Pre-Code.Com Site News for June 2014

Life in Japan is still going well as I start my last semester of Grad school. I’m thankful that it’s almost done– my interest in the subject matter has tanked considerably after my last two classes threw a few curveballs and I grew increasingly frustrated with a professor who created a project for us based on stuff she decidedly didn’t teach. Yeah, I know, sour grapes, but added to the fact that the odds of me finding a place to work within my field of study where I currently live is almost next to nil has killed my enthusiasm.

As for the site, I recently made a much needed update to the What is Pre-Code? page, and have a few additional pages that are getting researched to hopefully help fill this information out some more. There’s also a weird bug in WordPress where posts aren’t dropping when they’re supposed to. I’m not sure why, but hopefully this issue will correct itself (that or you’ll be reading this post well in to June).

It’s a pretty light month for pre-Code on TCM, so I think it’ll be a good month for clearing out your DVR. Welcome to summer, and let’s all hope our air conditioners don’t break.

Upcoming Reviews in June

In case you think June looks busy, it is! But I’ll also be taking my annual break in early July, so enjoy it while it lasts.

  • 6/2 – Mata Hari [Part of the Snoopathon]
  • 6/6 – Torch Singer
  • 6/9 – Hat, Coat and Glove
  • 6/13- Cleopatra
  • 6/16- Sit Tight
  • 6/20- I Cover the Waterfront
  • 6/22- pre-Code Retro: Fedora [Part of the Billy Wilder Blogathon]
  • 6/27- Four Frightened People
  • 6/30- [July schedule]

Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in June

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 Film Link
6th 8:30 AM Forsaking All Others (1934)
A woman pursues the wrong man for twenty years. With Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford and Clark Gable.
8th 6:00 AM Topaze (1933)
A schoolteacher gets caught in a wealthy baron’s crooked schemes. With John Barrymore and Myrna Loy.
11th 6:00 AM Night Nurse (1931)
The perfect reason to get up early. With Joan Blondell and Barbara Stanwyck.
11th 7:30 AM Life Begins (1932)
A maternity ward melodrama. With Loretta Young.
11th 8:45 AM Mary Stevens, M.D. (1933)
A female doctor has a child outside of marriage. With Kay Francis.
11th 10:00 AM Spitfire (1934)
A faith healer falls from a man from the big city. Katharine Hepburn did not win an Academy Award for this one!
13th 11:15 AM Thirteen Women (1932)
Myrna Loy and Irene Dunne face off in this odd little proto-slasher for Friday the 13th.
14th 8:00 PM The Champ (1931)
Legendary King Vidor directed boxing film with Wallace Beery terrorizing– er, befriending Jackie Cooper.
17th 10:15 PM The Merry Widow (1934)
Ernst Lubitsch’s last musical, with Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette Macdonald.
18th 2:00 PM Captain Thunder (1931)
A Mexican bandit kidnaps a wedding party. With Fay Wray.
20th 6:00 AM The Thin Man (1934)
God help you if you’re on this site and you haven’t seen The Thin Man.
25th 6:15 AM A Lady’s Morals (1930)
Romantic biography of Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind. With Grace Moore and Reginald Denny.

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 pre-code.com, a website dedicated to Hollywood films from 1930 to 1934, and can be found on Twitter @PreCodeDotCom.


Marc · May 26, 2014 at 1:33 am

Hepburn didn’t win the Oscar for Spitfire.She won for Morning Glory,

    Danny · May 26, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Oops, my bad. Thanks!

Susan Reynolds · May 26, 2014 at 2:10 am

Hepburn’s first Oscar was for Morning Glory, in 1934, not Spitfire. But she’s always fun to watch!

    Danny · May 26, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Good catch! Thank you!

Kevin Measimer · May 27, 2014 at 3:40 am

Thank you again for your reviews and information.

    Danny · May 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Thank you for the kind words, Kevin!

Kimberly Garrison · May 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

Danny, I was watching a movie I dvred called war nurses so pre-code as one of the nurses ended up pregnant after a one night stand with a pilot in ww1. Anyway I looked it up in a MGM book I have and in the index found a picture of Norma Shearer with Mr and Mrs Will Hayes the other actress in the picture was……Marion Davies. Ironic that the guy who finally ended our great era of movies was pictured with two of the most risqué actresses! I thought about scanning it if you want to post on your website. I really enjoy your site. I get so many garbage emails but yours is one of the few I look forward to. Keep up the good work.!

    Danny · May 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    War Nurse is great, and I’m glad you liked it. Thank you for the kind words, and I’d love a scan of that. I’d also like to know the name of the book– I have a book on the history of Paramount which is proving invaluable as I learn about pre-Code, and having one from MGM would probably help a ton. Thanks!

Kimberly Garrison · May 30, 2014 at 9:20 am

Whar email should I sent the picture to? I buy movie books specifically about movies from the 30’s at a flea market near my home. I have quite the collection so much that I promised my hubby to slow down buying them. Anyway the book is MGM when the lion roars by Peter Hay 1991. I found the picture in the index when I was looking for war nurse. I will scan and send to you.

    Danny · June 1, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I got your email! Thank you, I’ll have to try and find that MGM book. I know how you feel about the books, my wife is the same way about me and Warner Archive DVDs. 🙂 Thanks again!

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