Film Noir and Neo Noir on TV for April, 2014

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Tuesday, April 1, 12:30 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

Thursday, April 3, 9:15 AM

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. Dir. Charles Vidor.

Saturday, April 5, 1:00 PM

HIGH SIERRA (1941): Humphrey Bogart plays Roy Earle, a hardened criminal with a heart of gold, who finds love, redemption and a not so happy ending with the lovely and vulnerable Ida Lupino in this noir classic. This was one of three roles that George Raft refused that Bogart accepted, ironically the three roles that shot him into stardom after years of playing second bananas at Warner Brothers to among others, George Raft. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Sunday, April 6, 5:00 AM

HIGH SIERRA (1941): Humphrey Bogart plays Roy Earle, a hardened criminal with a heart of gold, who finds love, redemption and a not so happy ending with the lovely and vulnerable Ida Lupino in this noir classic. This was one of three roles that George Raft refused that Bogart accepted, ironically the three roles that shot him into stardom after years of playing second bananas at Warner Brothers to among others, George Raft. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Sunday, April 6, 5:00 AM

THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (1940): Truck driver Joe Fabrini (George Raft) finds himself the victim of sexual harassment by his boss's amorous wife (Ida Lupino) in a movie stealing performance. When Joe refuses her advances, she murders her husband and then tries to frame him for it. Humphrey Bogart portrays Raft's brother and trucking partner. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Monday, April 7, 5:00 PM

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, April 8,7:30 AM

BLACKMAIL (1929): Alice White (Anny Ondra) blows off a date with her steady beau Detective Frank Webber (John Longden) to see a charming young artist. The artist talks her into coming up to his studio and she kills him when he attempts to rape her. The next day, Frank discovers Alice's glove at the crime scene and removes the evidence. A blackmailer (Donald Calthrop) who can place Alice at the scene of the crime then confronts the pair. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Tuesday, April 8, 6:45 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. This first rate film features both one of Tyrone Power's and one of Marlene Dietrich's best performances. Dir. Billy Wilder

Friday, April 11, 7:00 AM

THE BLUE GARDENIA (1953): Based on a story by Vera Caspary, author of Laura, a telephone operator (Anne Baxter) believes that she has killed a creepy pick-up (Raymond Burr) in self-defense, but can't remember the details of the encounter. She is suitable terrified that the police will connect her to the crime. Her path soon crosses with that of an intrepid, and attractive) reporter (Richard Conte) determined to crack the case. Nat King Cole has a cameo as himself and who sings the movie's theme song. Dir. Fritz Lang

Saturday, April 12, 2:45 PM

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. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy

Monday, April 14, 2:00 AM

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. Based on the James M. Cain story. Dir. Michael Curtiz

Monday, April 14, 4:00 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 a fat mastermind (Sydney Greenstreet). Director John Huston brilliantly adapted it from the Dashiell Hammett novel. Dir. John Huston

Monday, April 14, 8:00 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

Thursday, April 17, 7:30 AM

THE THIN MAN (1934) The first in a trio of films that establishes husband-and-wife detective team Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) as they take on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts. Dir.: W. S. Van Dyke

Friday, April 18, 8:00 AM

NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959): A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies and pursued across the country. While on the lam, he encounters a beautiful blonde (Eva Marie Saint) who may or may not be trusted, while he looks for a way to survive. This film earned 3 Oscar nominations. Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, April 18,7:00 PM

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE In this noir classic, illicit lovers (John Garfield and Lana Turner) plot to kill the woman's older husband. She wants to own her own restaurant, the eternal ambition of heroines created by James M. Cain, author of the original novel. The producers managed to stay quite faithful to the book while excising the sado-masochistic nature of the character's sexual relationship. Dir. Tay Garnett

Saturday, April 19: 5 PM—11 PM

Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews Triple-Feature

5 PM

LAURA (1944): In this film noir based on the Vera Caspary novel, dedicated detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates the death of the beautiful Laura (Gene Tierney), brutally gunned down at the door of her flat. As he interviews her friends and lovers, a complicated portrait of her emerges and he finds himself falling for the deceased girl. Clifton Webb and Vincent Price give outstanding performances as two bickering rivals for Laura's affections. Dir. Otto Preminger

6:40 PM

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (1950): A gritty film noir about a detective, Dana Andrews, with a strong hatred of crooks who accidentally kills a suspect, and must confront his conscience when an innocent man is accused of the crime. To further complicate matters, he falls for the victim's estranged wife, Gene Tierney. Dir. Otto Preminger

8:30 PM

THE IRON CURTAIN (1948): This film, based on real events, focuses on the defection of Soviet Embassy code specialist Igor Gouzenko (Dana Andrews). Gene Tierney plays his wife, Anna. Dir.: William A. Wellman

Sunday, April 27, 12:45 AM

SÉANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON (1964): In this extremely downbeat, late-era Brit noir, noted stage actress Kim Stanley gives a tour de force performance as a medium kidnaps a child so she can help the police solve the crime. Richard Attenborough provides an equally impressive counterpoint as the psychic's weak-willed husband and accomplice. Based on a novel by Mark McShane, imaginatively and impressively adapted a second time by Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa as Séance in 2000. Score by the legendary John Barry. Dir. Bryan Forbes

