Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: July 2017

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Sunday, July 16, 1:30 AM

SHOCK CORRIDOR (1963): A reporter (Peter Breck) fakes insanity to crack a murder committed in an asylum. While there he meets a variety of inmates including a black man who's a white supremacist. He also finds himself at one point at the mercy of a group of nymphomaniacs. Dir. Samuel Fuller


Sunday, July 16, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

GUN CRAZY (1949): In this justly famous noir, a gun obsessed reform school graduate (John Dall) meets the girl of his dreams, a circus sharp shooter (Peggy Cummins). They get married in a fever, but she gets fed up living without the finer things of life. The two go on a crime spree, but her blood lust had fatal consequences. Dir. Joseph H. Lewis

Tuesday, July 18, 5:00 PM

THE DROWNING POOL (1975): In this neo-noir, private dick Lew Harper (Paul Newman) is in the Louisiana bayou working on a blackmail case involving the daughter (Melanie Griffith) of his old flame, Iris Devereau (Joanne Woodward). As he tries to solve the case, he becomes entangle in a power struggle between Iris and a local oil tycoon. Dir. Stuart Rosenberg

Wed., July 19, 5:00 PM—Thu., July 20, 2:30 AM

TCM Spotlight: 50 Years of Hitchcock V

5:00 PM

ROPE (1948): Two wealthy and louche pseudo-intellectuals (John Dahl and Farley Granger) murder a friend in a Nietzschean demonstration of will and folly. Then they throw a party inviting the victim's friends, family and their old school teacher (Jimmy Stewart) who begins to suspect something odd when the guest of honor doesn't arrive for his own party. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

6:30 PM

STAGE FRIGHT (1950): Jane Wyman maybe the star of the film, but Marlene Dietrich walks away with it. Wyman plays a mousey RADA student out to clear her crush, Jonathan (Richard Todd) suspected of murdering the husband of a glamorous actress-singer (Dietrich). Things get complicated when she falls for the detective, "Ordinary" Smith (Michael Wilding) who is searching for Jonathan. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

8:30 PM

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951): Childlike but charming psychopath Bruno (Robert Walker) suggests that he and Guy (Farley Granger), a tennis player with political ambitions, crisscross murders. Unfortunately, Guy realizes too late that Bruno wasn't joking. Guy's unwanted wife shows up murdered and he has no alibi. Screenplay by Raymond Chandler and Czenzi Ormonde. D.P. Robert Burks' outstanding work earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

10:30 PM

I CONFESS (1953): In Quebec, a priest (Montgomery Clift) hears the confession of a murderer and then finds himself accused of the crime. He can't break the sanctity of the confessional and must find another way to clear himself. To complicate matters his ex-sweetheart (Anne Baxter), who still loves him, was being blackmailed by the victim. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

12:30 AM

DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954): A man (Ray Milland) hires a friend to murder his wealthy wife (Grace Kelly). His plan goes awry when she stabs the would-be-murderer. Then he decides he can still get rid of her, by eroding erode her self-defense claim. Her ex-lover (Robert Cummings) tries to save her. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, July 21, 5:00 PM—Saturday, July 22, 2:30 AM

TCM Spotlight: 50 Years of Hitchcock VI

5:00 PM

REAR WINDOW (1954): A wheelchair-bound photographer passes the time of his disability by spying on his neighbors. One day he witnesses a murder. Or does he? This iconic mystery was adapted from a story by Cornell Woolrich and earned a Best Writing, Screenplay Oscar nomination for screenwriter John Michael Hayes. The film earned three more Oscar nods for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Color and Best Sound, Recording. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

7:15 PM

THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (1955): This quirky black comedy reverses the whodunit genre as multiple residents of a Vermont hamlet believe themselves responsible for Harry's death and the disposal of his body. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

9:15 PM

THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956): A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering. Jay Livingston and Ray Evans garnered the Oscar for Best Music, Original Song for the film's song "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)".Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

