Pre-Code.Com Site News for October 2016

September was rough for me. Was it rough for you? Between the disappearance of Rarefilmm and a couple of other places I get my movie fix from (I was even without TCM for a few days because of issues with my VPN), it’s been no fun.

But as I’m writing this, I’m three months from moving out of Japan. No idea where to, but that’s how life is sometimes. I’m also 10 weeks away from finishing my Master’s, which means more time for the site. Hooray!

I’m assuming that TCM heard the complaints last year about skipping over the Universal horror canon, because this year it’s playing in spades. Luckily, they’ve got a majority of their pre-Code thrillers– including The Invisible Man and The Mummy– playing on the night of the 29th, definitely the perfect time for an all-nighter.

There’s also a surprising number of Buster Keaton talkies cropping up in the early morning this month, which I guess relates because they’re also all pretty scary. Helen Twelvetrees gets a full morning to herself on the 24th, which I am definitely looking forward to.

I also made notes of some of the rarer films showing this month. For ones that I’ve already reviewed, definitely check out Bed of Roses (which I desperately need to revisit), Aggie Appleby: Maker of Men, the elegiac The Stranger Returns, and the very nutso, very fun Gabriel Over the White House. Plus, you know, the horror movies.

Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in October

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

2nd, 8:00 PM Frankenstein (1931)

3rd, 6:00 AM Redemption (1930)
John Gilbert stars as a man thought dead who returns to a wife who’s moved on.

3rd, 7:15 AM The Cuban Love Song (1931)
An ex-marine returns to Cuba to find the child he fathered while on leave.

3rd, 7:30 AM The Prodigal (1931)
A wealthy southern boy takes to the road as a hobo. Very rare — only 11 votes on IMDB!

3rd, 10:15 AM The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

4th, 10:30 AM Free and Easy (1930)

4th, 12:15 PM Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931)

6th, 5:15 AM The Last Mile (1932)
An innocent man in prison gets caught in a prison riot.

7th, 12:15 AM She Done Him Wrong (1933)

11th, 2:30 PM Bed of Roses (1933)

18th, 6:30 AM The Stranger’s Return (1933)

18th, 3:15 PM The Richest Girl in the World (1934)
An heiress switches places with her secretary. With Miriam Hopkins and Fay Wray.

18th, 6:15 PM Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

20th, 2:45 AM Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

20th, 6:15 AM I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

20th, 8:00 AM The World Changes (1933)
When a farmer strikes it rich in business, success goes to his head.

21st, 6:45 AM The Passionate Plumber (1932)

24th, 6:00 AM Is My Face Red? (1932)

24th, 7:15 AM Panama Flo (1932)

24th, 8:30 AM Unashamed (1932)
A society girl’s brother goes on trial for killing her lover.

24th, 10:00 AM A Woman of Experience (1932)
A female con artists goes up against German spies.

24th, 11:30 AM My Woman (1933)
When a hoofer hits the big time, he neglects his wife.

27th, 9:45 AM Three on a Match (1932)

27th, 11:00 AM Design for Living (1933)

28th, 12:30 AM The Thin Man (1934)

28th, 7:00 AM Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men (1933)

28th, 8:15 AM Emergency Call (1933)
A surgeon discovers his hospital is run by gangsters. Rare.

28th, 9:30 AM Headline Shooter (1933)
A newsreel neglects his love life to get the perfect shot.

28th, 8:00 PM Dracula (1930)

28th, 9:30 PM The Mummy (1932)

28th, 11:00 PM The Invisible Man (1933)

29th, 1:30 AM The Black Cat (1934)

29th, 4:30 AM Island of Lost Souls (1933)

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.

1 Comment

Vanessa (@callmeveebee) · October 3, 2016 at 9:54 pm

I was sad over the disappearance of Rarefilmm too 🙁 Did the site get shut down?

Also, I was wondering if you could help me out with something … if I were to install a VPN on my computer, would that allow me access to Watch TCM?

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