Pre-Code.Com Site News for August 2017

Welcome to August, folks. It’s time for TCM’s annual Summer Under the Stars, with 30 days dedicated to 30 different stars. You can check out the SUTS site here, though I’ll be honest with you guys: not the best month for pre-Code films. There are some rarities popping up: Franchot Tone and Ann Harding both have days dedicated to them. The days for Cagney, Rogers and Stanwyck are also showcasing a number of pre-Codes. There’s a good variety, though no stand-out days overall, sadly.

Uh, yeah. That’s about all I got. Watch some movies. Enjoy life.

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Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in August

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). See the full listings for the month here. If you subscribe to TCM via cable, you can watch TCM online via the TCM Watch site. If you don’t have cable, check out Sling TV, where (Americans) can watch TCM online or on their Roku for only $25/month. Plus you get HGTV and Food Network. That’s how I got my wife to okay it.

Date & Time

4th, 1:30 AM The Unholy Three (1930)
Tail end of Lon Chaney day!

8th, 6:00 AM Today We Live (1933)
An aristocratic English girl’s tangled love life creates havoc during World War I. Starts Franchot Tone day!

9th, 2:45 AM The Girl From Missouri (1934)

11th, 6:00 AM The Tenderfoot (1932)
An innocent cowboy sets out to back a Broadway play. Starts a day of Ginger Rogers!

11th, 7:30 AM Flying Down to Rio (1933)

11th, 9:15 AM Chance at Heaven (1934)
A society girl steals a gas station attendant from his working-class girlfriend.

11th, 10:45 AM Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)

13th, 6:00 AM So Big (1932)
Starts a day of Barbara Stanwyck movies!

13th, 7:30 AM The Purchase Price (1932)

13th, 9:00 AM Ladies They Talk About (1933)

14th, 1:30 AM Baby Face (1933)

14th, 3:00 AM The Miracle Woman (1931)

21st, 9:00 AM The Conquerors (1932)
Newlyweds go West and build a banking empire. Part of a day of Ann Harding films!

21st, 10:30 AM The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)
A politician keeps two families.

21st, 9:30 PM The Animal Kingdom (1932)
A publisher can’t choose between his wife and lover.

21st, 11:15 PM When Ladies Meet (1933)

22nd, 2:30 AM Double Harness (1933)

26th, 6:00 AM Blonde Crazy (1931)
Starts a day of James Cagney films!

26th, 7:30 AM The Crowd Roars (1932)

26th, 8:45 AM Jimmy the Gent (1934)

27th, 4:30 AM The Mayor of Hell (1933)

29th, 7:30 AM Operator 13 (1934)
An actress playing a Union spy falls for a Confederate officer. Part of a day of Marion Davies movies!

29th, 1:30 PM Five and Ten (1934)
A dime-store heiress elopes with a married man.

29th, 3:15 PM Peg O’ My Heart (1933)
A spunky Irish girl inherits a British estate.

29th, 5:00 PM The Floradora Girl (1930)
A chorus girl searches for romance.

30th, 2:00 AM Blondie of the Follies (1932)
Two showgirls on the road from rags to riches compete for the same man.

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

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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.


Veebs · August 2, 2017 at 6:14 am

Truth be told, I’m not too impressed with this year’s SUTS line-up. Too many stars from the 50s and 60s for my liking. I am, however, looking forward to Franchot Tone, Robert Mitchum, Gene Kelly, and Ann Harding. Oh, and doesn’t Marion Davies have a day in late-August dedicated to her? Or am I just imagining it …

Patricia Nolan-Hall (@CaftanWoman) · August 2, 2017 at 8:59 am

Sharing family trivia: My adult special needs sons is crazy about The Girl from Missouri and has been since he was about 4 years old. Once you fall for Harlow, I guess it’s forever. Nonetheless, I can’t convince him that all the classic movies he used to watch on Canada’s Family Channel are now on TCM. Stubborn cuss.

Molly · August 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm

You can always count on Stanwyck though. Some good choices for her. She’s more suitable for Star of the Month than a day but I’ll take her any way I can get her! So Big is a lovely tearjerker. She’s got so many good pre-Codes. I wonder sometimes how they’re able to pick from a whole body of work and narrow it down to just 24 hrs. Looking forward to Franchot Tone as well.

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