Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: April 2018

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Tuesday, April 3, 3:45 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

Tuesday, April 3, 10:45 AM

LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (1955): Engrossing musical bio (from an Oscar-winning story by Daniel Fuchs) of Jazz age singer Ruth Etting (Doris Day), whose life and career were dominated by gangster Marty 'The Gimp' Snyder, (James Cagney). Ruth's musical advisor Johnny Alderman (Cameron Mitchell) attempts repeatedly to persuade Ruth to leave her abusive relationship. Dir. Charles Vidor

TCM SPOTLIGHT: MICHAEL CURTIZ

Wed., April 4, 5:00 PM—10:30 PM

Curtiz in the 1930s

FNF board member Alan K. Rode & Ben Mankiewicz present

5:00 PM

NOAH'S ARK (1929): In this early talkie helmed by Michael Curtiz, a love triangle (comprising George O'Brien, Noah Beery and Dolores Costello) set in WWI is paralleled to another one set during the great deluge. Look for Myrna Loy in two small roles, as a chorus girl in the modern setting and a slave girl in the biblical sequence. Dir. Michael Curtiz

7:00 PM

20,000 YEARS IN SING SING (1932): Racketeer Tommy Connors (Spenser Tracy) enters prison expecting everyone to play by his rules, cons and guards alike. The incorruptible and reformed minded warden determines to make Tommy a better man. Meanwhile on the outside, Tommy's girl Fay (Bette Davis) finds herself in over her head when she befriends Tommy's lawyer Joe Finn (Louis Calhern). Dir. Michael Curtiz

8:30 PM

KID GALLAHAD (1937): After winning a fight against a professional boxer at a party and then again in the ring, a bellhop (Wayne Morris) goes into hiding from the fighter's mob connected manager (Humphrey Bogart). He comes back to the city as Kid Galahad and takes the boxing world by storm. Edward G. Robinson and Bette Davis co-star. Dir. Michael Curtiz

Thursday, April 05, 3:30 AM—5:00 PM

Bette Davis Marathon

Here are the noirs...

3:30 AM

THE NANNY (1965): Before the studio exploded on the world cinematic stage with its legendary cycle of horror films mostly starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, Hammer Studios produced a series of excellent, low budget thrillers, often featuring American stars on the wane. This is one of the best. Bette Davis plays the title character, an aging nanny now taking care of the children of her old charge. To be more accurate, looking after the one remaining child, Bobby, recently released from a home for disturbed children, who claims Nanny was responsible for his sister's drowning two years ago. Too bad no one believes him. Dir. Seth Holt

5:15 AM

DEAD RINGER (1964): In this late era noir, Bette Davis stars as twins, the rich and mean Margaret and the other poor and put upon spinster Edith meet after many years at the funeral of Margaret's husband Frank. Edith snaps when she discovers from Margaret why Frank dumped her and married Margaret instead. Edith shoots her sister, takes her place and tries to make "Edith's" death look like a suicide. Edith's boyfriend, police sergeant Jim Hobbson (Karl Malden) and Margaret's lover Tony (Peter Lawford) soon complicates things. Dir. Paul Henreid

Thursday, April 5, 5:00 PM—11:00 pm

Victorian Noir Triple Bill

5:00 PM

THE LODGER (1944): In this period noir, set in 1889 London, a landlady suspects her new lodger (Laird Cregar), a deeply religious man with a notable dislike of women, is Jack the Ripper. Inspector John Warwick (George Sanders) begins to think she may be right when the lodger takes an interest in the landlady's niece (Merle Oberon), a beautiful actress. Based on Marie Belloc Lowndes' renowned psychological thriller. Dir. John Brahm

6:45 PM

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. Angela Lansbury plays the pretty maid who may be in league with Boyer. Based on Patrirck Hamilton's Angel Street. 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

9:00 PM

SO EVIL MY LOVE (1948): Inspired by a true-life, never-solved murder, this is one of the great undiscovered gothic-noir dramas of the 1940s. A devout missionary (Ann Todd) falls under the spell of a charming rogue (Ray Milland) and can't resist aiding him in the commission of his crimes. Milland is at his caddish best, but the real standouts are Todd and costar Geraldine Fitzgerald. Based on the novel by Marjorie Bowen, who wrote under the pseudonym Joseph Shearing. Dir. Lewis Allen

Friday, April 6, 5:30 AM

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

NOIR ALLEY

Saturday, April 7, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, April 8, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

