Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: February 2016

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Monday, February 1, 1:00 AM

DIABOLIQUE (1955): In this twisting and turning French thriller, the wife (Vera Clouzot) and lover (Simone Signoret) of a sadistic headmaster (Paul Meurisse) plot to kill him. When American producer and schlock-master William Castle saw kids standing in line in the pouring rain to watch this film, he decided that making thrillers was the direction in which to take his independent film production career. Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot

Tuesday, February 2, 12:30 PM

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (1955): A one-armed veteran (Spencer Tracy) uncovers small-town secrets when he tries to visit an Asian-American war hero's family. Noir icon Robert Ryan shines as the bigoted boss of the town. This film earned 3 Oscar nominations: Spencer Tracy for Best Actor in a Leading Role; John Sturges for Best Director; and Best Writing, Screenplay for Millard Kaufman. Dir. John Sturges

Wednesday, February 3, 1:00 PM

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. 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

Wednesday, Feb 3, 7:00 PM—10:45 PM

Carol Reed Double Feature

7:00 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. Dir. Carol Reed

9:00 PM

THE FALLEN IDOL (1948): This brilliant film, adapted by Graham Greene form his own story, centers on a wealthy but neglected child (Bobby Henrey) who thinks the servant (Ralph Richardson) he idolizes has committed murder. This film succeeds both as a suspense story and as an insightful drama where a child must navigate an often morally ambiguous and potentially dangerous adult world. Director Carol Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene both earned Oscar nods for the film. Dir. Carol Reed

Friday, February 5, 7:15 AM

WHITE HEAT (1949): "Top of the world, Ma!" a G-man (Edmond O'Brien) infiltrates a gang run by a mother-fixated psychotic, James Cagney in a stand out performance. This film marks the cinematic movement away from the traditional Warner Brothers' portrayal of the gangster to the more cynical and psychological film noir interpretation. Virginia Kellogg was nominated for a Best Writing, Motion Picture Story Oscar for White Heat, and Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts and Kellogg were nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Edgar Awards presented by the Mystery Writers of America. Pointless trivia: Naked Gun 33 1/3 borrowed the plot. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Friday, February 5, 1:00 PM

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). Cinematographer Leon Shamroy won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, Color for his work on the film. Star Gene Tierney earned a nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The film was also nominated for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Color and Best Sound, Recording. Dir. John M. Stahl

Sunday, February 7, 3:00 AM

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950): An 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 earned four Oscar nominations: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Sam Jaffe's remarkable supporting role; Best Director for John Huston; Best Writing, Screenplay for Ben Maddow and John Huston; and Best Cinematography, Black-and-White for Harold Rosson. Dir. John Huston

Sunday, February 7, 6:45 AM

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

Sunday, February 7, 11:15 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

Wednesday, February 10, 8:00 PM

BULLITT (1968): When mobsters kill the witness Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) was assigned to protect, he uses unorthodox methods to investigate the case. Beautiful San Francisco location work and a breathtaking car chase sequence add additional pleasure to watching this fine neo-noir. Not surprisingly, Frank P. Keller won the Oscar for Best Film Editing for his work. Dir. Peter Yates

Thursday, February 11, 7:30 AM

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 at colonialism. Herbert Marshall gives a deeply empathetic performance as the loving husband. Watch for Victor Sen Yung as a solicitous lawyer's clerk. The film was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Music, Original Score for Max Steiner. Dir. William Wyler

Monday, February 15, 9:15 PM

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; his son and director, John won two Oscars for best writing and direction. Dir. John Huston

Tuesday, February 16, 11:15 PM

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

Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 AM

THE BLUE DAHLIA (1946): A newly returned veteran (Alan Ladd) fights to prove he didn't kill his cheating wife (Doris Dowling). His shell-shocked war buddy (William Bendix) and a new love interest (Veronica Lake) try to help him find the real culprit. Pulp fiction great Raymond Chandler earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay. Dir. George Marshall

Thursday, February 18, 3:30 AM

DILLINGER (1945): The meanest man in noir, Lawrence Tierney stars as the Depression era bank robber John Dillinger. The film traces his life from petty thief to Public Enemy Number One and an inevitable bad end. Philip Yordan earned and Oscar nomination for Best for his original screenplay Dir. Max Nosseck

Thursday, February 18, 9:00 PM

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, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Robert Burks earned as Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White for his stellar work. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, February 19, 1:30 AM—6:00 AM

Late Night Oscar Noir Triple Feature

1:30 AM

CROSSFIRE (1947): In this seminal noir, an upright district attorney (Robert Young) investigates a seemingly motiveless murder. As he digs further the prime suspect (George Cooper) seems less and less likely to have done it and an ugly motivation begins to appear. Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan play a couple of GIs caught up in the case, one trying to clear the suspect and the other trying to frame him. Gloria Grahame earned a best supporting actress nomination for her role as an embittered taxi dancer. Dir. Edward Dmytryk

