Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: February 2019

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Friday, February 1, 9:00 PM—1:15 AM

Neo-Noir Double Bill

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

11:00 PM

TAXI DRIVER (1976): Paul Schrader wrote the script for this tale about a loner (Robert De Niro) who becomes fixated on a beautiful campaign worker (Cybill Sheperd) and befriends a teen prostitute (Jodie Foster) with violent results. Director Martin Scorsese's choices of composer, Bernard Hermann and cinematographer, Michael Chapman, added immeasurably to the film's impact. Dir. Martin Scorsese

Saturday, Feb 2, 1:15 AM —5:00 PM

Oscar Nominated Noir Marathon

1:15 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

3:15 AM

SUDDEN FEAR (1952): A playwright (Joan Crawford) falls in love with and marries an actor (Jack Palance) the she previously fired from the production of one of her plays. When she realizes that he and his girlfriend (Gloria Grahame) are plotting to kill her, she decides to turn the tables. Shot on location in a shadowy San Francisco by cinematographer Charles Lang who earned an Oscar nomination for his work. Crawford and Palance also earned Oscar nods. Dir. David Miller

5:15 AM

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 AM

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

8:45 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

10:30 AM

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

12:30 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

3:00 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, February 3, 12:00 AM

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

Tuesday, Feb 5, 9:30 PM—1:30 AM

Oscar Noir Double Bill

9:30 PM

THE LETTER (1940): Bette Davis gives a masterful performance as a married woman claiming self-defense in the murder of a fellow Britisher on her husband's rubber plantation in Malay. This succeeds both as a film noir and an incisive look into colonialism. Herbert Marshall gives a deeply empathetic performance as the loving husband. Watch for Victor Sen Yung as a solicitous lawyer's clerk. Nominated for seven Oscars: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role, Bette Davis; Best Actor in a Supporting Role, James Stephenson; Best Director, William Wyler; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White,Tony Gaudio; Best Film Editing, Warren Low; Best Music, Original Score, Max Steiner. Dir. William Wyler

11:30 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

Thursday, Feb 7, 10:30 AM—2:30 PM

Women's Prison Noir Double Feature

10:30 AM

CAGED (1950): This film noir in women-in-prison clothing details the transformation of a young, naïve and pregnant widow (Eleanor 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 a still prescient issue facing the American penal system, is it reforming first time offenders or just turning prisoners into career criminals? Nominated for three Oscars including Best Actress for Parker and Supporting Actress for Emerson. Dir. John Cromwell

12:15 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

Friday, Feb 8, 9:45 AM—2:00 PM

Oscar Neo-Noir
Double Bill

9:45 PM

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

11:45 PM

DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975): In New York city, a bank robbery turns into a media circus when Sonny (Al Pacino) tries to steal enough money for his lover's (Chris Sarandon) sex change operation and takes the bank's employees hostage. The film earned five Oscar nominations, only Frank Pierson won the Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for the film, based on true events. Surprisingly co-star John Cazale was not nominated for his excellent performance as Sal, Sonny's partner in crime. Dir. Sidney Lumet

Saturday, February 9, 5:00 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

Sunday, February 10, 6:45 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

Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 AM

STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR (1940): Peter Lorre is the Stranger, haunting a reporter (John McGuire) whose testimony sentenced a possibly innocent man (Elisha Cook Jr.) to death. Can the writer's girlfriend (Margaret Tallichet) uncover the truth in time? A revelatory burst of hallucinatory cinema, featuring a prolonged dream sequence that was the initial injection of noir expressionism into Hollywood's bloodstream. Shot by the incomparable D.P. Nicholas Musuraca. Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Original Story, Victor Trivas Dir. Boris Ingster

Friday, February 15, 1:00 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

Friday, February 15, 2:30 PM

THE BAD SEED (1956): "What will you give me for a basket of kisses?" Based on the stage play adapted from the brilliant novel by William March, Army wife Christine (Nancy Kelly) suspects that her seemingly perfect little girl Rhoda (Patty McCormack) is a ruthless killer. Eileen Heckart shines in her Oscar nominated supporting role as the alcoholic mother of one of Rhoda's victims. This truly terrifying film will make you look twice at all cute little blonde girls. Kelly and McCormack as well as cinematographer Harold Rosson were nominated for Oscars as well as Heckart. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy

Friday, February 15, 7:00 PM

LIFEBOAT (1944): In this bottle feature, seven survivors of a shipwreck must decide whether to trust the German member of the U-Boat that torpedoed their ship, and left them all stranded in a tiny lifeboat, as he is the only one among them with seafaring skills. The moral calculations each must make motor this thriller to a satisfying conclusion. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Saturday, February 16, 11:00 PM

