Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: January 2017

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Sunday, Jan. 1, 3:00 AM—Monday, Jan. 2, 3:15 AM

Celebrate the New Year with a Hitchcock Marathon

3:00 AM

ROPE (1948): Two wealthy and louche pseudo-intellectuals (John Dahl and Farley Granger) murder a friend in a Nietzschean demonstration of will and folly. Then they throw a party inviting the victim's friends, family and their old school teacher (Jimmy Stewart) who begins to suspect something odd when the guest of honor doesn't arrive for his own party. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

4:30 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. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

6:15 AM

TORN CURTAIN (1966): An American scientist (Paul Newman) pretends to defect to East Germany as part of a spy mission to obtain the formula of a secret miracle resin and escape back to the United States. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

8:30 AM

FAMILY PLOT (1976): Lighthearted suspense film about a phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend who encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

10:30 AM

PSYCHO (1960): Miriam Crane (Janet Leigh) impulsively embezzles $10,000 dollars from her employer and takes it on the lam. She checks into the Bates Motel, meets the queer but attractive Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), takes a shower and makes cinematic history. A detective (Martin Balsam), Miriam's sister (Vera Miles) and her boyfriend (John Gavin) all arrive to look for the missing Miriam. Long time Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann created the rightfully legendary score. The immensely talented old time radio actress Virginia Gregg provides the voice of Norman's mother Norma Bates. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

12:30 PM

MARNIE (1964): A forceful millionaire (Sean Connery) blackmails a beautiful thief (Tippi Hedren), who attempted to rob him, into marrying him. He tries to unravel the mystery of her compulsion to steal. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

2:45 PM

THE BIRDS (1963): Beautiful heiress Melanie (Tippi Hedren) takes a sudden fancy to a handsome architect Mitch (Rod Taylor) who lives in a remote Californian costal village with his overly affectionate mother (Jessica Tandy) and little sister. Creepily Melanie follows him there and pretends to be an old friend of his ex-girlfriend (Suzanne Pleshette).Even more creepily, after her arrival, the village is besieged by flocks of killer birds. Look for noir toughie Charles McGraw in a supporting role. Legendary animator turned special effects expert Ub Iwerks won the Oscar for Best Effects, Special Visual Effects for his work on the film. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

5:00 PM

VERTIGO (1958): An old friend hires ex-cop Scotty (Jimmy Stewart) to follow his beautiful but emotionally disturbed wife (Kim Novak) through the gorgeously shot streets of San Francisco. Stewart gives an intensely dark performance as Scotty spirals further and further into romantic obsession. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

7:15 PM

REAR WINDOW (1954): A wheelchair-bound photographer passes the time of his disability by spying on his neighbors. One day he witnesses a murder. Or does he? This iconic mystery was adapted from a story by Cornell Woolrich. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

9:15 PM

SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943): A young girl, Teresa Wright, fears her favorite uncle may be a killer, Joseph Cotten in the best performance of his career. "Do you know the world is a foul sty? Do you know, if you rip off the fronts of houses, you'd find swine? The world's a hell. What does it matter what happens in it?" Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

11:15 PM

THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956): A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

1:30 AM

THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (1955): This quirky black comedy reverses the whodunit genre as multiple residents of a Vermont hamlet believe themselves responsible for Harry's death and the disposal of his body. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Tuesday, January 3, 9:15 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, January 3, 2:30 PM

DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954): A man (Ray Milland) hires a friend to murder his wealthy wife (Grace Kelly). His plan goes awry when she stabs the would-be-murderer. Then he decides he can still get rid of her, by eroding erode her self-defense claim. Her ex-lover (Robert Cummings) tries to save her. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 5:00 PM—4:45 AM

TCM Spotlight: Stars Behind Bars

Here are the noirs...

7:15 PM

BRUTE FORCE (1947): In this brutal film noir, a convict (Burt Lancaster) plans a daring and violent escape from a sadistic prison. Gritty noir photography provided by Oscar winner William Daniels. Dir. Jules Dassin

9:00 PM

RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 (1954): Convict Dunn, noir heavy Neville Brand in a rare starring role, spearheads a riot to protest conditions in a brutish prison. Dir. Don Siegel

Saturday, January 7, 3:00 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

Saturday, January 7, 9:00 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. Dir. John Huston

Monday, January 9, 6:15 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. Dir. Woody Van Dyke

Tuesday, January 10, 11:45 AM

HOLLOW TRIUMPH (1948): In this iconic noir, an ex-con (Paul Henreid) whose "last heist" just went wrong, goes on the lam and poses as a psychiatrist. He falls for the psychiatrist's lover and secretary (Joan Bennett) and then things go awry. The great John Alton serves as cinematographer. As we like to say at the FNF, "It's a bitter little world." Dir. Steve Sekely

Wednesday, January 11,10:00 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

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 5:00 PM—3:00 AM

Edward Hopper on Film

Here are the noirs...

