Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: December 2018

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Saturday, December 1, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, December 2, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

CRACK-UP (1946): A museum curator (Pat O'Brien) survives a massive train wreck, but wakes up an amnesiac. It gets worse...Seems the accident never happened, and now everyone is convinced he's losing his mind. Frederic Brown's ingenious short story "Madman's Holiday" is inventively realized by Irving Reis and enacted by a top-flight cast, including suave, sinister Herbert Marshall and a sartorially splendid Claire Trevor. Dir. Irving Reis

Sunday, December 2, 7:00 PM;
Saturday, December 15, 9:00 AM &
Monday, December 24, 11:15 AM

HOLIDAY AFFAIR (1949): Big bad Bob Mitchum is on the run from one of his RKO noir thrillers when he gets a job as house dick at a department store and busts adorable Janet Leigh, who's spying for the competition. Okay, it's not noir. It's a warm and witty romantic Christmas movie minus all the sappy sentiment. Hey, a little love never killed anybody! Dir. Don Hartman

Wednesday, Dec 5, 3:00 AM—5:00 PM

Film Noir Marathon

Call in sick and turn off the phone…

3:00 AM

SO YOU WANT TO BE A DETECTIVE (1948): Joe McDoakes imagines himself as a private detective on a murder case. Throughout the film, he spars verbally with narrator Art Gilmore. Dir. Richard Bare

3:15 AM

A DANGEROUS PROFESSION (1950): A bail bondsman (George Raft) finds himself in the awkward position of bailing out the husband of the woman (Ella Raines) who broke his heart. His older and wiser partner (Pat O'Brien) warns him not to do it. Murderous intrigue follows. Dir. Ted Tetzlaff

4:45 AM

FOLLOW ME QUIETLY (1949): A plucky crime writer (Dorothy Patrick) and a tough cop (William Lundigan) hunt for The Judge, a mysterious serial killer who only strikes when it's raining. Legendary noir director Anthony Mann wrote it and worked (un-credited) as a director on it. Dir. Richard O. Fleischer

6:00 AM

THE TATTOOED STRANGER (1950): Detectives investigate the murder of a young woman whose body is found in Central Park. The only clue to her identity and possibly to the motive for her murder is her Marine Corps tattoo. Watch for Jack Lord as a lab assistant. Dir. Edward J. Montagne

7:15 AM

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. Dir. John Sturges

9:00 AM

CRIME WAVE (1954): Steve Lacey (Gene Nelson), a reformed parolee, is forced to hide a wounded former cellmate who seeks him out for temporary shelter after being shot during robbery. After the cops find out Lacey sheltered a robbery suspect, Detective Sgt. Sims (Sterling Hayden) tries to force Lacey to find the robbers. All Lacey wants to do is protect his wife (Phyllis Kirk) and his new life. Dir. André De Toth

10:15 AM

WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956): The owner of a big city news conglomerate dies, leaving it to his ne'er-do-well son (Vincent Price). Said son decides to create a competition among the heads of each department: Dana Andrews, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell and James Craig. Whoever can discover the identity of the "Lipstick Killer" terrorizing the city will be the new executive editor. Ids Lupino gives a memorable performance as a cynical reporter in cahoots with Sanders. Dir. Fritz Lang

12:00 PM

SCENE OF THE CRIME (1949): LAPD Lieutenant Mike Conovan (Van Johnson) investigates the murder of his ex-partner Ed Monigan whom the department believes was on the take, since they found $1000 in cash on his corpse. Monigan's son convinces Conovan that his father was working was actually working under cover. As Conovan tries to both find the murder and clear his partner's reputation, he cozies up to a stripper (Gloria De Haven). Meanwhile, his wife (Arlene Dahl) tries to persuade him to leave the dangers of police work behind. Dir. Roy Rowland