ATLANTIC CITY (1980): An aging low-level mobster (Burt Lancaster) falls in love with his younger, beautiful neighbor (Susan Sarandon). To secure a future with her, and to get rid of her troublesome estranged husband, he plots a dangerous grift. Nominated for five Oscars: Best Picture, Denis Héroux; Best Actor in a Leading Role, Burt Lancaster; Best Actress in a Leading Role, Susan Sarandon; Best Director, Louis Malle and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, John Guare Dir. Louis Malle

Tuesday, February 19, 10:00 AM

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

Tuesday, February 19, 9:00 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. Vanessa Redgrave has a memorable supporting role as a mysterious woman who may be trying to stymy his efforts. 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

Wednesday, February 20, 1:15 PM

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

Thursday, February 21, 2:00 AM

ALGIERS (1938): This Hollywood remake of Julien Duvivier's poetic realist masterpiece Pepe le Moko features Charles Boyer and Heddy Lamarr as the star-crossed lovers who meet in the Casbah. Nominated for four Oscars: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Charles Boyer; Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Gene Lockhart; Best Cinematography, James Wong Howe and Best Art Direction, Alexander Toluboff. Dir. John Cromwell

Saturday, Feb 23, 10:15 PM—12:30 AM

Humphrey Bogart/ John Huston Double Feature

10:15 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

12:30 AM

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948): Two Americans (Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt) down and out in Mexico join forces with an old miner (Walter Huston) to hunt for gold in the Sierra Madre. They strike it big, but that's when the trouble begins, will greed lead them to their doom? Walter Huston won an Oscar for his supporting performance and his son and director John won two Oscars for best writing and direction. Dir. John Huston

Tuesday, February 26, 5:00 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

Wednesday, Feb 27, 5:00 AM—5:00 PM

Film Noir Marathon

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5:00 AM

JOHNNY EAGER (1942): A handsome racketeer (Robert Taylor) seduces the D.A.'s daughter (Lana Turner) for revenge, but then falls in love with her. Edward Arnold plays the D.A. Van Heflin won a Best Supporting Oscar for his performance as Johnny Eager's devoted, and drunken, friend. Sharp eyed viewers will recognize this as one of the films used in Carl Reiner's noir parody Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). Dir. Mervyn LeRoy

7:00 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

9:00 AM

THE NAKED CITY (1948): A step-by-step look at a murder investigation on the streets of New York. Barry Fitzgerald plays the compassionate cop on the trail of a murder in this groundbreaking police procedural. Watch for noir regular and radio's Sam Spade, Howard Duff as the murdered girl's sleazy boyfriend. William H. Daniels won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White and Paul Weatherwax won for Best Film Editing. Malvin Wald was also nominated for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story. Dir. Jules Dassin

11:00 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

1:00 PM

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. Virginia Kellogg garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story for the film. Pointless trivia: Naked Gun 33 1/3 borrowed the plot. Dir. Raoul Walsh

3:00 PM

MYSTERY STREET (1950): A Cape Cod coroner (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. Leonard Spigelgass received an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story. Dir. John Sturges

Eddie Muller - NOIR ALLEY


NOIR ALLEY with FNF prez Eddie Muller will be on hiatus during Turner Classic Movies' 31 Days of Oscars. Eddie will be back on March 9 with D.O.A. The schedule for this year's NOIR ALLEY presentations is available on the official Noir Alley website.

Taxi Driver starring Robert DeNiro screens February 1

Night Must Fall starring Rosalind Russell and Robert Montgomery screens February 2

Gloria Grahame and Jack Palance making plans in Sudden Fear on February 2

Elia Kazan's Panic in the Streets on February 2

Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine star in Hitchcock's Suspicion on February 2

Hitchcock's masterful Strangers on a Train on February 2

Cary Grant with Hitchcock on the set of North by Northwest screening February 2

Ray Milland stars in The Lost Weekend on February 5

Bette Davis on the set of The Letter screening February 5

Michael Curtiz' Mildred Pierce starring Joan Crawford plays February 5

Eleanor Parker stars in Caged on February 7

Susan Hayward stars in I Want To Live screening February 7

Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon screening February 8

Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger star in In the Heat of the Night on February 9

The first of The Thin Man films screens February 10

Peter Lorre is the Stranger in Stranger on the Third Floor airing February 12

Bobby Driscoll and Arthur Kennedy in The Window on February 15

Patty McCormack stars in The Bad Seed on February 15

Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon in Atlantic City on February 16

Davis v. Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane on February 19

David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave in Blow-up on February 19

Ann Todd in David Lean's Madeleine on February 20

Charles Boyer and Heddy Lamarr in Algiers on February 21

Claire Trevor, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in Key Largo on February 23

Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt in The Treasure of Sierra Madre on February 23

Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman in George Cukor's Gaslight on February 26

Johnny Eager screens February 27

The 1941 version of The Maltese Falconon February 27

Jules Dassin's The Naked City on February 27

Sam Jaffe and Sterling Hayden in The Asphalt Jungle on February 27

Ricardo Montalban in Mystery Street on February 27

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