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Film Noir and Neo Noir on TV for November 2014

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Saturday, November 1, 3:15 PM

POINT BLANK (1967): Existential neo-noir at its best. Lee Marvin stars as a wraith like criminal out to get his share of the loot from a robbery after his partner shots him, leaves him for dead and absconds both with all the money and his wife. Angie Dickinson co-stars as his sympathetic sister-in-law who aids him. Dir. John Boorman

Saturday, November 1, 8:45 PM

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; Best Film Editing; and Story and Screenpla -Written Directly for the Screen. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Sunday, November 2, 1:00 AM

THE HONEYMOON KILLERS (1970): Con man Raymond Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco) who seduces women steals their money and then abandons them meets his match when he tries his routine on Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler). She proves a master of manipulation and soon exerts an intense emotional control over him. She poses as his sister as he marries and defrauds a series of women; the pair eventually begins murdering their victims. Seems farfetched? The story is based on a real couple "The Lonely Hearts Killers" who operated in the 40s and were actually more ruthless. Dir. Leonard Kastle

Sunday, November 2, 7:00 PM

PETE KELLY'S BLUES (1955): Ex-doughboy turned jazz musician Pet Kelly (Jack Webb) leads a quartet playing at a Kansas City speakeasy during the Roaring 20s. The quartet gets crossed up with a gangster (Edmond O'Brien) and his alcoholic girlfriend (Peggy Lee). Cynical Kelly finds that he has to take a stand. Ella Fitzgerald makes a memorable cameo as singer Maggie Jackson. Look for Jayne Mansfield as a cigarette girl. Dir. Jack Webb

Monday, November 3, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Cornell Woolrich Double Feature

12:00 PM

DEADLINE AT DAWN (1946): In this adaptation of the Cornell Woolrich novel, a taxi dancer June (Susan Hayward) helps an amnesiac sailor Alex (Bill Williams), that she believes to be innocent, try to track down the real killer of a woman whom Alex apparently robbed earlier in the evening, after she helped fleece him in a card. Dir. Harold Clurman

1:30 PM

NOCTURNE (1946): A police detective (George Raft) refuses to believe a womanizing composer's death was suicide. He interviews one of his ex-lovers after another, trying to find the truth. This cool little thriller features some touching scenes between George Raft and Mabel Paige as his mother. Screenplay by John Latimer. Dir. Edwin L. Marin

Monday, November 3, 3:00 PM

IMPACT (1949): A woman's (Helen Walker) plot to kill her wealthy husband (Brian Donlevy) goes awry and her lover is killed instead and the body misidentified as the husbands. So hubby goes into hiding, so that she'll fry for murder. Things get complicated when he falls for a sweet and beautiful widow (Ella Raines).Dir. Arthur Lubin.

Wednesday, November 5, 2:45 PM

PETE KELLY'S BLUES (1955): Ex-doughboy turned jazz musician Pet Kelly (Jack Webb) leads a quartet playing at a Kansas City speakeasy during the Roaring 20s. The quartet gets crossed up with a gangster (Edmond O'Brien) and his alcoholic girlfriend (Peggy Lee). Cynical Kelly finds that he has to take a stand. Ella Fitzgerald makes a memorable cameo as singer Maggie Jackson. Look for Jayne Mansfield as a cigarette girl. Dir. Jack Webb

Wednesday, November 5, 2:45 PM

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (1940): An American reporter (Joel McCrea) covering the war in Europe gets mixed up in the assassination of a Dutch diplomat which leads to his uncovering a political conspiracy with the aid of a politician's daughter (Laraine Day) and a chap named ffolliott "with two small'f's" (George Sanders), his rival for the girl's affection. Tremendously entertaining film with several vintage Hitchcock set pieces. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Thursday, November 6, 5:15 AM

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

Thursday, November 6: 7:15 PM to 11:00 PM

TCM Guest Programmer Jeff Garland Noir Picks

7:15 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

9:15 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. Dir. Carol Reed

Friday, November 7, 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

Friday, November 7, 5:00 PM to 11:15 PM

Noir Hits The Road

5:00 PM

DETOUR (1946): A hitchhiker (Tom Neal) takes on a dead man's identity only to face blackmail by an unscrupulous woman (Ann Savage) - possibly the meanest woman in the history of cinema. Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer

6:15 PM

THE HITCH-HIKER(1953): In this gripping suspense piece, a murderous madman (William Talman) on the lam from the law kidnaps two businessmen (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) on a hunting trip. Noir siren Ida Lupino both directed and co-wrote the film which was produced by The Filmmakers, the independent production company she founded with her then husband Collier Young. Dir. Ida Lupino

7:45 PM

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

9:30 PM

BADLANDS (1973) After a charismatic James Dean wannabe (Martin Sheen) kills her dad, a baton-twirling teen (Sissy Spaceck) decides to join him on a shooting spree through Montana's badlands. It's loosely based on the Starkweather-Fugate killings of the 1950's which also inspired Bruce Springsteen's album Nebraska and the key back story in Peter Jackson's The Frighteners (1996).

