I went to visit my parents the other day, and my mother smiled and asked, “So, do you still like pre-Code movies?” It hadn’t occurred to me that my last ‘Like’ review was This is the Night 2 1/2 months ago.

Of course I still like pre-Code films, though, uh, seeing a good one again would be quite a relief. TCM’s July line-up isn’t offering me a lot of hope, as it’s pretty meager pickings.

They are showing The Thin Man two days in a row; hard to get annoyed about that. And don’t miss The Lost Patrol or Consolation Marriage if you haven’t seen those. At least August will give us Summer Under the Stars, including days for pre-Code favs like Norma Shearer, John Barrymore, and Sylvia Sidney.

Hopefully things turn around soon. On, you know, everything in the whole world. Don’t forget to support the site’s Patreon if you dare and follow me on Letterboxd if you’re into that.

Stay safe out there!

Pre-Code Movies on TCM in July

6:30 AM

Consolation Marriage (1931)

A couple who married after each was jilted faces the return of their former loved ones.

Dir:  Paul Sloane Cast:  Irene Dunne , Pat O’Brien , John Halliday . BW- 81 mins, CC,

6:00 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,

12:00 PM

Flesh (1932)

A simple-minded wrestler falls for a woman with a dark secret.

Dir:  John Ford Cast:  Wallace Beery , Karen Morley , Ricardo Cortez . BW- 96 mins, CC,

10:00 PM

Arrowsmith (1931)

A crusading doctor fights his way through tragedy to find his true calling.

Dir:  John Ford Cast:  Ronald Colman , Helen Hayes , Richard Bennett . BW- 99 mins, CC,

6:00 AM

The Florodora Girl (1930)

A turn-of-the-century chorus girl searches for romance.

Dir:  Harry Beaumont Cast:  Marion Davies , Lawrence Gray , Walter Catlett . BW- 79 mins, CC,

10:30 AM

Wide Open (1930)

A meek and clumsy employee of a large firm gets a chance to implement his useful ideas.

Dir:  Archie Mayo Cast:  Edward Everett Horton , Patsy Ruth Miller , Louise Fazenda . BW- 69 mins,

5:15 PM

Chance at Heaven (1934)

A society girl steals a simple gas station attendant from his working-class girlfriend.

Dir:  William Seiter Cast:  Ginger Rogers , Joel McCrea , Marion Nixon . BW- 71 mins, CC,

9:30 AM

Freaks (1932)

A lady trapeze artist violates the code of the side show when she plots to murder her midget husband.

Dir:  Tod Browning Cast:  Wallace Ford , Leila Hyams , Olga Baclanova . BW- 62 mins, CC,

6:45 AM

Three on a Match (1932)

A woman’s childhood friends try to rescue her from gangsters.

Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy Cast:  Virginia Davis , Joan Blondell , Dawn O’Day . BW- 63 mins, CC,

8:15 AM

Conspiracy (1930)

A brother and sister take on the drug ring that caused their father’s death.

Dir:  Christy Cabanne Cast:  Bessie Love , Ned Sparks , Hugh Trevor . BW- 69 mins,

10:45 AM

Emergency Call (1933)

A promising surgeon discovers his hospital is run by gangsters.

Dir:  Edward Cahn Cast:  Bill Boyd , Wynne Gibson , William Gargan . BW- 61 mins,

10:30 AM

Love in the Rough (1930)

A shipping clerk bluffs his way into a country club to romance an heiress.

Dir:  Charles F. Reisner Cast:  Robert Montgomery , Dorothy Jordan , Benny Rubin . BW- 84 mins, CC,

5:00 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,

12:00 PM

The Lost Patrol (1934)

A British army troop fights off Arab snipers while holed up in an oasis.

Dir:  John Ford Cast:  Victor McLaglen , Boris Karloff , Wallace Ford . BW- 72 mins, CC,

8:28 AM

The Office Wife (1930)

A gold-digging secretary sets out to lure her boss from his straying wife.

Dir:  Lloyd Bacon Cast:  Dorothy Mackaill , Lewis Stone , Hobart Bosworth . BW- 59 mins, CC,

6:00 AM

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,

8:00 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,

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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.

1 Comment

bob · June 30, 2020 at 6:38 am

Why is TCM showing so few pre-code films, compared to previous months?

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