1:45 PM

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. Dir. Jules Dassin

3:30 PM

THE BIG COMBO (1955): Lt. Leonard Diamond (Cornel Wilde), a police detective, tries to convict a mob boss Mr. Brown (Richard Conte) by going to the man's suicidal girlfriend Susan (Jean Wallace). Diamond's obsessive desire to catch Mr. Brown may be due to his love for Susan. Cinematographer John Alton provided the iconic noir visual style of the film. Dir. Joseph Lewis

Friday, December 7, 7:00 PM

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (1968): A bored business 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

Friday, December 7, 9:00 PM

THUNDER ROAD (1958): A fast-driving moonshiner (Robert Mitchum) locks horns with a Chicago gangster. Mitchum's son James plays his younger brother who wants to follow in his footsteps. Jazz legend, Keely Smith co-stars. Dir. Arthur Ripley


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

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949): For many years, all 35mm prints of Too Late for Tears (1949) were believed lost, but through the determined efforts of the Film Noir Foundation, enough original material has been discovered to enable a restoration, performed under the auspices of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Based on a novel by future television titan Roy Huggins, and featuring Huggins' own brilliant screenplay, the film is a neglected masterpiece of noir, awaiting rediscovery. A suburban housewife (Lizabeth Scott) decides to keep a satchel of money accidentally tossed into her convertible, against the wishes of her husband (Arthur Kennedy). Dan Duryea plays the intended recipient of the cash and he's not into sharing. The result? Mayhem and murder. You can order your own copy on DVD/Blu-ray at Flicker Alley. Dir. Byron Haskin

Sunday, Dec 9, 9:00 AM—12:45 PM

Kirk Douglas Film Noir Double Bill

9:00 AM

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

10:45 AM

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

Sunday, December 09, 7:15 PM &
Sunday, December 23,8:45 AM

O. HENRY'S FULL HOUSE (1952): This anthology of short stories by America's master of the ironic twist is as entertaining as it is star-studded, featuring juicy roles for Richard Widmark, Anne Baxter, Farley Granger, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Laughton, Jean Peters, and many more. 20th Century-Fox employed several of its most renowned directors, including Henry Hathaway, Henry King, Howard Hawks, Henry Koster, and Jean Negulesco, to bring to life such famous O. Henry tales as "The Last Leaf," "The Clarion Call," and the Christmas classic "The Gift of the Magi." Each segment introduced by John Steinbeck! Dir. Henry Hathaway, Henry King, Howard Hawks, Henry Koster, and Jean Negulesco

Monday, December 10, 12:00 AM

THE BAD SLEEP WELL (1960): In this noirish take on Hamlet, a man, Toshiro Mifune, seeks revenge by marrying the crippled daughter of the man that he holds responsible for his father's death, Takashi Shimura. The film succeeds as a thriller, a tragic romance and a condemnation of post-War Japan's ruthless business world. Dir. Akira Kurosawa

Tuesday, December 11, 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, Dec 13, 5:00 AM—8:30 AM

Van Heflin Film Noir Double Bill

5:00 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

7:00 AM

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


Saturday, December 15, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, December 16, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

TALK ABOUT A STRANGER (1952): Small town preteen Billy Gray suspects that his new unfriendly neighbor Matlock poisoned his puppy. His accusation sets off a maelstrom of suspicion and hostility towards Matlock with dangerous results. Cinematography by the renowned noir cinematographer John Alton. Dir. David Bradley

Sunday, December 16, 3:00 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

Monday, Dec 17, 3:00 AM—5:00 PM

Gangster Noir Marathon

Call in sick and unplug the phone…

3:00 AM

VILLAIN (1971): In this British neon-noir, a paranoid British gangster (Richard Burton) thinks everybody is a potential stoolie, the character was modeled on the notorious British mobster Ronnie Kray. Based on the novel The Burden of Proof by James Barlow. Dir. Michael Tuchner

4:45 AM

RIFIFI (1954): Four thieves (Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel and Jules Dassin) plan a daring jewelry heist, expertly shot in complete silence by blacklisted director Jules Dassin. A woman proves their downfall or really a man's desire to impress a woman leads to their undoing. Dir. Jules Dassin

