Film Noir and Neo Noir on TV for July 2014

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Tuesday, July 1, 5:00 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

Wednesday, July 2, 1:00 AM

A WOMAN'S SECRET (1949): In this woman's picture mixed with humor and some noir elements Gloria Grahame plays the ditzy but sly singer Esterllita who is shot at the opening of the film, presumably by her agent and mentor Marian (Maureen O'Hara). The police arrest Marian. But did she do it? The film employs a series of flashbacks to portray the events leading up to the crime prior to the resolution of the mystery. Director Ray and Grahame would later marry and work together on the seminal film noir, In a Lonely Place (1950). Dir. Nicholas Ray

Wednesday, July 2, 8:15 AM

NINE LIVES ARE NOT ENOUGH (1941) Ronald Reagan is an aggressive newspaperman who works to solve a series of boardinghouse murders. Enjoyable, fast-paced Warner Bros. B comedy-mystery. Dir. A Edward Sutherland

Thursday, July 3, 12:45 PM

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (1940): On the eve of WW2, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Tuesday, July 8 — 8:15 AM to 2:30 PM

Noir Marathon

8:15 AM

LADY GANGSTER (1942): An aspiring and failing at it actress (Faye Emerson) aids a criminal gang in a robbery and winds up taking the rap. Before she's sent to prison, her conspirators try to double cross her, but she's too smart from them and manages to steal and stash the loot. Her former partners want the dough and make to make life tough for in her the big house. A prison breakout follows…She eventually finds purpose and redemption in an unexpected romance. Look for early performances by a couple of actors who went on to bigger things on T.V.: Jackie Gleason and William Hopper. Dir.: Robert Florey (as Florian Roberts)N

9:30 AM

CORNERED (1945): Dick Powell stars as a World War II vet out to revenge the murder of his wife who died fighting for the French Resistance. He suspects the man who ordered the execution of her and her comrades faked his own death. He sets out to find him. For my two cents, Powell gives his best acting performance as the physically and psychologically wounded vet. Dir. Edward Dmytryk

11:30 AM

THE UNSUSPECTED (1947): The star and producer of a radio crime series, a rather nasty Claude Rains, commits the perfect crime in order to cover some irregularities concerning his late niece's estate, only to have his plans thwarted when his niece Constance Bennett is found alive and well. Audrey Totter plays her slutty cousin who stole her fiancé and now has designs on her husband. Dir. Michael Curtiz

1:15 PM

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

Saturday, July 12, 9 PM

THE UNHOLY WIFE (1957): Wealthy vintner Paul Hochen (Rod Steiger) meets call girl Phyllis (Diana Dors) in a bar and seemingly impulsively marries her. Winds up Paul only wed her so he could adopt her son, a war wound left him incapable of having any of his own. Evidently this "wound" prevents him from loving her physically or mentally. She soon finds solace with rodeo rider San (Tom Tyron). Her thoughts soon turn to murder. A rare Hollywood outing for Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe, Marie Windsor has a small role as her co-hooker and friend. Dir. John Farrow

Sunday, July 13, 3 PM

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

Tuesday, July 15, 4:15 AM

SATAN MET A LADY (1936): This, the second of the big screen adaptations of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, takes a determinedly light (and loose) approach to the material. The film rechristens the characters and the hunt is on for the Horn of Roland instead of The Flacon. Warren William plays Shane (Spade) and Bette Davis plays Valerie Purvis (Brigid O'Shaughnessy). Alison Skipworth steals the movie with her turn as Gutman, renamed and re-gendered as Madame Barabbas. Dir. William Dieterle

Wednesday, July 16 — 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

TCM Salutes Barbara Stanwyck

Here are the noirs:

9:30 AM

JEOPARDY (1953): A suburban house wife (Barbara Stanwyck) on holiday in rural Mexico with her son and husband, desperately seeks help. Her husband is trapped in pilings on the shore of the ocean and the tide is coming in. She encounters an escaped criminal (Ralph Meeker) and will do anything in exchange for his aid. "How long has it been since you talked to a woman?" Dir. John Sturges

