Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: January 2019

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Wednesday, January 2, 3:00 AM

LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE (1951): After being stranded in a small Texas town, an actress (Ruth Roman) champions the cause of a man (Richard Todd) recently acquitted in a re-trial for murdering his wife, but still under suspicion by the local townsfolk. Dir. King Vidor

Saturday, January 5, 10:30 AM

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


Saturday, January 5, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, January 6, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

HIS KIND OF WOMAN (1951): In this self-parodying noir, Robert Mitchum plays a drifter who accepts an offer for a job in Mexico that proves to be too good to be true. A beautiful singer posing as an heiress (Jane Russell) and the target of her con, a hammy Hollywood actor (Vincent Price), complicate matters for him. Dir. John Farrow

Sunday, January 6, 4:45 AM

NIGHT MUST FALL (1937): Young and charming Danny (Robert Montgomery) worms his way into elderly and wealthy Mrs. Bramosn's (Dame May Whitty) household. Her sexually repressed niece (Rosalind Russell) suspects him of larceny and possibly a local murder while being strongly attracted to him. What's in that hatbox? Dir. Richard Thorpe

Monday, January 7, 8:00 AM

DARK PASSAGE (1947): Adapted from a story by David Goodis, this noir follows convicted wife murderer Vincent Parry's (Humphrey Bogart) escape from jail and subsequent hunt for the real killer of his wife. Sympathetic stranger Irene (Lauren Bacall) encounters him during his jail break and aids him. Agnes Moorehead steals the show as Irene's shrewish friend who knew Vincent and his wife prior to the murder. Dir. Delmer Daves

Tuesday, January 8, 3:00 AM-5:00 PM

TCM Salutes Anthony Mann

Here are the noirs....

4:15 AM

DESPERATE (1947): An innocent trucker (Steve Brodie) takes it on the lam when he's accused of robbery. Raymond Burr co-stars as the heavy who framed him. Audrey Long plays his supportive wife. Dir. Anthony Mann

5:45 AM

THE BLACK BOOK (1949): In this distinctively noirish tale set during the French Revolution, a pair of ex-lovers, Robert Cummings and Arlene Dahl, plot to bring down Robespierre, played brilliantly by the always great Richard Basehart. Charles McGraw plays Robespierre's menacing henchman. Norman Lloyd portrays Jean-Lambert Tallien. Shot by master of noir cinematography, John. Alton Dir. Anthony Mann

7:30 AM

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

9:15 AM

SIDE STREET (1950): A New York City mailman (Farley Granger) dreams of taking his wife (Cathy O'Donnell) to Europe. So, he steals a shipment of dirty money and soon finds himself pursued by both cops and crooks. Dir. Anthony Mann

Wednesday, Jan 9, 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Prison Noir Double Bill

12:00 PM

BRUTE FORCE (1947): In this brutal film noir, a convict (Burt Lancaster) plans a daring and violent escape from a sadistic prison. Gritty noir photography provided by Oscar winner William Daniels. Dir. Jules Dassin

1:45 PM

EACH DAWN I DIE (1939): A crooked DA frames crusading reporter Frank Ross (James Cagney) for drunk driving and manslaughter. He goes to the big house and meets a charismatic racketeer and lifer "Hood" Stacey (George Raft). The pair develops an intense friendship causing "Hood" to become a better man. Can he help his unjustly convicted buddy? Dir. William Keighley

Wednesday, January 9, 10:15 PM

PANIC IN THE STREETS (1950): A policeman (Paul Douglas) and a doctor (Richard Widmark) race against time to find two gun-happy hoodlums (Zero Mostel and Jack Palance) who are somewhere in the streets of New Orleans carrying the pneumonic plague. Score by Alfred Newman and cinematography by Joseph MacDonald. Director: Elia Kazan

Thursday, Jan 10, 3:00 AM – 5:00 PM

TCM Salutes Paul Henreid

Here are the noirs...

