Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: February 2017

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Wednesday, February 1,1:15 AM

INSIDE THE WALLS OF FOLSOM PRISON (1951): After public outcry regarding the treatment of prisoners at Folsom, the board of directors appoint a liberal penologist as the new captain of the guards to the chagrin of the repressive warden. When the prisoners riot after an attempted breakout, the conflict between the pair comes to a head. This film inspired Johnny Cash to write the song "Folsom Prison Blues". Dir. Crane Wilb

Wednesday, February 1, 11:00 AM

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

Thursday, February 2, 2:30 AM

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950): A hoodlum and ex-con (Sterling Hayden) hopes for one last big score that will enable him to go home to his farm in Kentucky. He falls in with a gang of small time crooks plotting an elaborate jewel heist. Of course, you can never go home again. A young Marilyn Monroe plays a small but juicy part. The film was nominated for four Oscars including a Best Supporting Actor nod for Sam Jaffe as the mastermind undone by his passion for beautiful girls. Dir. John Huston

Friday, February 3, 9:15 PM—3:15 AM

Oscar Noir

9:15 PM

BLOW-UP (1966): A womanizing photographer (David Hemmings) discovers a murder in the background of a candid photo. His investigation tests his deductive skills and his sanity. Nominated for two Oscars: Michelangelo Antonioni for Best Director and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen for Michelangelo Antonioni (screenplay/story), Tonino Guerra (screenplay) and Edward Bond (screenplay) Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

11:15 PM

BLUES IN THE NIGHT (1941): In this consummate jazz noir, pianist Jigger Pine (Richard Whorf) forms a quintet with his singer/wife fronting the band (Priscilla Lane). Relationship problems, criminal activity and the siren song of success all threaten the band's devotion to jazz and the blues. A remarkable collection of talented actors contribute to the film, Lloyd Nolan, Jack Carson, Wallace Ford, Joyce Compton, Howard Da Silva, and a young Elia Kazan. Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer scored the film and penned the Oscar nominated title song, Blues in the Night which became a huge hit and part of the Great American Songbook. Dir. Anatole Litvak

1:15 AM

BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967): In this critically acclaimed and deeply influential classic, the legendary bank robbers and lovers (Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway) embark on a crime spree during the Depression era Dust Bowl of the 1930s and become folk heroes. The film won two Oscars, Estelle Parsons for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Burnett Guffey for Best Cinematography, an additional eight nominations. Dir. Arthur Penn

Saturday, February 4, 5:15 AM

BOOMERANG (1947): In this fact based noir, State's Attorney Henry L. Harvey (Dana Andrews) contends with an explosive political situation while trying to discover rather or not a drifter is innocent of a terrible crime, the murder of a beloved priest. Richard Murphy earned an Oscar nod for Best Writing, Screenplay for his script. Dir. Elia Kazan

Saturday, February 4, 8:30 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

Sunday, February 5, 2:30 AM

CAGED (1950): This film noir in women-in-prison clothing details the transformation of a young, naïve and pregnant widow (Elanor Parker) into a hardened convict. She learns the hard way how to survive in the big house from a sadistic prison guard (Hope Emerson) and the failure of a good hearted warden (Agnes Moorehead) to reform the prison. This is more than an exploitation flick, it's an intelligent social drama and raises the still prescient issue facing the American penal system, is it actually reforming first time offenders or just turning prisoners into career criminal? Nominated for three Oscars including Best Actress for Parker and Supporting Actress for Emerson. Dir. John Cromwell

Monday, February 6, 1:30 PM

CROSSFIRE (1947): In this seminal noir, an upright district attorney (Robert Young) investigates a seemingly motiveless murder. As he digs further the prime suspect (George Cooper) seems less and less likely to have done it and an ugly motivation begins to appear. Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan play a couple of GIs caught up in the case, one trying to clear the suspect and the other trying to frame him. Gloria Grahame earned a best supporting actress nomination for her role as an embittered taxi dancer. Dir. Edward Dmytryk

Wednesday, February 8, 5:00 PM

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (1940): An American reporter (Joel McCrea) covering the war in Europe gets mixed up in the assassination of a Dutch diplomat which leads to his uncovering a political conspiracy with the aid of the daughter (Laraine Day) of a prominent politician (Herbert Marshall) and a chap named ffolliott "with two small 'f's" (George Sanders), his rival for the girl's affection. This tremendously entertaining film features several vintage Hitchcock set pieces. The film was nominated for six Oscars. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Wednesday, February 8, 9:00 PM

FRENCH CONNECTION (1972): New York Detectives, Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) attempt to intercept a massive heroin shipment coming into the city and hunt down the criminal mastermind behind it, Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey). This gritty procedural also features one of the best car chases in cinematic history. In addition to earning Best Picture and Best Actor for Hackman at the Oscars, the film won Best Director for Friedkin, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. Dir. William Friedkin

Thursday, February 9, 4:45 AM

GASLIGHT (1944): A newlywed (Ingrid Bergman) fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion where her aunt was murdered ten years earlier. Joseph Cotten stars as the handsome stranger who aids her. Charles Boyer stars as the handsome husband who terrorizes her. The film won two Oscars, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ingrid Bergman and Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White for Cedric Gibbons, William Ferrari, Edwin B. Willis, Paul Huldschinsky, and earned five more nominations. Dir. George Cukor

