A Wealth of Pre-Code Riches in January!
Jumpin’ Jehosaphat! Turner Classic Movies is fairly busting at the seams with pre-Code gems in January!
In a week or so, I’ll be offering up my pre-Code pick of the month, but there’s such a wealth of features airing throughout January, I thought I’d take this opportunity to highlight some of my favorites. Most of them feature the luminous Loretta Young, TCM’s Star of the Month, but there are others as well, starring such talented performers as Ann Harding, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Irene Dunne. Break out the VCR (or the DVR for you newfangled, fancy folks) and try to catch as many of these as you can. You only owe it to yourself, you know . . .
Thursday, January 3rd
The Truth About Youth (1930): Loretta Young, David Manners, Myrna Loy
A romantic quadrangle involving a wealthy man, his ward, the daughter of his housekeeper, and a nightclub singer.
Sunday, January 6th
Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1931): Greta Garbo, Clark Gable
A young woman escapes her abusive family and an arranged marriage and experiences a series of adventures and misadventures.
Wednesday, January 9th
Employees’ Entrance (1933): Warren William, Loretta Young
A department store manager shows a lack of scruples, both personally and professionally. (I gave this film the spotlight in a post that can be accessed here.)
Born to Be Bad (1934): Loretta Young, Cary Grant
After her son is removed from her home, a devious good-time girl uses her feminine wiles to get him back. (For more on Letty Strong, the girl who was “born to be bad,” click here.)
Midnight Mary (1933): Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez, Franchot Tone
While awaiting the verdict in her murder trial, a young woman recalls the circumstances that brought her there. (Click here for more on this film, which was my pick of the month for May 2012.)
They Call it Sin (1932): Loretta Young, George Brent, Louis Calhern
A small-town girl gets more than she bargained for when she moves to the big city.
Play-Girl (1932): Loretta Young, Winnie Lightner, Norman Foster
A shopgirl marries a compulsive gambler.
The Ruling Voice (1931): Walter Huston, Loretta Young
The life of a ruthless gambler is changed when he is reunited with his grown daughter.
Thursday, January 10th
She Had to Say Yes (1933): Loretta Young, Regis Toomey, Lyle Talbot
A secretary compromises her morals when she entertains her firm’s out-of-town clients at her fiancé’s request. (Click here if you want to know what I really think about this wild and woolly film!)
Friday, January 11th
Love is a Racket (1932): Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Frances Dee, Ann Dvorak
A reporter helps a beautiful woman who finds herself in hot water over a series of bad checks.
Saturday, January 12th
The Animal Kingdom (1932): Ann Harding, Leslie Howard, Myrna Loy
An intellectual publisher is engaged to one woman but in love with another.
Wednesday, January 16th
Big Business Girl (1931): Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez
A recent college graduate conquers the man’s world of big business.
Wednesday, January 23rd
Week-End Marriage (1932): Loretta Young, Norman Foster
A couple’s marriage is tested when the wife becomes the family’s primary breadwinner.
Monday, January 28th
No Other Woman (1933): Irene Dunne, Charles Bickford
The life of a steel mill-town couple is torn apart by wealth.