Pre-Code.Com Site News for April 2016

Exciting times here at this website you are currently browsing! Yes, it’s April, and April means that spring is in the air, the cherry blossoms are in bloom, all of the flowers I planted in mid-March are dead, and it’s time for me to head back to the States for my second trip to the Turner Classic Movies’ Film Festival.

Sadly, my baby will not be joining me, nor will my wife (the baby is not self-sufficient yet), so it’ll be a solo trip again. I had an amazing time last year (which you can read about here, here, here, here and here) (I actually just reread all of that and accidentally made myself giddy) and I can’t wait to go back. I’ll have a bigger look at it just as soon as they release the full schedule– hopefully sooner rather than later.

Reviews this month will alternate between two very different actors — Edward Everett Horton and Marlene Dietrich. They both appeared together in Dietrich’s last collaboration with Josef Von Sternberg– The Devil is a Lady in 1935– but that’s out of our pervue, so you’ll instead put up with some truly random stuff. As you’ll get!

Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in April

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

Date & Time

1st, 8:00 AM Side Show (1931)
A carnival dancer fills in for a high diver. With Winnie Lightner.

1st, 9:15 AM Hollywood Party (1934)

2nd, 12:00 PM Tarzan, The Ape Man (1932)
A boy is raised by apes. Foolishly doesn’t use this as his main qualification to run for President.

4th, 10:00 PM A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
A recovered madman learns his ex-wife and daughter are about to marry. Part of a John Barrymore evening.

4th, 11:30 PM State’s Attorney (1932)

6th, 7:45 AM The Front Page (1931)

7th, 4:45 AM A Farewell to Arms (1932)
An American serving in the First World War falls for a spirited nurse.

10th, 6:00 AM Queen Christina (1933)

10th, 10:00 AM Animal Crackers (1930)

11th, 8:00 PM One Man’s Journey (1933)
Father and son disagree over the son’s materialistic goals. Part of a night dedicated to Lionel Barrymore.

14th, 4:30 AM The Blue Angel (1930)
A stodgy professor falls from grace when he falls in love with a dancer. Part of a series on German filmmaking between World War I and the rise of Hitler.

14th, 6:30 AM Sundown Trail (1931)
A Western. Part of a series of movies with the word ‘trail’ in the title. Thanks, TCM.

14th, 7:30 AM The Telegraph Trail (1933)

14th, 8:30 AM Sagebrush Trail (1933)

17th, 12:15 AM Wild Rose (1932)
A country girl moves to Shanghai and falls in with a band of would-be revolutionaries. A Chinese rarity.

20th, 12:45 AM The Testament of Doctor Mabuse (1933)
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this, but how fun is it to say the word ‘Mabuse’ out loud over and over again? Loads of fun, I say.

20th, 5:45 AM M (1931)
Probably not related to the Whistler series of films.

22nd, 4:45 PM Blonde Crazy (1931)

22nd, 6:15 PM Bombshell (1933)

25th, 8:00 PM Rasputin and The Empress (1932)
Part of an evening dedicated to all of the Barrymore collaborations.

25th, 10:15 PM Grand Hotel (1932)

26th, 12:15 AM Night Flight (1933)

26th, 1:45 AM Dinner at Eight (1933)

26th, 3:45 AM Arsene Lupin (1932)

26th, 6:45 AM Carnival Boat (1932)
A logger defies his father to court a showgirl. With Ginger Rogers.

26th, 8:00 AM Hold ‘Em Jail (1932)

26th, 9:15 AM Duck Soup (1933)

28th, 12:00 AM Westfront 1918 (1930)
German soldiers face despair in World War I. Another night of German films.

28th, 1:45 AM 3 Penny Opera (1931)

28th, 3:45 AM Kameradschaft (1931)

28th, 5:30 AM Anna Christie (1931)
The German language version of the famous Garbo movie.

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

Categories: TCM Schedules


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.


Christian Esquevin · March 28, 2016 at 5:43 am

Thanks for the schedule Danny – I’ve been wanting to see Bill of Divorcement for a while and now it’s coming up.

    Vanessa (@callmeveebee) · March 28, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Me too! Bill Of Divorcement has been on my To-Watch list for far too long!

    Danny · April 13, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Sure! Hope you caught it– it unfortunately didn’t pop up on Sling, so I missed it. :/

Rob Mead · March 28, 2016 at 10:48 am

Thank heavens for folks who care & produce ways for others who love Classic Movies. A truly sincere “thanks” Danny.

Vanessa (@callmeveebee) · March 28, 2016 at 9:54 pm

I can’t wait to read your coverage of this year’s TCMFF – your posts last year made me unbelievably giggly. Safe travels and enjoy!

    Danny · April 13, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks! I aim to induce giggles!

Patricia Nolan-Hall (@CaftanWoman) · March 30, 2016 at 12:49 am

How does TCM expect me to get any work done!?

    Danny · April 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Just evil laughter at their headquarters 24/7.

Judy · March 31, 2016 at 4:12 am

Hope you have fun! Carnival Boat has a wildly misleading title – a melodrama about lumberjacks, with the carnival boat only occasionally turning up with Ginger on board.

    Danny · April 13, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Lumberjack melodrama sounds like fun, to be honest.

Judy · March 31, 2016 at 4:13 am

I also meant to say great that you’re planning a month of Dietrich reviews, and she and Horton make a great contrast!

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