Film Noir and Neo Noir on TV September 2014

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Thursday, September 4, 6:00 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

Thursday, September 4, 1:30 PM—5:00 PM

Edward Dmytryk Double Bill

1:30 PM

OBSESSION (aka THE HIDDEN ROOM) (1949): In this Brit noir, directed by the recently blacklisted noir auteur Edward Dmytryk, cuckolded psychiatrist Dr. Clive Riordan (Robert Newton) goes the extra mile to punish his cheating spouse (Sally Gray). He abducts his wife's lover (Phil Brown) planning to eventually treat him to an acid bath. Scotland Yard Superintendant Finsbury (Naunton Wayne) and his wife's dog throw a spanner in the works. Adapted by Alec Coppel from his suspense play A Man About a Dog. Dir. Edward Dmytryk

3:15 PM

THE SNIPER (1952): San Francisco is the backdrop for one of the first movies about a modern serial killer. Decades before such stories became commonplace, husband and wife writers Edna and Edward Anhalt researched dozens of actual cases to create this psychological "exposé" of a murderous misfit who wants to be caught, but finds it too easy to slip into the margins of a bustling post-WWII metropolis. Arthur Franz gives an edgy performance as the psychologically scarred sniper, whose murderous trail leads viewers on a fascinating tour of mid-century San Francisco, from Pacific Heights through the back alleys of North Beach to the once-industrial China Basin. Noir siren Marie Windsor gives a small but memorable performance as the sniper's first victim. Dir. Edward Dmytryk

Thursday, September 4, 7:30 PM

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. Dir. John Houston

Saturday, September 6, 11:45 PM—Sunday, September 7, 3:00 AM

Women In Prison Double Feature

11:45 PM

HOUSE OF WOMEN (1962): Wrongly convicted Erica Hayden (Shirley Knight) enters prison pregnant. She can only keep her child for three years, and then the child will be put up for adoption, unless she can find a caretaker for him. Things become complicated when the sadistic warden of the prison (Andrew Duggan) falls for her. Dir. Walter Doniger

1:15 AM

CAGED (1950): This film noir in women-in-prison clothing details the transformation of a young, naïve and pregnant widow (Elanor 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? Dir. John Cromwell

Sunday, September 7, 9:00 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. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Tuesday, September 9, 5:00 PM

THE STRANGER (1946): A small-town schoolteacher (Loretta Young) encounters a determined investigator (Edward G. Robinson) who suspects her new husband (Orson Welles) may be an escaped Nazi war criminal. Can he convince her before it's too late? Dir. Orson Welles

Wednesday, September 10, 3:00 AM—5:00 PM

Film Noir Marathon

Call in sick, unplug the phone and lose yourself in a world of crime.

3:00 AM

STRANGE ALIBI (1941): Cop Joe Geary (Arthur Kennedy) goes undercover as a disgraced police officer to infiltrate a racket, after the murder of the star witness that would have brought them down. Unfortunately the only one who knew Geary's true mission, the Chief of the Police, dies and Gear goes to the big house on a murder rap. He has only one chance—escape! Dir. D. Ross Lederman

4:15 AM

THE GET-AWAY (1941): Undercover FBI agent Jeff Crane (Robert Sterling) befriends Sonny Black (Dan Dailey Jr. very much cast against type) suspected member of the River Gang responsible for a series of armed robberies in the Midwest. The pair break jail together and a chance encounter with Black's virtuous sister Terry (Donna Reed in her screen debut) complicates matters considerably. Dir. Edward Buzzell & Richard Rosson

5:45 AM

BULLET SCARS (1942): Ruthless gang boss Frank Dillon (Howard Da Silva) kidnaps one of his compatriot's sister Nora, a nurse, to care for her brother who was wounded during their latest bank robbery. He then persuades a small town doctor (Regis Toomey) to care for the injured man, explaining he was hurt in a hunting accident. The doc soon realizes the truth, but how can he get Nora and himself out safely? Dir. D. Ross Lederman

6:45 AM

I WAS FRAMED (1942): Corrupt construction magnate Stuart Gaines frames reporter Ken Marshall for drunk driving and manslaughter when Marshall is on the verge of exposing Gaines. Marshall's pregnant wife and his editor (Regis Toomey) vow to get him out, but fail. His only option? Break out, of course. Dir. D. Ross Lederman

8:00 AM

ESCAPE FROM CRIME (1942): Parolee Red O'Hara tries to go straight when he visits his wife and discovers that he's now a father. He becomes a crime photographer and ironically has to return to prison undercover to fulfill an assignment. Will he be able to get out? Watch for Jackie Gleason as one of the cons! Dir. D. Ross Lederman