3:30 AM

HOLLOW TRIUMPH (1948): In this iconic noir, an ex-con (Paul Henreid) whose "last heist" just went wrong, goes on the lam and poses as a psychiatrist. He falls for the psychiatrist's lover and secretary (Joan Bennett) and then things go awry. The great John Alton serves as cinematographer. As we like to say at the FNF, "It's a bitter little world." Dir. Steve Sekely

5:00 AM

DECEPTION (1946): Pianist Christine Radcliffe (Bette Davis) tries to protect her refugee husband (Paul Henreid) from her rich and powerful ex-lover, composer Alexander Hollenius (Claude Rains). Dir. Irving Rapper


Saturday, January 12, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, January 13, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

LURED (1947): In this period noir, Scotland Yard enlists the help of brassy American dancer Sandra (Lucille Ball) to find and trap the serial killer responsible for her friend's murder. The victim was quitting the dance hall because she was going off with a man she met through a personal advertisement. Through the personals, Sandra meets an eccentric artist (Boris Karloff) and a charming playboy (George Sanders). Is one of them the killer? Dir. Douglas Sirk

Sunday, January 13,10:45 AM

GILDA (1946): A gambler (Glenn Ford) discovers an old flame (Rita Hayworth) in South America, but she's married to his new boss (George Macready), and… um… friend—homoerotic noir at its best. If that weren't enough, there's Hayworth's incredibly steamy rendition of "Put the Blame on Mame" Whoof! Dir. Charles Vidor

Monday, January 14, 8:45 PM

OUT OF THE PAST (1947): In this quintessential film noir, small town gas station owner Jeff Bailey's (Robert Mitchum) past catches up with him when a stranger passing through town recognizes him. He tells his girlfriend Ann Miller (Virginia Huston) about his previous via flashback, of course. Jeff was a private eye falls for the gangster's moll (Jane Greer) that he's supposed to find for her lover Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas). She's allegedly stolen $40,000 from Whit and he wants her and the dough back. As in all good noirs, nothing is really as it seems. Watch for future noir siren Rhonda Fleming as a duplicitous secretary. Based on Geoffrey Homes' excellent pulp novel Build My Gallows High and shot by legendary cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

Tuesday, January 15, 12:45 AM

MACAO (1952): Drifter Nick Cochran (Robert Mitchum) in the Far East is mistaken for an undercover cop by a ruthless gangster who plans an elaborate trap to kill him. An American salesman (William Bendix), a beautiful singer (Jane Russell) and the gangster's sexy moll (Gloria Grahame) make plenty of trouble for him too. Dir. Josef von Sternberg

Thursday, January 17, 11:30 AM

THE TWO MRS. CARROLLS (1947): A sociopathic artist (Humphrey Bogart) decides that he would like to murder his wife in order to marry a flirtatious younger woman (Alexis Smith). However, the current Mrs. Carroll is Barbara Stanwyck, so you know this isn't going to be so easy, despite the fact that Babs is both uncharacteristically slow on the uptake and rather wimpy in this one. Dir. Peter Godfrey

Saturday, Jan 19, 10:45 AM – 2:30 PM

Cops Gone Bad Noir Double Feature

10:45 AM

THE PROWLER (1951): The lonely wife (Evelyn Keyes) of a nighttime DJ falls for the beat cop (Van Heflin) who responds to her report of a prowler. Unknown to her, he finds a murderous way to get rid of the husband. Dir. Joseph Losey

12:30 PM

THE SEVEN-UPS (1973): Roy Scheider stars as Buddy, one of a band of elite but ruthless cops called The Seven-Ups, in this 70s neo-noir. When his partner gets killed he discovers a criminal conspiracy to kidnap mobsters and a mole in their group. Dir: Philip D'Antoni


Saturday, January 19, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, January 20, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

MURDER, MY SWEET (1944): The film that graduated Dick Powell from romantic musical lead to noir tough guy. Raymond Chandler's detective and knight errant, Philip Marlowe's (Powell) search for a singer name Velma, leads him through a tangled web of blackmail and murder. Along the way, he finds himself embroiled with a wealthy man's unscrupulous gold-digging wife (Claire Trevor) and the step-daughter that despises her (Anne Shirley). Mike Mazurki gives a standout performance as the mentally challenged and extremely physically powerful ex-con that hires Marlowe to find Velma. "Cute as pants." Dir. Edward Dmytryk

