Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: August 2017

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Tuesday, August 1, 3:00 AM—3:00 PM

TCM salutes Marilyn Monroe

Here are the noirs...

4:30 AM

CLASH BY NIGHT (1952): A In this film noir social realism hybrid, an embittered and world weary woman (Barbara Stanwyck) seeks escape from her life of hard knocks in marriage, only to fall for her husband's amoral best friend (Robert Ryan). The film features a small but nice early role for Marilyn Monroe. Based on a play by the ever ponderous Clifford Odets. Dir. Fritz Lang

6:30 AM

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. The film was nominated for four Oscars including a Best Supporting Actor nod for Sam Jaffe as the mastermind undone by his passion for beautiful girls. Dir. John Huston

7:00 PM

NIAGARA (1953): Despite Joseph MacDonald's Technicolor cinematography and its spectacular use of Niagara Falls, this film falls firmly into the noir category. A young couple (Jean Peters and Casey Adams) on vacation find themselves embroiled in a murderous plot involving their neighbors at the motor court. The wife (Marilyn Monroe) and her lover (Richard Allen) plot to kill her mentally unstable husband (Joseph Cotton) and things go awry. Dir. Henry Hathaway

Wed., August 2, 3:00 AM—3:00 PM

TCM salutes Ray Milland

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5:00 PM

THE BIG CLOCK (1948): A corrupt publisher (Charles Laughton) tries to frame a career-driven editor (Ray Milland) for murder. Laughton's wife Elsa Lanchester shines in the small but memorable role of a bohemian artist. Based on the book by Kenneth Fearing, which was adapted a second time as the Kevin Costner vehicle No Way Out (1987). Dir. John Farrow

7:00 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

9:00 PM

ALIAS NICK BEALE (1949): This Faustian tale of soul corruption has campaigning politician Thomas Mitchell making a pact with Lucifer (Ray Milland), while succumbing to delectable devil-doll Audrey Totter. Jonathan Latimer's fabulous, fabulist screenplay is rendered by director Farrow (The Big Clock, Where Danger Lives) in high noir style. Dir. John Farrow

11:00 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

Friday, August 4, 3:00 AM—3:00 PM

TCM salutes Claire Trevor

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2:00 PM

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 fatale, 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

3:30 PM

JOHNNY ANGEL (1946): A sailor (George Raft) finds his father's ship abandoned and his father murdered. He returns to port and sets out to investigate. He encounters a couple of beautiful women (Claire Trevor and Signe Hasso) as well as a complicated plot, along the way. Dir. Edwin L. Marin

5:00 PM

BORN TO KILL (1947): This utterly bizarre film noir details the torrid affair between a killer (Lawrence Tierney) and the narcissistic woman (Claire Trevor) who witnessed his crime. He marries her sister and things really heat up between the amoral pair. Dir. Robert Wise

7:00 PM

MURDER, MY SWEET (1944): The film that graduated Dick Powell from romantic musical lead to noir tough guy. Raymond Chandler's detective and knight errant, Philip Marlowe's (Powell) search for a singer name Velma, leads him through a tangled web of blackmail and murder. Along the way, he finds himself embroiled with a wealthy man's unscrupulous gold-digging wife (Claire Trevor) and the step-daughter that despises her (Anne Shirley). Mike Mazurki gives a standout performance as the mentally challenged and extremely physically powerful ex-con that hires Marlowe to find Velma. "Cute as pants." Dir. Edward Dmytryk

9:00 PM

CRACK-UP (1946): A museum curator (Pat O'Brien) survives a massive train wreck, but wakes up an amnesiac. It gets worse. . . . Seems the accident never happened, and now everyone is convinced he's losing his mind. Frederic Brown's ingenious short story "Madman's Holiday" is inventively realized by Irving Reis and enacted by a top-flight cast, including suave, sinister Herbert Marshall and a sartorially splendid Claire Trevor. Dir. Irving Reis

11:00 PM

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

1:00 AM

BORDERLINE (1950): In this lighthearted thriller, two undercover agents (Claire Trevor and Fred MacMurrary) whom each believe the other to be part of a narcotic ring, try to find a way to bust the gang while fighting their growing feelings for each other. Raymond Burr brings both humor and menace to his "heavy" role. Dir. William A. Seiter

Sunday, August 6, 3:00 AM—3:00 PM

TCM salutes Robert Mitchum

Here are the noirs...