3:00 AM

THE NARROW MARGIN (1952): In this suspense filled noir, a tough cop (Charles McGraw) meets his match when he has to guard a hard bitten gangster's wife, (Marie Windsor) on a tense train ride. Can he keep her alive long enough for her to testify? Writers Martin Goldsmith and Jack Leonard earned an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story. Gene Hackman and Anne Archer starred in the 1990 remake, helmed by the claustrophobia loving cinematographer/director Peter Hyams. Dir. Richard Fleischer

4:15 AM

T-MEN (1948): Director Anthony Mann and cinematographer John Alton— king of chiaroscuro — pull out all the stops in relating the intensely exciting and shockingly brutal tale of U.S. Treasury agents, led by the redoubtable Dennis O'Keefe, going undercover to infiltrate a cadre of counterfeiters. Great character bits from Charles McGraw and Wallace Ford in a vivid script by crime scribe John C. Higgins. One of the most artfully arresting visual spectacles of the original film noir era! The film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Sound, Recording, but not for Cinematography which is kind of insane. Dir. Anthony Mann

Friday, February 19, 8:00 AM

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941): How do I love this movie? Let me count the ways… 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), an effete thug (Peter Lorre) and an obese, silver-tongued mastermind (Sydney Greenstreet). Director John Huston brilliantly adapted it from the Dashiell Hammett novel. The film earned three Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Greenstreet. Astonishingly, no wins. Dir. John Huston

Friday, February 19, 7:00 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 Myra 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. Nominated for four Oscars: Best Picture; Best Director, Best Writing, Adaption and a nod to William Powell for Best Actor. Dir. Woody Van Dyke

Monday, February 22, 1:30 PM

THE STRIP (1951): A jazz drummer (Mickey Rooney) fights to clear his name when he's accused of killing a racketeer that he lost his girl (Sally Forrest) to. The film is helped considerably by Louis Armstrong and His Band and Preston Sturges regular, William Demarest. Singers Monica Lewis and Vic Damone each contribute a number. The film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Song for Bert Kalmar's, Harry Ruby's and Oscar Hammerstein II's "A Kiss to Build a Dream On". Dir. Leslie Kardos

Monday, February 22, 9:00 PM

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. Nominated for six Oscars including a nod for Best Writing, Original Screenplay to Charles Bennett and Joan Harrison—Hitch's protégé who went onto write and produce a number of important films noir. Dir Alfred Hitchcock

Tuesday, February 23, 9:00 PM

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 (Maurice Evans and Betsy Blair). When the painter arrange for a new butler and cook (Keenan Wynn and Angela Lansbury), things get ugly and she finds herself held captive in her own home. Lansbury's mother Moyna MacGill has a small part in the film as well. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White. Dir. John Sturges

Wednesday, February 24, 5:15 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 contribute 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

Wednesday, February 24, 11:30 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. Two Oscar wins, Estelle Parsons for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Cinematography for Burnett Guffey. Dir. Arthur Penn

Saturday, February 27, 5:00 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. Bergman deservedly won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The film also scored an Oscar for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White along with five more nominations. Dir. George Cukor

Sunday, February 28, 12:45 PM

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 insurance fraud and murder. 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. No wins. Seriously? Dir. Billy Wilder

Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan star in Bad Day at Black Rock airing February 2;

Robert Taylor stars in Johnny Eager on February 3;

Joseph Cotten on the set of Carol Reed's The Third Man screening February 3;

The Fallen Idol features a memorable performance from the billingual Bobby Henrey screening February 3;

Virginia Mayo, Margaret Wycherly and James Cagney none too copacetic in White Heat on February 5;

Gene Tierney in technicolor-noir Leave Her to Heaven on February 5;

Jean Hagan and Sterling Hayden in The Asphalt Jungle on February 7;

Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint's train-encounter in Hitchcock's North by Northwest on February 7;

On the set of John Hustonn's star-studded Key Largo on February 7;

Steve McQueen in Bullitt on February 10;

Bette Davis in The Letter on February 11;

Huston's Treasure of Sierra Madre on February 15;

Bette Davis v. Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane on February 16;

Ladd and Lake together again in The Blue Dahlia on February 17;

Robert Walker v. Farley Granger in Strangers on a Train on February 18;

Robert Ryan in Crossfire on February 19;

Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor in The Narrow Margin on February 19;

Mickey Rooney in The Strip on February 22;

Angela Lansbury and Ethel Barrymore in Kind Lady on February 23;

Blues in the Night on February 24;

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde on February 24;

Stanwyck and McMurray in Wilder's Double Indemnity on February 28.

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