film in the ‘Private Life of Henry’ series, this one sees him suffer through five more disastrous marriages.”

    Danny · March 25, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I may have too much free time on my hands. 🙂

      Kevin Measimer · March 26, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Herman’s Hermits even had a song about him back in the day. “I’m Hen-a-ry the Eighth I am, I am…” Too much trivia in my head. 🙂

Patricia Nolan-Hall (@CaftanWoman) · March 27, 2015 at 2:32 am

“Oh god, it’s another Joe E. Brown morning. Good luck with that.” LOL! My exact thoughts as I scrolled through the schedule.

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