Hey hey, ho ho, it’s … 31 Days of Oscar on TCM, which means that pre-Code content is slim. There’s quality, but I mean– there’s not a single pre-Code on the network until the 7th.

Really, the only good news in the pipe is that the Criterion Channel launches on April 8th, with new movies screening each week. Also, TCM Film Festival is just over two months away. Counting down the days…

A friendly reminder: if you want to support my site, you can become a Patron over at Patreon. This month, I will be giving away my copy of Deadly Illusions, about the mysterious death of MGM producer Paul Bern. It’s a great true crime read. If you want your chance, pledge $1 or more in Patreon and make sure you enter your address when asked.

Good luck! And cheers!

Pre-Code Movies on TCM in February

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).
  • Plot descriptions and casts lists below come from TCM. 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, via an app or on their Roku.
Date & Time Film

8:00 AM

The Big House (1930)

An attempted prison break leads to a riot.

Dir:  George Hill Cast:  Chester Morris , Wallace Beery , Lewis Stone .

BW- 87 mins, CC

9:45 AM

The Criminal Code ( 1931)

A convict trying to reform is torn between conflicting loyalties when he witnesses a murder behind bars.

Dir:  Howard Hawks Cast:  Walter Huston , Phillips Holmes , Constance Cummings.

BW- 96 mins, CC

11:30 AM

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

A World War I veteran faces inhuman conditions when he’s sentenced to hard labor.

Dir:  Mervyn Le Roy Cast:  Paul Muni , Glenda Farrell , Helen Vinson.

BW- 93 mins, CC

4:15 AM

The Front Page (1931)

A crusading newspaper editor tricks his retiring star reporter into covering one last case.

Dir:  Lewis Milestone Cast:  Adolph Menjou , Pat O’Brien , Mary Brian .

BW- 101 mins, CC

9:45 PM

The Thin Man (1934)

A husband-and-wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.

Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  William Powell , Myrna Loy , Maureen O’Sullivan.

BW- 91 mins, CC,

6:45 AM

Morning Glory (1933)

A stage struck girl travels to New York determined to make it on Broadway.

Dir:  Lowell Sherman Cast:  Katharine Hepburn , Douglas Fairbanks , Adolphe Menjou.

BW- 74 mins, CC

8:15 AM

What Price Hollywood? (1932)

A drunken director whose career is fading helps a waitress become a Hollywood star.

Dir:  George Cukor Cast:  Constance Bennett , Lowell Sherman , Neil Hamilton.

BW- 88 mins, CC

9:30 AM

Little Women (1933)

The four March sisters fight to keep their family together and find love while their father is off fighting the Civil War.

Dir:  George Cukor Cast:  Katharine Hepburn , Joan Bennett , Paul Lukas .

BW- 115 mins, CC,

1:30 PM

The Champ (1931)

A broken-down prizefighter battles to keep custody of his son.

Dir:  King Vidor Cast:  Wallace Beery , Jackie Cooper , Irene Rich .

BW- 86 mins, CC,

6:00 AM

Cimarron (1931)

A husband and wife fight to survive in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory.

Dir:  Wesley Ruggles Cast:  Richard Dix , Irene Dunne , Estelle Taylor .

BW- 124 mins, CC

12:15 AM

A Free Soul (1931)

A hard-drinking lawyer’s daughter falls for one of his underworld clients.

Dir:  Clarence Brown Cast:  Norma Shearer , Leslie Howard , Lionel Barrymore .

BW- 94 mins, CC,

8:00 PM

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

The famed English monarch suffers through five of his six disastrous marriages.

Dir:  Alexander Korda Cast:  Charles Laughton , Merle Oberon , Wendy Barrie .

BW- 94 mins, CC

5:30 AM

42nd Street (1933)

The definitive backstage musical, complete with the dazzling newcomer who goes on for the injured star.

Dir:  Lloyd Bacon Cast:  Warner Baxter , Bebe Daniels , George Brent .

BW- 89 mins, CC,

10:00 PM

Grand Hotel (1932)

Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through scandal and heartache.

Dir:  Edmund Goulding Cast:  Greta Garbo , John Barrymore , Joan Crawford .

BW- 113 mins, CC,

2:00 AM

Eskimo (1933)

An Eskimo family fights to survive harsh conditions in the frozen North.

Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  Mala , Lotus , Joseph Sauers .

BW- 114 mins, CC

10:00 AM

It Happened One Night (1934)

A newspaperman tracks a runaway heiress on a madcap cross-country tour.

Dir:  Frank Capra Cast:  Clark Gable , Claudette Colbert , Walter Connolly .

BW- 105 mins, CC

8:00 PM

The Public Enemy (1931)

An Irish-American street punk tries to make it big in the world of organized crime.

Dir:  William A. Wellman Cast:  James Cagney , Jean Harlow , Edward Woods .

BW- 84 mins, CC,

9:45 PM

Little Caesar (1930)

A small-time hood shoots his way to the top, but how long can he stay there?

Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy Cast:  Edward G. Robinson , Douglas Fairbanks , Glenda Farrell .

BW- 78 mins, CC,

4:30 AM

Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Boyhood friends grow up on opposite sides of the law.

Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  Clark Gable , William Powell , Myrna Loy .

BW- 90 mins, CC,

6:15 AM

The Doorway to Hell ( 1930)

Despite his efforts to go straight, a young gangster keeps falling back into crime.

Dir:  Archie Mayo Cast:  Lew Ayres , Charles Judels , Dorothy Mathews .

BW- 78 mins, CC,

10:15 PM

Skippy (1931)

Boys from opposite sides of the track try to raise money for a dog license.

Dir:  Norman Taurog Cast:  Jackie Cooper , Robert Coogan , Mitzi Green .

BW- 86 mins, CC,

2:15 AM

A Farewell To Arms (1932)

An American serving in World War I falls for a spirited nurse.

Dir:  Frank Borzage Cast:  Helen Hayes , Gary Cooper , Adolphe Menjou .

BW- 89 mins, CC

March 1st
4:45 AM

The Dawn Patrol (1930)

A hotshot World War I flyer almost cracks under the pressure of sending his men on perilous missions.

Dir:  Howard Hawks Cast:  Richard Barthelmess , Douglas Fairbanks , Neil Hamilton .

BW- 108 mins, CC,

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Danny is a writer who lives with his lovely wife, adorable children, and geriatric yet yappy dog. He blogs at pre-code.com, a website dedicated to Hollywood films from 1930 to 1934, and can be found on Twitter @PreCodeDotCom.


Cristiane C Young · February 1, 2019 at 10:35 pm

Not a lot of Pre-Code, but what there is, is cherce.

Veebs · February 4, 2019 at 5:31 am

I read Deadly Illusions a couple years ago and really enjoyed it! I’m excited for the person who eventually wins it from you 🙂

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