SUDDENLY (1954): A gun hating war widow (Nancy Gates) finds her family and herself at the mercy or a ruthless hit man (Frank Sinatra). It seems that her house would be the perfect spot for his current job, assassinating the U. S. president who will be passing through her small town. Can the town's sheriff, and her ex-boyfriend, (Sterling Hayden) save them? Dir. Lewis Allen

Monday, April 9, 3:30 PM—7:00 PM

Film Noir Double Bill

3:30 PM

ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1952): Robert Ryan gives an emotionally charged performance as a city cop on the verge of a breakdown. After nearly killing a suspect, he's sent out to the country to find the murderer of a young woman. There he encounters the blind sister (Ida Lupino) of the main suspect. Can he overcome his personal demons and connect with her? Added bonus: John Ford Players Ward Bond and Olive Cary portray the murdered girl's parents. Dir. Nicholas Ray

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

Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 AM—5:00 PM

Amnesiac Marathon

Here are the noirs...

7:30 AM

TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE (1945): In this charming programmer, an amnesiac (Tom Conway) discovers he's wanted for murder. Ann Rutherford plays the spunky cab driver who helps him after she nearly runs him over. Jane Greer and Jeanne Brooks play the women in the case. Dir. Anthony Mann

11:45 AM

CROSSROADS (1942): A recently wed French diplomat (William Powell) is accused of being a master criminal. He is suffering from amnesia and must find out for himself if the accusations are true. The women in the case are his new bride (Heddy Lamarr) and a witness against him (Claire Trevor). Dir. Jack Conway

1:15 PM

HYSTERIA (1965): In this late era noir from Hammer studios, an American (Chris Webber) wakes up in a London hospital with amnesia after being in a car accident. He moves into a flat provided by the same mysterious benefactor who paid his hospital bills. He hires a private detective (Maurice Denham) to help him find out who he is and the truth behind the accident he was in. Dir. Freddie Francis

TCM SPOTLIGHT: MICHAEL CURTIZ

Wed., April 11, 5:00 PM—10:30 PM

Curtiz with Errol Flynn

FNF board member Alan K. Rode & Ben Mankiewicz present Curtiz with Errol Flynn

8:00 PM

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938): Warner Brothers took a break from their usual ripped from the headline fare to tell the classic tale of Robin Hood (Errol Flynn), Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland), Prince John (Claude Rains), Will Scarlett (Patrick Knowles), and Friar Tuck (Eugene Pallette). Shot in glorious three strip Technicolor. Dir. Michael Curtiz

10:00 PM

CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935): An Irish doctor flees English injustice and reluctantly becomes embroiled with the evil pirate Levasseur (Basil Rathbone). The lovely Arabella Bishop (Olivia de Havilland) complicates things considerably for him. Once again, Rathbone's fencing is breathtaking. Dir. Michael Curtiz

12:15 AM

DODGE CITY (1939): A cattleman (Errol Flynn) reluctantly becomes the law in Dodge City and falls in love with the sole witness (Olivia de Havilland) who can put away the corrupt town's kingpin. Sadly, no Basil Rathbone fencing. Dir. Michael Curtiz

Thursday, April 12, 4:45 AM—3:00 PM

Matrimonial Mystery Marathon

Here are the noirs...

6:00 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

9:15 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. Angela Lansbury plays the pretty maid who may be in league with Boyer. Based on Patrirck Hamilton's Angel Street. 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

11:15 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

1:00 PM

UNDERCURRENT (1946): In this unusually cast noir, a sheltered woman (Katherine Hepburn) realizes that either her husband (Robert Taylor with a Walt Disneyesque moustache) or his mysterious brother, (noir stalwart Robert Mitchum) is a psychopath. Edmund Gwenn co-stars as Hepburn's father. Dir. Vincente Minnelli

Thursday, April 12, 3:00 PM

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

Saturday, April 14, 9:00 AM

ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959): In this drily witty courtroom drama, based on real events, a small-town lawyer (James Stewart) more interested in fishing and playing the piano then practicing law gets the case of a lifetime when he defends a soldier (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering the man who beat and raped his flirtatious wife (Lee Remick). Eve Arden once again does a lot with a small part as his long suffering secretary. Duke Ellington composed the jazz score. Dir. Otto Preminger

NOIR ALLEY

Saturday, April 14, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, April 15, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

MYSTERY STREET (1950): Lieutenant Peter Moralas (Ricardo Montalban) and a Harvard criminal pathologist (Bruce Bennett) try to solve a possible murder with nothing but the victim's bones to go on. Elsa Lanchester steals the show as the victim's shady landlady. Shot by the legendary cinematographer John Alton. Dir. John Sturges

