Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: June 2017

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Friday, June 2, 10:45 AM—2:00 PM

Espionage Noir

1:45 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

3:30 PM

THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1934):The daughter of an Olympic skeet shooter is kidnapped by spies when her husband uncovers information that threatens their assassination plot. The husband decides to act on his own to rescue their daughter, but it's mum who ultimately saves the day. Peter Lorre is a standout as a villainous conspirator in his first role after fleeing Germany. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, June 2, 3:30 PM

THE TALL TARGET (1951): In this film noir cloaked as historical fiction, a determined detective (Dick Powell) tries to prevent the assassination of President-elect Abraham Lincoln during the train ride to his inauguration. It's helmed by legendary noir director Anthony Mann and shot by Paul Vogel, the cinematographer responsible for Lady in the Lake's first person P.O.V. Dir. Anthony Mann

NOIR ALLEY

Sunday, June 4, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Wednesday, June 6, 11:15 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

Wednesday, June 7, 8:45 AM

UNDERCURRENT (1946): In this unusually cast noir, a sheltered woman (Katherine Hepburn) realizes that either her husband (Robert Taylor with a Walt Disneyesque moustache) or his mysterious brother, (noir stalwart Robert Mitchum) is a psychopath. Edmund Gwenn co-stars as Hepburn's father. Dir. Vincente Minnelli

Wednesday, June 7, 5:00 PM

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (1955): A recovering heroin addict (Frank Sinatra) struggles to stay clean when returning to Chicago's South side, to old friends and old temptations, after a prison stint. His drug dealer Nifty Louie (Darren McGavin) wants to get his hooks back into Frankie, but his love for Molly (Kim Novak) and his dreams of becoming a jazz drummer keep him on the straight and narrow. When Louie is killed, the cops figure him for the murder and come after him. Dir. Otto Preminger

Thursday, June 8, 5:45 AM

SPLIT SECOND (1953): In this tense thriller, escaped convicts hold hostages in a ghost town that's the target of a nuclear bomb test. One of the cons (Stephen McNally) falls for one of the one of the hostages (Alexis Smith) and things get even tenser. Dir. Dick Powell

Thursday, June 8, 10:00 PM

ROPE (1948): Two wealthy and louche pseudo-intellectuals (John Dahl and Farley Granger) murder a friend in a Nietzschean demonstration of will and folly. Then they throw a party inviting the victim's friends, family and their old school teacher (Jimmy Stewart) who begins to suspect something odd when the guest of honor doesn't arrive for his own party. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, June 9, 2:30 AM

A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951): This sublime adaptation of Theodore Drieser's An American Tragedy is noir to the core, despite the gloss and glamour Paramount ladled on to make it a huge hit. A blue-collar social climber (Montgomery Clift) falls for a gorgeous society debutante (Elizabeth Taylor, at the peak of her beauty), but his plain, prole, and pregnant girlfriend (Shelley Winters) stands in the way of his personal American Dream. It won Oscars for best costumes, score, editing, cinematography, screenplay, and direction, yet somehow lost best picture to An American in Paris. Dir. George Stevens

Friday, June 9, 12:00 PM

THE THIN MAN Asta, investigate the disappearance of an inventor in this classic blend of laughs and suspense. Shot in just two weeks by director Woody "One-Shot'' Van Dyke and cinematographer James Wong Howe, this gem set the gold standard for the sophisticated comedy—inspiring five sequels as well as countless inferior imitations. Van Dyke previously directed Myrna Loy and William Powell in Manhattan Melodrama and spotted the terrific chemistry of their off screen banter between takes. He insisted on casting the pair as Hammett's hard-drinking super-couple and the glamorous pair became one of the movies' great romantic teams. Shot by the legendary cinematographer James Wong Howe. The film garnered four Oscar nominations, Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Powell, Best Director for W.S. Van Dyke Best Writing, Adaptation for Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Dir. Woody Van Dyke

Saturday, June 10, 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

NOIR ALLEY

Sunday, June 11, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

PHANTOM LADY (1944): In this adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich novel, Carol Richman (Ella Raines), the loyal secretary of murder suspect Scott Henderson (Alan Curtis), descends into darkness to confirm Scott's alibi and find the real killer. Scott claims to have spent the evening with a mystery woman wearing a spectacular hat, a woman all witnesses claim never existed. Woolrichian paranoia at its finest. Produced by Hitchcock's protégé, Joan Harrison Dir. Robert Siodmak

June 13, 11:00 PM

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. Laughton's wife Elsa Lanchester plays the nurse trying to keep him on his diet and off the cigars and brandy. This first rate film features both one of Tyrone Power's and one of Marlene Dietrich's best performances Based on the play written by Agatha Christie, adapted from her own short story. Dir. Billy Wilder

Thursday, June 15, 12:15 PM—5:00 PM

Espionage Noir Strikes Again

12:15 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

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

Thursday, June 15, 11:15 PM

NOWHERE TO GO (1958): In this Brit noir, a con man (George Nader) on the run after escaping prison, holes up with an innocent English girl (Maggie Smith). He wants to recover the money from its hiding place, get a passport and go to Canada. His double crossing partner in crime has other plans. Dir. Seth Holt

