Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: October 2017

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Sunday, October 1, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

POSSESSED (1947): In this excellent examination of obsession, Joan Crawford gives a terrific—and Oscar nominated—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

Monday, October 1, 11:15 PMM

LE CERCLE ROUGE (1970): Master thief Corey (Alain Delon) gets out of prison and fate brings him a new partner-in-crime, convict-on-the-lam Vogel (Gian Maria Volontè). They team up with an alcoholic crack shot (Yves Montand) to pull off one of the most impressively staged heists in cinematic history. Police commissioner and Siamese cat fancier Mattéi (André Bourvil) hunts them down, determined to recapture Vogel who escaped from his custody. Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville

Monday, October 2, 1:00 PM

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

Thursday, October 5, 3:00 AM

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

Thursday, October 5, 3:00 PM

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

Saturday, October 7, 7:00 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, October 8, 5:30 AM

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


Sunday, October 8, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME (1947): Robert Young is brilliantly cast against type as a married Lothario whose sexual antics lead to tragedy. Director Irving Pichel elicits superb, nuanced performances from Susan Hayward (his latest lover), Jane Greer (his former lover) and Rita Johnson (his beleaguered wife), all full-blooded characters in Jonathan Latimer's sharp-edged screenplay. Produced by Hitchcock protégé Joan Harrison. Dir. Irving Pichel

Monday, October 9, 5:00 PM

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

Tuesday, October 10, 11:00 PM

THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943): A young woman (Kim Hunter) leaves school to investigate the disappearance of her beautiful and mysterious older sister (Jean Brooks). She finds out some interesting facts, one, her sister was married and two, she was part of a satanic set. The husband (Hugh Beaumont), a poet (Erford Gage) and a psychiatrist (Tom Conway) aid her search for the truth about her sister. Produced by horror icon Val Lewton. Dir. Mark Robson

Wednesday, October 11, 2:00 AM

THE LEOPARD MAN (1943): Legendary B horror producer Val Lewton strays into noir territory with this suspenseful tale of a leopard on the prowl for human prey in a small New Mexican town. The night club performer (Jean Brooks) responsible for letting the leopard loose and her manager (Dennis O'Keefe), who dreamed up the stunt, began to suspect that a man, and not the leopard, is actually responsible for the deaths of several young women. Based on Cornell Woolrich's novel, Black Alibi. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

Thursday, October 12, 11:15 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

Friday, October 13, 1:30 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. Kelly and McCormack as well as cinematographer Harold Rosson were nominated for Oscars as well as Heckart. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy

Saturday, October 14, 3:30 AM

SUSPENSE (1946): The Postman Always Rings Twice on ice! A handsome man (Barry Sullivan) with a questionable past works his way up from peanut salesman to manager of an ice show. He falls for the beautiful star (Belita) who's also the wife of the owner (Albert Dekker). When the owner leaves town, sparks fly and dangerous intrigue follows. Dir. Frank Tuttle

Saturday, October 14, 9:00 AM

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, October 14, 5:00 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

Sunday, October 15, 5:45

FOLLOW ME QUIETLY (1949): A plucky crime writer (Dorothy Patrick) and a tough cop (William Lundigan) hunt for The Judge, a mysterious serial killer who only strikes when it's raining. Legendary noir director Anthony Mann wrote it and worked (un-credited) as a director on it. Dir. Richard O. Fleischer


Sunday, October 1, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

SIDE STREET (1950): A New York City mailman (Farley Granger) dreams of taking his wife (Cathy O'Donnell) to Europe. So, he steals a shipment of dirty money and soon finds himself pursued by both cops and crooks. Dir. Anthony Mann

Sunday, October 15, 11:15 PM— Monday, October 16, 3:15 AM

Mind Games Double Bill

11:00 PM

DIABOLIQUE (1955): In this twisting and turning French thriller, the wife (Vera Clouzot) and lover (Simone Signoret) of a sadistic headmaster (Paul Meurisse) plot to kill him. When American producer and schlock-master William Castle saw kids standing in line in the pouring rain to watch this film, he decided that making thrillers was the direction in which to take his independent film production career. Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot

1:15 AM

GASLIGHT (1940): This is the first and franker big screen adaption of Patrick Hamilton's play Angel Street about a newlywed (Diana Wynyard) fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion where her aunt was murdered ten years earlier. Anton Walbrook plays the seemingly devoted husband. Dir. Thorold Dickinson

