Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: June 2016

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Thursday, June 2, 9:00 AM

HELL DRIVERS (1957): An ex-con (Stanley Baker) trying to go straight takes a job driving for a corrupt trucking company, where the bosses pit the drivers against each other in a dangerous competition that leads to higher profits and — death! Peggy Cummins is the saucy secretary who flirts her way through an array of up-and-coming stars. Patrick McGoohan makes quite the impression as Baker's ruthless opponent. A gear-grinding masterpiece! Dir. Cy Endfield

Friday, June 03, 5:00 PM—1:00AM

TCM Salutes Billy Wilder

Here are the noirs:

9:00 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 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

11:00 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

Saturday, June 4, 11:00 AM

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

Saturday, June 4, 5:00 PM—9:00 PM

Roy Scheider Neo-noir Double Bill

5:00 PM

FRENCH CONNECTION (1972): New York Detectives, Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) attempt to intercept a massive heroin shipment coming into the city and hunt down the criminal mastermind behind it, Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey). This gritty procedural also features one of the best car chases in cinematic history. In addition to earning Best Picture and Best Actor for Hackman at the Oscars, the film won Best Director for Friedkin, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. Dir. William Friedkin

7:00 PM

THE SEVEN-UPS (1973): In this 70s neo-noir, Roy Scheider stars as Buddy, one of a band of elite but ruthless cops nicknamed "The Seven-Ups. When his partner gets killed he discovers a criminal conspiracy to kidnap mobsters and a mole in their group. Dir: Philip D'Antoni

Sunday, June 5, 9:15 AM

LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948): An Irish sailor (Orson Welles) gets caught between a corrupt tycoon (Everett Sloane) and his voluptuous wife (Rita Hayworth) and their plans to eliminate one another in this wonderfully convoluted noir. Pointless trivia: the sailboat used in the film belonged to Errol Flynn. Dir. Orson Welles

Monday, June 6, 1:30 PM—5:15 PM

Humphrey Bogart/John Huston Double Bill

1:30 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

3:15 PM

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 a fat mastermind (Sydney Greenstreet). Director John Huston brilliantly adapted it from the Dashiell Hammett novel. Dir. John Huston

Tuesday, June 7, 3:30 PM

THE MURDERER LIVES AT NUMBER 21 (1947): Inspector Vorobechik (Pierre Fresnay) is on the hunt for a serial killer calling himself Monsieur Durand. Vorobechik's mistress Mila (Suzy Delair), a struggling actress, hopes to garner fame by aiding him. Vorobechik tracks his prey to a boarding house and moves in disguised as a minister. But things don't play out as expected. Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot

Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 PM

BRIGHTON ROCK (1947): Based on a novel by Graham Greene, small-time hood with big ambitions, Pinkie, a young Richard Attenborough in a chilling performance, tries to cover up a murder by seducing an innocent girl, Rose (Carol Marsh) whom he believes witnessed the crime. Supporting performances by Hermione Baddeley as an actress and amateur psychic and William Hartnell as a fellow gangster with reservations about his treatment of Rose add to the richness of the film. The fine acting, writing, cinematography and direction make this Brit noir make it mandatory viewing. Dir. John Boulting

Wednesday, June 8, 3:00 AM—6:45 AM

Robert Ryan Double Bill

3:00 AM

BORN TO BE BAD (1950): An ambitious girl (Joan Fontaine) steals her cousin's (Joan Leslie) husband (Zachary Scott), but keeps her lover (Robert Ryan) on the side. No need to tell you that this won't end nicely. A wonderfully arch sense of humor makes this more akin to a black comedy than melodrama. Dir. Nicholas Ray

4:45 AM

CLASH BY NIGHT (1952): A In this film noir social realism hybrid, an embittered and world weary woman (Barbara Stanwyck) seeks escape from her life of hard knocks in marriage, only to fall for her husband's amoral best friend (Robert Ryan). The film features a small but nice early role for Marilyn Monroe. Based on a play by the ever ponderous Clifford Odets. Dir. Fritz Lang