11:30 PM

THE WRONG MAN (1956): In this gritty documentary style noir, victims of a robbery misidentify a musician (Henry Fonda) for the culprit, destroying the lives of him and his wife (Vera Miles). This film was based on the true story of Manny Ballestro and used extensive locations shooting in New York City. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

1:30 AM

FONDA ON FONDA (1992): A special featuring a retrospective of Henry Fonda's career and the recollections of family members and colleagues. Hosted by Jane Fonda. Dir. David Heeley

Sunday, July 23, 1:30 AM

HOUSE OF WOMEN (1962): Wrongly convicted Erica Hayden (Shirley Knight) enters prison pregnant. She can only keep her child for three years, and then the child will be put up for adoption, unless she can find a caretaker for him. Things become complicated when the sadistic warden of the prison (Andrew Duggan) falls for her. Dir. Walter Doniger


Sunday, July 23, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

DEADLINE AT DAWN (1946): In this adaptation of the Cornell Woolrich novel, a taxi dancer June (Susan Hayward) helps an amnesiac sailor Alex (Bill Williams), that she believes to be innocent, try to track down the real killer of a woman whom Alex apparently robbed earlier in the evening, after she helped fleece him in a card. Dir. Harold Clurman

Sunday, July 23, 1:00 PM

KEY LARGO (1948): A returning veteran (Humphrey Bogart) tangles with a ruthless gangster (Edward G. Robinson) during a hurricane while falling for his dead war buddy's widow (Lauren Bacall). Claire Trevor steals the film with her Oscar winning performance as the gangster's alcoholic and emotionally abused girlfriend. Dir. John Huston

Sunday, July 23, 3:00 PM

WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967): A commercial artist unknowingly brings a stash of heroin into his home. A trio of bad guys (Richard Crenna, Jack Weston and Alan Arkin) trace the dope to him. They trick him into leaving the house, but, unfortunately, his blind wife (Audrey Hepburn) is there alone. They proceed to first try to trick and then to terrorize her while she tries to figure out how to turn the tables on her unknown assailants. Hepburn earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her remarkable performance. Adapted from the Broadway hit written by Fredrick Knott and directed by Arthur Penn. Dir. Terence Young

Wednesday, July 26, 4:00 PM

KIM NOVAK: LIVE FROM THE TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL (2013): An in-depth interview with the famous actress concerning her life and career, taped at the TCM Classic Film Festival in April 2012.

Wed., July 26, 5:00 PM—Thu., July 27, 2:15 AM

TCM Spotlight: 50 Years of Hitchcock VII

5:00 PM

VERTIGO (1958): An old friend hires ex-cop Scotty (Jimmy Stewart) to follow his beautiful but emotionally disturbed wife (Kim Novak) through the gorgeously shot streets of San Francisco. Stewart gives an intensely dark performance as Scotty spirals further and further into romantic obsession. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

7:30 PM

NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959): Foreign agents mistake suave and swinging advertising man Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) for a spy. He takes it on the lam and encounters a beautiful blonde (Eva Marie Saint) who may or may not be trusted. This film earned 3 Oscar nominations: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color; Best Writing, Story and

10:00 PM

PSYCHO (1960): Miriam Crane (Janet Leigh) impulsively embezzles $10,000 dollars from her employer and takes it on the lam. She checks into the Bates Motel, meets the queer but attractive Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), takes a shower and makes cinematic history. A detective (Martin Balsam), Miriam's sister (Vera Miles) and her boyfriend (John Gavin) all arrive to look for the missing Miriam. Long time Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann created the rightfully legendary score. The immensely talented old time radio actress Virginia Gregg provides the voice of Norman's mother Norma Bates. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

12:00 AM

THE BIRDS (1963): Beautiful heiress Melanie (Tippi Hedren) takes a sudden fancy to a handsome architect Mitch (Rod Taylor) who lives in a remote Californian costal village with his overly affectionate mother (Jessica Tandy) and little sister. Creepily Melanie follows him there and pretends to be an old friend of his ex-girlfriend (Suzanne Pleshette).Even more creepily, after her arrival, the village is besieged by flocks of killer birds. Look for noir toughie Charles McGraw in a supporting role. Legendary animator turned special effects expert Ub Iwerks won the Oscar for Best Effects, Special Visual Effects for his work on the film. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Thursday, July 27, 5:00 PM

