Film Noir and Neo-Noir on TCM: December 2021

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Wednesday, December 1, 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 Patrick 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

Thursday, December 2, 1:45 AM

RAGE IN HEAVEN (1941): A jealous man (Robert Montgomery in a rare bad guy role) plots to fake his own death and incriminate his wife's (Ingrid Bergman) and her suspected lover—the always dependable George Sanders in a rare good guy role.

Thursday, December 2, 11:30 AM

A WOMAN'S FACE En kvinnas ansikte (1938): Legendary star Ingrid Bergman, pre-Hollywood, plays a disfigured gang boss who goes against her criminal cohorts in a last chance at redemption. Swedish with English subtitles. Dir. Gustaf Molander

Thursday, December 2, 8:45 PM

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944): Watch Bogie and Baby fall in love on and off the screen in this classic adventure tale. A skipper-for-hire's (Humphrey Bogart) romance with a beautiful drifter and bar singer (Lauren Bacall) is complicated by his growing involvement with the French resistance. Walter Brennan plays the drunken first mate and Hoagie Carmichael plays Bacall's accompanist. Dir. Howard Hawks

Friday, December 3, 8:00 AM

SATAN MET A LADY (1936): This, the second of the big screen adaptations of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, takes a determinedly light (and loose) approach to the material. The film rechristens the characters and the hunt is on for the Horn of Roland instead of The Flacon. Warren William plays Shane (Spade) and Bette Davis plays Valerie Purvis (Brigid O'Shaughnessy). Alison Skipworth steals the movie with her turn as Gutman, renamed and re-gendered as Madame Barabbas. Dir. William Dieterle

Friday, December 3, 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Dangerous Dame Triple Bill

11:30 AM

THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF (1950): A veteran San Francisco homicide cop (Lee J. Cobb) spirals into a moral morass when his married socialite lover (Jane Wyatt, in a rare fatale role) "accidentally" bumps off her husband. Instead of playing it by the book (would that be noir?), he covers up the crime, only to have his younger brother (John Dall)—a rookie homicide dick—start putting together the pieces. This James M. Cain-style thriller gets maximum impact from its San Francisco locations, including a memorable climax at Fort Point. 35mm restoration funded by the Film Noir Foundation and performed by the UCLA Film & Television. Archive. Dir. Felix Feist

1:00 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

3:00 PM

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. Writer John Patrick earned an Oscar nod for Best Writing, Original Story. Dir. Lewis Milestone

Saturday, December 4, 5:00 P

LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945): Gene Tierney gives an astonishing, and Oscar nominated performance as Ellen, an insanely jealous woman. Ellen will stop at nothing to destroy anyone that she perceives as a threat to her being first place in her husband Richards's affections. The truth begins to dawn on Richard (Cornell Wilde) after a tragic "accident". When Ellen realizes that Richard no longer loves her, she designs the ultimate revenge. Based on the novel by Ben Ames (a highly recommended read). Dir. John M. Stahl

Noir Alley

Saturday, December 4, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, December 5, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Monday, December 6, 11:15 AM – 3:00 PM

Film Noir Double Bill

11:15 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

1:15 PM

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

Monday, December 6, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Film Noir Triple Feature

5:00 PM

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. Dir. Byron Haskin

7:00 PM

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (1950): A gritty film noir about a detective (Dana Andrews) with a strong hatred of crooks who accidentally kills a suspect and must confront his conscience when an innocent man is accused of the crime. To further complicate matters, he falls for the victim's estranged wife (Gene Tierney). Dir: Otto Preminger

9:00 PM

NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947): Tyrone Power gives the performance of a lifetime in a change-of-pace role as a carnival con man that masters a mind-reading act, after killing the act's originator and seducing his wife (Joan Blondell). He then teams up with an unethical psychiatrist (Helen Walker) to scam wealthy clients, an excellent adaptation of the highly disturbing novel by William Lindsay Gresham. Dir: Edmund Goulding

Wednesday, December 8, 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Jazz Noir Triple Feature

11:30 AM

BLUES IN THE NIGHT (1941): In this consummate jazz noir, pianist Jigger Pine (Richard Whorf) forms a quintet with his singer/wife fronting the band (Priscilla Lane). Relationship problems, criminal activity and the siren song of success all threaten the band's devotion to jazz and the blues. A remarkable collection of talented actors contributes to the film, Lloyd Nolan, Jack Carson, Wallace Ford, Joyce Compton, Howard Da Silva, and a young Elia Kazan. Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer scored the film and penned the Oscar nominated title song, Blues in the Night which became a huge hit and part of the Great American Songbook. Dir. Anatole Litvak

