A Wealth of Pre-Code Riches in January!

Airing Thursday, January 3rd.

Airing Thursday, January 3rd.

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.

Greta Garbo shines in "Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise."

Greta Garbo shines in “Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise.”

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.)

Loretta Young is caught between a Tone and a Cortez in "Midnight Mary."

Loretta Young is caught between a Tone and a Cortez in “Midnight Mary.”

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.

Walter Huston dotes on the daughter he never knew in "The Ruling Voice."

Walter Huston dotes on the daughter he never knew in “The Ruling Voice.”

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.

Ann Harding and Myrna Loy vie for the heart of Leslie Howard.

Ann Harding and Myrna Loy vie for the heart of Leslie Howard in “The Animal Kingdom.”

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.


~ by shadowsandsatin on January 2, 2013.

5 Responses to “A Wealth of Pre-Code Riches in January!”

  1. That’s a hell of a list! Makes me wish I had TCM again. :/

  2. I’m looking forward to watching some of those Young pre codes. I completely enjoyed Platinum Blonde with Young, Harlow and the amazing Robert Williams last night on TCM. Have you done a write up on that one? If not, you should. That scene where Williams and Harlow sit on the bed and playfully sing and tease each other was just great.

    • I have not written about Platinum Blonde, Charles — and I can’t for the life of me figure out why! I love that movie, and have seen it SO many times. I totally agree about the scene where Williams and Harlow are singing about the garters — it’s so sweet and natural, I find myself wearing a goofy grin by the end of the scene, no matter how many times I’ve seen it!

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