Turner Classic Movies is hosting an amazing pre-Code festival this month, expanding its Friday Night Spotlight franchise into four 24-hour marathons of pre-Code films. Over the course of the month 67 pre-Code films will be shown on Fridays!
It all begins this Friday, September 5th.
This is a wonderful chance for any film fan to enjoy and deepen their appreciation of the films made in the sound period up to the beginning of the strict enforcement of the Production Code, which began in July 1934. There's a remarkable range of titles in this festival, including gangster films, musicals, and juicy melodramas.
TCM website, and TCM's complete schedule can be visited here.
Fans of pre-Codes will find pretty much anything shown in this festival of interest! Below I've shared review links and cast information for any pre-Codes showing this month which have been previously reviewed here, in hopes the links will provide references for further exploration. Click on any title to read more information.
I'm hard-pressed to pick a favorite, but if I had to recommend just one pre-Code title airing on TCM this month, I think I'd choose MIDNIGHT MARY (1933) with Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez, and Franchot Tone, directed by William Wellman. It's one of my favorite pre-Codes, and it's also one of my favorite Loretta Young movies. It will be shown on September 26th.
Airing on September 5th:
THE BIG SHAKEDOWN (1934) - Bette Davis, Ricardo Cortez
FEMALE (1933) - Ruth Chatterton, George Brent
NIGHT NURSE (1931) - Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, Clark Gable
THE DIVORCEE (1930) - Norma Shearer, Chester Morris, Robert Montgomery
FOOTLIGHT PARADE (1933) - James Cagney, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell
GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 (9133) - Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler
TAXI! (1932) - James Cagney, Loretta Young
WHEN LADIES MEET (1933) - Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery
UNION DEPOT (1932) - Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Blondell
MARY STEVENS, M.D. (1933) - Kay Francis, Lyle Talbot, Glenda Farrell
BOMBSHELL (1933) - Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy
RED-HEADED WOMAN (1932) - Jean Harlow, Chester Morris
RED DUST (1932) - Jean Harlow, Clark Gable
DESIGN FOR LIVING (1933) - Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Fredric March
TROUBLE IN PARADISE (1932) - Miriam Hopkins, Herbert Marshall, Kay Francis
JEWEL ROBBERY (1932) - William Powell, Kay Francis
THREE WISE GIRLS (1932) - Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke
LADY KILLER (1933) - James Cagney, Mae Clarke
BEAUTY AND THE BOSS (1932) - Warren William, Marian Marsh
BLONDE CRAZY (1931) - James Cagney, Joan Blondell
SHE HAD TO SAY YES (1933) - Loretta Young, Lyle Talbot
LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT (1933) - Barbara Stanwyck, Lyle Talbot, Preston Foster
THEY CALL IT SIN (1932) - Loretta Young, George Brent
EMPLOYEES' ENTRANCE (1933) - Loretta Young, Warren William
MIDNIGHT MARY (1933) - Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez, Franchot Tone
THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931) - James Cagney, Jean Harlow
LITTLE CAESAR (1931) - Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell
PENTHOUSE (1933) - Myrna Loy, Warner Baxter
There are many pre-Codes being shown beyond those listed above. For more on TCM this month, please visit TCM in September: Highlights and TCM Star of the Month: Melvyn Douglas.