Wednesday, June 8, 12:00 PM

WHERE DANGER LIVES (1950): A suicidal patient (Faith Domergue) draws her doctor (Robert Mitchum) into a web of sex and murder in this dream like noir. When he accidently kills her husband (Claude Rains in a film stealing performance), they go on the run to Mexico despite the brain injury that is slowly incapacitating him. Dir. John Farrow

Thursday, June 9, 7:15 AM

A LADY WITHOUT A PASSPORT (1950) Immigration inspector Frank Westlake (James Craig) investigates the murder of an illegal immigrant. His investigation leads him to an illegal immigration ring and romance with Marianne Lorress (Hedy Lamarr), a refugee from Vienna who survived internment in a German concentration camp. Dir. Joseph H. Lewis

Thursday, June 9, 10:15 AM

THE MAN WITH A CLOAK (1951): In this historical noir, a mystery man (Joseph Cotton) tries to help a young innocent (Leslie Caron) escape a murderous housekeeper (Barbara Stanwyck). Based on a story by John Dickson Carr. Dir. Fletcher Markle

Thursday, June 9, 1:30 PM

THE BIG COMBO (1955): Lt. Leonard Diamond (Cornelll 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, June 10, 5:00 PM—1:45 AM

TCM's Salute to Billy Wilder Continues

Here are the noirs:

5:00 PM

SUNSET BOULEVARD 1950): Film Noir meets Hollywood Gothic meets biting satire in this piece of perfection. A failed, and drowned, screenwriter, William Holden, tells us how he fell into a mercenary romance with a faded silent-film star, Gloria Swanson who probably would have told us a rather different story. Admirable support provided Erich von Stroheim as Max, her devoted butler and chauffer. Dir. Billy Wilder

7:00 PM

ACE IN THE HOLE (1951): A small-town reporter (Kirk Douglas at his hammy best) milks a local disaster to get back into the big time, destroying everyone, including himself, along the way. Jan Sterling gives a tremendous performance as the trapped man's opportunistic wife. Dir. Billy Wilder

Saturday, June 11, 9:00 PM

SO LONG AT THE FAIR (1950): In this period piece Brit Noir, a woman (Jean Simmons) searches for her missing brother in Paris when he and the hotel room he was staying in disappear. Of course, no one else believes that he existed in the first place. Dir. Terence Fisher

Sunday, June 12, 3:00 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. Dir. W. S. Van Dyke

Sunday, June 12, 5:00 PM—9:00 PM

Veronica Lake & Alan Ladd Double Bill

5:00 PM

THE GLASS KEY (1942): This well-made adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett novel unwinds a tale of murder and political corruption, involving Ned (Alan Ladd), his boss and best friend, Paul (Brian Donlevy) and the woman (Veronica Lake) who comes between them. Dir. Stuart Heisler

7:00 PM

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. Dir. George Marshall

Monday, June 13, 10:00 AM—1:00 PM

Criminal Impersonation Double Bill

10:00 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. Dir. John Sturges

11:30 AM

CROSSROADS (1942): Recently wed French diplomat David Talbot (William Powell) is accused of being a master criminal. He is suffering from amnesia and must find out for himself if the accusations are true. Hedy Lamarr plays his wife and Claire Trevor the woman in the case. Basil Rathbone portrays the blackmailer claiming to be his former criminal cohort. Dir. Jack Conway

Tuesday, June 14, 11:15 PM

FRENCH CONNECTION (1972): New York Detectives, Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) attempt to intercept a massive heroin shipment coming into the city and hunt down the criminal mastermind behind it, Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey). This gritty procedural also features one of the best car chases in cinematic history. In addition to earning Best Picture and Best Actor for Hackman at the Oscars, the film won Best Director for Friedkin, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. Dir. William Friedkin

