Site News for January ’17 & Holiday Wishes

Another year down the tubes, everyone. I know things were a bit rough this year, especially on this end. But I finished up my Masters (yay!), now have a beautiful daughter (yay! x2!), and am getting ready to move back stateside in exactly one week, where I will be spending at least the next three months living in hotel rooms (uhhh). Also, some images on the site aren’t working. Sorry about that; they will be fixed someday.

But let’s talk about good news: book sales from “The Pre-Code Companion” series and Thoughts on The Thin Man have totaled a staggering amount:


Yes, thanks to all the great contributors and all the hard work put in, the SPCA will be getting over $1,000! I’m so happy for all the good this money is doing, and I hope you enjoyed these books as well. I’m hoping next year to launch some more charitable endeavors, but let’s get there when we get there.

As per my annual tradition, here are the best movies I reviewed on the site in 2016:

I will be back January 9th with new reviews. Until then, happy holidays and have a wonderful new year!

Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in January

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

2nd, 1:30 PM Svengali (1931)
A hypnotist uses his mental powers to dominate a woman.

4th, 1:45 AM The Big House (1930)

4th, 3:15 AM The Last Mile (1932)

6th, 5:15 PM The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)
A boxer faces a murder charge.

6th, 6:45 PM Taxi! (1932)

9th, 8:00 PM Female (1933)

9th, 9:15 PM The Thin Man (1934)

11th, 3:00 AM I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)

12th, 9:30 AM Let Us Be Gay (1930)

12th, 11:00 AM Private Lives (1931)

13th, 8:00 PM Cleopatra (1934)

15th, 6:30 AM Dames (1934)

15th, 12:00 PM A Free Soul (1931)

15th, 4:00 AM “Pardon Us” (1931)
Selling homemade beer lands two friends in prison together.

15th, 5:00 AM Hold ‘Em Jail (1932)

19th, 6:00 AM Melody Cruise (1933)
A playboy finds true love during an ocean cruise.

19th, 7:30 AM Cockeyed Cavaliers (1934)
Wheeler & Woolsey are mistaken for the king’s physicians in medieval England.

19th, 12:00 PM Riptide (1934)

24th, 11:30 PM Ladies They Talk About (1933)

29th, 6:30 AM Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

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.


Vanessa (@callmeveebee) · December 23, 2016 at 10:50 pm

Though I don’t blog anymore, I’d definitely be interested in contributing to any projects you put out in 2017 – that is, if you’ll have me!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Danny! All the best! x

Hal · December 24, 2016 at 12:40 am

Cockeyed Cavaliers is one of the many Wheeler and Woolsey pre-Codes I’ve reviewed at The Horn Section; it’s my pick for their best film overall. TCM hasn’t aired it in several years; great to see it return.

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