Monday, October 16, 7:15 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

Tuesday, October 17, 9:00 AM

KID GLOVE KILLER (1942): It's CSI: Hollywood, 1942 in this ultra-rarity, as the delightful and delectable Marsha Hunt plays a police forensics expert caught between cop Van Heflin and gangster Lee Bowman. Dir. Fred Zinneman

Wednesday, October 18, 3:15 AM—12:30 PM

A Rainbow of Noir

3:15 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

5:00 AM

BLACK HAND (1950): In this period noir, set in turn-of-the-century New York, Johnny Columbo (Gene Kelly) seeks vengeance on the mobsters who killed his father—a lawyer who tried to expose extortion ring to the police. Dir. Richard Thorpe

6:45 AM

WHITE HEAT (1949): "Top of the world, Ma!" a G-man (Edmond O'Brien) infiltrates a gang run by a mother-fixated psychotic, James Cagney in a stand out performance. 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. Pointless trivia: Naked Gun 33 1/3 borrowed the plot. Dir. Raoul Walsh

8:45 AM

PURPLE NOON (1960): This lush adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's renowned crime novel The Talented Mr. Ripley stars a young and extremely handsome Alain Delon as the titular character. Dir. René Clément

11:00 AM

RED LIGHT (1949): This film features one of George Raft's best performances! A convicted embezzler (Raymond Burr) hires a soon to be, and rather psychotic, ex-con (Harry Morgan) to act as his instrument of vengeance against his former employer John Torno (Raft) by killing his brother Jess, an Army chaplain just home from the war. John goes berserk when he finds his brother dying and vows to find the culprit. Dir. Roy Del Ruth

Thursday, October 19, 9:00 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


Sunday, October 22, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

RAW DEAL (1948): Ostensibly a revenge tale of a hoodlum (Dennis O'Keefe) breaking out of jail to wreak revenge on the criminal boss (Raymond Burr) that betrayed him, the heart of this film is its tragic but realistic love triangle. Seemingly good-girl Marsha Hunt and seemingly bad-girl Claire Trevor struggle for the love of O'Keefe' homme fatal, all three characters and their relationships prove much more morally and emotionally complex than expected. Stunning visuals provided by the iconic Hollywood noir cinematographer John Alton. Dir. Anthony Mann

Sunday, October 22, 11:15 AM

BACALL ON BOGART (1988): Lauren Bacall hosts this extraordinary documentary on her life on- and off-screen with her late husband, Humphrey Bogart. The pair made several seminal noirs together Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep (1946), Delmer Daves' Dark Passage (1947) and John Huston's Key Largo (1948). Bogart also starred in the film noir that started the genre, John Huston's The Maltese Falcon (1939). Dir. David Heeley

Wednesday, October 25, 3:00 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. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, October 27, 3:15 AM

THE HARD WAY Helen Chernen (Ida Lupino) is obsessed with making her younger sister (Joan Leslie) a star. Jack Carson steals the show playing Leslie's sweetly tragic first husband who Lupino sacrifices on the altar of Leslie's career. Dennis Morgan plays Carson's partner who drives a wedge between the sisters. Dir. Vincent Sherman

Friday, October 27, 5:00 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

Saturday, Oct 28, 5:00 PM— 11:00 PM

Noir Triple Feature

5:00 PM

THE LOST WEEKEND (1945): Ray Milland won the Oscar for his performance as Don Birnam, an alcoholic writer with writer's block who reaches the lower depths while on a bender. The story cuts between the present and the past, trying to explain what's led him down the path of self-destruction despite the love of his brother (Phillip Terry) and his girlfriend (Jane Wyman). The film also won the Oscars for Picture, Director and Screenplay. Based on the ground breaking novel by Charles R. Jackson Dir. Billy Wilder

7:00 PM

THEY LIVE BY NIGH (1949): Nicholas Ray's fiercely romantic noir about a young innocent, Farley Granger who gets mixed-up with hardened criminals and a violent escape after serving an unjust prison sentence. Cathy O'Donnell plays the girl who becomes his lover in an ill-fated romance. Dir. Nicholas Ray

9:00 PM

M (1951): The American version of Fritz Lang's 1931 classic about a child murderer simultaneously hunted by the police and the underworld receives renewed impetus in the setting of Bunker Hill locations under the direction of Joe Losey. David Wayne turns in a bravura performance as the killer and is supported by a veritable character actor's Hall of Fame: Howard Da Silva, Luther Adler, Steve Brodie, Raymond Burr, Norman Lloyd, Walter Burke and Jim Backus. Dir. Joseph Losey

