Pre-Code.Com Site News for March 2015

Wow! That was a lot of reviews in February, right? I think everyone got burned out on those Pitts & Todd shorts (including me), but things could have been worse. Much worse. There are probably Durante shorts out there. (shudder)

After accidentally updating three times a week in January and seven days a week in February, I have no doubt that the slide back to the regular schedule of two updates a week may throw people off. However, the occasional Wednesday update will still slip in, there are just no promises being made about them.

Besides that, at the end of the month, you should see daily (or more!) updates from the TCM Film Fest (crosses fingers) as well as daily updates for the Pre-Code blogathon shortly thereafter.

So here’s to March! May I survive unto April!

Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in March

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

1st, 6:30 AM Gold Diggers of (1933)
Three chorus girls fight to keep their show going and find rich husbands.

5th, 8:00 PM Arrowsmith (1930)

5th, 10:00 PM Night Flight (1933)

6th, 2:00 AM The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)
A woman takes to the streets to provide for her illegitimate son.

6th, 3:30 AM A Farewell to Arms (1932)
An American serving in World War I falls for a spirited nurse.

6th, 6:00 AM Flying High (1931)
A hare-brained inventor invents a new flying machine but can’t figure out how to land it.

6th, 7:30 AM Central Park (1932)
Small-town kids out to make it in the big city inadvertently get mixed up with gangsters. With Joan Blondell and Wallace Ford.

6th, 8:30 AM Crooner (1932)
A saxophone player rises to fame as a singing star. With David Manners and Ann Dvorak.

6th, 9:45 AM Big City Blues (1932)
A country boy finds love and heartache in New York City. With Joan Blondell.

6th, 11:00 AM The Merry Frinks (1934)
A loving wife and mother tries to keep her eccentric family in line.

9th, 6:45 AM Life Begins (1932)
A drama centered on a maternity ward.

9th, 8:00 AM Mary Stevens, MD (1933)

10th, 7:15 AM Laugh and Get Rich (1931)

10th, 8:30 AM Symphony of Six Million (1932)
A doctor fights his way from the slums to Park Avenue.

13th, 4:45 AM Picture Snatcher (1933)

15th, 10:45 PM “Babes in the Woods” (1932)

16th, 7:15 AM Fireman, Save My Child (1932)

18th, 6:30 AM The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
The famed British monarch suffers through five of his six disastrous marriages.

19th, 10:00 AM Christopher Strong (1933)

20th, 1:15 AM 42nd Street (1933)
The definitive backstage musical.

20th, 3:00 PM Berkeley Square (1933)
Still haven’t seen it, but, man TCM really has a hard on for this one.

21st, 8:45 AM White Zombie (1932)

27th, 7:30 AM Spring is Here (1930)
A woman is torn between a nice guy and a not-so-nice one.

28th, 7:00 AM Mata Hari (1931)

29th, 8:00 PM Grand Hotel (1932)

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.


Erich Kuersten · February 25, 2015 at 1:46 am

Check out LIFE BEGINS on 3/9 if you haven’t Danny, a perfect one for this site, it’s perfect for this site – and relatively unusual – a tough WB handling of a day-night-day in the life of a big city maternity ward, with Loretta Young as a convict headed to the death house once she gives birth, Joan Blondell as a a cool-headed showgirl type and best of all, Aline McMahon as the nurse. Really cool stuff, and I say that as someone who loathes children and homespun sentiment and ‘family values.’

    maltydog · February 25, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I agree with you that LIFE BEGINS is excellent, however one correction: that’s Glenda Farrell as the showgirl, not Joan Blondell.

keri · February 25, 2015 at 3:22 am

is BERKELEY SQUARE the time-travel one? I saw it last summerish and it was so boring, yet I couldn’t bring myself to turn it off. there’s something about cheesy costume fantasies from the pre-code era that I find endlessly fascinating, even when they’re mostly boring like this one is. (If I’m associating the title correctly.)

also, that plot line for SPRING IS HERE! isn’t that basically the plot of half these things sometimes? i wonder what makes this one unique (if anything). 😀

    Danny · March 7, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Yeah, Berkeley involves time travel. Still haven’t seen it, but I’m someone who isn’t very inspired by Leslie Howard. And that plot line for Spring is Here is actually something I wrote to par down the lengthy TCM one. It didn’t sound very inspiring.

Cliff Aliperti · February 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

Great to see BIG CITY BLUES on the schedule. Fun, wild ride, with a bit of Bogie for good measure.

    Danny · March 7, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Gotta catch that one someday!

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