7:00 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

9:00 AM

KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (1952): Ex-con and floral delivery man Joe Rolfe (John Payne), journeys to Mexico to hunt down the gang of thieves that framed him for robbery and murder. The trio of baddies is superb: Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam. Dir. Phil Karlson

11:00 AM

THE GETAWAY (1972): In this first big screen adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel, a husband (Steve McQueen) and wife (Ali McGraw) meet a series of misadventures after a bank heist and the wife's shooting of the mastermind of the robbery who double crossed them. Stars McQueen and McGraw fell in love during the course of the shooting. Walter Hill penned the screenplay. Dir. Sam Peckinpah

1:15 PM

HIGH SIERRA (1941): Humphrey Bogart plays Roy Earle, a hardened criminal with a heart of gold, who finds love, redemption and a not so happy ending with the lovely and vulnerable Ida Lupino in this noir classic. This was one of three roles that George Raft refused that Bogart accepted, ironically the three roles that shot him into stardom after years of playing second bananas at Warner Brothers to among others, George Raft. Dir. Raoul Walsh

3:00 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. Pointless trivia: Naked Gun 33 1/3 borrowed the plot. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Monday, Dec 17, 5:00 PM—9:00 PM

Christmas Noir
Double Feature

5:00 PM

LADY ON A TRAIN (1945): Nikki Collins (Deanna Durbin) witnesses a murder while waiting for a train, but can't get the police to believe her when no corpse is discovered. While they dismiss her as daft, she enlists the help of a mystery writer to sleuth out the culprits on her own. Based on a story by veteran mystery writer Leslie Charteris (The Saint), this is a wildly entertaining mix of comedy, musical, and suspense, rendered in evocative noir style by cameraman Woody Bredell (Phantom Lady, Christmas Holiday, The Killers), and featuring a superb cast of sinister and suspicious supporting players swirling ominously around "America's Sweetheart, including noir stalwart Dan Duryea. Dir. Charles David

7:00 PM

LADY IN THE LAKE (1947): A lady editor (Audrey Totter) hires Phillip Marlowe to investigate the disappearance of her boss' wife. First time director Robert Montgomery, who also starred as Marlowe, chose to shoot the entire film from Marlowe's POV using a subjective camera in order to replicate visually Raymond Chandler's first person narrative from the novel. Dir. Ro bert Montgomery

Tuesday, December 18,12:45 AM

COVER UP (1949): An insurance investigator (Dennis O'Keefe) smells a rat when he starts to look into a small-town suicide. He soon believes it is murder, but the locals including the sheriff (William Bendix), are inexplicably reluctant to believe him or aid him with his investigation. Dir. Alfred E. Greene

Friday, December 21, 4:30 AM

TEN LITTLE INDIANS (1966): This adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie novel transplants the story of ten strangers brought to an isolated house to face death for their previously unpunished crimes of murder from a remote English island to an Austrian castle in the Alps. Dir. George Pollock

Friday, December 21, 5:15 AM

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

Saturday, December 22, 5:00 PM

REMEMBER THE NIGHT (1940): Preston Sturges wrote this Christmas tale which features his unique blend of comedy, romance and pathos. Assistant DA Fred MacMurray bring suspected shoplifter Barbara Stanwyck home for the holidays, so she doesn't have to them in jail. Dir. Mitchell Leisen


Saturday, December 22, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, December 23, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

BEWARE, MY LOVELY (1952): The incredible Ida Lupino plays a lonely war widow who employs a penniless drifter (Robert Ryan) as a household handyman, only to learn - too late - precisely why he has no references on his résumé. Lupino and Ryan, a pair of noir heavyweights, battle through a "day without end" (the film's original title) to an unexpected climax. Mel Dinelli's suspenseful script is adapted from his hit stage play "The Man." Dir. Harry Horner