3:00 AM

THE LOCKET (1946): A psychiatrist (Brian Aherene) tries to convince a millionaire that his future bride (Laraine Day) is really his mentally unstable ex-wife, Nancy. As he tells his tale to the soon to be groom John, he reveals that he had received a similar visit by a high-strung artist (Robert Mitchum) after his marriage to Nancy. Is he telling the truth or is it the paranoid delusion of a mad man? Dir. John Brahm

4:30 AM

WHEN STRANGERS MARRY (1944): A new bride (Kim Hunter) fears that the husband (Dean Jagger) that she hastily wed may be the silk stocking murderer. Her ex-boyfriend (Robert Mitchum) helps her investigate. Dir. William Castle 6:00 AM

6:00 AM

CROSSFIRE (1947): In this seminal noir, an upright district attorney (Robert Young) investigates a seemingly motiveless murder. As he digs further the prime suspect (George Cooper) seems less and less likely to have done it and an ugly motivation begins to appear. Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan play a couple of GIs caught up in the case, one trying to clear the suspect and the other trying to frame him. Gloria Grahame earned a best supporting actress nomination for her role as an embittered taxi dancer. Dir. Edward Dmytryk

9:00 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

11:15 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

5:00 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

7:00 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

9:00 PM

THUNDER ROAD (1958): A fast-driving moonshiner (Robert Mitchum) locks horns with a Chicago gangster. Mitchum's son James plays his younger brother who wants to follow in his footsteps. Jazz legend, Keely Smith co-stars. Dir. Arthur Ripley

Monday, August 7, 1:00 PM

CAGED (1950): This film noir in women-in-prison clothing details the transformation of a young, naïve and pregnant widow (Eleanor Parker) into a hardened convict. She learns the hard way how to survive in the big house from a sadistic prison guard (Hope Emerson) and the failure of a good hearted warden (Agnes Moorehead) to reform the prison. This is more than an exploitation flick, it's an intelligent social drama and raises the still prescient issue facing the American penal system, is it actually reforming first time offenders or just turning prisoners into career criminal? Nominated for three Oscars including Best Actress for Parker and Supporting Actress for Emerson. Dir. John Cromwell

Thursday, August 10, 9:00 PM

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967): In a small Mississippi town, racist Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) mistakenly accuses African American Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) of the recent murder of a prominent Northern industrialist. When Gillespie discovers that Tibbs is a Homicide detective from Philadelphia, he enlists his help to solve the murder. This groundbreaking neo-noir won five Oscars, including Best Picture. Dir. Norman Jewison

Friday, August 11, 10:45 PM

TIGHT SPOT (1955): In this film, penned by regular noir contributor William Bowers, a district attorney (Edward G. Robinson) tries to get a hardboiled woman (Ginger Rogers) to testify against the mob. Dir. Phil Karlson

Sunday, August 13, 3:00 AM—3:00 PM

TCM salutes Barbara Stanwyck

Here are the noirs...

6:30 PM

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

8:45 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

1:45 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

Monday, August 14, 9:30 PM

BLOW-UP (1966): A womanizing photographer (David Hemmings) discovers a murder in the background of a candid photo. His investigation tests his deductive skills and his sanity. Vanessa Redgrave has a memorable supporting role as a mysterious woman who may be trying to stymy his efforts. Nominated for two Oscars: Michelangelo Antonioni for Best Director and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen for Michelangelo Antonioni (screenplay/story), Tonino Guerra (screenplay) and Edward Bond (screenplay) Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

Tuesday, August 15, 3:00 AM—3:00 PM

TCM salutes Ricardo Montalban

Here are the noirs...

12:30 PM

BORDER INCIDENt (1949): Mexican and American policemen (Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy) combine efforts to try to crack down on the illegal immigration racket. Simply stunning cinematography by the great John Alton and some truly brutal violence makes this a rare sample of agrarian noir. Watch for noir icon Charles McGraw in a supporting role playing the heavy's henchman. Dir. Anthony Mann

9:00 PM

MYSTERY STREET (1950): A Cape Cod coroner (Ricardo Montalban) and a Harvard criminal pathologist (Bruce Bennett) try to solve a possible murder with nothing but the victim's bones to go on. Elsa Lanchester steals the show as the victim's shady landlady. Dir. John Sturges

Saturday, August 19, 3:00 AM—3:00 PM

TCM salutes Angela Lansbury

Here are the noirs...

11:00 AM

KIND LADY (1951): In this period noir, Ethel Barrymore stars as a wealthy art collector who takes in a young painter and his ill wife. When another couple shows up, things get ugly and she finds herself held captive in her own home. Dir. John Sturges

5:00 PM

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1963): In this late era noir, an ex-G.I. (Frank Sinatra) slowly begins to realize that he was brainwashed by the Koreans while he was a P.O.W. He soon suspects that his former comrade in arms (Laurence Harvey), who is also the step-son of a presidential candidate, is being manipulated by the Communists. Dir. John Frankenheimer

7:30 PM

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. Angela Lansbury plays the pretty maid who may be in league with Boyer. Based on Patrirck Hamilton's Angel Street. The film won two Oscars, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ingrid Bergman and Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White for Cedric Gibbons, William Ferrari, Edwin B. Willis, Paul Huldschinsky, and earned five more nominations. Dir. George Cukor

Sunday, August 20, 11:00 AM

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

Monday, August 21, 1:30 PM

EYES IN THE NIGHT (1942): Blind detective Duncan Maclain (Edward Arnold) gets mixed up with enemy agents and murder when he tries to help an old friend (Ann Harding) with a rebellious stepdaughter, Donna Reed. Dir. Fred Zinnemann

Tuesday, August 22, 3:00 AM—3:00 PM

TCM salutes Glenn Ford

Here are the noirs...