Tuesday, April 17, 5:00 PM—2:00 AM

TCM Pays Tribute to Peggy Cummins

5:00 PM

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

6:45 PM

CURSE OF THE DEMON (1957): An American psychologist (Dana Andrews) travels to England to discredit the occult beliefs of the "Demon Cult." He's aided by a feisty schoolteacher (Peggy Cummins) whose father may have been killed by the Satanists. This suggestive and suspenseful sojourn into the Black Arts is one of the most spellbinding horror films ever made. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

8:30 PM

HELL DRIVERS (1957): An ex-con (Stanley Baker) trying to go straight takes a job driving for a corrupt trucking company, where the bosses pit the drivers against each other in a dangerous competition that leads to higher profits and . . . death! Peggy Cummins is the saucy secretary who flirts her way through an array of up-and-coming stars. A gear-grinding masterpiece! Dir. Cy Endfield

10:30 PM

THE LATE GEORGE APLEY (1947): A staid but loving Bostonian patriarch (Ronald Coleman) finds his children's romances troubling. Peggy Cummins shines as his rebellious daughter who wants to make up her own mind who to marry. Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz

12:30 AM

ALWAYS A BRIDE (1954): Con artist Clare (Peggy Cummings) tries to settle down when she falls in love with a British Treasury agent (Terence Morgan) but her former partner in fraud and father (Ronald Squire) wants her to pull of one last con with him. Dir. Ralph Smart

Wednesday, April 18, 9:00 AM

THE UNSUSPECTED (1947): The star and producer of a radio crime series, a rather nasty Claude Rains, commits the perfect crime in order to cover some irregularities concerning his late niece's estate, only to have his plans thwarted when his niece Constance Bennett is found alive and well. Audrey Totter plays her slutty cousin who stole her fiancé and now has designs on her husband. Dir. Michael Curtiz

TCM SPOTLIGHT: MICHAEL CURTIZ

Wed., April 18, 5:00 PM—11:15 PM

Curtiz in the 1940s

FNF board member Alan K. Rode & Ben Mankiewicz present

5:00 PM

CASABLANCA (1942): A love triangle plays out in Vichy controlled Casablanca between a cynical bar owner (Humphrey Bogart), a resistance fighter (Paul Henreid) and his beautiful wife (Ingrid Bergman). The supporting cast includes Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Conreid Veidt. Dir. Michael Curtiz

7:00 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

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942): James Cagney won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the legendary Broadway musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan in this musical biopic. Beautifully shot in glorious black and white by renowned cinematographer James Wong Howe. Dir. Michael Curtiz

Thursday, April 19, 1:30 AM

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, April 21, 5:00 PM

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (1968): A bored tycoon (Steve McQueen) turns to bank robbery and courts the insurance investigator (Faye Dunaway) assigned to bring him in. Hard to decide which of the leads is prettier. Dir. Norman Jewison

NOIR ALLEY

Saturday, April 21, 9:15 PM &
Sunday, April 22, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

CRY DANGER (1951): Rocky (Dick Powell), recently sprung from the big house, is on a mission to find out who framed him for the robbery that landed him there. Priceless dialog and an outstanding supporting performance by Richard Erdman as Powell's alcoholic sidekick elevate this noir well above the ordinary. Dir. Robert Parrish

Monday, April 23, 3:30 PM

OUT OF THE FOG (1941): A racketeer (John Garfield) terrorizes a small fishing community and seduces a tailor's daughter (Ida Lupino). The tailor and his friend must figure out how to fight the racketeer to keep their only solace, their fishing boat, from being destroyed in an "accident" and to save the daughter from throwing her life away on the racketeer. Dir. Anatole Litvak

TCM SPOTLIGHT: MICHAEL CURTIZ

Wed., April 25, 5:00 PM—11:15 PM

Curtiz in the 1950s & 60s

FNF board member Alan K. Rode & Ben Mankiewicz present

8:00 PM

YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN (1950): In this noir musical, Smoke Willoughby (Hoagy Carmichael) reminisces about his friend Rick Martin (Kirk Douglas). Aspiring jazz trumpeter Rick is torn between an honest singer (Doris Day) and a narcissistic, and possibly lesbian, heiress played by Lauren Bacall in an unusually unsympathetic role. Fame, fortune, grief and madness follow. Script writers Carl Foreman and Edmund H. North adapted Dorothy Baker's book which in turn was inspired by Jazz legend's Bix Beiderbecke's musical life. Harry James supplied Douglas' trumpet solos. Dir. Michael Curtiz