9:00 AM

THE BRIGHTON STRANGLER (1945): In World War II England, an actor (John Loeder) celebrated for his portrayal of the lead character in The Brighton Strangler receives a blow to the head during an air raid on closing night. Dazed and confused he makes his way to Victoria Station, a WAFF speaks to him there and her words are identical to a line in the play triggering the actor to become the killer he portrayed. Dir. Max Nosseck

10:15 AM

THE HIDDEN EYE (1945): In this sequel to Eyes in the Night, blind detective Duncan Maclaine (Edward Arnold) and his faithful guide dog try to clear an innocent man of charge of murder on the behest of his fiance. Dir Richard Whorf.

11:30 AM

THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE (1948 In this Brit noir set in Post-WWII Soho, ex-RAF flyer turned petty criminal Clem (Trevor Howard) escapes from prison and sets out for revenge against Narcy (Griffith Jones), the head of a black market ring who framed him for a policeman's murder. Two women with agendas of their own aid him in his flight—Mrs. Fenshaw (Vida Hope) who wants him to kill her unwanted husband and Narcy's ex-girlfriend Sally (Sally Gray) whose out for her own vengeance after being replaced in Narcy's affections by another woman. Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti

1:15 PM

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

2:15 PM

STRANGE BARGAIN (1949): Assistant bookkeeper Sam (Jeffrey Lynn) is offered $10,000 by his boss, whose about to lose his business, to make his planned suicide look like murder, so his family can inherit his insurance money. Sam refuses. When his boss calls him later that night to tell Sam that he's going through with it, Sam rushes over to his house to stop him. He's too late, his boss is dead, an apparent suicide. Sam follows the plan outlined earlier by his boss, making his death appear to be a robbery gone wrong committed by person unknown. However, a sharp eyed detective (Harry Morgan) suspects a set-up and soon zeros his investigation in on Sam. Martha Scott plays Sam's devoted wife. Lynn, Scott and Morgan reprised their roles 38 years later for a sequel, Strangest of Bargains, which aired as an episode of the Murder, She Wrote TV series. Strangest of Bargains, which aired as an episode of the Murder, She Wrote TV series. Dir. Will Price

3:30 PM

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

Monday, September 15, 5:00 PM—Tuesday, September 16, 5:00 PM

24 Hour Memorial Tribute to Lauren Bacall

5:00 PM

PRIVATE SCREENINGS: LAUREN BACALL (2005): Sometimes noir siren Lauren Bacall discusses her life and career with host Robert Osborne. She co-starred in several noirs with husband Humphrey Bogart, The Big Sleep, Key Largo and Dark Passage.

6:00 PM

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944): Watch Bogie and Baby fall in love on and off the screen in this classic adventure tale. A skipper-for-hire's romance, Humphrey Bogart, with a beautiful drifter and bar singer, Lauren Bacall, is complicated by his growing involvement with the French resistance. Walter Brennan plays the drunken first mate, and Hoagie Carmichael plays Bacall's accompanist. Dir. Howard Hawks

8:00 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

10:00 PM

HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953): In this wry romantic comedy, three models (Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall) pool their resources to rent a posh penthouse in hopes of snaring rich husbands. Dir. Jean Negulesco

11:45 PM

PRIVATE SCREENINGS: LAUREN BACALL (2005): Sometimes noir siren Lauren Bacall discusses her life and career with host Robert Osborne. She co-starred in several noirs with husband Humphrey Bogart, The Big Sleep, Key Largo and Dark Passage.

12:45 AM

HARPER (1966): In this neo-noir, soon to be divorced private eye (Paul Newman) sets out to find the missing millionaire husband for his crippled wife (Lauren Bacall). The trail leads to a religious cult and a kidnapping plot. Dir. Jack Smight

3:00 AM

BRIGHT LEAF (1950): In 1894, Brant Royle (Gary Cooper) returns to the tobacco growing community of Kingsmont, North Carolina, years after cigar magnate James Singleton (Donald Crisp) drove his family off their tobacco farm. He's determined to avenge himself against Singleton, reestablish his family's cigarette business and marry Singleton's daughter Penny (Patricia Neal). He needs capital to start his own business which he gets from old friend Sonia (Lauren Bacall) who carries a torch for him, but has to be content to only be his partner in business. Will he succeed in business or love or be destroyed by his own ego? Dir. Michael Curtiz