Sunday, April 27, 5:00 AM

THE 39 STEPS (1935): When a counterintelligence agent he was trying to help gets killed, and he stands accused of the crime, a London man must go on the run both to save himself and to stop a spy ring trying to steal top-secret information. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, April 28, 1:45 AM

GUN CRAZY (1949): In this justly famous noir, a gun obsessed reform school graduate (John Dall) meets the girl of his dreams, a circus sharp shooter (Peggy Cummins). They get married in a fever, but she gets fed up living without the finer things of life. The two go on a crime spree, but her blood lust had fatal consequences. Dir. Joseph H. Lewis

Monday, April 28, 9:15 PM

THE RACKET (1951): A tough cop, Captain Thomas McQuigg (Robert Mitchum), has to fight both his superiors and a corrupt system in order to battle the mob. His mobster nemesis Nick Scanlon (Robert Ryan) is also battling his own superiors, as well as McQuigg. They object to his old style violent tactics. McQuigg usess Nick's brother Joe Scanlon (Brett King) and his lover and singer Irene Hayes (Lizabeth Scott) as a cat's paw to get to Nick. Dir. John Cromwell

Thursday, April 29, 2:30 AM

ANGEL FACE (1953): An ambulance driver (Robert Mitchum) romances a beautiful but unstable woman (Jean Simons) who gets him a job as a chauffeur and promises him the capital to open his own garage. Murder and disaster follows. Mona Freeman plays the girlfriend he dumps for better things. Her reaction to his behavior, especially when he tries to come back to her, makes her character transcend the usual thankless good girl roles in noir. Dir. Otto Preminger

Thursday, April 29, 1:45—5:00 PM

Sam Fuller Noir

1:45 PM

SHOCK CORRIDOR (1963): A reporter (Peter Breck) fakes insanity to crack a murder committed in an asylum. While there he meets a variety of inmates including a black man who's a white supremacist. He also finds himself at one point at the mercy of a group of nymphomaniacs. Dir. Samuel Fuller

3:30 PM

THE NAKED KISS (1964): A prostitute (Constance Towers) moves to a small town and starts life over as a nurse's aide, working with sick children. She falls in love with the local scion (Michael Danter) who proposes to her. But she learns his terrible secret and finds herself at the mercy of the hypocritical justice system. Dir. Sam Fuller

Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 AM

THE BRIBE (1949): A sultry singer (Ava Gardner) tries to tempt a federal agent (Robert Taylor) from the straight-and-narrow while he investigates an arms surplus racket on a small South American island. Charles Laughton and Vincent Price menace him. Dir. Robert Z. Leonard

Wednesday, April 30, 5:00 PM-- 9:00 PM

Robert Osborne Picks Noir

5:00 PM

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. Watch for Victor Sen Yung as a solicitous lawyer's clerk. Dir. William Wyler

7:00 PM

MAN HUNT (1941): In this suspenseful noir based on Geoffrey Household's novel Rogue Male, the Gestapo hunts down a sportsman, Walter Pidgeon, after he accidentally stumbles across Hitler's secret residence. Joan Bennet, who co-starred in director Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street (1945), plays the woman who aids him. Dir. Fritz Lang

Thursday, May 1, 7:15 PM

WHITE HEAT (1949): "Top of the world, Ma!" A government agent (Edmond O'Brien) infiltrates a gang run by a mother-fixated psychotic (James Cagney) in a stand out performance. This film marks when the traditional Warner Brothers' interpretation of the gangster gave way to the more cynical and psychological film noir interpretation. Pointless trivia: Naked Gun 33 1/3 borrowed the plot. Dir. Raoul Walsh

TCM APRIL HIGHLIGHTS: Cagney and Doris Day in Love Me or Leave Me on April 3; Bogart and Ida Lupino in High Sierra on April 5; Ida Lupino with George Raft on April 6; Dorothy Hart gives Barry Fitzgerald a hand with his pipe on the set of The Naked City; Marlene Dietrech with Tyrone Power in Witness for the Prosecution on April 8; Fritz Lang's The Blue Gardenia screens April 11; Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight on April 14; Lana Turner couples with John Garner in The Postman Always Rings Twice on April 18; Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Laura on April 19; Seance on a Wet Afternoon on April 27; Peggy Cummins with John Dall in Gun Crazy on April 28; Robert Mitchum in The Racket on April 28; Otto Preminger's Angel Face on April 29; Director Sam Fuller and actress Constance Towers share a warm moment on the set of The Naked Kiss screening April 29; Vincent Price enjoying a cup of joe on the set of The Bribe on April 30; Bette Davis in The Letter on April 30; Joan Bennet in Man Hunt on April 30; Verna Jarrett (Virigina Mayo) looking suitiably annoyed at the affection between her mother-in-law (Margaret Wycherly) and husband Cody (James Cagney) in White Heat airing May 1.

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