Film Noir and Neo-Noir on TCM:  August 2022

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Wednesday, August 3, 3:00 AM

EDGE OF THE CITY (1957): A black stevedore, (Sidney Poitier) and a white army deserter (John Cassavetes) forge a deep bond while attempting to stand up to union corruption. Jack Warden co-stars as their abusive boss. Dir. Martin Ritt

Thursday, August 4, 5:00 AM

THE WINDOW (1949): A young boy (Bobby Driscoll) with a penchant for telling tall tales overhears a murder while sleeping alone on a fire escape. Of course, no one believes him except the murderers (Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman) who ruthlessly hunt him down. This excellent adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Dir. Ted Tetzlaff

Thursday, August 4, 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Ruth Roman, Noir Goddess

5:00 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, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. D.P. Robert Burks' outstanding work earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

7:00 PM

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (1951): I'll leave this one to FNF president Eddie Muller to describe. "When I first encountered this exceptional film more than a decade ago, I declared it "Gun Crazy [1950] scripted by John Steinbeck." A minor masterpiece in the filmography of the virtually forgotten Felix Feist, this is one of the best "love on the lam" tales in all noir. Steve Cochran--the Elvis of Noir—is perfect as a vulnerable ex-con who falls hard for bruised "taxi dancer" Ruth Roman (as a blonde! And never better!). Thwarted passions, a dank hotel room, a dirty cop—a gunshot! And suddenly our luckless lovers are fugitives fleeing cross-country. It's high time for this fantastic film to finally come out of hiding and get the recognition it deserves." Dir. Felix Feist

8:45 PM

DOWN THREE DARK STREETS (1954): An FBI (Broderick Crawford) agent pursues three separate cases that lead him to a murderer. A victim of an extortion racket (Ruth Roman), that he takes more than a professional interest in, proves the key to unlocking the mystery. Dir. Arnold Laven

10:30 PM

5 STEPS TO DANGER (1956): John Emmett's car breaks down in New Mexico while traveling from L.A. to Texas. He's picked up by a beautiful woman (Ruth Roman) and finds himself embroiled in an espionage plot. Dir. Henry S. Kesler

Friday, August 5, 3:00 AM – 3:00 PM

TCM Salutes Orson Welles

Here are the noirs...

9:30 AM

JOURNEY INTO FEAR (1942): This playful film features Joseph Cotten, who adapted the novel for the screen, as a munitions expert who gets tangled up in an espionage plot in Turkey. Watch for Orson Welles as an amorous army officer. Karl Struss served as director of photography. Dir. Norman Foster

11:00 AM

THE STRANGER (1946): A small-town schoolteacher (Loretta Young) encounters a determined investigator (Edward G. Robinson) who suspects her new husband (Orson Welles) may be an escaped Nazi war criminal. Can he convince her before it's too late? Dir. Orson Welles

1:00 PM

MR. ARKADIN a.k.a. Confidential Report (1955): Mr. Arkadin (Orson Welles), one of the richest men in Europe, hires Guy Van Stratten (Robert Arden), an amoral young man, to help him uncover clues about his past. He claims that he suffers from amnesia and that he has no idea how he came by his wealth. Guy races against an unknown murderer bent on killing anyone who can reveal information about Arkadin. Things get even more complicated when he falls for Arkadin's daughter. Dir. Orson Welles

5:00 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

7:00 PM

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948): An Irish sailor (Orson Welles) gets caught between a corrupt tycoon (Everett Sloane) and his voluptuous wife (Welles' real-life wife Rita Hayworth) and their plans to eliminate one another in this wonderfully convoluted noir. Trivia: Columbia chief Harry Cohn sent future horror icon William Castle along on location to keep Welles in line, on time and under budget, to no avail. Dir. Orson Welles

Saturday, August 6, 3:00 AM

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

Monday, August 8, 9:00 PM

THE BIG CLOCK (1948): A corrupt publisher (Charles Laughton) tries to frame a career-driven editor (Ray Milland) for murder. Laughton's wife Elsa Lanchester shines in the small but memorable role of a bohemian artist. Based on the book by Kenneth Fearing, which was adapted a second time as the Kevin Costner vehicle No Way Out (1987). Dir. John Farrow

Tuesday, August 9, 5:00 PM

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950): Film Noir meets Hollywood Gothic meets biting satire in this piece of perfection. A failed, and drowned, screenwriter, William Holden, tells us how he fell into a mercenary romance with a faded silent-film star, Gloria Swanson who probably would have told us a rather different story. Admirable support provided Erich von Stroheim as Max, her devoted butler and chauffer. Dir. Billy Wilder