5:00 AM

YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN (1950): In this noir musical, Smoke Willoughby (Hoagy Carmichael) reminisces about his friend Rick Martin (Kirk Douglas). Aspiring jazz trumpeter Rick is torn between an honest singer (Doris Day) and a narcissistic, and possibly lesbian, heiress played by Lauren Bacall in an unusually unsympathetic role. Fame, fortune, grief and madness follow. Script writers Carl Foreman and Edmund H. North adapted Dorothy Baker's book which in turn was inspired by Jazz legend's Bix Beiderbecke's musical life. Harry James supplied Douglas' trumpet solos. Dir. Michael CurtizN

7:00 AM

DARK PASSAGE (1947): Adapted from a story by David Goodis, this noir follows convicted wife murderer Vincent Parry's (Humphrey Bogart) escape from jail and subsequent hunt for the real killer of his wife. Sympathetic stranger Irene (Lauren Bacall) encounters him during his jail break and aids him. Agnes Moorehead steals the show as Irene's shrewish friend who knew Vincent and his wife prior to the murder. Dir. Delmer Daves

9:00 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

11:00 AM

BLOOD ALLEY (1955): A group of villagers break an American sailor out of a Chinese jail. In return, they expect him to transport the whole village to Hong Kong on an ancient paddle steamer. Numbered among the villagers is the daughter of an American doctor (Lauren Bacall) who may just take the place of the sailor's imaginary girlfriend aptly named "Baby". Dir. William A. Wellman

1:00 PM

SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL (1964): Inspired by Helen Gurley Brown's best selling and ground breaking non-fiction look at female sexuality, this comedy follows the efforts of a tabloid columnist (Ton Curtis) to interview the sex researcher and psychologist Helen Brown (Natalie Wood). He poses as his neighbor (Henry Fonda) so he can consult Brown about his "marital problems." Things get complicated when they fall for each other and he tries to convince her he's not legally married. Chaos ensues and he drafts the real wife of his neighbor (Lauren Bacall) to help him out. More chaos follows. Dir. Richard Quine

3:00 PM

DESIGNING WOMAN (1957): While on vacation, sports journalist Mike (Gregory Peck) meets designer Marilla (Lauren Bacall). They fall in love and marry right away. However back at home they realize that they're living in different worlds and know nothing about each other. Also Mike feels depressed because Marilla's very successful in her job. So he investigates for a risky story to prove to himself what he's worth. Cinematography provided by the legendary John Alton. Dir. Vincent Minnelli

Wednesday, September 10, 3:00 AM—5:00 PM

Film Noir Marathon II

Call in sick, unplug the phone and lose yourself in a world of crime.

3:30 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. Dir. John Houston

5:30 AM

A DANGEROUS PROFESSION (1950): A bail bondsman (George Raft) finds himself in the awkward position of bailing out the husband of the woman (Ella Raines) who broke his heart. His older and wiser partner (Pat O'Brien) warns him not to do it. Murderous intrigue follows. Dir.Ted Tetzlaff

7:00 AM

THE NARROW MARGIN (1952): In this seminal noir, a tough cop (Charles McGraw) meets his match when he has to guard a gangster's moll, (Marie Windsor) on a tense train ride. Can he keep her alive long enough for her to testify? Dir. Richard Fleischer

8:30 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

10:00 AM

SUDDENLY (1954): A gun hating war widow (Nancy Gates) finds her family and herself at the mercy or a ruthless hit man (Frank Sinatra). It seems that her house would be the perfect spot for his current job, assassinating the U. S. president who will be passing through her small town. Can the town's sheriff, and her ex-boyfriend, (Sterling Hayden) save them? Dir. Lewis Allen

11:30 AM

POSTMARK DANGER (1955): When a journalist dies and the woman (Terry Moore) who was supposedly killed in the car accident with him reappears, his artist brother (Robert Beatty) takes up his investigation of a smuggling ring. Dir. Guy Green

1:00 PM

I DIED A THOUSAND TIMES (1955): In this remake of High Sierra gangster Big Mac (Lon Chaney, Jr.) pulls strings to get lifer Roy (Jack Palance) out of prison. In return, Roy had to pull a big jewelry heist. Big Mac saddles him with incompetent henchmen including Babe (Lee Marvin-never a good sign) and things go badly. Shelly Winters reprises Ida Lupino's role as the good hearted moll who falls for the doomed good bad man Roy. Dir. Stuart Heisler

