Pre-Code.Com Site News for March 2016

Happy March, everyone! Things are certainly interesting here at Casa de Reid as we juggle our newborn baby and very quickly learn that their oblong shape does not lend well to juggling. Luckily, thanks to very kind family and friends, I remain too well fed and still have plenty of time to tend to this madness website.

That being said, over the last month and a half I updated some old reviews. Here are some nicer, newer versions of my takes on Female, Frisco Jenny, and Three on a Match. Enjoy!

On TCM this month, as if to make up for February’s slog of Oscar nominees and winners, we get not one but three days or partial days dedicated to pre-Code all-stars. That includes a rather hefty Harlow marathon, a half day for Edward Everett Horton (including a bunch I’ve never seen), and a half day for Warner Baxter.

Also for everyone out there who really isn’t a fan of censorship, TCM is spotlighting films condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency. This includes a primetime showing of The Story of Temple Drake, which is beyond essential for cinema students let alone pre-Code enthusiasts. There’s also your Baby Face and Smarty— look, just bust out the DVR this go around and you’ll be happy.

Last thing: a big congrats to Sheila for winning the Helen Twelvetrees book drawing last month! I promise to do more events like that whenever I want to mercilessly taunt you, the audience, with hopes of getting cool books written by my friends.


Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in March

Please note: All times are Eastern. This schedule is subject to change. To watch TCM online, check out their TCM Watch site.

Date & Time

3rd, 7:00 AM Platinum Blonde (1931)

3rd, 8:30 AM The Public Enemy (1931)

3rd, 10:00 AM The Secret Six (1931)

3rd, 11:30 AM The Beast of the City (1932)

3rd, 1:00 PM Red-Headed Woman (1932)

3rd, 2:30 PM Three Wise Girls (1932)

3rd, 3:45 PM Hold Your Man (1933)

3rd, 5:15 PM The Girl from Missouri (1934)

3rd, 8:00 PM The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

3rd, 11:30 PM Design for Living (1933)

4th, 3:30 AM Baby Face (1933)

4th, 5:00 AM Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

5th, 4:30 AM The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
The famous monarch goes through some marital difficulties.

9th, 6:00 AM Sadie McKee (1934)

10th, 10:15 AM Fog Over Frisco (1934)

10th, 11:30 AM Rain (1932)

13th, 8:15 AM The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

15th, 6:00 AM The Rich Are Always With Us (1932)
A socialite gets a divorce but can’t keep out of her ex-husband’s life. With Ruth Chatterton and George Brent.

15th, 11:00 AM The Purchase Price (1932)

17th, 7:15 AM The Key (1934)
A British officer stationed in Ireland falls for the wife of an intelligence man. With William Powell.

18th, 6:00 AM Wide Open (1930)
A meek employee gets the chance to implement an idea. Starts an Edward Everett Horton day!

18th, 7:15 AM But the Flesh is Weak (1932)
A widower and his son chase after rich widows.

18th, 8:45 AM Lonely Wives (1932)
A lawyer hires someone to impersonate him so he can have an affair.

18th, 10:15 AM Roar of the Dragon (1932)
Bandits menace Americans on a Chinese riverboat.

18th, 11:30 AM Sing and Like It (1934)

18th, 12:45 PM Smarty (1934)

21st, 6:00 AM The Bishop Murder Case (1930)

21st, 7:30 AM Remote Control (1930)
A radio announcer foils the mob.

21st, 8:45 AM Shopworn (1932)

21st, 2:30 PM From Headquarters (1933)
A police lieutenant uses scientific methods to solve a decadent playboy’s murder. With George Brent and Margaret Lindsay.

22nd, 1:15 AM The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

29th, 7:15 AM The Squaw Man (1931)
After saving the life of a British aristocrat, an Indian maiden bears his child. With Warner Baxter. Part of a Warner Baxter day. (!)

29th, 9:15 AM Penthouse (1933)

29th, 12:30 PM 42nd Street (1933)
The definitive backstage musical.

29th, 2:15 PM Stage Mother (1933)
A mother will sacrifice anything for money.

31st, 6:30 AM Fog Over Frisco (1934)

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.


Steve Marinucci · February 26, 2016 at 1:04 am

Thank you!

    Danny · April 11, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    This is why I should check my comments more often. :/ Wish I still lived in the Bay Area sometimes, that would have been fun!

Vanessa (@callmeveebee) · February 26, 2016 at 3:13 am

I’m really looking forward to March 3rd! I’m thinking I should have taken that day off, but I can always use my DVR instead 😉

Patricia Nolan-Hall (@CaftanWoman) · February 26, 2016 at 6:58 am

I first saw “Three on a Match” when I was 12 years old. Boy, did it make a lasting impression! I didn’t see it again until I was over 50. Now it seems like I get to see it any old time just by wishing it would show up on TCM. What a funny old world.

    Danny · April 11, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for the smile, Paddy. 🙂

La Faustin · February 27, 2016 at 2:27 am

Hooray and best wishes to the expanded Reid family!

    Danny · April 11, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks! The dogs definitely need all the well wishes they can get.

La Faustin · February 27, 2016 at 2:35 am

Also: the SF Pre-Code extravaganza mentioned above may well feature for its THREE ON A MATCH screening (fingers crossed) Margaret Talbot, daughter of Lyle Talbot (Michael Loftus). Her biography of her father, THE ENTERTAINER, is sublime! Excerpt:

    Danny · April 11, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    One of those biographies that’s pretty high up on my list!

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