Wednesday, August 10, 1:30 AM

INVISIBLE STRIPES (1940): Clifford Taylor (George Raft) is paroled from Sing Sing but is unable to shed the "invisible stripes" that cling to him as he tries to go straight. His fiancé dumps him, he's wrongly accused of a crime at work, his dopey brother threatens to break bad, and his old prison chum (Humphrey Bogart) gets out and offers him a life of lucrative crime. Will Taylor be able to keep on the straight and narrow? Dir. Lloyd Bacon

August 11, 5:00 PM

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1963): In this late era noir, an ex-G.I. (Frank Sinatra) slowly begins to realize that he was brainwashed by the Koreans while he was a P.O.W. He soon suspects that his former comrade in arms (Laurence Harvey), who is also the step-son of a presidential candidate, is being manipulated by the Communists. Dir. John Frankenheimer

Thursday, August 18, 3:00 PM – 3:00 AM

TCM Salutes Shelly Winters

Here are the noirs...

10:15 AM

I DIED A THOUSAND TIMES (1955): Gangster Big Mac (Lon Chaney, Jr.) pulls strings to get a lifer, Roy (Jack Palance), out of prison. In return, Roy had to pull a big jewelry heist. Big Mac saddles him with incompetent henchmen and things go badly. Especially when they pick up a taxi dancer (Shelley Winters) who causes considerable tension and then falls in love with Roy. W.R. Burnett based his screenplay on his own novel High Sierra, previously adapted by John Huston and Burnett in 1941 for Raoul Walsh's film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino. Dir. Stuart Heisler

5:00 PM

A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951): This sublime adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy is noir to the core, despite the gloss and glamour Paramount ladled on to make it a huge hit. A blue-collar social climber (Montgomery Clift) falls for a gorgeous society debutante (Elizabeth Taylor, at the peak of her beauty), but his plain, prole, and pregnant girlfriend (Shelley Winters) stands in the way of his personal American Dream. It won Oscars for best costumes, score, editing, cinematography, screenplay, and direction, yet somehow lost best picture to An American in Paris. Dir. George Stevens

7:15 PM

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955): Bogus preacher Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) marries an outlaw's widow (Shelly Winters in a stunning performance) in search of the dead man's hidden loot. The widow's son (Billy Chapin) sees through him, and tries to keep the secret of the treasure location and protect his mother, sister and himself from Powell. Lillian Gish plays the force of good in opposition to Mitchum's evil. Dir. Charles Laughton

11:00 PM

HE RAN ALL THE WAY (1951): John Garfield plays a desperate criminal on the run from a robbery that ended with a shooting. He takes refuge in the family apartment of a naïve young woman (Shelley Winters). She falls in love with him, complicating further a tense hostage situation. Dir. John Berry

Friday, August 19, 10:30 PM

HIGH AND LOW (1963): In this Japanese noir, based on one of Ed McBain's 87 Precinct novels, King's Ransom, kidnappers mistake a chauffeur's son for the child of a wealthy shoe manufacturer (Toshiro Mifune). The film functions as both as mystery and an exploration of Japan's new class system, based on wealth rather than tradition. Dir. Akira Kurosawa

Saturday, August 20, 3:00 AM – 3:00 PM

TCM Salutes Joan Crawford

Here are the noirs...

8:15 AM

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

2:30 PM

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962) A crazed, aging star (Bette Davis) torments her sister (Joan Crawford) in a decaying Hollywood mansion. This beautiful Hollywood gothic noir features a duet of superbly fearless performances by two legendary actresses. Nominated for five Oscars, but only one win, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White for Norma Koch Dir. Robert Aldrich

5:00 PM

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

9:00 PM

FLAMINGO ROAD (1949): Carnival dancer Lane Bellamy (Joan Crawford), while stranded in a small town, becomes romantically involved with deputy sheriff Fielding Carlisle (Zachary Scott), a whose career is controlled by Sheriff and corrupt political boss Titus Semple (Sydney Greenstreet). Semple dislikes Bellamy and mounts a campaign against her but she's not one to take things lying down. Dir. Michael Curtiz

11:00 PM

THE DAMNED DON'T CRY (1950): Fed up with her small-town marriage and life of drudgery, Ethel Whitehead (Joan Crawford) goes after the big time and by sleeping with a series of mafiasi. This fantastic film noir fable, a thinly-veiled version of the life story of gangster's moll Virginia Hill, is perhaps a truer depiction of the real Joan Crawford than Mommie Dearest (1981). Right up there with Mildred Pierce as one of Crawford's finest Warner Bros. melodramas. With Steve Cochran, Kent Smith, and veteran Joan-foil David Brian. Dir. Vincent Sherman.

