Pre-Code Movies on TCM in May 2015 and Other Site News

Pre-Code.Com Site News for May 2015

  • June will be reader request month! Please leave a comment below with your suggestions for movies I should hit. I have 8 slots, and it’s first come, first serve. There may be a few I defer– no Gold Diggers of 33 because that’ll take forever to write, and a few movies I know are coming to DVD with better transfers– but otherwise suggest away. If you need an idea, check out the list of pre-Code movies. Here’s June’s schedule, thanks to readers like you:

6/1 – Queen Christina
6/5 – The Barbarian
6/8 – Moulin Rouge
6/12- 24 Hours
6/15- Sing and Like It
6/19- Love Me Tonight
6/22- Strange Love of Molly Louvain
6/26- I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
6/29- Midnight

Pre-Code Hollywood Movies on TCM in May

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, 6:45 AM The Office Wife (1930)
A gold-digging secretary sets out to lure her boss from his straying wife. Kicks off a day of movies about secretaries.

1st, 7:45 AM Man Wanted (1932)

1st, 9:00 AM Goodbye Again (1933)

1st, 10:15 AM She Had to Say Yes (1933)
A secretary pads her salary by dating prospective buyers for her company

2nd, 10:00 PM Queen Christina (1933)
Romantic tale of the 17th-century Swedish queen and her romance with a Spanish diplomat.

2nd, 12:00 AM Anna Christie (1930)

3rd, 6:00 AM Bombshell (1933)

5th, 6:00 AM One Man’s Journey (1933)
Father and son doctors disagree over the son’s materialistic goals. With Lionel Barrymore.

5th, 7:15 AM Sweepings (1933)
A man spends his life building a successful business to pass on to his kids who are uninterested.

6th, 6:00 AM Night Nurse (1931)

6th, 7:30 AM War Nurse (1930)

6th, 9:00 AM Life Begins (1932)
A maternity ward becomes the focus for the patients’, doctors’ and nurses’ personal problems.

6th, 3:45 PM Registered Nurse (1934)
After her husband goes mad, a nurse fights off the advances of two amorous doctors.

10th, 7:30 AM So Big (1932)

12th, 6:15 AM Morning Glory (1933)
A stage struck girl travels to New York determined to make it on Broadway. Katharine Hepburn day!

12th, 7:30 AM Spitfire (1934)
A backwoods faith healer falls for a married man from the big city.

13th, 4:45 AM One Way Passage (1932)
An ocean voyage leads to romance for a dying heiress and a condemned criminal. With Kay Francis and William Powell.

17th, 6:00 AM Grand Hotel (1932)

17th, 10:15 PM The Blue Angel (1930)
A stodgy professor falls from grace when he’s seduced by a nightclub singer.

18th, 6:00 AM Forbidden (1932)

19th, 6:00 AM Passion Flower (1930)
A society woman courts heartache when she falls in love with her chauffeur. With Kay Francis.

19th, 9:15 AM Bed of Roses (1933)

22nd, 6:15 AM Friends and Lovers (1931)
A society woman and her husband blackmail the men who flirt with her.

26th, 6:15 AM God’s Gift to Women (1931)
A modern-day Don Juan tries to go straight for love of an American woman. With Frank Fay and Joan Blondell

26th, 7:45 AM Night Nurse (1931)

28th, 9:00 AM The Runaway Bride (1930)
A criminal gang goes after the jewels their dying leader stashed in a woman’s handbag. With Mary Astor.

28th, 10:15 AM Smilin’ Through (1932)

28th, 12:00 PM What Price Hollywood? (1932)
A drunken director whose career is fading helps a waitress become a Hollywood star. With Constance Bennett.

28th, 1:45 PM Professional Sweetheart (1933)

28th, 3:15 PM Life of Vergie Winters (1934)
A politician marries while maintaining a second, illegitimate family on the side.

28th, 8:00 PM Berkeley Square (1933)
TCM’s monthly showing of this film. No idea why.

Questions? Comments? Or do you just want to bug me? Leave a comment below!

33 Replies to “Pre-Code Movies on TCM in May 2015 and Other Site News”

  1. Just as some call “Charade” the best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock didn’t make, I would call “Love Me Tonight” the best Lubitsch film that Lubitsch didn’t direct. The wordless, rhythmic opening scene is one of Mamoulian’s masterworks. In fact, rhythmic dialog is featured throughout the film (the sun of a gun is nothing but a tailor). Plus, two of Lubitsch’s favorite early 30’s stars – Chevalier and MacDonald. A joyous musical that is at the whole other end of the spectrum from Busby Berkeley.

    1. I’ve actually read two essays about it in the last couple of weeks and definitely feel primed to take it on. I’ll have it up JUNE 19th.

    1. I just saw it at the beginning of the month and I have the DVD on my desk. No excuse for why I haven’t written this yet. JUNE 1st.

  2. In the blissful certainty that you’ll get around to EVERYTHING sooner or later: THE GIRL IN 419; MIDNIGHT (1934); TO THE LAST MAN; CARAVAN.

      1. As good as “Midnight” may be, I feel disappointed — my mind flashes to the movie with Don Ameche and Claudette Colbert. (Yes, I know it was released in 1939, due to a time warp.)

  3. I would love to see any of the as yet un-reviewed Constance Bennett titles. Her films weren’t always the best quality, but I’ve always loved her. Would love to read your opinion.

    1. I like Bennett a lot, too. I’ve had this copy of Moulin Rouge (34) sitting around forever, so let’s say you’ll see it on JUNE 8th.

  4. I’d love to see reviews of two Paramount films from 1931 – GIRLS ABOUT TOWN and 24 HOURS. Comedy and drama, both featuring Kay Francis. Plus GIRLS has prime Joel McCrea.

      1. Since Dulcy commented only a few minutes later and hadn’t already requested one, I’m going to go with their pick. But I will definitely hit Heat Lightning as soon as I can. (AKA September!)

  5. Something tells me you don’t like Berkley Square much. Personally, I don’t get why TCM is constantly scheduling it either; I found it rather dull and even irritating.

    1. I’ll admit I haven’t seen it, but I’ve seen it run practically every month for the last five or six (or at least it feels like it) and it just baffles me to how this one constantly sneaks in, especially when I’ve never heard any especially good words about it. Someone must really love it or there’s a problem with the computerized scheduler and it just adds it in automatically.

  6. The 1931 movie “24 Hours” on TCM in June??? I can hardly believe this fascinating movie will finally be shown on TCM. I’ve been waiting years, yes years, for this film. Miriam Hopkins sings two, yes two, torch songs. Al;so you can hear her play “Out Of Nowhere” on her record machine. Don’t miss Miriam Hopkins in this movie. She’s great! Tommy

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