3:00 PM

AL CAPONE (1959): Rod Steiger stars as Al Capone in this depiction of the rise and fall of Prohibition Era Chicago's most notorious racketeer. Dir. Richard Wilson

Saturday, September 20, 10:15 AM

THE PHENIX CITY STORY (1955): Based on a true story, two crusading lawyers, a father and son (John McIntire and Richard Kiley), take on the corrupt machine running a Southern town at great personal cost. The film was critically lauded upon its release and has maintained its reputation over the years. Director and film nut Martin Scorsese numbers it in his favorite films. Dir. Phil Karlson

Tuesday, September 23, 9:15 PM

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

Thursday, September 25, 3:00 AM

MY FORBIDDEN PAST (1951): In turn-of-the-century New Orleans, a beauty (Ava Garnder) with a skeleton in her closet seeks revenge on her old flame (Robert Mitchum) who married another woman (Janis Carter) while away in South America for two years. Dir. Robert Stevenson


Thursday, September 25, 9:15 AM—5:00 PM

TCM Salutes Dennis O'Keefe

Here are the noirs...

9:15 AM

LADY OF VENGEANCE (1957): In this Brit noir, newspaper publisher William T. Marshall (Dennis O'Keefe) is devastated by the inexplicable suicide of his ward Melissa (Eileen Elton). He receives a letter from the dead girl asking him to seek vengeance against the man who drove her to take her own life. Marshall employs a shady stamp collector named Karnak (Anton Diffring) to help him torture and kill a victim that Marshall won't name. Dir. Burt Balaban

10:45 AM

COVER- UP (1949): An insurance investigator (Dennis O'Keefe) smells a rat when he starts to look into a small-town suicide. He soon believes it is murder, but the locals including the sheriff (William Bendix), are inexplicably reluctant to believe him or aid him with his investigation. Dir. Alfred E. Greene

1:45 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

3:15 PM

T-MEN (1948): Director Anthony Mann and the king of chiaroscuro, cinematographer John Alton pull out all the stops in relating the intensely exciting and shockingly brutal tale of U.S. Treasury agents, led by the redoubtable Dennis O'Keefe, going undercover to infiltrate a cadre of counterfeiters. Great character bits from Charles McGraw and Wallace Ford in a vivid script by crime scribe John C. Higgins. One of the most artfully arresting visual spectacles of the original film noir era! Dir. Anthony Mann

Saturday, September 27, 10:15 AM—5:00 PM

Hitchcock Triple Feature

10:15 AM

UNDER CAPRICORN (1949): In this Australian set period piece, Sam Fluseky (Joseph Cotton) visits his beautiful and unhappily married cousin (Ingrid Bergman). He helps her quit drinking and in doing so unleashes a storm of jealousy and secrets. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

12:30 PM

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951): Childlike but charming psychopath Bruno (Robert Walker) suggests that he and Guy (Farley Granger), a tennis player with political ambitions, crisscross murders. Unfortunately, Guy realizes too late that Bruno wasn't joking. Guy's unwanted wife shows up murdered and he has no alibi. Screenplay by Raymond Chandler and Czenzi Ormonde. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

2:30 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, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen; and Best Film Editing Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Saturday, September 27, 5:00 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

Gloria Grahame in A Woman's Secret on September 4;

An Edward Dmytryk Tribute featuring Obsession and The Sniper on September 4

Huston's Asphalt Jungle airing September 4;

House of Women in TCM's Women in Prison Double feature on September 6;

Hitchcock on the set of Suspicion airing September 7;

Orson Welles and Loretta Young in The Stranger on September 9;

Poster for the "Super Horror Show" advertising The Body Snatcher and The Brighton Strangler at Strand Theatre, Vancouver (B.C.). TCM screens The Brighton Strangler on September 10.

Brit noir They Made Me a Fugitive on September 10;

George Raft in Red Light on September 10;

TCM's 24 Hour tribute to Lauren Bacall starts September 15;

Kirk Douglas and Bacall in Young Man with a Horn on September 16;

Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor in The Narrow Margin on September 10;

Phil Karlson's The Phenix City Story on September 20;

An all-star cast in seminar noir, Crossfire screening September 23;

Ava Gardner and Robert Mitchum in My Forbidden Past on September 25;

Dennis O'Keefe with Marsha Hunt and Claire Trevor and John Alton's masterful cinematography in Raw Deal on September 25'

Robert Walker collides with Farley Granger in Strangers on a Train on September 27;

Dana Andrews and Clifton Webb in the tub in Preminger's Laura on September 27.

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