Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: March 2019

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Friday, March 1, 11:00 AM

THE NARROW MARGIN (1952): In this seminal noir, a tough cop (Charles McGraw) meets his match when he has to guard a gangster's moll, (Marie Windsor) on a tense train ride. Can he keep her alive long enough for her to testify? Dir. Richard Fleischer

Friday, March 1, 3:00 PM

BULLITT (1968): When mobsters kill the witness Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) was assigned to protect, he uses unorthodox methods to investigate the case. Beautiful San Francisco location work and a breathtaking car chase sequence add additional pleasure to watching this fine neo-noir. Dir. Peter Yates

Monday, March 4, 10:30 AM–1:45 PM

Boxing Noir Double Bill

10:30 AM

THE SET-UP (1949): An aging boxer (Robert Ryan) defies the gangsters who've ordered him to throw his last fight, believing that he can still be a champ. Audrey Totter plays his devoted wife who begs him to retire from boxing before he's destroyed. Dir. Robert Wise

11:45 AM

THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956): A cynical press agent (Humphrey Bogart) tempted by the money, goes to work as a PR flak for the corrupt manager of a naïve boxer. He then must decide between the dough and exposing the inhuman conditions rife in the boxing game. DP Burnett Guffey earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White for his work on the film. Dir. Mark Robson

Friday, March 8, 3:45 AM

PARTY GIRL (1958): Don't miss this great Nick Ray film, not available on DVD, a gritty bringing down the racket story featuring an interesting love story between a beautiful showgirl (Cyd Charisse) and a gangster's mouthpiece (Robert Taylor) set in Chicago during the mob infested nineteen twenties. See if you can see spot the scene Brian De Palma stole for The Untouchables. Dir. Nicholas Ray

Friday, March 8, 7:15 AM

TENSION (1950): A cuckolded husband (Richard Basehart) plans the perfect murder in order to kill his wife's lover. Then he finds true love with an understanding neighbor (Cyd Charisse) and decides against implementing his plot. Unfortunately, he becomes the prime suspect when somebody else kills his previously intended victim. Audrey Totter shines as his devious mate. Dir. John Berry

Saturday, March 9, 3:00 AM

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

Saturday, March 9, 7:00 PM

GET CARTER (1971): A must-see brutal neo-gangster-noir. Ruthless gun-for-hire Carter (Michael Caine) searches for the truth behind his brother's death. The director went on to make another great gangster revenge picture thirty years later with Clive Owen called I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003). Dir. Mike Hodges


Saturday, March 9, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, March 10, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

D.O.A. (1950): This classic and rather convoluted noir tells the tale of a notary (Edmond O'Brien) who is slipped a slow-acting poison. He determines to track down his own killer. Existential doom and great San Francisco locations abound. Dir. Rudolph Maté

Sunday, March 10, 1:00 PM

AFTER THE THIN MAN (1936): In this delightful follow up to The Thin Man, Nick (William Powell) and Nora (Myrna Loy) return to their home in San Francisco determined to rest up from their previous New York adventures, but Nora's snooty family unintentionally embroils them in a murder mystery. Joseph Calleia, Sam Levene, George Zucco and a young Jimmy Stewart add to the fun. Dir. W. S. Van Dyke

Tuesday, March 12, 3:00 AM–5:00 PM

TCM Detective Movie Marathon

Here are the noirs...

4:15 AM

SCENE OF THE CRIME (1949): LAPD Lieutenant Mike Conovan (Van Johnson) investigates the murder of his ex-partner Ed Monigan whom the department believes was on the take, since they found $1000 in cash on his corpse. Monigan's son convinces Conovan that his father was working was actually working under cover. As Conovan tries to both find the murder and clear his partner's reputation, he cozies up to a stripper (Gloria De Haven). Meanwhile, his wife (Arlene Dahl) tries to persuade him to leave the dangers of police work behind. Dir. Roy Rowland

6:00 AM

THE TATTOOED STRANGER (1950): Detectives investigate the murder of a young woman whose body is found in Central Park. The only clue to her identity and possibly to the motive for her murder is her Marine Corps tattoo. Watch for Jack Lord as a lab assistant. Dir. Edward J. Montagne

11:00 AM

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941): How do I love this movie, let me count the ways… In arguably the first, and greatest, film noir, hard-boiled detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets caught up in the deadly search for a priceless statue. Along the way he tangles with a murderous liar (Mary Astor), a foppish thug (Peter Lorre) and an obese mastermind (Sydney Greenstreet). Director John Huston brilliantly adapted it from the Dashiell Hammett novel and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay. The film also garnered nominations for Best Picture and for Sydney Greenstreet, in his film debut, Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Dir. John Huston

3:00 PM

THE BIG SLEEP (1946): In Howard Hawks' clever and sophisticated adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, private eye Philip Marlowe's (Humphrey Bogart) investigates the involvement of an opium addled (and nymphomaniacal) society girl (Martha Vickers) in the murder of a pornographer. He also must determine if her sister (Lauren Bacall) is helping or hindering him. Dir. Howard Hawks

Thursday, March 14, 5:00 PM–4:00 AM

Journalism Noir Marathon

You're going to have to take tomorrow off.

