Pre-Code.Com Site News for January 2018

Boy howdy, hello 2018. Sorry I’m running behind on this– my daughter got very sick over Christmas, then I had in-laws visit for New Years, and, honestly, it’s winter, so I’m just damned sleepy all of the time. Meanwhile, I’m on the hunt for new hosting that hopefully doesn’t count all of my visits twice, and I’m also trying to break a crippling addiction to British panel shows. Fun!

As for TCM, you can see there’s a number of excellent titles to choose from. There’s a day of Joel McCrea pre-Codes that’s always worth watching (except Rockabye) and another block dedicated to the world’s oldest profession– not surprisingly, teeming with some great pre-Code offerings.

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Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in January

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

2nd, 6:15 AM Mata Hari (1932)

2nd, 12:00 PM Alexander Hamilton (1931)

2nd, 8:00 PM Million Dollar Legs (1932)

3rd, 1:45 AM “The Dentist” (1932)
A dentist deals with a variety of eccentric and difficult patients.

3rd, 1:45 AM “To Many Highballs” (1933)
A man attempts to get his in-laws out of the house.

4th, 7:45 AM Flaming Gold (1933)
Two friends clash when one marries a lady of the evening. With Mae Clarke.

4th, 9:20 AM “Wild and Woolly” (1931)
This short showcases bronco riding.

4th, 9:30 AM Expensive Women (1931)
A bright young thing can’t decide which man she should marry. With Warren William and Dolores Costello.

4th, 10:45 AM Smilin’ Through (1932)

5th, 8:15 AM Red Headed Woman (1932)

5th, 9:45 AM Secrets of the French Police (1932)

6th, 12:01 AM The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

7th, 11:34 AM “Who Killed Rover?” (1930)
A doggie detective tries to rescue a kidnapped heir.

7th, 12:00 PM One Man’s Journey (1933)

9th, 6:30 AM Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930)
A 18th-century English flirt wins the heart of a notorious highwayman.

17th, 3:15 PM Eleven Men and a Girl (1930)

18th, 6:00 AM The Stranger’s Return (1933)

18th, 7:45 AM The World Changes (1933)
A farmer strikes it rich and lets it go to his head.

18th, 9:30 AM As The Earth Turns (1934)
A young couple face the hardships of farm life in Maine.

18th, 1:00 PM The Purchase Price (1932)

19th, 7:45 AM Kept Husbands (1931)
A steel worker marries the boss’s daughter and has to teach her about life on a budget. Starts a day of Joel McCrea movies!

19th, 9:15 AM The Sport Parade (1932)
College teammates follow different paths after they graduate.

19th, 10:30 AM Rockabye (1932)

19th, 11:45 AM Born to Love (1931)

19th, 1:15 PM Bed of Roses (1933)

19th, 2:30 PM Chance at Heaven (1934)
A society girl steals a gas station attendant from his girlfriend.

19th, 4:00 PM Gambling Lady (1934)

19th, 5:15 PM The Richest Girl in the World (1934)

20th, 6:15 AM Berkeley Square (1933)

21st, 6:00 AM Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

22nd, 6:00 AM Safe in Hell (1931)

22nd, 7:30 AM Millie (1931)
A prostitute turns to murder to protect her teenage daughter.

22nd, 9:00 AM Anna Christie (1930)

22nd, 10:45 AM Rain (1932)

24th, 7:30 AM The Merry Widow (1934)
Starts a day of Lubitsch films!

24th, 11:00 PM Trouble in Paradise (1932)

25th, 4:15 AM Footlight Parade (1933)

29th, 10:00 PM It Happened One Night (1934)

30th, 8:00 PM King Kong (1933)
Monkey business.

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.

1 Comment

Veebs · January 5, 2018 at 5:26 am

Happy New Year! I love your description of King Kong (“Monkey Business”) haha!

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