Saturday, November 8, 3:00 AM

HIS KIND OF WOMAN (1951): In this self-parodying noir, Robert Mitchum plays a drifter who accepts an offer for a job in Mexico that proves to be too good to be true. A beautiful singer posing as an heiress (Jane Russell) and the target of her con, a hammy Hollywood actor (Vincent Price), complicate matters for him. Dir. John Farrow

Saturday, November 8, 9:00 AM

SCENE OF THE CRIME (1949): A police detective, Van Johnson, tries to solve the murder of a fellow officer who appears to have been on the take. The man's son claims that he was working undercover, throwing a wrench in the detective's investigation. Dir. Roy Rowland

Saturday, November 8, 3:00 PM

SABOTEUR (1941): Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. He finds love along the way with a girl (Priscilla Lane) whose positive he's guilty. Can he clear himself and win her love? The film is full of quirky touches (my favorite an abductee is charged for a milkshake by her captors), unusual supporting characters (Norman Lloyd and Otto Kruger among others), and some outstanding set pieces, including the famous Statue of Liberty finale. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Saturday, November 8, 7:45 PM

THE BIG KNIFE (1955): An unscrupulous movie producer blackmails a self-centered star (Jack Palance- oddly the one being menaced this time) into signing a new contract. Ida Lupino plays his long suffering wife who begs him not to sign it. Stand out performance by Shelly Winters as a put upon contract actress. Dir. Robert Aldrich

Sunday, November 9, 5:00 PM

BERLIN EXPRESS (1948): A multinational group of travelers find themselves thrown together to thwart the assassination of a prominent pacifist scientist by defiant Nazis bent on destabilizing post-war Germany. This improbable but intelligent thriller is a true rarity: a shot-on-location look at the resistance Allied powers faced reorganizing the vanquished German citizenry in the aftermath of WWII. Robert Ryan (the laconic American) and Merle Oberon (trying a sketchy French accent) head a cast comprising representatives of each Allied Zone: Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the United States. Although spiced with shadowy noir dramatics (lensed by Oberon's husband, Lucien Ballard), the film's most fascinating aspect is its time capsule view of global geopolitics in the rapidly closing window between the Marshall Plan and the building of the Berlin Wall. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

Wednesday, November 12, 9:00 AM

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

Tuesday, November 18, 9:45 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

Wednesday, November 19, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

TCM Salutes Richard Dix as
"The Whistler"

5:00 PM

THE WHISTLER (1944): A grieving widower (Richard Dix) hires an assassin to kill him only to have his late wife (Gloria Stuart) turn up alive. The suspense kicks into high gear when he tries to call of the hit and finds out his go-between has died and he has no idea who the hired gun is. This is the first installment of the Columbia series based on the legendary radio show of the same name. Dir. William Castle

6:15 PM

THE POWER OF THE WHISTLER (1945): After reading an amnesic stranger's (Richard Dix) fortune, a young woman (Janis Carter) aids him in his quest to find his true identity through the clues in his pockets. Dir. Lew Landers

7:30 PM

VOICE OF THE WHISTLER (1945): A dying millionaire (Richard Dix) marries his nurse, Lynn Merrick, for companionship, only to experience a miracle cure. Dir.William Castle

8:45 PM

THE MYSTERIOUS INTRUDER (1946): A detective (Richard Dix) as always discovers the woman he's been hired to track down is the key to an unusual inheritance.

Thursday, November 20, 1:15 PM

POSSESSED (1947): In this excellent examination of obsession, Joan Crawford gives a terrific performance as a married woman whose passion for a former love (Van Heflin) drives her mad. Raymond Massey plays her compassionate husband. Dir. Curtis Bernhardt

Thursday, November 20, 5:00 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. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Sunday, November 23, 11:00 AM

THE BIG SLEEP (1946): In Howard Hawks' clever and sophisticated adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, private eye Philip Marlowe's (Humphrey Bogart) investigates the involvement of an opium addled (and nymphomaniacal) society girl (Martha Vickers) in the murder of a pornographer. He also has to determine if her sister (Lauren Bacall) is helping or hindering him. Dir. Howard Hawks

Friday, November 28, 2:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Alfred Hitchcock Marathon

2:30 AM

THE LADY VANISHES (1938): A young bride-to-be (Margaret Lockwood), traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), who then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

4:30 AM

SABOTEUR (1941): Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. He finds love along the way with a girl (Priscilla Lane) whose positive he's guilty. Can he clear himself and win her love? The film is full of quirky touches (my favorite an abductee is charged for a milkshake by her captors), unusual supporting characters (Norman Lloyd and Otto Kruger among others), and some outstanding set pieces, including the famous Statue of Liberty finale. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

6:30 AM

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

8:30 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

10:30 AM

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

12:45 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. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

3:00 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

Monday, December 1, 12:15 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

Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson in Point Blank screening November 1;

Tony Lo Bianco dangerously paired with Shirley Stoler in The Honeymoon Killers on November 2;

Susan Hayward and Bill Williams in Deadline at Dawn on November 3;

Impact with Helen Walker and Brian Donlevy on November 3;

Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent on November 5;

Macho prison noir with Burt Lancaster in Jules Dassin's Brute Force on November 6;

Late 60's San Francisco featured in Peter Yates' Bullitt on November 6;

Wellesian noir classic The Third Man screening November 6;

Patty McCormack unforgettable in The Bad Seed on November 7;

Martin Sheen and Sissy Spaceck at their most memorable in Terrence Mallick's Badlands on November 7;

Mitchum and Russell together again in His Kind of Woman on November 8;

Jack Palance and Ida Lupino in Aldrich's The Big Knife on November 8;

Robert Ryan and Merle Oberon in spy thriller Berlin Express on November 9;

Edmond O'Brien working undercover in James Cagney's gang with explosive results on November 12;

Glenn Ford vis-a-vis Rita Hayworth in the spectacularly filmed Gilda on November 18;

TCM salutes Richard Dix in The Whistler on November 19;

Director Curtis Bernhardt and Joan Crawford share a laugh on the set of the anything but comedic Possessed airing November 20;

Bogart and Martha Vickers in the adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel, The Big Sleep on November 23;

TCM's seven-film tribute to Alfred Hitchcock beginning in the wee hours of November 28, including Psycho and Shadow of a Doubt.

 

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