5:00 PM

ACE IN THE HOLE (1951): A small-town reporter (Kirk Douglas at his hammy best) milks a local disaster to get back into the big time, destroying everyone, including himself, along the way. Jan Sterling gives a tremendous performance as the trapped man's opportunistic wife. Dir. Billy Wilder

7:15 PM

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957): A desperate press agent (Tony Curtis) stoops to new depths to help an egotistical columnist (Burt Lancaster) in an emotionally repugnant, but brilliant, performance, break up his sister's romance. Suitably noirish cinematography by James Wong Howe and an acidic script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman combine with an excellent cast to deliver a remarkable film. Dir. Alexander Mackendrick

9:00 PM

SCANDAL SHEET (1952): A terrific tabloid thriller based on Samuel Fuller's smashmouth novel The Dark Page. Broderick Crawford stars as managing editor of a scandal-mongering tabloid who murders his ex-wife, covers it up, and then—unable to resist the allure of a juicy circulation booster -- assigns his young star reporter (John Derek) to track down the culprit.

10:30 PM

THE BLUE GARDENIA (1953): Based on a story by Vera Caspary, author of Laura, a telephone operator (Anne Baxter) believes that she has killed a creepy pick-up (Raymond Burr) in self-defense, but can't remember the details of the encounter. She is suitable terrified that the police will connect her to the crime. Her path soon crosses with that of an intrepid, and attractive) reporter (Richard Conte) determined to crack the case. Nat King Cole has a cameo as himself and who sings the movie's theme song. Dir. Fritz Lang

12:15 AM

WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956): The owner of a big city news conglomerate dies, leaving it to his ne'er-do-well son (Vincent Price). Said son decides to create a competition among the heads of each department: Dana Andrews, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell and James Craig. Whoever can discover the identity of the "Lipstick Killer" terrorizing the city will be the new executive editor. Ids Lupino gives a memorable performance as a cynical reporter in cahoots with Sanders. Dir. Fritz Lang

2:15 AM

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956): At the behest of his future father-in law, newspaper editor Austin Spenser, Tom Garret (Dana Andrews)—a novelist and opponent of capital punishment—frames himself for the murder of a stripper to prove the fallibility of circumstantial evidence. The pair callously decides against taking Garret's fiancée (Joan Fontaine) into their confidence. Dir. Fritz Lang

Friday, March 15, 8:00 AM

SUSPICION (1941): A handsome gambler Johnny Aysgarth (Cary Grant) pursues the shy and wealthy Lina McLaidlaw (Joan Fontaine). He courts and marries her. After the honeymoon she discovers unsettling things about his character. She becomes increasingly suspicious of him when Johnny's friend and business partner, Beaky (Nigel Bruce) dies mysteriously. Based on Anthony Berkeley Cox's novel After the Fact. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock


Saturday, March 16, 9:30 PM &
Sunday, March 17, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

HIGH SIERRA (1941): Humphrey Bogart plays Roy Earle, a hardened criminal with a heart of gold, who finds love, redemption and a not so happy ending with the lovely and vulnerable Ida Lupino in this noir classic. This was one of three roles that George Raft refused that Bogart accepted, ironically the three roles that shot him into stardom after years of playing second bananas at Warner Brothers to among others, George Raft. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Sunday, March 17, 7:00 PM

ODD MAN OUT (1947): In this Brit Noir, an officer in the (unnamed) IRA (James Mason) is hunted through (unnamed) Belfast after a botched robbery. Who can he trust? Can he escape? Dir. Carol Reed


Saturday, March 23, 9:30 PM &
Sunday, March 24, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

LADY IN THE LAKE (1947): A lady editor (Audrey Totter) hires Phillip Marlowe to investigate the disappearance of her boss' wife. First time director Robert Montgomery, who also starred as Marlowe, chose to shoot the entire film from Marlowe's POV using a subjective camera in order to replicate visually Raymond Chandler's first person narrative from the novel. Dir. Robert Montgomery