1:00 PM

ALL NIGHT LONG (1963): In this modern take on Shakespeare's Othello—taking place over the course of a party— jazz musician Aurelius Rex (Paul Harris) fears his wife Delia (Marti Stevens) is unfaithful. Patrick McGoogan plays the Iago character, Johnny Cousin, the jealous drummer in Rex's band. A bevy of contemporary musicians lends credence to the film's 1960s London jazz scene setting: Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus, Tubby Hayes, John Dankworth and many more. Dir. Basil Dearden

3:15 PM

PETE KELLY'S BLUES (1955): Ex-doughboy turned jazz musician Pet Kelly (Jack Webb) leads a quartet playing at a Kansas City speakeasy during the Roaring 20s. The quartet gets crossed up with a gangster (Edmond O'Brien) and his alcoholic girlfriend (Peggy Lee). Cynical Kelly finds that he has to take a stand. Ella Fitzgerald makes a memorable cameo as singer Maggie Jacks. Look for Jayne Mansfield as a cigarette girl. Dir. Jack Webb

Saturday, December 11, 5:00 PM &
Monday, December 20, 3:00 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

Noir Alley

Saturday, December 11, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, December 12, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

CRUEL GUN STORY Kenju zankoku monogatari (1964): Jo Shishido, the chubby-cheeked superstar of Japanese noir, toplines the crown jewel from Nikkatsu, the studio responsible for the country's best crime films. Smart-mouthed Togawa (Shishido), contentedly doing time for taking vengeance on the man who paralyzed his sister, is sprung from jail by a gangster who wants him to boost 120 million yen from an armored car following the Japan Derby. Only his benefactor isn't telling Togawa everything. The title doesn't lie: there's cruelty and guns galore and a finish that's almost apocalyptic. Dir. Takumi Furukawa

Sunday, December 12, 11:00 AM &
Saturday, December 25, 10:30 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

Sunday, December 12, 3:15 PM &
Friday, December 24, 8:30 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 brings suspected shoplifter Barbara Stanwyck home for the holidays, so she doesn't have to spend them in jail. This was the first of the four big screen pairings of the incendiary on-screen couple. Three guesses as to how it turns out for them. Dir. Mitchell Leisen

Monday, December 13, 3:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Film Noir Marathon

Call in sick and turn off the phone.

3:00 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

4:45 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

6:15 AM

THE NARROW MARGIN (1952): In this seminal noir, a tough cop (Charles McGraw) meets his match when he has to guard a gangster's moll, (Marie Windsor) on a tense train ride. Can he keep her alive long enough for her to testify? Dir. Richard Fleischer

7:30 AM

KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (1952): Pity poor ex-con Joe Rolfe (John Payne). Trying to walk the straight and narrow, he winds up playing the patsy in a devilishly conceived million-dollar bank robbery. Desperate, he trails the thieves south of the border. There, he tangles with tough guys Neville Brand and Lee Van Cleef, who are as deep in the dark as he is and falls for good girl Coleen Gray—under the suspicious eye of her cop father (Preston Foster). The first pairing of noir dream team Payne and director Phil Karlson (99 River Street) remains one of the great capers of the 1950s. Dir. Phil Karlson

9:15 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

11:15 AM

THE BIG SLEEP (1946): In Howard Hawks' clever and sophisticated adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, private eye Philip Marlowe's (Humphrey Bogart) investigates the involvement of an opium addled (and nymphomaniacal) society girl (Martha Vickers) in the murder of a pornographer. He also must determine if her sister (Lauren Bacall) is helping or hindering him. Dir. Howard Hawks

1:15 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

3:00 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

Wednesday, December 15, 5:45 AM

FLAXY MARTIN (1949): Treacherous show girl Flaxy Martin (Virginia Mayo), seduces a lawyer (Zachary Scott) who wishes to stop defending mobsters. When he finds himself on the way to jail after Flaxy double crosses him, he escapes to find the real culprit and clear himself. Nice girl Dorothy Malone gives him a hand. Dir. Richard Bare

Wednesday, December 15, 9:45 AM – 1:30 PM

Noir Double

9:45 AM

THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (1940): Truck driver Joe Fabrini (George Raft) finds himself the victim of sexual harassment by his boss's amorous wife (Ida Lupino) in a movie stealing performance. When Joe refuses her advances, she murders her husband and then tries to frame him for it. Humphrey Bogart portrays Raft's brother and trucking partner. Dir. Raoul Walsh

11:30 AM

IMPACT (1949): A woman's (Helen Walker) plot to kill her wealthy husband (Brian Donlevy) goes awry and her lover is killed instead, and the body misidentified as the husband's. So, hubby goes into hiding, so that she'll fry for murder. Things get complicated when he falls for a sweet and beautiful widow (Ella Raines). Dir. Arthur Lubin