Monday, February 13, 12:00 PM

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967): In a small Mississippi town, racist Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) mistakenly accuses African American Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) of the recent murder of a prominent Northern industrialist. When Gillespie discovers that Tibbs is a Homicide detective from Philadelphia, he enlists his help to solve the murder. This groundbreaking neo-noir won five Oscars, including Best Picture. Dir. Norman Jewison

Monday, February 13, 9:30 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

Wednesday, February 15, 5:00 PM

THE LOST WEEKEND (1945): Ray Milland won the Oscar for his performance as Don Birnam, an alcoholic writer with writer's block who reaches the lower depths while on a bender. The story cuts between the present and the past, trying to explain what's led him down the path of self-destruction despite the love of his brother (Phillip Terry) and his girlfriend (Jane Wyman). The film also won the Oscars for Picture, Director and Screenplay. Based on the ground breaking novel by Charles R. Jackson Dir. Billy Wilder

Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:15 PM—7:15 PM

Oscar Noir Double Bill

3:15 PM

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

5:00 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

Friday, February 17, 10:00 AM

MILDRED PIERCE (1945): Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her performance as a woman who builds herself up from grass widow to successful restaurateur in a desperate effort to win the love of the most ungrateful brat in the history of cinema, her daughter Veda, brilliantly played by Ann Blyth. A marriage of convenience, adultery and murder ensue. At least Mildred has the greatest best friend ever, a wisecracking Eve Arden. Based on the James M. Cain story. Dir. Michael Curtiz

Sunday, February 19, 3:30 AM

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 Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen; and Best Film Editing Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, February 20, 11:45 PM

POSSESSED (1947): In this excellent examination of obsession, Joan Crawford gives a terrific—and Oscar nominated—performance as a married woman whose passion for a former love (Van Heflin) drives her mad. Raymond Massey plays her compassionate husband. Dir. Curtis Bernhardt

Tuesday, February 21, 9:45 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

Thursday, February 23, 2:00 PM

THE SEA WOLF (1941): In this gripping yarn based on a Jack London story, shipwrecked fugitives (John Garfield and Ida Lupino) try to escape a brutal sea captain who's losing his mind, Edward G. Robinson in a power house performance. The film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Effects, Special Effects. Dir. Michael Curtiz

Saturday, February 25, 1:00 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

Sunday, Feb. 26, 5:00 PM—8:45 PM

Oscar Noir Double Bill

5:00 PM

THE THIN MAN (1934): Dashiell Hammett's urbane but fun loving sleuths Nick and Nora Charles, along with their pup Asta, investigate the disappearance of an inventor in this classic blend of laughs and suspense. Shot in just two weeks by director Woody "One-Shot'' Van Dyke and cinematographer James Wong Howe, this gem set the gold standard for the sophisticated comedy—inspiring five sequels as well as countless inferior imitations. Van Dyke previously directed Myrna Loy and William Powell in Manhattan Melodrama and spotted the terrific chemistry of their off screen banter between takes. He insisted on casting the pair as Hammett's hard-drinking super-couple and the glamorous pair became one of the movies' great romantic teams. Shot by the legendary cinematographer James Wong Howe. The film garnered four Oscar nominations, Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Powell, Best Director for W.S. Van Dyke Best Writing, Adaptation for Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Dir. Woody Van Dyke

6:45 PM

THE THIRD MAN (1949): This fantastic film about a naive American, Joseph Cotten, investigating the death of his friend, Orson Welles, in post-World War II Vienna never loses its impact no matter how many times you watch it. "Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock". Director of Photography Robert Krasker won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White for the film. The film also garnered Oscar nominations, Carol Reed for Best Director and Oswald Hafenrichter for Best Film Editing. Dir. Carol Reed

Monday, February 27, 3:15 PM

T-MEN (1948): Director Anthony Mann and cinematographer John Alton— king of chiaroscuro — pull out all the stops in relating the intensely exciting and shockingly brutal tale of U.S. Treasury agents, led by the redoubtable Dennis O'Keefe, going undercover to infiltrate a cadre of counterfeiters. Great character bits from Charles McGraw and Wallace Ford in a vivid script by crime scribe John C. Higgins. One of the most artfully arresting visual spectacles of the original film noir era! The film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Sound, Recording. Dir. Anthony Mann

February-noir starts with Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison

San Francisco circa 1936 the venue for After the Thin Man screening February 1

Jean Hagan and Sterling Hayden in John Huston's noir masterpiece, The Asphalt Jungle, on February 2

David Hemmings stars in Blow-Up on February 3

Jazz noir, Blues in the Night, on February 3

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde on February 3

Elia Kazan's Boomerang starring Dana Andrews on February 4

Steve McQueen + late 60's San Francisco on February 4

Warners Bros' Caged takes an unflinching look at America's penal system on February 5

Robert Ryan in Crossfire on February 6

Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent on February 8

Roy Schneider and Gene Hackman star in Friedkin's The French Connection on February 8

Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman in Cukor's Gaslight on February 9

Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger in the 5-Oscar-winning In the Heat of the Night on February 13

On the set of Key Largo with Humphrey Bogard and Lauren Bacall, screening February 13

Oscar-winning Ray Milland stars in The Lost Weekend on February 15

Peter Lorre on the set of The Maltese Falcon screening February 16

Joan Crawford on the set of Mildred Pierce playing February 17

Joan Crawford and Van Heflin star in Possessed on February 20

Ida Lupino, Edward G. Robinson, and John Garfield star in The Sea Wolf on February 23

Robert Walker v. Farley Granger in Hitcock's Strangers on a Train playing February 25.

John Alton's spectacularly lit T-Men on February 27

 

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