Pre-Code Movies on TCM in February 2016 and Other Site News


Contest time! For those of you who haven’t picked up a copy of Cliff Aliperti’s Helen Twelvetrees, Perfect Ingenue, I’ll be giving away a copy of the paperback book right here! If you’ve been out of the loop, there’ve been a few stellar reviews of the book from Speakeasy and Silver Screenings.

To be entered into the contest, just leave a comment on the bottom of this post describing your favorite forgotten star. I’ll pick my favorite entry (so be creative!) on February 15th and let you know if you’ve won via that email address you used for the comment. Good luck!

And we have a winner! Check out the entries below– there’s definitely a few even I’d never heard of!

Pre-Code.Com Site News for February 2016

TCM in February is showcasing Oscar winners from the past, so what’s showing is pretty popular fair. In case you hadn’t heard, watching TCM via Sling now gets you access to a rudimentary version of Watch TCM– it’s all in the Sling program, so it’s a bit easier to handle though, it has fewer features. Now means I can spend a week watching as that three-hour epic film I’ve been wanting to see for a decade slowly expires. You can read about it here.

One last quick note: this month in reviews we’ll be finishing up the pre-Code films of a certain Swedish sphynx, as well as a couple of other treats. Cheers!


Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in February

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

3rd, 6:30 AM Little Women (1933)

3rd, 8:30 AM Of Human Bondage (1934)

3rd, 10:00 AM The Lost Patrol (1934)

3rd, 11:15 AM Five Star Final (1931)

3rd, 12:45 PM Star Witness (1931)
An old man who witnessed a crime is threatened by gangsters. Directed by William Wellman.

3rd, 2:00 PM I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

4th, 8:00 AM The Green Goddess (1930)
A fanatical Indian potentate holds British settlers hostage.

5th, 10:00 PM The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

5th, 11:45 PM It Happened One Night (1934)

6th, 1:45 AM A Free Soul (1931)

6th, 3:30 AM Berkeley Square (1933)
A young American man travels back in time to meet his ancestors.

8th, 3:30 PM Flying Down to Rio (1933)

11th, 7:00 AM A Farewell to Arms (1932)
An American soldier falls for a nurse during the First World War.

11th, 6:45 PM She Done Him Wrong (1933)

11th, 8:00 PM Imitation of Life (1934)
A widow and her housekeeper go into business together but almost lose their daughters.

11th, 10:00 PM Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

12th, 7:00 AM Viva Villa! (1934)
Biography of the bandit chief.

12th, 10:30 AM Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

15th, 6:00 AM Cimarron (1932)

19th, 10:00 PM The Thin Man (1934)

22nd, 9:30 AM The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)
A woman takes to prostitution to take care of her son.

22nd, 11:00 AM Romance (1930)
Review coming soon.

22nd, 12:30 PM Grand Hotel (1932)

23rd, 5:30 AM The Prizefighter and The Lady (1933)
A boxer falls for a gangster’s moll.

29th, 2:00 AM The Public Enemy (1931)

29th, 5:30 AM One Way Passage (1932)
A dying heiress and criminal fall in love.

29th, 6:00 PM The Dawn Patrol (1930)

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

13 Replies to “Pre-Code Movies on TCM in February 2016 and Other Site News”

  1. My favorite forgotten star is Franklin Pangborn. Practically every movie he was cast in he stole the show. From silents like A Blonde for the Night thru The Bank Dick and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, no matter how small the role, he constantly stood out.

  2. I hope I am leaving this comment in the right place for the contest. I love Jeanne Eagels. Admittedly, I have only seen her in “The Letter”, but she was so good. You could easily tell she came from the theatre. After viewing that, I had to learn more about her. I also saw the “biographical movie”, “Jeanne Eagles” from 1957. Entertaining, but not very accurate, not surprisingly. I love your site, keep up the good work!

  3. Well, I’ll post so I can be entered into this fascinating contest! I’ve only recently delved deeply into the world of pre-code (and later 30s) movies, so I haven’t yet learned all of the names and faces. But once star I fell in love with right away is Eddie Quillan. Apparently he had a long career and did TV during my lifetime, but I’d never seen him or heard of him before. The first film I saw him in was “The Tip-Off,” which I was watching for Ginger Rogers, but Eddie totally stole the show (as he should have, since he was the protagonist). All the films I’ve seen him in thus far he’s played the same slightly goofy, slightly naive, and exceptionally cute sort of guy, so it makes me wonder if that’s basically the way he was in real life. In which case I’d like to travel back in time to the early 30s and date him. So, yeah, Eddie Quillan is my current favorite forgotten star!

  4. There are many forgotten stars that I adore, but I would say my favorite is probably Joan Blondell. I love how witty she was and how spunky and vivacious she was, too. That girl could make any wisecrack out there. She was so beautiful too, with her large, expressive eyes. She could also play drama. There’s something about her that translates really well in this modern time, too.

  5. I “discovered” Peggy Shannon a year ago in two films, THE PAINTED WOMAN (1932) and BACK PAGE (1934) when I saw them at Cinefest. In the first she played a showgirl with a heart of gold and in the second, a modern-day feminist. The next was in the film SILENCE (1931) playing a dual role, mother and daughter. And the last time was in GIRL MISSING (1933), where she played the title character. Admittedly, she was outstanding in the first two films, but that doesn’t diminish my search to see this little-known actress in other films. I notice she was in one of the films you reviewed, TURN BACK THE CLOCK (1933). That’s one I’ll have to see.

  6. Here’s some love for Etienne Girardot’s delightful performance as the, er, eccentric sticker-vandal in Howard Hawks’ TWENTIETH CENTURY (1934). In a film already chock-full of great comedic performances and memorable lines, li’l EG steals every scene he’s in. His baffled sincerity makes his every action and comment funnier. It’s a great example of how perfect casting, even in a small part, can leave a mark for the ages.

  7. I’d have to say hooray for Frank McHugh. Every time he laughs, I laugh. His characters were a bit more subtle than some supporting players but no less goofy. I don’t know how Cagney or O’Brien ever got along without him.

  8. Reading the comments and I love Joan Blondell, too, have named my favorite hen Maisie. But my favorite pre-code star is Henry Travers. He did a lot of movies after precode, but one of his early movies was in The Invisible Man. His film work warms my heart. Thank you for your wonderful blog!

  9. My favorite forgotten star is British actor Jameson Thomas. Around 1928 (when he starred in ‘The Farmer’s Wife’ for Alfred Hitchcock), he was one of the top movie actors in England. Then his wife Evelyn contracted tuberculosis and they moved hurriedly to the U.S. for the sake of her health. In American movies he basically had to start all over again, admittedly with lead roles but in low-budget, independent studio productions. From this point on, when he performed in major studio films he had supporting (and sometimes blink-and-you’ll-miss-it) roles only. Sometimes his acting was lovely; sometimes it was so low-key he seemed asleep, but he’s immortalized in ‘Mr. Deeds Goes to Town’ as the twitchy-faced Mr. Semple, and as the fiance Claudette Colbert dumps twice in ‘It Happened One Night.’ Quite a trajectory!

  10. Thank you for all of your entries! I really enjoyed reading all of them. In the interest of fairness (and in keeping in tune with my month’s inadvertent theme of family), I made my wife pick her favorite, which was sjoyce’s! I will send him an email soon, but thank you all for commenting, and check out Cliff’s book if you can!

    1. Best day ever! I’m totally overwhelmed. Thank you for the opportunity to blab on about Jameson Thomas, and thanks for the book, I can’t wait! Sheila Joyce

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