Monday, December 24, 10:30 PM

MEET JOHN DOE (1941): In this final collaboration between director Frank Capra and actress Barbara Stanwyck, she plays cynical sob sister Ann Mitchell who publishes a fake letter to her own column from "John Doe" in order to save her job after the newspaper she works for is bought out. John Doe is disgusted by the state that America is in and pledges to protest it by jumping from the roof of City Hall at midnight on Christmas Eve. When the mayor wants to meet him, Ann and her new managing editor D. B. Norton (Edward Arnold) hire an ex-baseball player on the skids (Gary Cooper) to impersonate her fictional creation. As John Doe becomes nationally famous, Norton develops a plan to use him for his own agenda. Dir. Frank Capra

Wednesday, December 26, 7:00 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

Wednesday, December 26, 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

Thursday, December 27, 5:00 PM—
Friday, December 28, 12:00 AM

Dick Powell Noir

5:00 PM

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

6:45 PM

PITFALL (1948): This independently produced gem is one of the most realistic explorations of adultery produced in 1940s. Bored suburbanite insurance salesman (Dick Powell) drifts into a dalliance with an anti-femme fatale, hard-luck model Mona (Lizabeth Scott), only to find his life and family threatened by an obsessive private eye (Raymond Burr) and a jealous ex-con. Director de Toth had the gifted Bill Bowers rewrite the script. The result is truly believable noir—a wrenching tale of repressed lust and suburban ennui. Dir Andre de Toth

8:30 PM

CORNERED (1945): Dick Powell stars as a World War II vet out to revenge the murder of his wife who died fighting for the French Resistance. He suspects the man who ordered the execution of her and her comrades faked his own death. He sets out to find him. For my two cents, Powell gives his best acting performance as the physically and psychologically wounded vet. Dir. Edward Dmytryk

10:30 PM

THE TALL TARGET (1951): In this film noir cloaked as historical fiction, a determined detective (Dick Powell) tries to prevent the assassination of President-elect Abraham Lincoln during the train ride to his inauguration. It's helmed by legendary noir director Anthony Mann and shot by Paul Vogel, the cinematographer responsible for Lady in the Lake's first person P.O.V. Dir. Anthony Mann

Saturday, December 29, 9:00 PM & Sunday, December 30,7:00 AM

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944): Barbara Stanwyck—in a platinum blonde wig—plays Phyllis Dietrichson—the consummate femme fatale who lures insurance salesman and all-around chump Walter Neff (Fred McMurray) into a plot involving murder and insurance fraud. His friend, and insurance adjuster, Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) smells a rat. Nominated for seven Oscars: Best Actress in a Leading Role; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Director; Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture; Best Picture; Best Sound, Recording; and Best Writing, Screenplay. Dir. Billy Wilder

Saturday, December 29, 11:00 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

Sunday, December 30, 5:00 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 (Humprhrey 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 thus (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.

Monday, Dec 31, 2:30 AM—5:00 PM

The Magic of Myrna Loy and William Powell

2:30 AM

DOUBLE WEDDING (1937): Margit (Myrna Loy) who has definite ideas on how to organize her and everyone else's lives tries to break up her younger sister's relationship to the free-living artist Charlie (William Powell). Charlie's not actually involved with the sister, but strings Margit along because he is interested in her. Dir. Richard Thorpe

4:00 AM

I LOVE YOU AGAIN (1940): Cheap, stuffy small town business man Larry Wilson (William Powell) gets conked in the head and when he regains his consciousness remembers that he is in fact con man George Carey who has been suffering from amnesia. Carey decided to go back to his small town as Wilson and fleece the Community Chest and Anti-Vice crusade. When he encounters the wife he married during his amnesiac period as Wilson who is desperate to divorce him due to boredom, things take a turn. Why? Well, she is played by Myrna Loy. Dir. W. S. Van Dyke II

5:45 AM

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

7:30 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

9:30 AM

ANOTHER THIN MAN (1939): Another fun outing with hard drinking husband and wife team Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) and their faithful companion Asta. This time their son Nicky, Jr. is along for the ride. In this third installment of the series, Nick and Nora venture out to Long Island to aid Nora's former business manager Colonel MacFay (C. Aubrey Smith). An old enemy of the Colonel's, the mysterious Mr. Church (Sheldon Leonard), claims that he's seen MacFay die in a dream and has come to watch his premonition come true. It does and the police quickly suspect him of McFey's murder. However, the Charleses soon find McFey was surrounded by quite a few people who benefited from his death. Based loosely on one of Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op stories, "The Farewell Murder". Dir. W S Van Dyke II.