10:45 AM

WITNESS TO MURDER (1954): An interior decorator (Barbara Stanwyck) fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder. The cops may not believe her, but the murderer (George Sanders) sure does. Shot by ace cinematographer John Alton. Dir. Roy Rowland

2:00 PM

CRIME OF PASSION (1957): A journalist (Barbara Stanwyck) gives up her career to marry a cop (Sterling Hayden) and be a housewife in the burbs. Things go badly when she barters sex with her husband's sleazy boss (Raymond Burr) to further hubby's career. So worth watching if only for the scene where she lambasts the other oh so good 50's suburban wives at a hen party. Hard to feel sorry for the men in this film: Who would think Stanwyck would be happy as a suburban wife and who would think it is a good idea to double cross her? Dir. Gerd Oswald

Saturday, July 19, 1:15 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

Sunday, July 20, 7:00 AM

LIFEBOAT (1944): In this bottle feature, 7 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. Watch for Hitch's incredibly cleverly placed cameo. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock.

Sunday, July 20, 3:00 PM

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955): A bogus preacher (Robert Mitchum) marries an outlaw's widow (Shelly Winters in a stunning performance) in search of the man's hidden loot. Lillian Gish plays the force of good in opposition to Mitchum's evil. Dir. Charles Laughton

Tuesday, July 22, 12:30 AM

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

Thursday, July 24, 11:00 PM

OUT OF THE PAST (1947): In this quintessential film noir, a private eye (Robert Mitchum) falls for the gangster's moll (Jane Greer) that he's supposed to be investigating for her lover and his friend (Kirk Douglas). As in all good noirs, nothing is really as it seems. Based on Geoffrey Homes' novel Build My Gallows High. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

Wednesday, July 30, 5:00 PM

DETECTIVE STORY (1951): A police detective (Kirk Douglas) with a rigid moral code, a bad temper and childhood issues uncovers his wife's (Eleanor Parker) mobster tinged past while investigating an illegal adoption ring. Dir. William Wyler

Thursday, July 31, 7:00 AM — 10:15 AM

Whodunnit Double Feature

7:00 AM

ANOTHER THIN MAN (1939): Another fun outing with hard drinking husband and wife team Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) and their faithful companion Asta. This time their son Nicky, Jr. is along for the ride. In this third installment of the series, Nick and Nora venture out to Long Island to aid Nora's former business manager Colonel MacFay (C. Aubrey Smith). An old enemy of the Colonel's, the mysterious Mr. Church (Sheldon Leonard), claims that he's seen MacFay die in a dream and has come to watch his premonition come true. It does and the police quickly suspect him of McFey's murder. However, the Charleses soon find McFey was surrounded by quite a few people who benefited from his death. Based loosely on one of Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op stories, "The Farewell Murder". Dir. W S Van Dyke II.

9:00 AM

LADY SCARFACE (1941): A tenacious cop (Dennis O'Keefe) and a determined woman reporter (Frances Neal) hunt for a murderous female gangster (Judith Anderson) and her band of killers .Along the way, the cop and the reporter try to beat each other to the punch and, of course, fall in love. Cinematography provided by the always excellent Nicholas Musuraca whose credits include Stranger on the Third Floor and Out of the Past. Dir. Frank Woodruff

Barbara Stanwyck stars in The Man with the Cloak on July 1; Nicholas Ray's A Woman's Secret pays July 2; Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent airs July 3. Featured in TCM's Noir Marathon on July 8: Dick Powell in Cornered; Claude Rains in The Unsuspected; Jane Greer and Robert Mitchum in The Big Steal. On July 12 Diana Dors stars in The Unholy Wife; Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder airs July 13; Hammett adaptation Satan Met a Lady screens July 15; Ralph Meeker brushes with Barbara Stanwyck in Jeopardy, followed by Witness to Murder on July 16; Spencer Tracey in Bad Day at Black Rock on July 19; Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter on July 20 as well as in Out of the Past on July 24; Kirk Douglas in Detective Story on July 30; Judith Anderson in Lady Scarface on July 31.

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