Sunday, January 20, 11:00 AM

THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946): Years after a murder drove them apart, an heiress (Barbara Stanwyck) tries to win back her lost love, Sam Masterson (Van Heflin). Her scion husband (Kirk Douglas), a four-star sot, objects. Lizbeth Scott plays the down on her luck girl that falls for Sam and further complicates things. Dir. Lewis Milestone

Monday, January 21, 11:30 PM

DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995): Denzel Washington stars as "Easy" Rawlins, a WWII veteran in Los Angeles who picks up some freelance detective work searching for a mysterious white woman, Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), who's hiding out in the city's African American enclave. Before Easy knows what's hit him, he's up to his ears in crooked cops, cutthroat crooks, and corrupt politicians. Featuring spectacular supporting turns by Don Cheadle and Tom Sizemore, a terrific score by Elmer Bernstein, and vivid period cinematography by Tak Fujimoto. Dir. Carl Franklin

Friday, January 25,9:00 AM

THE BREAKING POINT (1950): This film faithfully retells the story of Hemingway's To Have and Have Not. Charter-boat skipper Harry Morgan (John Garfield) will do anything to save his boat from creditors, even smuggle illegal aliens. Things get ugly when he attempts to double cross a gangster that hires him to spirit away a group of thieves hot off a racetrack heist. Patricia Neal co-stars as the sultry moll who tries to seduce the married Morgan. Dir. Michael Curtiz

Saturday, January 26, 9:30 AM

WHITE HEAT (1949): "Top of the world, Ma!" a G-man (Edmond O'Brien) infiltrates a gang run by a mother-fixated psychotic, James Cagney in a stand out performance. This film marks the cinematic movement away from the traditional Warner Brothers' portrayal of the gangster to the more cynical and psychological film noir interpretation. Pointless trivia: Naked Gun 33 1/3 borrowed the plot. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Saturday, January 26, 11:15 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

Sunday, Jan 27, 5:00-8:30 PM

L.A. Noir Double Bill


5:00 PM

ACT OF VIOLENCE (1949): An embittered veteran (Robert Ryan) tracks down Frank R. Enley, a POW camp informer (Van Heflin) now a respected member of his community. Mary Astor steals the film as the boozy bar fly and prostitute trying to help Enley. Dir. Fred Zinnemann

6:45 PM

IN A LONELY PLACE (1950): This heartbreaking noir revolves around an alcoholic screenwriter (Humphrey Bogart) and the woman who loves him but fears he may be a murder (Gloria Grahame). This film is both a bitter commentary on Hollywood and on the impossibility of romance. Very loosely based on Dorothy B. Hughes's novel—an intense thriller and examination of post-WWII misogyny. Dir. Nicholas Ray

Monday, January 28, 7:00 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

Ruth Roman and Mercedes McCambridge in Lightning Strikes Twice on January 2

The Blue Gardenia screens January 5

Eddie Muller presents His Kind of Woman starring Vincent Price, Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum on NOIR ALLEY January 5 and 6

Robert Montgomery and Dame May Whitty in Night Must Fall on January 6

Dark Passage with Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart airs January 7

A sinister Raymond Burr in Desperate on January 8

James Mitchell and Ricardo Montalban in Border Incident on January 8

Under the gun—Farley Granger in Side Street on January 8

Howard Duff and Burt Lancaster in Jules Dassin's Brute Force screening January 9

James Cagney and George Raft in Each Dawn I Die on January 8

Jack Palance in Panic in the Streets on January 9

Joan Bennett and Paul Henreid in Hollow Triumph on January 10

Paul Henreid and Bette Davis in Deception on January 10

Eddie Muller presents Lured starring Lucille Ball and George Sanders on NOIR ALLEY January 12 and 13

Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford in Gilda on January 13

Top noir classic Out of the Past plays January 14

Evelyn Keyes and Van Heflin in The Prowler on January 19

Eddie Muller presents Murder, My Sweet starring Dick Powell on NOIR ALLEY January 19 and 20

Denzel Washington stars in Devil in a Blue Dress on January 21

Patricia Neal and John Garfield in The Breaking Point on January 27

James Cagney, Steve Cochran and Virginia Mayo in White Heat on January 26

Audrey Hepburn in Wait Until Dark on January 26

Mary Astor in Act of Violence on January 27

Gloria Grahame and Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place on January 27

Bullitt starring Steve McQueen—and San Francisco on January 28

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