Pre-Code.Com Site News for April 2017

Hey everyone. March ended up really rough; my talented sister, Katie, passed away very suddenly from cancer. She’d been diagnosed in late January, went to surgery in February, and passed last week. I don’t really want to go very much into it, but it’s hard, you know? My sister and I grew up watching The Adventures of Robin Hood, Calamity Jane and Singin’ in the Rain over and over and over again. I’m still processing everything, so if I miss a few updates in April, that’s all on me.

Showing on TCM this month are many of the usual suspects of pre-Code showings, but there’s also a day devoted to Frances Marion on the 20th and the 27th is devoted to classic pre-Code scuzball Ricardo Cortez.

Patreon Bonus for April

I announced back last week that I started a Patreon for the site. Every month, Patreons who pledge $3-a-month or more will get bonus content or sweepstakes. To kick off the Patreon, those above $3 who sign up before the festival will get both the pins that I’ve designed to hand out at this years TCM Film Festival sent in the mail. People who I see there will get the pins in person, though if you’re not a patron, you only get one!

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For $10-a-month, you can sponsor a review once a month. If you’re one of those patrons, go ahead and email me what you want to see– those will begin to drop in May.

Both of those tiers of patrons will also get my reporting and pictures from the TCM Film Fest, which starts on Tuesday, over at the Patreon feed. It should be fun.

And thank you, I really appreciate all the support!

You can join my Patreon by clicking here.

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

2nd, 8:15 AM The Merry Widow (1934)

4th, 8:00 PM Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

5th, 3:30 AM Journal of a Crime (1934)
A mistress succumbs to amnesia.

5th, 4:45 AM Easy to Love (1934)

5th, 6:00 AM Prestige (1932)
Ann Harding drama about a woman who joins her husband at a Malaysian prison camp to discover he’s become an alcoholic.

6th, 7:45 AM Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

6th, 9:30 AM Kongo (1932)

6th, 11:00 AM Night Court (1932)
A corrupt judge goes after a reformer.

6th, 8:00 PM One Man’s Journey (1933)

6th, 9:45 PM Sing and Like It (1934)

8th, 7:30 AM The Black Cat (1934)

10th, 6:00 AM Our Betters (1933)

19th, 8:00 PM The Invisible Man (1933)

20th, 9:45 AM Blondie of the Follies (1932)
Two showgirls go from rags to riches.

20th, 12:00 PM Anna Christie (1930)

20th, 6:00 AM The Big House (1930)

20th, 5:45 PM Dinner at Eight (1933)

26th, 9:30 AM 42nd Street (1933)

26th, 1:15 PM King Kong (1933)

27th, 9:30 AM The Maltese Falcon (1931)

27th, 11:00 AM Transgression (1931)

27th, 12:15 PM Flesh (1932)
A simple-minded wrestler falls for a woman with a dark secret.

27th, 2:00 PM The House on 56th Street (1933)

27th, 3:15 PM Midnight Mary (1933)

27th, 4:45 PM The Phantom of Crestwood (1933)
Five men prove their innocence when a blackmailer is murdered.

27th, 6:15 PM Hat, Coat and Glove (1934)

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.


Cliff Aliperti · March 31, 2017 at 11:05 am

Danny, once again my deepest sympathies to you and your family. That timeline is especially heartbreaking, I’m so sorry, my friend. I hope the TCM festival really gives you a chance at some light moments, and best of luck on the Patreon.

Caren's Classic Cinema · March 31, 2017 at 11:28 am

My deepest condolences. Especially sad to lose someone you love so young. Very sorry for your loss.

Erin · March 31, 2017 at 1:50 pm

So sorry, Danny. I lost a brother a lifetime ago, and things are never the same. You will get through it, though. Prayers.

GirlyNebbish · March 31, 2017 at 7:16 pm

I always hate it when I hear of bad things happening to people who have given me joy. I’m sorry for your loss, and I hope that something–work, family, friends–provides you with solace.

Laura · April 1, 2017 at 12:55 am

Danny, I’m so very, very sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts are with you and your family. Hang in there.

Patricia Nolan-Hall (@CaftanWoman) · April 1, 2017 at 6:12 am

Thank you for keeping us up-to-date on April’s listing/recommendations.

Routine can often be a help in time of grief. May your love and memories sustain you.

Rift Corbitt · April 2, 2017 at 5:42 am

I too know of great loss, all I can offer is my sympathy.

Murderous Ink · April 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm

Danny, I’m sorry to hear the sad news. My deepest condolences. MI

Vanessa (@callmeveebee) · April 3, 2017 at 5:37 am

Aw Danny … again, I’m truly sorry to hear about your sister’s passing. Sending you a great big virtual hug xx

I’d love to see you post an updated review of DRACULA (1931). The one that you’ve got on your site is from 2013. I’m curious to see if any of your thoughts or opinions have changed since then.

beautifulshell · April 4, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Condolences. As a sister of a sister, I can’t even imagine. I hope TCM brings any/all the escapism you need!

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