Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: July 2016

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Friday, July 1, 3:30 PM

CHANDLER (1971): Warren Oates plays the eponymous lead in this gritty neo-noir. He plays a security guard who revamps his PI business when a couple of Feds ask him to locate a witness for an organized crime trial. Noir stalwarts Charles McGraw and Gloria Grahame contribute supporting performances. Dir. Paul Magwood

Saturday, July 2, 11:30 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

Saturday, July 2, 1:00 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. Dir. Peter Yates

Sunday, July 3, 1:00 AM

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

Thursday, July 7, 11:45 AM—Friday, July 8, 3:45 AM

70's Neo-Noir Double Bill

11:45 PM

THE CONVERSATION (1974): In this nightmarishly paranoid thriller, a socially isolated surveillance expert (Gene Hackman) uncovers a murder plot within a corrupt corporation. Dir. Francis Ford Coppola

1:45 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, July 8, 2:30 P

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. Dir. John Huston

Sunday, July 10, 5:00 PM—8:45 PM

Googie Withers Dark Brit Double Bill

5:00 PM

IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY (1949): A former barmaid (Googie Withers), now the harried matriarch of a family in impoverished Bethnal Green, jeopardizes everything when she shelters the escaped fugitive who was once her lover. A slide-of-life noir and prototype of British "kitchen sink" drama, based on the novel by Arthur La Bern. Withers gives an outstanding performance, passionate and heartbreaking. Dir. Robert Hammer

Sunday, July 10, 6:45 PM

DEAD OF NIGHT (1945): In this noir-stained horror anthology, predestination takes on Woolrichian proportions. Michael Redgrave started the whole evil ventriloquist trope with his masterful segment. This is not strictly a noir, but is a brilliant film, so please watch it. Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti

Wednesday, July 13, 9:15 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

Thursday, July 14, 2:00 AM

THE LUSTY MEN (1952): In this Nicholas Ray helmed Western noir, a faded rodeo star (Robert Mitchum) mentors a younger rider to help him raise the money he needs to buy his dream ranch through rodeo competition (Arthur Kennedy) and then falls for his wife (Susan Hayward). As one would expect, complications ensue. Dir. Nicholas Ray

Sunday, July 17, 9:00 AM

HARPER (1966): In this neo-noir, soon to be divorced private eye (Paul Newman) sets out to find the missing millionaire husband for his crippled wife (Lauren Bacall). The trail leads to a religious cult and a kidnapping plot. His investigation also leads him to Shelley Winters as a faded starlet. Janet Leigh plays his estranged wife whom Harper still loves. Dir. Jack Smight

Monday, July 18, 10:30 PM—10:30 PM

Guest Programmer: Lou Gossett Jr. Presents a Noir Double Billl

7:00 PM

TOUCH OF EVIL (1958): Orson Welles' masterpiece about a narcotics agent (Charlton Heston) who unintentionally put his wife (Janet Leigh) in grave danger when he investigates a crooked cop (Orson Welles). Utterly fantastic supporting performance by Marlene Dietrich as a Mexican Gypsy whore- no, really, I mean it. Dir. Orson Welles

8:45 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.

Monday, July 18, 10:30 PM—Tuesday, July 19, 3:15 AM

Robert Mitchum Noir Triple Bill

10:30 PM

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955): Bogus preacher Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) marries an outlaw's widow (Shelly Winters in a stunning performance) in search of the dead man's hidden loot. The widow's son (Billy Chapin) sees through him, and tries to keep the secret of the treasure location and protect his mother, sister and himself from Powell. Lillian Gish plays the force of good in opposition to Mitchum's evil. Dir. Charles Laughton

12:15 AM

THE BIG STEAL (1950): Seduction and murder follow the theft of an Army payroll. An army lieutenant (Robert Mitchum) accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's ex-girlfriend (Jane Greer). Dir. Don Siegel

1:30 AM

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

Thursday, July 21, 5:00 PM—Friday, July 22, 3:00 AM

TCM Special Theme:
America in the 70's

Here are the neo-noirs...

5:00 PM

THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974): Lieutenant Garber (Walter Matthau) races the clock to thwart the plot of four criminals Blue (Robert Shaw), Green (Martin Balsam), Grey (Hector Elizondo) & Brown (Earl Hindman). They're holding a subway car full of passenger's hostage and threaten to shoot one each minute until a one million dollar ransom is fully paid. Dir. Joseph Sargent

7:00 PM

DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975): In New York city, a bank robbery turns into a media circus when Sonny (Al Pacino) tries to steal enough money for his lover's (Chris Sarandon) sex change operation and takes the bank's employees hostage. The film earned five Oscar nominations, only Frank Pierson won the Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for the film, based on true events. Surprisingly co-star John Cazale was not nominated for his excellent performance as Sal, Sonny's partner in crime. Dir. Sidney Lumet

1:15 AM

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

Thursday, July 28, 11:00 PM

THE DROWNING POOL (1975): In this neo-noir, private dick Lew Harper (Paul Newman) is in the Louisiana bayou working on a blackmail case involving the daughter (Melanie Griffith) of his old flame, Iris Devereau (Joanne Woodward). As he tries to solve the case, he becomes entangle in a power struggle between Iris and a local oil tycoon. Dir. Stuart Rosenberg

Friday, July 29, 3:30 AM

SHADOW ON THE WALL (1950): Six year old Susan is left mute by the sight of her stepmother Celia's murder. The police arrest her father (Zachary Scott) who can't remember what happened on the fateful night. His sister-in-law Dell (Ann Sothern) knows the truth and although tormented by guilt, will not speak out. A kindly psychiatrist (Nancy Davis) may be able to both bring back Susan's voice and discover what really happened to Celia. Dir. Patrick Jackson

Saturday, July 30, 9:00 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. Dir. George Cukor

Saturday, July 30, 8:15 PM

THE LINEUP (1958): In this intense film noir, two ruthless hitmen (Eli Wallach and Robert Keith) try to track down a missing heroin shipment through the streets of San Francisco. Dir. Don Siegel

Sunday, July 31, 7:00 AM

THE BAD SEED (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

Warren Oates and Gloria Grahame in Chandler screening July 1;

Spencer Tracey and Robert Ryan star in Bad Day at Black Rock on July 2 and July 13;

Late 60's San Francisco captured in Bullitt starring Steve McQueen on July 2;

Bette Davis v. Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane on July 3;

Early 70's San Francisco (e.g. Union Square) is the backdrop for Coppola's The Conversation airing July 8;

John Huston's noir masterpiece, The Asphalt Jungle, on July 8;

A ventriloquist's dummy that won't be silenced in the Brit classic Dead of Night on July 10;

Robert Mitchum, Susan Hayward, and Arthur Kennedy in Nicholas Ray's The Lusty Men on July 14;

Paul Newman and Shelley Winters in Harper on July 17;

Marlene Dietrich in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil on July 18;

Robert Mitchum vs. inner demons in Night of the Hunter on July 18;

70's NYC featured in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three on July 22;

Paul Newman stars in The Drowning Pool on July 28;

Zachary Scott, Ann Southern and Nancy Davis in Shadow on the Wall on July 29;

Ingrid Bergman v. Charles Boyer in Gaslight on July 30;

Eli Wallach in The Lineup on July 30.

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