Pre-Code.Com Site News for March 2017

No, your eyes don’t deceive you– I’m about a week late on this. If you missed What Price, Hollywood? last week, I’ll take the blame. My bad.

I’m finally in California, finally have a house, and finally have a car. Those all deserve asterisks after them, though, since I don’t have internet at the house and my car is actually under recall so we have a month in a rental car. (It’s okay… it is a nicer car.) I spent today unpacking the kitchen and arranging my daughter’s room, and warily eying all my boxes of books. I may not still have a functioning back by the end of the weekend.

That being said, the reserve of reviews I’d built up before I’d moved has now run out, so if my posting becomes even more erratic, I apologize; my family is going through a little something, I’m without childcare, and, hey, I gotta sleep sometime. But I’ll figure things out.

As for the TCM showings, they’re pretty sparse. There are a few pre-Code entries in the ‘March Malice’, with several Universal horror titles making appearances. But the real rarities show up on March 30th, an entire day devoted to Archie Mayo films of the early 30s, including a ton of offbeat rarities worth checking out.

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

3rd, 1:30 AM What Price, Hollywood? (1932)

10th, 7:45 AM Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)
A police chief helps a young bride find her missing husband.

10th, 11:30 AM The Thin Man (1934)

11th, 4:45 AM The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
Review coming soon.

13th, 6:15 AM Christopher Strong (1933)

13th, 9:45 AM Spitfire (1934)
A backwoods faith healer falls for a married man from the city.

14th, 9:15 AM The Silver Horde (1930)
An Alaskan fisherman runs into rootin’, tootin’ trouble.

14th, 1:30 PM “The Fatal Glass of Beer” (1933)
W.C. Fields antics.

21st, 8:00 AM Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

21st, 9:45 AM The Invisible Man (1933)

22nd, 5:30 AM Little Caesar (1930)

23rd, 10:00 PM King Kong (1933)
Get this– it’s the original.

24th, 3:15 PM Frankenstein (1931)

24th, 4:45 PM The Mummy (1932)

25th, 10:15 PM Arsene Lupin (1932)

30th, 6:00 AM Illicit (1931)

30th, 7:30 AM Street of Women (1932)
A property developer is torn between his wife and his mistress. With Kay Francis.

30th, 8:45 AM Two Against the World (1932)
A debutante takes the rap for her sibling’s mistakes. Starring Constance Bennett, but, ironically, not Joan Bennett.

30th, 10:00 AM Under Eighteen (1932)

30th, 11:30 AM Ever in My Heart (1933)

30th, 12:45 PM The Mayor of Hell (1933)

30th, 2:30 PM The Man with Two Faces (1934)

30th, 3:45 PM Gambling Lady (1934)

30th, 6:45 PM The Expert (1932)
An elderly man complicates his married son’s life when he moves in.

31st, 6:00 AM Rain (1932)

31st, 6:00 AM 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.


Craig · March 6, 2017 at 3:54 am

Hope settling in to your new home goes smoothly. Thanks for taking the time to post the march schedule.

Vanessa (@callmeveebee) · March 6, 2017 at 6:49 am

Glad to hear you’re getting all settled in California 😀

Thank goodness March 30th was one of the days I requested off this month! Looks like my butt will be firmly placed in front of the TV that whole day!

John Carpenter · March 6, 2017 at 9:24 am

I am known in NY as “The Movie Man” a film historian of the teens to the thirties in film, collector with a collection in 16mm of over 100,000 prints & a preservationist producing unavailable to become available on DVD via internationally ! I THINK UR SITE IS UBER FANTASTIC & out of all the emails I get I think yours is the only one I read from stem to stern & then forward it to friends all over the world ! Your dedication is magnificent & I am honored to be part of your mailings! Keep up the fantastic work or at least attempt said until William H Hays finds out about you ! LOL
Best Regards, John K Capenter

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