Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: February 2018

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Thursday, February 1, 9:00 AM

THE STRIP (1951): A jazz drummer (Mickey Rooney) fights to clear his name when he's accused of killing a racketeer. Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby and Oscar Hammerstein II were Oscar nominated for Best Music, Original Song "A Kiss to Build a Dream On". Dir. Leslie Kardos

Saturday, February 3, 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. D.P. Robert Burks' outstanding work earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, February 5, 12:15 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. Dir. Jules Dassin

Tuesday, February 6, 3:00 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. Frank P. Keller won an Oscar for Best Film Editing for the film and it was also nominated for Best Sound. Dir. Peter Yates

Sunday, February 11, 4:00 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: a Best Supporting Actor nod for Sam Jaffe as the mastermind undone by his passion for beautiful girls; Best Director, John Huston; Best Writing, Screenplay, Ben Maddow and John Huston; and Best Cinematography Black-and-White, Harold Rosson. Dir. John Huston

Sunday, February 11, 12:30 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

Sunday, February 11, 2:30 PM

IN COLD BLOOD (1967) Bleak adaptation of Truman Capote's ground breaking true crime book. Two men (Robert Blake and Scott Wilson) brutally murder a small town Kansas family, thinking that ten thousand dollars is hidden in the house. They flee with the forty-three dollars they actually found and the FBI hunts them. The film was nominated for four Oscars: Best Director, Richard Brooks; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Richard Brooks; Best Cinematography Conrad L. Hall; and Best Music, Original Music Score Quincy Jones. Dir. Richard Brooks

Friday, Feb. 16, 10:30 AM– 2:45 PM

Bad Blonde Double Bill

10:30 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. Script writer Leonard Spigelgass was nominated for an Oscar, Best Writing, Motion Picture Story. Dir. John Sturges

12:30 PM

WHITE HEAT (1949): "Top of the world, Ma!" a G-man (Edmond O'Brien) infiltrates a gang run by a mother-fixated psychotic Cody Jarrett, James Cagney in a stand out performance. The gang plans a daring payroll heist that is undermined by Jarrett's mental instability. 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. Journalist Virginia Kellogg received an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Motion Picture. Pointless trivia: Naked Gun 33 1/3 borrowed the plot. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Saturday, February 17, 11:00 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. The film won two Oscars, Estelle Parsons for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Burnett Guffey for Best Cinematography, an additional eight nominations. Dir. Arthur Penn

Sunday, Feb. 18, 4:45 AM – 8:15 AM

Film Noir Double Bill

4:45 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. The film scored four more Oscar nods: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Robert Ryan; Best Director, Edward Dmytryk; and Best Writing, Screenplay, John Paxton. Dir. Edward Dmytryk

6:15 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. Edward Arnold plays the D.A. Van Heflin rightly earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nomination for his performance as Eager's alcoholic best friend. 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

Monday, February 19, 6:00 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, February 22, 1:00 PM

LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (1955): Engrossing musical bio (from an Oscar-winning story by Daniel Fuchs) of Jazz age singer Ruth Etting (Doris Day), whose life and career were dominated by gangster Marty 'The Gimp' Snyder, (James Cagney). Ruth's musical advisor Johnny Alderman (Cameron Mitchell) attempts repeatedly to persuade Ruth to leave her abusive relationship. In addition to Fuchs' Oscar win, the movie earned five more nominations: Best Actor in a Leading Role, James Cagney; Best Writing, Screenplay, Daniel Fuchs and Isobel Lennart; Best Sound, Recording Wesley C. Miller (M-G-M); Best Music, Original Song, Nicholas Brodszky (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics) for the song "I'll Never Stop Loving You"; and Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, Percy Faith and George Stoll. Dir. Charles Vidor.

Friday, February 23, 12:45 PM

I WANT TO LIVE (1958): Susan Hayward deservedly won the Best Actress Oscar for her bravura performance as Barbara Grahame, a former prostitute and drug addict, executed for murder. Hayward perfectly captures a possibly innocent woman convicted more for her lifestyle than evidence. Dir. Robert Wise

Friday, February 23, 5:00 PM

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. Fontaine won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The film earned two more Oscar nominations: Best Picture and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture, Franz Waxman. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, February 23, 11:15 PM

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

Saturday, February 24, 11:15 AM

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

Sunday, February 25, 5:00 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 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

Sunday, February 25, 9:00 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

Sunday, February 25, 10:45 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. Angela Lansbury plays the pretty maid who may be in league with Boyer. Based on Patrirck 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

Tuesday, February 27, 4:30 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 into 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: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role, Bette Davis; Best Actor in a Supporting Role, James Stephenson; Best Director, William Wyler; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Tony Gaudio; Best Film Editing, Warren Low; and Best Music, Original Score, Max Steiner. Dir. William Wyler

Tuesday, February 27, 12:00 PM

ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959): In this drily witty courtroom drama, based on real events, a small-town lawyer Paul Biegler (James Stewart) who is more interested in fishing and playing the piano then practicing law, gets the case of a lifetime when he defends a soldier (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering the man who beat and raped his flirtatious wife (Lee Remick). Eve Arden once again does a lot with a small part as his long suffering secretary. Duke Ellington composed the jazz score. George C. Scott earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of out-of-town prosecutor Claude Dancer. Arthur O'Connell earned an Oscar nod in the same category for his performance as Biegler's alcoholic friend who urges him to take the case. The film was nominated for five more Oscars: Best Picture, Otto Preminger; Best Actor in a Leading Role; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Wendell Mayes; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Sam Leavitt; and Best Film Editing, Louis R. Loeffler. Dir. Otto Preminger

Wednesday, February 28, 1:00 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

Mickey Rooney stars in The Strip screening February 1

Farley Granger and Robert Walker in Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train February 3

The Naked City screens February 5

Steve McQueen and late 60's San Francisco in Bullit on February 6

John Huston and Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Asphalt Jungle screening February 11

Vienna-noir, The Third Man, on February 11

Scott Wilson and Robert Blake in In Cold Blood airing February 11

Ricardo Montalban in Mystery Street on February 16

James Cagney, Steve Cochran and Virginia Mayo in Raoul Walsh's explosive White Heat on February 16

Edward Dmytryk's Crossfire plays February 18

Warren Beatty in Bonne and Clyde on February 17

 

Bogie, Claire Trevor and Lauren Bacall in Key Largo February 19

Doris Day and James Cagney in Love Me or Leave Me on February 22

Eleanor Parker and Hope Emerson in Caged on February 23

Susan Hayward in I Want To Live on February 23

Hitchcock's Suspicion screens February 23

Jane Fonda in Klute on February 23

Spencer Tracy stars in Bad Day at Black Rock playing February 24

John Huston's The Maltese Falcon screens February 25

William Powell, Mryna Loy & Astor in The Thin Man on February 25

Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight on February 25

Lee Remick and James Stewart in Anatomy of a Murder on February 27

Michael Curtiz' Oscar-winning Mildred Pierce on February 28

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