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6:00 AM
1411120800
romance
Parole Girl (1933)
6:00 AM
68 min
romance
Parole Girl (1933)

A wrongly convicted woman tries to make amends after getting out of prison.

DirEdward Cline CastMae Clarke , Ralph Bellamy , Marie Prevost .
68 min,
 
 

7:19 AM
10 min
short

In this short film, a barber shop owner wins a sweepstake and hires an orchestra to play for his customers. Vitaphone Release 1551.

DirJoseph Henabery CastClaude Hopkins & Orchestra , Four Step Brothers , Orlando Roberson .
10 min,
 
 

7:30 AM
1411126200
comedy
7:30 AM
69 min
comedy

Three models try to snag husband's but the ones they find are already married.

DirWilliam Beaudine CastJean Harlow , Mae Clarke , Walter Byron .
69 min,
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D: William Beaudine. Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke, Walter Byron, Jameson Thomas, Marie Prevost, Andy Devine, Lucy Beaumont. Harlow plays a small-town girl who moves to N.Y.C. and quickly learns that all men are after just one thing. Strictly so-so, but interesting as Harlow's first starring vehicle, with Clarke giving a typically natural and believable performance as her big city mentor.

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8:45 AM
1411130700
comedy
8:45 AM
76 min
comedy
Lady Killer (1933)

A criminal on the run becomes a Hollywood movie star.

DirRoy Del Ruth CastJames Cagney , Mae Clarke , Margaret Lindsay .
76 min, , CC
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D: Roy Del Ruth. James Cagney, Mae Clarke, Leslie Fenton, Margaret Lindsay, Henry O'Neill, Raymond Hatton, George Chandler. Vintage Cagney, with tangy tale of mobster becoming Hollywood actor, torn between two professions; Cagney repeats his Clarke slapfest.

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"Warner Bros. Pictures Gangsters Collection, Vol. 3" (2008) is a 1930s film collection that showcases hardcore gangsters, detectives and cops. The third volume of this exciting... more

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10:15 AM
1411136100
romance
10:15 AM
76 min
romance
Possessed (1931)

A factory girl rises to the top as mistress of a tycoon, then falls in love.

DirClarence Brown CastJoan Crawford , Clark Gable , Wallace Ford .
76 min, , CC
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D: Clarence Brown. Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Ford, Skeets Gallagher, John Miljan. Factory girl Crawford becomes the mistress of Park Avenue lawyer Gable. Fascinating feminist drama, crammed with symbolism and featuring a radiant Crawford. Outrageous pre-Code script by Lenore Coffee.

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Factory girl Marian Martin has two ways out of poverty: brains and beauty. But it’s 1928, and brains don’t help a girl much…unless she uses them to promote her other asset. So in no... more

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11:45 AM
1411141500
crime
11:45 AM
67 min
crime
Two Seconds (1932)

In the last moments of his life, a criminal reviews the circumstances that led him to death row.

DirMervyn LeRoy CastEdward G. Robinson , Vivienne Osborne , Guy Kibbee .
67 min,
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D: Mervyn LeRoy. Edward G. Robinson, Vivienne Osborne, Preston Foster, J. Carrol Naish, Guy Kibbee, Berton Churchill. Offbeat and engrossing, if not entirely successful, melodrama tells Robinson's life as he sees it in two seconds it takes for him to die in electric chair. Often overplayed, sometimes unusually effective; a most interesting curio.

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It’s been said that your whole life unfolds before your eyes during your last, fleeting moments of existence. Not so for convicted murderer John Allen. After he’s strapped into the... more

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1:00 PM
1411146000
comedy
1:00 PM
76 min
comedy

When Prohibition ends, a bootlegger tries to break into high society.

DirRoy Del Ruth CastEdward G. Robinson , Mary Astor , Helen Vinson .
76 min, , CC
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D: Roy Del Ruth. Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Helen Vinson, Kenneth Thomson, Russell Hopton. Just three years after LITTLE CAESAR, Robinson spoofed his own gangster image in this bright comedy about a bootlegger who decides to better himself and crash high society.

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Volume 4 of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Gangster Collection" (2008) features a bonus disc that captures the spirit of this 6-disc set: the feature-length documentary "Public Enemies: The... more

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2:16 PM
1411150616
short
2:16 PM
11 min
short

In this musical short film, two night watchmen hear music performed in a haunted pawn shop. Vitaphone Release 1491.