Sunday, October 29, 7:00 AM

THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946): Years after a murder drove them apart, an heiress (Barbara Stanwyck) tries to win back her lost love, Sam Masterson (Van Heflin). Her scion husband (Kirk Douglas), a four-star sot, objects. Lizbeth Scott plays the down on her luck girl that falls for Sam and further complicates things. Dir. Lewis Milestone

Monday, Oct 30, 6:45 AM—9:45 AM

Commie Fighting Noir Double

6:45 AM

I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE FBI (1951): Frank Lovejoy stars as Matt Cvetic a steel worker, union representative and Communist. Unbeknownst to anyone, even his own family, Matt is actually an undercover FBI agent out to destroy the Communists infiltrating Pittsburgh. Based on a true story and employing real locations, the film was nominated in the best documentary features category at that year's Oscars. The same source material, a series of autobiographical pieces by Cvetic that appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, was later turned into a best-selling book and a radio series starring Dan Andrews. Dir. Gordon Douglas

8:15 AM

THE WOMAN ON PIER 13 (1950): Communists blackmail a shipping executive (Robert Ryan), previously a communist agitator, into sabotaging labor talks involving the union and shipping management. Dir. Robert Stevenson

Monday, October 30, 9:30 PM— Tuesday, October 31, 3:00 AM

Noir Triple Bill

9:30 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

11:30 PM

TAXI DRIVER (1976): Paul Schrader wrote the script for this tale about a loner (Robert De Niro) who becomes fixated on a beautiful campaign worker (Cybill Sheperd) and befriends a teen prostitute (Jodie Foster) with violent results. Director Martin Scorsese's choices of composer, Bernard Hermann and cinematographer, Michael Chapman, added immeasurably to the film's impact. Dir. Martin Scorsese

1:30 AM

THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME (1947): Robert Young is brilliantly cast against type as a married Lothario whose sexual antics lead to tragedy. Director Irving Pichel elicits superb, nuanced performances from Susan Hayward (his latest lover), Jane Greer (his former lover) and Rita Johnson (his beleaguered wife), all full-blooded characters in Jonathan Latimer's sharp-edged screenplay. Produced by Hitchcock protégé Joan Harrison. Dir. Irving Pichel

Eddie Muller presents Possessed on the October 1 edition of NOIR ALLEY starring Joan Crawford

Jean-Pierre Melville's Le cercle rouge starring Yves Montand and Alain Delon on October 1

Audrey Totter and Michael North in The Unsuspected on October 2

Quintessential film noir, Out of the Past, on October 5

Bogart and Ida Lupino star in Raoul Walsh's High Sierra on October 7

Ann Savage and Tom Neal in Detour on October 8

Eddie Muller presents They Won't Believe Me on the October 8 edition of NOIR ALLEY starring Robert Young

Bogart stars in The Big Sleep screening October 9

Kim Hunter flees a satanic cult in Val Lewton's spellbinding The Seventh Victim on October 10

Another from the great Val Lewton, The Leopard Man on October 10

Bogart & Bacall on the set of Key Largo screening October 12

Nancy Kelly at the mercy of Patty McCormack in The Bad Seed on October 13

Belita and Barry Sullivan star in Suspense on October 14

Lee Marvin in Point Blank on October 14

William Lundigan and Dorothy Patrick in Follow Me Quietly on October 15

Eddie Muller presents Side Street on the October 15 edition of NOIR ALLEY

Diana Wynward stars in the 1940 version of Gaslight on October 16

Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde on October 16

Marsha Hunt and Van Heflin in Kid Glove Killer on October 17

Gene Kelly stars in Black Hand on October 18

James Cagney and Virginia Mayo in White Heat on October 18

Alain Delon stars in Purple Noon on October 18

George Raft stars in Red Light on October 18

On Charles Laugton's set of The Night of the Hunter on October 19

Eddie Muller presents Raw Deal on the October 22 edition of NOIR ALLEY starring Marsha Hunt, Clare Trevor and Dennis O'Keefe

Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock's Suspicion on October 25

Ida Lupino and Joan Leslie in The Hard Way on October 27

Oscar-winning Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend on October 28

Joseph Losey's M on October 28

I Was a Communist for the FBI on October 30

The Woman on Pier 13 screens October 30

Robert De Niro stars in Taxi Driver on October 30

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