5:00 PM

PSYCHO (1960): Miriam Crane (Janet Leigh) impulsively embezzles $10,000 dollars from her employer and takes it on the lam. She checks into the Bates Motel, meets the queer but attractive Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), takes a shower and makes cinematic history. A detective (Martin Balsam), Miriam's sister (Vera Miles) and her boyfriend (John Gavin) all arrive to look for the missing Miriam. Long time Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann created the rightfully legendary score. The immensely talented old time radio actress Virginia Gregg provides the voice of Norman's mother Norma Bates. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

7:00 PM

THE KILLERS (1946): Expanded from the Hemmingway short story, two professional killers come to a small town looking for The Swede (Burt Lancaster). An insurance investigator (Edmond O'Brien) unravels the tangled skein of events that led up to the hit. Ava Gardner plays Kitty, the woman who led the Swede to his doom. Dir. Robert Siodmak

Thursday, January 12, 9:15 PM

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

Friday, January 13, 1:15 AM

STAGE FRIGHT (1950): Jane Wyman maybe the star of the film, but Marlene Dietrich walks away with it. Wyman plays a mousey RADA student out to clear her crush, Jonathan (Richard Todd) suspected of murdering the husband of a glamorous actress-singer (Dietrich). Things get complicated when she falls for the detective, "Ordinary" Smith (Michael Wilding) who is searching for Jonathan. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Saturday, Jan. 21, 5:00 PM—3:15 AM

TCM Salutes Dana Andrews

5:00 PM

BOOMERANG (1947): In this fact based noir, State's Attorney Henry L. Harvey (Dana Andrews) contends with an explosive political situation while trying to discover rather or not a drifter is innocent of a terrible crime, the murder of a beloved priest. Dir. Elia Kazan

6:45 PM

FALLEN ANGEL (1945): Dana Andrews stars as a charismatic grifter who courts and weds a sheltered spinster, Alice Faye in a warmly wonderful performance, in order to obtain enough money to win his real object of desire, the local floozy (Linda Darnell). His plans go awry when the floozy turns up murdered. Dir: Otto Preminger

8:30 PM

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. Dir. Fritz Lang

10:15 PM

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956): At the behest of his future father-in law, newspaper editor Austin Spenser, Tom Garret (Dana Andrews)—a novelist and opponent of capital punishment—frames himself for the murder of a stripper to prove the fallibility of circumstantial evidence. The pair callously decides against taking Garret's fiancée (Joan Fontaine) into their confidence. Dir. Fritz Lang

Tuesday, January 24, 5:15 AM

LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE (1951): After being stranded in a small Texas town, an actress (Ruth Roman) champions the cause of a man (Richard Todd) recently acquitted in a re-trial for murdering his wife, but still under suspicion by the local townsfolk. Dir. King Vidor

Tuesday, January 24, 5:00 PM

CAGED (1950): This film noir in women-in-prison clothing details the transformation of a young, naïve and pregnant widow (Elanor 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 the still prescient issue facing the American penal system, is it actually reforming first time offenders or just turning prisoners into career criminal? Dir. John Cromwell

Sunday, January 29, 12:00 PM

GILDA (1946): A gambler (Glenn Ford) discovers an old flame (Rita Hayworth) in South America, but she's married to his new boss (George Macready), and… um… friend—homoerotic noir at its best. If that weren't enough, there's Hayworth's incredibly steamy rendition of "Put the Blame on Mame" Whoof! Dir. Charles Vidor

Monday, January 30, 11:15 AM

SHADOW OF A WOMAN (1946): After a quick courtship, naïve newlywed Brook (Andrea King) moves to San Francisco to her husband, diet doctor Eric Ryder's (Helmut Dantine) home and less than receptive family. She continues to stand by her man, despite mounting evidence that he is a fraud and a series of weird accidents. It also appears that he also might be starving his son from a previous marriage to death in order to get his hands on the kid's inheritance. Will Brook wake up in time? Dir. Joseph Santley

Monday, January 30, 7:00 PM

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

 

2017 commences with a Hitchcock marathon.

Ray Milland's Oscar-winning performance in The Lost Weekend screening January 3rd and 12th

Grace Kelly with scissors in Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder on January 3

Burt Lancaster stars in Jules Dassin's phenomenonal prison flick Brute Force on January 4

Neville Brand stars in Don Siegel's Riot in Cell Block 11 screening January 4

On the set of The Maltese Falcon screening January 7

Myrna Loy and William Powell in The Thin Man on January 9

Joan Bennett and Paul Henreid in Hollow Triumph screening January 10

Virginia Mayo, Margaret Wycherly and James Cagney in Raoul Walsh's noir classic White Heat on January 11

On the set of Hitchcock's Psycho screening January 11

Siodmak's classic The Killers airs January 11

Marlene Dietrich and Jane Wyman in Stage Fright on January 13

Dana Andrews stars in Boomerang on January 21

In search of the "Lipstick Killer" in Fritz Lang's While The City Sleeps on January 21

Ruth Roman and Richard Todd in Lightning Strikes Twice on January 24

Still both relevant and resonant, Caged, airing January 24, looks into America's penal system without flinching.

Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford star in Gilda on January 29

Helmut Dantine and Andrea King in the rarely screened Shadow of a Woman on January 30

Victor Mature, Vincent Price and Jane Russell in The Las Vegas Story on January 30

 

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