A DOUBLE LIFE (1947): In this extraordinary film, Ronald Colman delivers an Oscar-winning performance as Anthony John, a Broadway actor who discovers madness in his Method. Tackling his greatest role as "Othello," John can longer distinguish his art from his life, and begins acting out the character's murderous jealousy. Signe Hasso plays his ex-wife and co-star. Shelley Winters gives a fine supporting performance as a young waitress that he becomes involved with. George Cukor brilliantly directs the acerbic script by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin. Dir. George Cukor

Friday, July 28, 5:00 PM—Saturday, July 29, 4:45 AM

TCM Spotlight: 50 Years of Hitchcock VIII

5:00 PM

MARNIE (1964): A forceful millionaire (Sean Connery) blackmails a beautiful thief (Tippi Hedren), who attempted to rob him, into marrying him. He tries to unravel the mystery of her compulsion to steal. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

7:30 PM

TORN CURTAIN (1966): An American scientist (Paul Newman) pretends to defect to East Germany as part of a spy mission to obtain the formula of a secret miracle resin and escape back to the United States. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

10:00 PM

TOPAZ (1969): A complicated espionage thriller involving a Soviet spy in French General De Gaulle's retinue, drawn from Leon Uris's novel. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

12:30 AM

FRENZY (1972): In this utterly chilling and very violent film a sociopathic killer nicknamed "The Necktie Murderer" (Barry Foster) preys on women in contemporary London and Richard Blaney, the husband (Jon Finch) of one of his victims, finds himself unjustly under suspicion for her murder. Anna Massey (Peeping Tom) plays Blaney's girlfriend. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

2:30 AM

FAMILY PLOT (1976): Lighthearted suspense film about a phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend who encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Saturday, July 29, 1:45 PM

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (1955): A one-armed veteran (Spencer Tracy) uncovers small-town secrets when he tries to visit an Asian-American war hero's family. Noir icon Robert Ryan shines as the bigoted boss of the town. This film earned 3 Oscar nominations: Spencer Tracy for Best Actor in a Leading Role; John Sturges for Best Director; and Best Writing, Screenplay for Millard Kaufman. Dir. John Sturges


Sunday, July 30, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

BORN TO KILL (1947): This utterly bizarre film noir details the torrid affair between a killer (Lawrence Tierney) and the narcissistic woman (Claire Trevor) who witnessed his crime. He marries her sister and things really heat up between the amoral pair. Dir. Robert Wise


Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor on July 16

Eddie Muller presents Gun Crazy on the July 16 edition of NOIR ALLEY starring Peggy Cummins and John Dall

Paul Newman stars in The Drowning Pool on July 18

Farley Granger + John Dall together in Rope on July 19

Marlene Dietrich and Jane Wyman in Stage Fright on July 19

James Stewart and Grace Kelly star in Rear Window on July 22

Hitchcock's 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much screening July 22

Henry Fonda stars in The Wrong Man on July 22

House of Women on July 23starring Shirley Knight and Andrew Duggan

Eddie Muller presents Deadline at Dawn on the July 23 edition of NOIR ALLEY

Robert Osborne interviews Kim Novak at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival

Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo screening July 26

Hitchcock's The Birds on July 26

Ronald Colman in A Double Life on July 27

Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren in Marnie on July 28

On the set of spy thriller Topaz screening July 28

On the set of Frenzy screening July 29

Bruce Dern in Family Plot, Hitchcock's final film on July 29

Bad Day at Black Rock starring Robert Ryan and Spencer Tracy on July 29

Eddie Muller presents Born To Kill starring Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney and Audrey Long on the July 30 edition of NOIR ALLEY

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