Friday, December 17, 3:00 AM

JOHNNY EAGER (1942): Handsome racketeer Johnny Eager (Robert Taylor) seduces the D.A.'s daughter (Lana Turner) for revenge, but then falls in love with her. Van Heflin steals the film as Eager's devoted and alcoholic best friend; his performance rightfully garnered him an Oscar nomination. Edward Arnold plays the D.A. 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

Saturday, December 18, 9:00 AM &
Friday, 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

Saturday, December 18, 3:15 PM
Wednesday, December 22, 7:00 PM
Friday, December 24, 9:15 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

Noir Alley

Saturday, December 18, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, December 19, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

BLAST OF SILENCE (1961): This maverick independent production from the end of the classic noir era, shot entirely on location in New York, tracks a stoic hit-man (played by director Baron himself) returning to his home turf for what's meant to be a quick, efficient assignment. Fate, guilt, and double-crosses intervene. One of the bleakest crime films ever, highlighted by a unique, omniscient "second person" voice-over narration. Like Kubrick's The Killing and Wendkos' The Burglar, this represented the transition from studio noir to independently produced "neo-noir." Dir. Allen Baron

Monday, December 20, 4:45 AM

KIND LADY (1951): In this period noir, Ethel Barrymore stars as a wealthy art collector who takes in a young painter and his ill wife. When another couple shows up, things get ugly, and she finds herself held captive in her own home. Walter Plunkett and Gile Steele received Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White for their work on the film. Dir. John Sturges

Monday, December 20, 8:00 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

Monday, December 20,11:00 AM – 3:15 PM

Holiday Noir Double Bill

11:15 AM

BACKFIRE (1950): On Christmas Eve, wounded war veteran Bob Corey (Gordon MacRae), recovering from multiple surgeries is approached by a mysterious woman (Viveca Lindfors) who tell him that his army buddy (Edmond O'Brien) who disappeared has been in an accident and wants to commit suicide. Bob gets out of the hospital and is promptly questioned by the police about Steve who they believe murdered a local gambler and racketeer. Bob and his nurse and girlfriend (Virginia Mayo) try to find evidence to clear him. Dir. Vincent Sherman

1:00 PM

MR. SOFT TOUCH (1949): Glenn Ford stars as Joe Miracle, a WWII vet who's returned to San Francisco seeking vengeance on the gangsters who stole his nightclub and murdered his partner. He hides from the heat in a homeless shelter run by angelic (but still sexy) Evelyn Keyes. This bizarre mix of tight-lipped noir and broad comedy features an array of actual San Francisco locations Dir. Henry Levin

Monday, December 20, 9:00 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. Robert Montgomery

Tuesday, December 21, 3:00 AM

THE SILENT PARTNER (1978): In this Canadian heist film, a remake of the 1969 Danish film Think of a Number (Tænk på et tal), bored bank teller Miles Cullen (Elliott Gould) accidentally learns that his bank branch is about to be robbed and the identity of the future robber. He begins stashing the cash from his window's transactions in an old lunch box rather than in the bank's till. The Santa Claus thief, a sadistic psychopath (Christopher Plummer), figures out what happened after his robbery and makes a series of violent attempts to steal the money that Miles kept for himself. Based on a novel by Danish writer Anders Bodelsen. Screenplay by Curtis Hanson. Dir. Daryl Duke

Tuesday, December 21, 9:00 AM

ALIAS BOSTON BLACKIE (1942): Reformed thief Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) helps present a charity Christmas show for New York prison inmates, but things go haywire when a wrongly convicted con (Larry Parks) uses the troupe to aid in his bust-out. Blackie frantically outraces the cops to recapture the con and spare him a bad end. This breathless combination of mystery, comedy, and action is perhaps the best offering in Columbia's long-running "Boston Blackie" series, one of the most popular "B" serials of all-time. Dir. Lew Landers

Saturday, December 25, 12:45 AM

CHRISTMAS EVE a/k/a Sinner's Holiday (1947): A rich widower (Ann Harding) will be swindled out of her fortune by a shady executor unless her three ne'er-do-well sons (George Raft, Randolph Scott and George Brent) can ALL make it home by Christmas to stake a claim to the estate! They find themselves aided by three lovely love interests (Joan Blondell, Virginia Field and Dolores Moran). Dir. Edwin L. Marin

Saturday, December 25, 8:00 PM

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1958): A British lawyer (Charles Laughton) gets caught up in a couple's tangled marital affairs when he defends the husband for murder. Laughton's wife Elsa Lanchester plays the nurse trying to keep him on his diet and off the cigars and brandy. This first rate film features both one of Tyrone Power's and one of Marlene Dietrich's best performances Based on the play written by Agatha Christie, adapted from her own short story. The film was nominated for six Oscars: Best Picture, Arthur Hornblow Jr.; Best Actor in a Leading Role, Charles Laughton; Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Elsa Lanchester; Best Director, Billy Wilder; Best Sound, Recording, Gordon Sawyer (Samuel Goldwyn SSD); and Best Film Editing, Daniel Mandell. Dir. Billy Wilder

