Wow, is it summer already?

TCM is pretty light on pre-Code showings this month– one of the downsides of focusing programming on World War II is that pre-War movies got a bit of the shaft. There are a few rarities, so keep your eyes open!

To help make up for a possible pre-Code deficit, I’m doing a contest over at my Patreon for the month of June. Pledge $1 or more and you’re entered to win my extra copy of Forbidden Hollywood, Volume 2. Each dollar pledged equals one entry.

You’ll also get a pin and maybe something else. Disclaimer: you must enter your address into Patreon and allow me access to see it in order to be eligible. If you win and already own Forbidden Hollywood 2 and don’t want to win another copy (what’s wrong with you), I will message you beforehand, so just let me know and I can send you something else! Good luck!

One last thing: I’ve been using SlingTV for my TCM fix for the last few years. It’s been cheap, which is great, but they have recently disabled my ability to screencap– which makes it a lot less fun for me. If anyone out there is using YouTubeTV or Hulu Live and can screen capture or even just talk up the service, let me know below.

Pre-Code Movies on TCM in June

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

12:15 PM

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,

8:30 AM

Let’s Try Again (1934)

A doctor and his wife almost succumb to the lure of outside relationships.

Dir:  Worthington Miner Cast:  Diana Wynyard , Clive Brook , Helen Vinson .

BW- 67 mins,

3:30 PM

Divorce In The Family ( 1932)

A young boy gets caught in an emotional tug of war between his divorcing parents.

Dir:  Charles F. Riesner Cast:  Jackie Cooper , Conrad Nagel , Lewis Stone .

BW- 81 mins,

12:00 PM

King Kong (1933)

A film crew discovers the “eighth wonder of the world,” a giant prehistoric ape, and brings him back to New York, where he wreaks havoc.

Dir:  Merian C. Cooper Cast:  Fay Wray , Robert Armstrong , Bruce Cabot .

BW- 104 mins, CC,

9:45 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,

2:15 PM

Saddle Buster, The (1932)

A rodeo rider can’t face the game after he’s almost killed by a wild bronco.

Dir:  Fred Allen Cast:  Tom Keene , Helen Foster , Marie Quillan .

BW- 59 mins,

6:30 PM

Tiger Shark (1932)

A tuna fisherman marries a woman in love with another man.

Dir:  Howard Hawks Cast:  Edward G. Robinson , Richard Arlen , Zita Johann .

BW- 77 mins, CC,

8:29 AM

Men of America (1933)

A modern-day rancher faces lynching when he’s suspected of a mob killing.

Dir:  Ralph Ince Cast:  William Boyd , Charles “Chic” Sale , Dorothy Wilson .

BW- 58 mins,

7:30 AM

Headline Shooter (1933)

A newsreel photographer neglects his love life to get the perfect shot.

Dir:  Otto Brower Cast:  William Gargan , Frances Dee , Ralph Bellamy .

BW- 61 mins, CC,

8:45 AM

This Man is Mine (1934)

A woman fights to keep her husband from cheating.

Dir:  John Cromwell Cast:  Irene Dunne , Constance Cummings , Ralph Bellamy .

BW- 76 mins,

8:00 PM

Bombshell (1933)

A glamorous film star rebels against the studio, her pushy press agent and a family of hangers-on.

Dir:  Victor Fleming Cast:  Jean Harlow , Lee Tracy , Frank Morgan .

BW- 96 mins, CC,

10:15 AM

Manhattan Parade (1931)

A deserted wife tries to keep her husband’s costuming company afloat.

Dir:  Lloyd Bacon Cast:  Winnie Lightner , Charles Butterworth , Walter Miller .

BW- 75 mins,

2:45 PM

This Side of Heaven (1934)

An eccentric family tries to work together when the father is accused of embezzlement.

Dir:  William K. Howard Cast:  Lionel Barrymore , Fay Bainter , Mae Clarke .

BW- 77 mins, CC,

7:15 AM

Are These Our Children? (1931)

Authorities try to figure out how a young man from a good background ended up on death row.

Dir:  Wesley Ruggles Cast:  Eric Linden , Beryl Mercer , Billy Butts .

BW- 84 mins,

6:00 AM

Strange Interlude (1932)

A doctor’s daughter defies convention in her fight for love and her child.

Dir:  Robert Z. Leonard Cast:  Norma Shearer , Clark Gable , Alexander Kirkland .

BW- 109 mins, CC,

10:15 AM

Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

An impoverished girl masquerades as a boy to run with a gang of young hobos.

Dir:  William A. Wellman Cast:  Frankie Darro , Edwin Phillips , Rochelle Hudson .

BW- 68 mins, CC,

6:30 AM

Dancing Lady (1933)

A musical star is torn between a millionaire playboy and her stage manager.

Dir:  Robert Z. Leonard Cast:  Joan Crawford , Clark Gable , Franchot Tone .

BW- 92 mins, CC,

12:00 PM

Tarzan The Ape Man (1932)

A British lord raised by apes kidnaps a beautiful noblewoman exploring Africa with her father.

Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke Cast:  Johnny Weissmuller , Neil Hamilton , C. Aubrey Smith .

BW- 100 mins, CC,

6:15 AM

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932)

An American missionary falls in love with a Chinese warlord.

Dir:  Frank R. Capra Cast:  Barbara Stanwyck , Nils Asther , Toshia Mori .

BW- 87 mins, CC,

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.


JOHN K. CARPENTER · May 27, 2019 at 8:31 am

Your keeping me up to snuff on what’s to be broadcast is swell of you Danny !

Lucius Vanini · May 29, 2019 at 5:44 pm

STRANGE INTERLUDE is based on the play of the same name by America’s Shakespeare, Eugene O’ Neill, among whose other cinematized plays are ANNA CHRISTIE, EMPEROR JONES, DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS, THE HAIRY APE, THE LONG VOYAGE HOME, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, THE ICEMAN COMETH. O’Neill’s play is NINE (!) acts, so the Hollywood version is a splinter from the tree; but I won’t like missing it.

THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN is based on a story by the great W. Somerset Maugham, who must be the most intelligent writer of novels and short stories–no doubt an avid reader of Nietzsche, as was O’Neill.

How the mighty Hollywood hath fallen…. The subject matter was once so intelligent. Now we’re subjected to almost nothing but politically correct and therefore insufferably predictable morality-plays, all filled with identity politics calculated to change our patterns of mental association so that we favor the “historically oppressed” and blame the historically privileged…. Yawn.

Bruce Ruble · June 3, 2019 at 7:26 am

I’m curious how you were able to screen capture on Sling. Technique, app, software? I’ve been using Sling for 2 months, but have had frequent dropout troubles with their live TCM stream. Looking at going to YouTubleTV next month.

Lucius Vanini · June 10, 2019 at 7:29 am

CORRECTION: I think I’m wrong about THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN–I don’t believe that Somerset Maugham wrote that story. I’ve remembered that after seeing it years ago I said that it was the kind of thing that Maugham WOULD have written.

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