If you got TCM and a TIVO you’ll want to snap out of your carbohydrate stupor and get ready to record dozens and several of rarely seen or screened pre-code stuff coming up starting tomorrow (Sunday).
Here’s a list of why you need to see RIPTIDE (1934):
1. Norma Shearer at her sexy prime in a very very revealing insect outfit.
2. Robert Montgomery is actually good as Shearer’s souse playboy “buddy.”
3. The presence of Herbert Marshall as the bitter cuckold husband with children waiting at home and the aforementioned insect costume make this resemble a lithium-high version of BLONDE VENUS.
4. Directed by Edmund Goulding, it’s got great catty dialogue.
It’s at 4AM tonight, or (4AM tomorrow morning if you want to be right all the time) on TCM.
Then starting at 5AM on the 18th, a mess of Frank Capra pre-codes: SWEEPINGS, FLIGHT, LADIES OF LEISURE, RAIN OR SHINE, THE DIRGIBLE, PLATINUM BLONDE (Which they show all the time)… Frank Capra pre-code may not mean much, but still…
THEN, that night at 8 PM – three great Myrna Loy films, including her first foray with William Powell: PENTHOUSE, followed by WHEN LADIES MEET and the highly over the top Umm-Gawa-style antics of TOO HOT TO HANDLE. keep scrolling your preview channel, because that’s just the beginning. For pre-code fans, consider me the guy with the maniacal look running into the Anchorage saloon and shouting “GOLD!”