Sunday, December 26, 7:00 AM

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

Thursday, December 30, 7:00 PM

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 shooting of the film. Walter Hill penned the screenplay. Dir. Sam Peckinpah

Thursday, December 30, 11:30 PM

BLOOD SIMPLE (1984): In the Coen brother’s debut, a paranoid Texan bar (Dan Hedaya) owner hires a private detective (M. Emmett Walsh) to investigate his younger wife (Frances McDormand) and his employee (John Getz) whom he believes to be having an affair. Murder and madness follow. Dir. Joel Coen

Friday, December 31, 1:15 AM

KLUTE (1971) Small town detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) journeys to the Big Apple to search for a missing friend. He has only one lead: an obscene letter from the man to New York City prostitute Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda). He unravels both the mystery of the missing man and of the call girl. Fonda won a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of the disturbed and disturbing Bree. Dir. Alan J. Pakula

Friday, December 31, 5:00 PM – Saturday, January 1, 4:00 AM

TCM’s Annual New Year’s Eve Thin Man Marathon Returns!

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 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 for Powell, Best Director, and Best Writing, Adaptation for Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Dir. Woody Van Dyke

6:45 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. W. S. Van Dyke

8:45 PM

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.

10:45 PM

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

12:30 AM

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

Noir Alley

Saturday, January 1, 9:30 PM &
Sunday, January 2, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

REPEAT PERFORMANCE (1947): Consider it the noir version of It's a Wonderful Life. Broadway actress Sheila Page (Joan Leslie) rings in the New Year by shooting her husband (Louis Hayward) to death. She blurts out a confession to her friend, the poet William Williams (Richard Basehart), but as she leads him to the crime scene . . . the preceding year begins again! Will Sheila be able to correct what went so dreadfully wrong, or will Fate demand a . . . Repeat Performance? Back-stabbing backstage melodrama is crossed with The Twilight Zone. This rarely seen fantasy-noir hybrid was recently restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, funded in part by the Film Noir Foundation. Dir. Alfred L. Werker

Ingrid Bergman in Rage in Heaven on December 2

Ingrid Bergman in the Swedish version of A Woman's Face on December 2

Ready for company? Bette Davis in Satan Met a Lady on December 3

Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw in The Getaway on December 3

Ann Todd in Madeleine on December 3

Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven on December 4

Eddie Muller presents The Unsuspected on Noir Alley on December 4 and 5

Hope Emerson looms over Eleanor Parker in Caged on December 6

Lizabeth Scott and Arthur Kennedy in Too Late for Tears on December 6

Dana Andrews in Where the Sidewalk Ends on December 6

Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell in Nightmare Alley on December 6

Blues in the Night screens December 8

Paul Harris and Patrick McGoogan star in All Night Long on December 8

Jack Webb stars in Pete Kelley's Blues on December 8

Dan Duryea and Deanna Durbin in Lady on a Train on December 11 and 20

Eddie Muller presents Cruel Gun Story on Noir Alley on December 11 and 12

O. Henry's stories brought to the screen in O'Henry's Full House on December 12 and 25

Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck in Remember the Night on December 12 and 24

Timothy Carey in Crime Wave on December 13

Marie Windsor in The Narrow Margin on December 13

Sterling Hayden in The Asphalt Jungle on December 13

Bogart examines Martha Vickers in The Big Sleep on December 13

Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer in Out of the Past on December 13

Eve Arden in Mildred Pierce on December 13

Virginia Mayo and Zachary Scott in Flaxy Martin on December 15

They Drive by Night on December 15

Robert Taylor and Lana Turner in Johnny Eageron December 17

Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper in Frank Capra's Meet John Doe on December 18 and 24

Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum in Holiday Affair on December 18, 22 and 24

Eddie Muller presents Blast of Silence on Noir Alley on December 18 and 19

Dennis O'Keefe stars in Cover Up on December 20

Virginia Mayo stars in Backfire on December 20

Glenn Ford and Evelyn Keyes in Mar. Soft Touch on December 20

Christopher Plummer in The Silent Partner on December 21

Christmas Eve with Ann Harding and George Raft screens December 25

Steve McQueen in The Getaway on December 30

Humphrey Bogart,Claire Trevor and Lauren Bacall in Key Largo on December 26

The Coen brothers' film debut, Blood Simple on December 30

Nick & Nora return for The Thin Man marathon on New Year's Eve

The Thin Man Goes Home on New Year's Day

Eddie Muller brings in the New Year with Repeat Performance on NOIR ALLEY January 1 and 2.