10:00 PM

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

12:00 AM

THE PROUD REBEL (1958): In Michael Curtiz's sensitively wrought film, a Confederate vet (Alan Ladd) wanders in the post-Civil War North, searching for a doctor who can cure his son (Ladd's real life son David) of his trauma induced muteness. They are accompanied by a contender for the best dog to ever grace the big screen, their border collie Lance. The pair forms an unlikely alliance with a spinsterish farm owner (Olivia De Havilland) against a sheep farmer (Dean Jagger) and his two sons who are trying to force her off her land. Dir. Michael Curtiz

Friday, April 27, 2:30 PM

ADVISE & CONSENT (1962): The President of the United States (Franchot Tone) nominates the controversial Robert A. Leffingwell (Henry Fonda) to the post of Secretary of State. The political machinations began immediately as the Senate debates whether or not to confirm the appointment. A ruthless politician, dead set against Leffingwell, tries to blackmail junior Senator Brig Anderson (Don Murray) the chair of the subcommittee reviewing the appointment, by threatening to reveal his homosexual past. Dir. Otto Preminger

Friday, April 27, 7:30 PM

THE LAS VEGAS STORY (1952): Newlyweds (real life buddies Jane Russell and Vincent Price) stop off in Las Vegas, the bride's old stomping grounds, against her wishes. Trouble ensues, and the pair finds themselves in the middle of a murder investigation headed by her old flame (Victor Mature). Dir. Robert Stevenson

NOIR ALLEY

Saturday, April 28, 9:15 PM &
Sunday, April 29, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Sunday, April 29, 5:00 PM

I WANT TO LIVE (1958): Susan Hayward deservedly won the Best Actress Oscar for her bravura performance as Barbara Grahame, a former prostitute and drug addict, executed for murder. Hayward perfectly captures a possibly innocent woman convicted more for her lifestyle than evidence. Dir. Robert Wise

Monday, April 30, 7:15 AM

MANPOWER (1941): Power linemen and best friends Hank (Edward G. Robinson) and Johnny (George Raft) feud over Hank's wife (Marlene Dietrich). Life imitated art during the production of this film; the two actors did tussle over Dietrich. Raft won. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Monday, April 30, 2:15 PM

ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959): In this drily witty courtroom drama, based on real events, a small-town lawyer (James Stewart) more interested in fishing and playing the piano then practicing law gets the case of a lifetime when he defends a soldier (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering the man who beat and raped his flirtatious wife (Lee Remick). Eve Arden once again does a lot with a small part as his long suffering secretary. Duke Ellington composed the jazz score. Dir. Otto Preminger

George Raft stars in Invisible Stripes on April 3

Doris Day and James Cagney in Love Me or Leave Me on April 3

Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis in 20,000 Years in Sing Sing on April 4

Bette Davis doubles up in Dead Ringer on April 5

Laird Cregar stars in The Lodger on April 5

Ray Milland and Ann Tood in So Evil My Love on April 5

Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent screens April 6

Eddie Muller presents Suddenly on NOIR ALLEY on April 7 and 8

Ida Lupino in On Dangerous Ground on April 9

Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard on April 9

William Powell and Hedy Lamar in Crossroads screening April 10

Chris Webber stars in Hysteria on April 10

TCM's Spotlight on Michael Curtiz continues with three films starring Errol Flynn on April 11

Bogart and Stanwyck in The Two Mrs. Carrolls on April 12

Katherine Hepburn and Robert Taylor in Undercurrent on April 12

Robert Montgomery stars in Night Must Fall on April 12

Lee Remick in Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder on April 14

Eddie Muller presents Mystery Street starring Ricardo Montalban on NOIR CITY April 14 and 15

TCM salutes Peggy Cummins April 17

Audrey Totter and Michael North in The Unsuspected on April 18

Joan Crawford stars in Mildred Pierce screening April 18

Ida Lupino and John Garfield in The Sea Wolf on April 19

Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crowne Affair on April 21

Eddie Muller presents Cry Danger on the NOIR ALLEY on April 21 and 22

John Garfield and Ida Lupino in Out of the Fog on April 23

Patricia Neal and John Garfield in The Breaking Point on April 25

Vincent Price and Jane Russell in The Las Vegas Story on April 27

Eddie Muller presents Hollow Triumph (aka The Scar) on NOIR ALLEY on April 28 and 29

Susan Hayward in I Want To Live on April 29

George Raft and Marlene Dietrich in Manhandled on April 30

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