DirRoy Mack CastF. E. Miller , Cora La Redd , Mantan Moreland .
11 min,
 
 

2:30 PM
1411151400
drama
2:30 PM
70 min
drama

A fake mentalist tries to go straight, only to end up in jail.

DirRoy Del Ruth CastWarren William , Constance Cummings , Allen Jenkins .
70 min, , CC
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D: Roy Del Ruth. Warren William, Constance Cummings, Allen Jenkins, Natalie Moorhead, Mayo Methot, Clarence Muse. William is at his slimy peak as a medicine-show grifter who excels in the highly lucrative world of phony clairvoyants with partner Jenkins, then moves into high society selling info to rich wives about their cheating spouses. A consistently witty treat, capped by a great closing line by Jenkins.

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3:45 PM
1411155900
comedy
3:45 PM
65 min
comedy

After being distracted by a string of pretty secretaries, a banker hires a plain Jane, only to fall in love with her.

DirRoy Del Ruth CastMarian Marsh , David Manners , Warren William .
65 min,
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D: Roy Del Ruth. Warren William, Marian Marsh, David Manners, Charles Butterworth, Frederick Kerr, Mary Doran, Lilian Bond. William is in his element as a philandering banker who becomes too distracted by all his pretty secretaries, so he hires mousy Marsh... but she blossoms into an irresistible beauty. Saucy pre-Code Cinderella story is a notch below William's best but still amusing. Remade in 1934 as THE CHURCH MOUSE.

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Bank executive Josef von Ullrich should be paying attention to the figures in the company ledgers, not the figure of the pretty stenographer sitting alongside his desk. So he fires... more

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5:00 PM
1411160400
romance
5:00 PM
81 min
romance

A ballerina sinks into prostitution when her husband is reported killed in World War I.

DirJames Whale CastMae Clarke , Kent Douglass , Doris Lloyd .
81 min,
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D: James Whale. Mae Clarke, Kent Douglass (Douglass Montgomery), Doris Lloyd, Frederick Kerr, Enid Bennett, Bette Davis, Ethel Griffies. Excellent early-talkie version of the tearjerker romance made famous in its 1940 remake. Clarke delivers an exceptional performance as an American chorus girl in WW1 London, and the film has a grittiness (missing from the remake) that lenient pre-Code standards allowed. One of Davis' earliest films.

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Three Classic Films From Before The Censors Took The "Sin" Out Of Cinema!In the early 1930s, before Hollywood began enforcing a self-imposed Production Code, many films allowed for... more

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6:30 PM
1411165800
drama
6:30 PM
73 min
drama
Hot Saturday (1932)

A virtuous small-town clerk becomes the victim of a scandalous rumor from an unsuccessful suitor.

DirWilliam Seiter CastCary Grant , Nancy Carroll , Randolph Scott .
73 min,
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D: William A. Seiter. Cary Grant, Nancy Carroll, Randolph Scott, Edward Woods, Lilian Bond, William Collier, Sr., Jane Darwell, Grady Sutton. Small-town good girl Carroll goes wild after she's accused of spending the night with playboy Grant, which causes her to lose both her job and her boyfriend (Scott). Star trio creates plenty of sparks in this spicy pre-Code drama, with authentic small-town atmosphere and a nifty song, "I'm Burning for You.''

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"Pre-Code Hollywood Collection" showcases six "taboo" features, filmed prior to the 1934 censorship production code implementation in Hollywood. Government guidelines dictated... more

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7:44 PM
1411170281
short
7:44 PM
10 min
short

This short entry in Ted Husing's "Sport Slants" series covers wrestling, hockey, gymnastics, and basketball. Vitaphone Release 1218.

10 min,
 
 

TCM PRIMETIME - WHAT'S ON TONIGHT: FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT:CLASSIC PRE-CODE
8:00 PM
1411171200
drama
8:00 PM
94 min
drama
Blonde Venus (1932)

A nightclub singer gives in to a rich playboy to finance her husband's medical treatment.

DirJosef von Sternberg CastMarlene Dietrich , Herbert Marshall , Cary Grant .
94 min, , CC
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D: Josef von Sternberg. Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Cary Grant, Dickie Moore, Sidney Toler. Episodic story of notorious Dietrich leading unsavory life to support herself and child. A triumph of style over content; this is the film where Marlene appears in an ape suit to sing "Hot Voodoo"! Most TV prints are missing opening sequence of Dietrich skinny-dipping when Marshall happens along.