3:00 AM

FRAMED (1947): A mining engineer (Glenn Ford) finds himself stranded in a small mountain town after he accidently crashes a truck. Luckily for him, a miner who just hit a major vein wants to make him his partner. Unluckily for him, a blonde (Janis Carter) and her married lover need him as a dupe for their own plans. Dir. Richard Wallace

6:00 AM

HUMAN DESIRE (1954): An unhappy wife, the sultry and talented Gloria Grahame, seduces a veteran, the semi-sultry and semi-talented Glenn Ford, into helping her get rid of her husband, the not remotely sultry but very talented Broderick Crawford. Based on Émile Zola's novel La Bête Humaine. Dir. Fritz Lang

7:45 AM

TERROR ON A TRAIN (1955): Birmingham's Chief Constable enlists the aid of retired Major Peter Lyncort (Glenn Ford), a former member of the Royal Canadian Engineers' bomb disposal unit, when the police find a bomb on a train filled with explosives. Lyncort's marital problems add more pressure to an already tense situation. Dir. Ted Tetzlaff

3:00 PM

RANSOM! (1956): The father of a kidnapped boy (Glenn Ford) contends with the police, the press and his family as he struggles to find the best strategy to recover his son safely which may or may not include paying the ransom. Remade in 1996 with Mel Gibson in the lead. Dir. Alex Segal

5:00 PM

EXPERIMENT IN TERROR (1962): A master criminal (Ross Martin) tries to force a bank teller (Lee Remick) to help him pull off a big heist by terrorizing her and threatening the safety of her sister (Stefanie Powers). Shot partly on location in San Francisco. Dir. Blake Edwards

9:00 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

Thursday, August 24, 7:00 PM

THE HARD WAY (1943): 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, August 25, 7:15 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

Saturday, August 26, 5:00 PM

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

Monday, August 28, 12:45 PM

THE GETAWAY (1972): In this first big screen adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel, a husband (Steve McQueen) and wife (Ali McGraw) meet a series of misadventures after a bank heist and the wife's shooting of the mastermind of the robbery who double crossed them. Stars McQueen and McGraw fell in love during the course of the shooting. Walter Hill penned the screenplay. Dir. Sam Peckinpah

Wednesday, August 30, 11:00 PM

LURED 1947): n this period noir, Scotland Yard enlists the help of brassy American dancer Sandra (Lucille Ball) to find and trap the serial killer responsible for her friend's murder. The victim was quitting the dance hall because she was going off with a man she met through a personal advertisement. Through the personals, Sandra meets an eccentric artist (Boris Karloff) and a charming playboy (George Sanders). Is one of them the killer? Dir. Douglas Sirk

Robert Ryan and Marilyn Monroe in Clash by Night on August 1

John Huston's classic The Asphalt Jungle on August 1

Ray Milland stars in Alias Nick Beale screening August 2

Raw Deal starring Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor and Marsha Hunt on August 4

Claire Trevor and Dick Powell in Murder, My Sweet on August 4

Robert Young, Robert Mitchum and Robert Young in Crossfire on August 6

Quintessential noir: Jane Greer and Robert Mitchum in the Out of the Past on August 6

Prison-noir at its best with Caged on August 7

Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger in the Oscar-winning In the Heat of the Night on August 10

Brian Keith, Edward G. Robinson and Ginger Rogers in Tight Spot on August 11

Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas and Van Heflin in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers on August 13

Ralph Meeker and Barbara Stanwyck in Jeopardy on August 13

Photographic evidence can be fleeting in Blow-up screening August 14

Border Incident starring Ricardo Montalban on August 15

Ricardo Montalban in Mystery Street on August 15

Early Angela Lansbury in Kind Lady (1951) screening August 19

Angela Lansbury twelve years later in the political thriller, The Manchurian Candidate, on August 19

Hitchcock's Suspicion starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine plays August 20

Edward Arnold, Ann Harding + uncredited canine in Eyes in the Night on August 21

On the set of Fritz Lang's Human Desire screening August 22

Donna Reed and Glenn Ford in Ransom on August 22

Ida Lupino and Joan Leslie star in The Hard Way on August 24

Clouzot's thriller Diabolique screens August 25

A top-of-the-world performance from James Cagney with Virginia Mayo in White Heat on August 26

Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw in The Getaway on August 28

Lucille Ball and George Sanders in Lured on August 30

 

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