Pre-Code.Com Site News for December 2015

Are you enjoying the month of turkeys? I’m not. It’s over now. I’m taking off Friday for Thanksgiving because I can and just so I  don’t have to watch something like Lighting Bill (hopefully) ever again. If you pay close attention to that review, you can probably find the point where my soul broke.

December we’ll be going in a vastly different direction and celebrate a handful of the films of star Helen Twelvetrees. Hopefully, my coverage will also include a review of Cliff Aliperti‘s new biography of the starlet, which I’ve read and completely adored.

Also this month will be the third issue of the Pre-Code Companion, (hopefully) some more reviews from Forbidden Hollywood 9, a roundup of the money the books have made this year for charity, and a nice Christmas post about me taking more time off. Because I have cookies to eat, people! Lots of cookies.


Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in December

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, 8:15 AM The Flirting Widow (1930)
A girl creates an imaginary lover to impress her father, but the lie gets in the way of true romance. With Dorothy Mackaill.

8th, 1:45 AM Three on a Match (1932)

12th, 6:00 AM One Way Passage (1932)
An ocean voyage leads to romance for a dying heiress and a condemned criminal. With Kay Francis and William Powell.

15th, 4:45 AM Men Must Fight (1933)
Prophetic tale of a mother in 1940 trying to keep her son out of war.

15th, 8:30 AM Polly of the Circus (1932)
A small-town minister risks his career when he falls for a trapeze artist. With Marion Davies and Clark Gable.

15th, 9:45 AM The Circus Clown (1934)
A Joe E. Brown film. You have been warned.

19th, 6:30 AM The Champ (1931)
A broken-down prizefighter battles to keep custody of his son.

25th, 6:45 AM Little Women (1933)

27th, 8:00 AM Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

28th, 6:00 AM 42nd Street (1933)
Ruby Keeler goes out an amateur and comes back a star.

28th, 7:45 AM The Gay Divorcee (1934)

29th, 5:00 AM When Ladies Meet (1933)

31st, 2:00 PM Animal Crackers (1930)

31st, 4:00 PM Monkey Business (1931)

31st, 5:30 PM Horse Feathers (1932)

31st, 6:45 PM Duck Soup (1933)

31st, 8:00 PM The Thin Man (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 · November 23, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Boy, did I get a surprise when I clicked over here and saw the pic up top! While I’m finishing up work on that, I can tell you my real December treat will be to see which movies you’ve selected to review and what you really think of them! Thanks so much for the plug and the kind words—plus your help along the way.

Judy · November 24, 2015 at 7:04 am

Ha, I came over here in hopes of finding details of one or two pre-Codes to watch out for, and instead found quite a few to avoid! But I’ll look forward to reading your Twelvetrees postings and Cliff’s book!

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