Saturday, June 18, 3:45 AM

CRISS CROSS (1949): A lovelorn loner (Burt Lancaster) returns to Los Angeles and quickly falls under the spell of ex-wife (Yvonne De Carlo), who is now in thrall to a sinister gangster (Dan Duryea). A daring armored car robbery becomes the fulcrum of their dangerous triangle as the two men play each other while vying for the dame's loyalty. Siodmak creates one of the most seductive and spellbinding tales of amour fou in the entire noir canon—a complex and elegantly told tale of desire, desperation and sudden death. Dir. Robert Siodmak

Tuesday, June 21, 8:30 AM

MACAO (1952): Drifter Nick Cochran (Robert Mitchum) in the Far East is mistaken for an undercover cop by a ruthless gangster who plans an elaborate trap to kill him. An American salesman (William Bendix), a beautiful singer (Jane Russell) and the gangster's sexy moll (Gloria Grahame) make plenty of trouble for him too. Dir. Josef von Sternberg

Tuesday, June 21, 8:15 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.

Tuesday, June 21, 8:15 PM

SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER (1960): A former concert pianist (Charles Aznavour), eking out a living in a cheap bar as a piano player, finds himself embroiled with gangsters, and possibly worse, his family, after his brothers turn to him for help. Based on the David Goodis novel. Dir. François Truffaut

Sunday, May 15, 5:00 PM

Thursday, June 23, 3:45 AM—8:00 AM

Domestic Terror Double Bill

3:45 AM

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

8:00 AM

WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967): A commercial artist unknowingly brings a stash of heroin into his home. A trio of bad guys (Richard Crenna, Jack Weston and Alan Arkin) trace the dope to him. They trick him into leaving the house, but, unfortunately, his blind wife (Audrey Hepburn) is there alone. They proceed to first try to trick and then to terrorize her while she tries to figure out how to turn the tables on her unknown assailants. Hepburn earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her remarkable performance. Adapted from the Broadway hit written by Fredrick Knott and directed by Arthur Penn. Dir. Terence Young

Friday, June 24, 12:45 PM

I DIED A THOUSAND TIMES (1955): Gangster Big Mac pulls strings to get a lifer, Roy (Jack Palance), out of prison. In return, Roy had to pull a big jewelry heist. Big Mac saddles him with incompetent henchmen and things go badly. Especially when they pick up a taxi dancer (Shelley Winters) who causes considerable tension and then falls in love with Roy. W.R. Burnett based his screenplay on his own novel High Sierra, previously adapted by John Huston and him in 1941 for Raoul Walsh's film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino. Dir. Stuart Heisler

Friday, June 24, 5:00 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. Dir. Billy Wilder

Saturday, June 25, 9:00 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

Patrick McGoohan, Stanley Baker and Peggy Cummins in Hell Drivers on June 2;

Noir classic Double Indemnity in TCM's Salute to Billy Wilder on June 3;

Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder on June 4;

Roy Scheider and Gene Hackman in The French Connection airing June 4;

A blonde Rita Hayward with husband Orson Welles on the set of The Lady from Shanghai screening June 5;

Bogart vis-à-vis Mary Astor in The Maltese Falcon on June 6;

Richard Attenborough menaces in Brighton Rock on June 7;

Robert Ryan and Barbara Stanwyck in Clash by Night on June 8;

No turning back for Robert Mitchum in a race to the border with Faith Domergue in Where Dangers Lives June 8;

Hedy Lamarr is A Lady without a Passport airing June 9;

The Man with a Cloak with Leslie Caron, Barbara Stanwyck and Joseph Cotten on June 9;

John Alton's spectactularly shot The Big Combo on June 9;

Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole screens June 10;

So Long at the Fair starring Jean Simmons and Dirk Bogarde on June 11;

Birian Donlevy, Alan Ladd and Veronica lake in The Glass Key on June 12;

Hedy Lamarr in Crossroads airing June 13;

Yvonnne DeCarlo and Dan Duryea in master noir director Siodmark's Criss Cross on June 18;

Truffaut's noir tribute, Shoot the Piano Player, on June 22;

Patty McCormack gives an enduring performance in The Bad Seed on June 23;

Jack Palance in I Died a Thousand Times on June 24;

Agnes Moorehead in Dark Passage on June 25.

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