11:30 AM

SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN (1941): Dashiell Hammett's hard drinking power couple Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) return for their fourth outing in MGM's sophisticated and witty whodunit series. This time, the pair investigates a murder at a racetrack with the help of their son Nick, Jr. and faithful wirehaired terrier Asta. Dir. W. S. Van Dyke II

1:15 PM

THE THIN MAN GOES HOME (1945): Nick Charles (William Powell) takes Nora (Myrna Loy) and Asta to his hometown of Sycamore Springs to visit his parents and celebrate his birthday. A murder and espionage soon disrupt their holiday and Nora's plans to buy Nick the perfect gift. Dir. Richard Thorpe

3:15 PM

SONG OF THE THIN MAN (1947): This was the last outing for Nick (William Powell), Nora (Myrna Loy) and Asta Charles, they investigate the shooting of a band leader in New York. Gloria Grahame plays a sultry jazz singer whose romantic missteps lead to death, another foreshadowing of her career in noir. Dir. Edward Buzzell

Eddie Muller presents Crack-Up on NOIR ALLEY December 1 and 2

Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum in Holiday Affair screens December 2, 15 and 24

George Raft stars in A Dangerous Profession on December 5

Follow Me Quiety screens December 5

The Tatooed Stranger airs December 5

Ricardo Montalban stars in Mystery Street on December 5

A looming Timothy Carey with Charles Bronson as back-up heavy in Crime Wave on December 5

Van Johnson and Arlene Dahl star in Scene of the Crime on December 5

The Big Combo features the spectacular photography from John Alton, screening December 5

Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crowne Affair on December 7

Robert Mitchum stars in Thunder Road on December 7

Eddie Muller presents Too Late for Tears starring Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea on NOIR ALLEY December 8 and 9

On the set of Out of the Past screening December 9

Young Man with a Horn on December 9

Jeanne Crain and Farley Granger in O.Henry's Full House on December 9 and 23

Kurosawa's The Bad Sleep Well on December 10

Joan Crawford stars in Mildred Pierce on December 11

Evelyn Keyes and Van Heflin in The Prowler on December 13

Mary Astor in Act of Violence on December 13

Eddie Muller presents Talk about a Stranger on NOIR ALLEY on December 15 and 16

The spectactular The Third Man screens December 16

Richard Burton in Villain on December 17

Jules Dassin's heist thriller Rififi on December 17

Stellar noir classic, The Asphalt Jungle, screens December 17

John Payne and Coleen Gray star in Kansas City Confidential on December 17

Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino in High Sierra on December 17

Virginia Mayo and Steve Cochran in White Heat on December 17

Dan Duryea and Deanna Durbin in Lady on a Train on December 17

Dennis O'Keefe and William Bendix star in Cover Up on December 18

Agatha Cristie's novel Ten Little Indians brought to the screen on December 21

Ida Lupino stars in Nicholas Ray's On Dangerous Ground on December 21

Preston Sturges' Remember the Night reuintes Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray screening December 22

Eddie Muller presents Beware, My Lovely on NOIR ALLEY December 22 and 23

Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper in Frank Capra's moving Meet John Doe on Christmas Eve

Hitchcock's North by Northwest screens December 26

Dick Powell under the influence incarnates Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet on December 27

Lizabeth Scott, Dick Powell up against Raymond Burr in Pitfall on December 27

Dick Powell stars in The Tall Target on December 27

Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck on the set of Double Indemnity screening December 29 and 30

John Hodiak and Tallulah Bankhead in Hitchock's Lifeboat on December 29

Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon on December 30

The Thin Man starring Myrna Loy and William Powell on New Year's Eve

The Thin Man Goes Home screens New Year's Eve

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