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Undeniably one of the most beautiful and dazzling actresses to ever grace the silver screen, Marlene Dietrich was renowned for her sultry voice and her alluring "bedroom eyes." This... more

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9:45 PM
1411177500
comedy
9:45 PM
88 min
comedy
I'm No Angel (1933)

A carnival dancer evades the law and invades high society.

DirWesley Ruggles CastMae West , Cary Grant , Gregory Ratoff .
88 min, , CC
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D: Wesley Ruggles. Mae West, Cary Grant, Edward Arnold, Gertrude Michael, Kent Taylor. West in rare form as star of Arnold's sideshow who chases after playboy Grant; Mae's courtroom plea caps it.

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A tribute to one of Hollywood's earliest bombshells, the 2-disc "Mae West: The Glamour Collection" showcases the bawdy West in her prime with five of her biggest hits. West... more

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11:18 PM
1411183122
short
Handlebars (1933)
11:18 PM
10 min
short
Handlebars (1933)

This short film provides a humorous history of the bicycle since 1819.

DirJules White CastBess Flowers , Bill Elliott ,
10 min,
 
 

11:30 PM
1411183800
comedy
11:30 PM
65 min
comedy

A saloon singer fights off smugglers, an escaped con and a Salvation Army officer out to reform her.

DirLowell Sherman CastMae West , Cary Grant , Owen Moore .
65 min, , CC
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D: Lowell Sherman. Mae West, Cary Grant, Gilbert Roland, Noah Beery, Rochelle Hudson, Rafaela Ottiano, Louise Beavers. West repeats her stage role of Diamond Lil in Gay '90s spoof. Grant is invited by Mae to come up and see her sometime--he does, fireworks result. Mae sings "Frankie and Johnny'' and "Easy Rider'' in her best film, which she co-scripted from her Broadway hit.

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In her first starring role, the bawdy Mae West tries to seduce a charmingly reserved Cary Grant in the Best Picture Academy Award-nominated "She Done Him Wrong" (1933). Using... more

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12:45 AM
1411188300
comedy
Blonde Crazy (1931)
12:45 AM
79 min
comedy
Blonde Crazy (1931)

A con-man bellhop and his chambermaid girlfriend set out to fleece hotel guests.

DirRoy Del Ruth CastJames Cagney , Joan Blondell , Louis Calhern .
79 min, , CC
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D: Roy Del Ruth. James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Louis Calhern, Ray Milland, Polly Walters, Nat Pendleton. Dated fun with Cagney as small-time con man who plays cat-and- mouse with big-time sharpie Calhern. Young Milland appears as businessman who marries Jimmy's girlfriend, Blondell.

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2:15 AM
C- 68 min
documentary

This documentary looks at how the social, financial and moral forces all helped shape one of the most intriguing periods in Hollywood history.

C- 68 min, , CC
 
 

3:30 AM
1411198200
drama
3:30 AM
99 min
drama

A ruthless financier will stop at nothing to control a 100-story office building.

DirEdgar Selwyn CastWarren William , Maureen O'Sullivan , Gregory Ratoff .
99 min,
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D: Edgar Selwyn. Warren William, Maureen O'Sullivan, Gregory Ratoff, Anita Page, Verree Teasdale, Norman Foster, Jean Hersholt, Wallace Ford, Hedda Hopper, Helen Coburn, Ed Brophy. Entertaining comedy-drama in the GRAND HOTEL mode (released four months earlier, also by MGM) about a ruthless empire-builder (well played by William) who manipulates stock prices and double-crosses lovers in his quest to control a 100-story office building. Potent pre-Code entertainment, much of it still pretty risque.

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5:15 AM
1411204500
comedy
5:15 AM
66 min
comedy

A secretary pads her salary by dating prospective buyers for her company.

DirBusby Berkeley CastLoretta Young , Winnie Lightner , Lyle Talbot .
66 min, , CC
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D: Busby Berkeley, George Amy. Loretta Young, Winnie Lightner, Lyle Talbot, Regis Toomey, Hugh Herbert, Ferdinand Gottschalk. Strange, raw, racy story about a clothing company with "customer girls,'' whose job is to entertain out-of-town buyers. Toomey suggests drawing on the steno pool to give the buyers a change but doesn't want his fiancee (Young) involved. Loretta is very good as a good girl who learns the ropes overnight. Berkeley's first (co-) directing credit; the steno pool is full of his chorines, including Toby Wing.

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