Monday, March 25, 3:00 AM

MADELEINE (1950): Madeleine Smith (Ann Todd), a beautiful Glasgow socialite stood trial in 1857 for the murder of her lover, Emile L'Angelier who had attempted to blackmail her into marriage. Her trial was much publicized in the newspapers of the day and was labeled "the trial of the century." Dir. David Lean

Tuesday, March 26, 9:15 AM

SHADOWS ON THE STAIRS (1941): In this Brit Noir, a boarding house is a bastion of secrets involving love, sex and murder. Dir. Ross Lederman

Tuesday, March 26, 12:00 PM

THE MURDERER LIVES AT NUMBER 21 (1947): aka L'assassin habite au 21, Inspector Vorobechik (Pierre Fresnay) is on the hunt for a serial killer calling himself Monsieur Durand. Vorobechik's mistress Mila (Suzy Delair), a struggling actress, hopes to garner fame by aiding him. Vorobechik tracks his prey to a boarding house and moves in disguised as a minister. But things don't play out as expected. Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot

Friday, March 29, 10:00 AM

HE WALKED BY NIGHT (1948): In this noirish police procedural loosely based on real events, a burglar (Richard Basehart) fights to evade the police after killing a cop. Watch for a young Jack Webb as a forensic scientist. Webb's experiences working on set with the technical consultant inspired him to create Dragnet. The great cinematographer John Alton shot the film. Alton's frequent collaborator Anthony Mann reportedly took over direction of the film (without screen credit) early in the production. Dir. Alfred Werker

Friday, March 29, 3:00 PM

THE BURGLARS (1971): In this second adaptation of David Goodis novel The Burglar, Azad (Jean-Paul Belmondo) leads a rag-tag band of thieves in the heist of a fabulous jewel collection. They find themselves hunted down by a corrupt police officer (Omar Shariff) who wants the jewels for himself. As usual with Belmondo, fabulous stunts. Dir. Henri Verneuil

Friday, March 29, 5:00 PM

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

Saturday, March 30, 11:00 AM

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946): In this noir classic, illicit lovers (John Garfield and Lana Turner) plot to kill the woman's older husband. She wants to own her own restaurant, the eternal ambition of heroines created by James M. Cain, author of the original novel. The producers managed to stay quite faithful to the book while excising the sado-masochistic nature of the character's sexual relationship. Dir. Tay Garnett


Saturday, March 30, 9:30 PM &
Sunday, March 31, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

BORDER INCIDENT (1949): Mexican and American policemen (Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy) combine efforts to try to crack down on the illegal immigration racket. Simply stunning cinematography by the great John Alton and some truly brutal violence makes this a rare sample of agrarian noir. Watch for noir icon Charles McGraw in a supporting role playing the heavy's henchman. Dir. Anthony Mann

Marie Windsor in The Narrow Margin on March 1

Robert Ryan in The Set-Up on March 4

The Harder They Fall screens March 4

Cyd Charisse and Robert Taylor in Party Girl on March 8

Audrey Totter and Richard Basehart in Tension on March 8

Spencer Tracy and Lee Marvin in Bad Day at Black Rock on March 9

Michaell Caine stars in Get Carter on March 9

Eddie Muller presents noir classic D.O.A. on NOIR ALLEY March 9 and 10

William Powell and Myrna Loy together again for After the Thin Man on March 10

John Mills stars in The Tattooed Stranger March 12

Bogart and Elisha Cook in The Maltese Falcon on March 12

Jan Sterling in Ace in the Hole on March 14

Susan Harrison and Tony Curtis in The Sweet Smell of Success on March 14

Raymond Burr and Anne Baxter in The Blue Gardenia on March 14

Ida Lupino and Dana Andrews on the set of Fritz Lang's While the City Sleeps screening March 14

Beyond a Reasonablel Doubt starring Dana Andrews and Joan Fontaine on March 15

Eddie Muller presents High Sierra starring Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino on NOIR ALLEY March 16 and 17

Eddie Muller presents Lady in the Lake on NOIR ALLEY March 23 and 24

Not-to-be-missed: James Mason in Carol Reed's Odd Man Out on March 17

Ann Todd in David Lean's Madeleine on March 25

Shadows on the Stairs screens March 26

Henri-Georges Clouzot directs The Murderer Lives at Number 21 screening March 26

He Walked by Night starring Richard Basehart, lensed by top noir cinematographer John Alton on March 29

Jean-Pierre Belmondo and Omar Shariff in Henri Verneuil's The Burglars on March 29

The Postman Always Rings Twice on March 30

Eddie Muller presents Border Incident on NOIR ALLEY March 30 and 31

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