1:00 AM

THIS WOMAN IS DANGEROUS (1952): After pulling off a daring heist in New Orleans, a lady gangster (Joan Crawford) leaves her lover and partner in crime behind and checks into an Indianapolis hospital to undergo experimental surgery to save her failing eyesight. When she falls for her handsome doctor (Dennis Morgan), will she change her ways and will her lover let her go without a fight? Dir. Felix Feist

Tuesday, August 23, 3:15 PM

THE STRIP (1951): Veteran and drummer Stanley Maxton (Mickey Rooney) moves to Los Angeles with dreams of opening his own club but becomes entangled with a racketeer (James Craig) and a nightclub dancer with ambitions for Hollywood (Sally Forrest) and ends up accused of murder. The film features Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra as well as Monica Lewis and Vic Damone as themselves. Much of the picture was shot on location in and around the Sunset Strip. Interiors were shot at popular nightclubs Mocambo and Ciro's and at restaurants Little Hungary and Stripps. Dir. László Kardos

Wednesday, August 24, 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, not to mention the iconic Lalo Schifrin score. Dir. Peter Yates

Saturday, August 27, 4:30 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. Based on the novel by W. R. Burnett. Dir. John Huston

Sunday, August 28, 1:00 AM

CLASH BY NIGHT (1952): In this film noir social realism hybrid, an embittered and world-weary woman (Barbara Stanwyck) seeks escape from her life of hard knocks in marriage, only to fall for her husband's amoral best friend (Robert Ryan). The film features a small, early role for Marilyn Monroe. Based on a play by the ever-ponderous Clifford Odets. Dir. Fritz Lang

Sunday, August 28, 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Hitchcock and Grant Double Bill

12:30 PM

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 outstanding novel After the Fact. Seriously, read the book. Fontaine won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work in the film. Composer Franz Waxman was nominated for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture. The film also earned a nomination for Best Picture. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

2:30 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 Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen; and Best Film Editing. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, August 29, 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 the legendary 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. The film garnered four Oscar nominations, Best Picture, Best actor for Powell, Best Director, and Best Writing, Adaptation for Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Dir. Woody Van Dyke

Monday, August 29, 7:00 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. Writers Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett received a Best Writing, Screenplay Oscar nomination. Dir. Woody Van Dyke

Tuesday, August 30, 7:00 PM

THE GOOD HUMOR MAN (1950): Jack Carson stars as a driver for the Good Humor Ice Cream Company, in over his head when he tries to save a gal-pal from gangsters and ends up accused of murder. A typical thriller from ace noir scribe Roy (The Fugitive) Huggins—except the final screenplay is by comedy genius Frank Tashlin, whose hilariously inspired high-jinks play havoc with film noir conventions. Costarring Lola Albright, Jean Wallace, and George "Superman" Reeves. Directed by Lloyd Bacon.

NOIR ALLEY with FNF prez Eddie Muller will be on hiatus during the month of August due to TCM's Summer Under the Stars 2022. The show will return on September 3 with Eddie's presentation of Hugo Haas' Hit and Run (1957).

Sidney Poitier in Edge of the City on August 3

Jimmy Driscoll and Ruth Roman in The Window on August 4

Steve Cochran and Ruth Roman in Tomorrow Is Another Day on August 4

Ruth Roman stars in Down Three Dark Streets on August 4

Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles in Journey Into Fear on August 5

Orson Welles in Mr. Arkadin on August 5

Robert Krasker's photography stuns in The Third Man on August 5

Orson Welles and Rita Hayward in The Lady from Shanghai on August 5

Alan Arkin in Wait until Dark on August 6

Ray Milland stars in The Big Clock on August 8

Gloria Swanson stars in top-noir classic Sunset Boulevard on August 9

Angela Lansbury as you've never seen her before in The Manchurian Candidate on August 11

Shelly Winters and Jack Palance in I Died a Thousand Times on August 18

Montgomery Cliff and Liz Taylor in A Place in the Sun on August 18

Robert Mitchum menaces in The Night of the Hunter on August 18

John Garfield and Shelly Winters in He Ran All the Way on August 18

Kurosawa's thriller High and Low on August 18

Joan Crawford in Possessed on August 20

Zachary Taylor and Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce on August 20

Joan Crawford and Zachary Taylor in Flamingo Road on August 20

Kent Smith and Joan Crawford in The Damned Don't Dry on August 20

Joan Crawford stars in This Woman Is Dangerous on August 21

Bullitt in late 60s San Francisco screens on August 24

Act of Fate - Sam Jaffe is mesmerized in The Asphalt Jungle on August 27

Cary Grant in Hitchcock's Suspicion on August 28

Hitchcock's North by Northwest screens August 28

Myrna Loy and William Powell reunite for After the Thin Man screening August 29

Jack Carson in The Good Humor Man on August 30