Pre-Code.Com Site News for August 2015
Ah, August! It’s time for TCM’s annual ‘Summer Under the Stars’ programming block, where each day is dedicated to a different star of old Hollywood. It’s usually a mix between more enduring stars, and some slightly more obscure ones. This summer’s selection is certainly eclectic, with everyone from Ann-Margaret to Virginia Bruce getting their time to shine.
Three stars in particular having almost entire days revolving around pre-Code films: Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Mae Clarke, and Greta Garbo. Looking at availability of their films, the number of their movies I’ve already reviews, and the delicious irony of scheduling a bunch of reviews around her the month after I finished my Cagney retrospective, I’ve decided to spend the month of August with reviews dedicated to the career of Mae Clarke. I won’t be able to finish her filmography (there are a number of her movies I just can’t find), but I should be able to take out a good chunk.
Meanwhile, I have a big announcement to make this month for people who enjoy reading smart takes on pre-Code movies. That probably includes you. Stay tuned!
Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in August
Please note: All times are Pacifc. This schedule is subject to change. See the full listings here. To watch TCM online if you have a cable subscription, check out their TCM Watch site.
|3rd, 7:15 AM
||Men Call It Love (1931)
A man leaves his mistress to court a happily married woman.
|3rd, 8:45 AM
||The Great Lover (1931)
A womanizing opera star falls in love with his innocent young protegee. With Irene Dunne.
|4th, 1:30 AM
||New Moon (1930)
A Russian lieutenant falls in love with a beautiful princess. Shit, or is this the vampire movie? I can’t remember.
|10th, 7:30 AM
||Dancing Lady (1933)
A musical star is trapped in a love triangle between Clark Gable and Franchot Tone. Wonder who wins.
||Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Day
|15th, 3:00 AM
Two brothers fight for the same girl in World War I.
|15th, 5:30 AM
||It’s Tough to Be Famous (1932)
Fame complicates a naval hero’s life.
|15th, 7:00 AM
||The Narrow Corner (1933)
A man on the run for murder hides out on a remote Pacific island.
|15th, 8:15 AM
Leslie Howard, Douglas Fairbanks, and Paul Lukas are in a POW camp. Directed by Roy Del Ruth.
|16th, 1:45 PM
||Success At Any Price (1934)
A young man ruthlessly climbs the corporate ladder. With Genevieve Tobin. This one is really hard to find, so record it.
|20th, 8:00 AM
||The Fall Guy (1930)
An unemployed druggist gets mixed up with gangsters.
|20th, 9:15 AM
||Turn Back the Clock (1933)
Lee Tracy TRAVELS THROUGH TIME.
|20th, 10:45 AM
Myrna Loy plays a high class escort out to solve the murder of an actress who seems to die a lot in these sort of movies.
|20th, 12:30 PM
||Parole Girl (1933)
Mae Clarke decides to mess up Ralph Bellamy’s life.
|20th, 2:00 PM
||This Side of Heaven (1934)
An eccentric family tries to work together when the father is accused of embezzlement.
|20th, 3:30 PM
||The Man With Two Faces (1934)
An actor uses his skills to protect his sister from her sinister husband.
|20th, 6:30 PM
I know how you just pronounced the film’s name in your head, but it’s ‘Frahnk-en-schtein’.
|20th, 7:45 PM
||Fast Workers (1933)
John Gilbert hangs out in skyscrapers whenever he’s not ogling Mae Clarke.
|21st, 1:15 AM
||The Front Page (1931)
It’s like His Girl Friday, only older.
|22nd, 6:15 AM
||The Blue Angel (1930)
A man destroys his life for a woman.
|22nd, 7:15 PM
||Shanghai Express (1932)
“It took more than one man to earn me the nickname ‘Shanghai Lily’.”
|26th, 7:00 AM
An opera singer leaves her wealthy lover for a young priest.
|26th, 8:30 AM
||Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1931)
A farm girl runs away and has a series of affairs in the city. With Clark Gable.
|30th, 4:30 AM
||Today We Live (1933)
A young girl’s love life causes havoc in World War I. With Joan Crawford.
|30th, 9:00 AM
||One Sunday Afternoon (1933)
A revenge seeking man realizes he doesn’t have as many issues as he thought.
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