Saturday, June 17, 11:30 AM

IN A LONELY PLACE (1950): This heartbreaking noir revolves around an alcoholic screenwriter (Humphrey Bogart) and the woman who loves him but fears he may be a murder (Gloria Grahame). This film is both a bitter commentary on Hollywood and on the impossibility of romance. Very loosely based on Dorothy B. Hughes's novel—an intense thriller and examination of post-WWII misogyny. Dir. Nicholas Ray

Saturday, June 17, 5:00 PM—11:00 PM

Philip Marlowe Triple Bill

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

7:15 PM

MARLOWE (1969): Raymond Chandler's detective and knight errant, Philip Marlowe (James Garner) probes the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles in search of a woman's missing sister. Screen legend Bruce Lee has a memorable cameo. Dir. Paul Bogart

9:00 PM

LADY IN THE LAKE (1947): A lady editor (Audrey Totter) hires Phillip Marlowe to investigate the disappearance of her boss' wife. First time director Robert Montgomery, who also starred as Marlowe, chose to shoot the entire film from Marlowe's POV using a subjective camera in order to replicate visually Raymond Chandler's first person narrative from the novel. Dir. Robert Montgomery

NOIR ALLEY

Sunday, June 18, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

HE RAN ALL THE WAY (1951): John Garfield plays a desperate criminal on the run from a robbery that ended with a shooting. He takes refuge in the family apartment of a naïve young woman (Shelley Winters). She falls in love with him, complicating further a tense hostage situation. Dir. John Berry

Monday, June 19, 5:00 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

Monday, June 19, 10:15 AM

MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS (1945): In this noir based on Anthony Gilbert's The Woman in Red, a young woman desperate for work, Nina Foch, takes a job in London as a companion to the seemingly respectably Mrs. Hughes, Dame May Whitty. However, she wakes up one morning in Cornwall where everyone insists that she is Marion Hughes, the wife of Mrs. Hughes son. Athur Penn later remade the film as Dead of Winter (1987). Dir. Joseph H. Lewis

Monday, June 19, 7:15 PM

WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967): A commercial artist unknowingly brings a stash of heroin into his home. A trio of bad guys (Richard Crenna, Jack Weston and Alan Arkin) trace the dope to him. They trick him into leaving the house, but, unfortunately, his blind wife (Audrey Hepburn) is there alone. They proceed to first try to trick and then to terrorize her while she tries to figure out how to turn the tables on her unknown assailants. Hepburn earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her remarkable performance. Adapted from the Broadway hit written by Fredrick Knott and directed by Arthur Penn. Dir. Terence Young

Tuesday, June 20, 12:45 AM

GASLIGHT (1940): This is the first and franker big screen adaption of Patrick Hamilton's play Angel Street about a newlywed (Diana Wynyard) who 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 her seemingly devoted husband. Dir. Thorold Dickinson

Tuesday, June 20, 5:00 AM

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. 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

Tuesday, June 20, 8:45 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

Friday, June 23, 12:00 AM

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, June 24, 5:00 PM—10:30 PM

Eyewitness Noir Triple Bill

5:00 PM

REAR WINDOW (1954): A wheelchair-bound photographer passes the time of his disability by spying on his neighbors. One day he witnesses a murder. Or does he? This iconic mystery was adapted from a story by Cornell Woolrich and earned a Best Writing, Screenplay Oscar nomination for screenwriter John Michael Hayes. The film earned three more Oscar nods for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Color and Best Sound, Recording. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

7:15 PM

THE WINDOW (1949): A young boy (Bobby Driscoll) with a penchant for telling tall tales overhears a murder while sleeping alone on a fire escape. Of course, no one believes him except the murderers (Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman) who ruthlessly hunt him down. This excellent adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Dir. Ted Tetzlaff

8:45 PM

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

NOIR ALLEY

Sunday, June 25, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

HIGH WALL (1947): Quintessential postwar noir! Brain-damaged vet Robert Taylor confesses to murdering his unfaithful wife and is sentenced to a sanitarium. His doctor (sexy Audrey Totter) gradually realizes he might not be guilty. Taylor gives his best performance ever in this neglected gem, which glistens with director Curtis Bernhardt's feverish rain-soaked noirscapes. Dir. Curtis Bernhardt

Sunday, June 25, 5:00 PM

THE STREET WITH NO NAME (1948): In this documentary style film noir, a FBI agent (Mark Stevens) goes undercover to expose the dealings of a crafty mobster (Richard Widmark) in a plot similar to Kiss of Death (1947). Shot by the great Fox studio cinematographer, Joe McDonald. Dir. William Keighley

Monday, June 26, 11:45 AM

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

Tuesday, June 27, 9:30 AM

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946): In this noir classic, illicit lovers (John Garfield and Lana Turner) plot to kill the woman's older husband. She wants to own her own restaurant, the eternal ambition of heroines created by James M. Cain, author of the original novel. The producers managed to stay quite faithful to the book while excising the sado-masochistic nature of the character's sexual relationship. Dir. Tay Garnett

Thursday, June 29, 7:15 AM

MAN HUNT (1941): In this suspenseful noir based on Geoffrey Household's novel Rogue Male, the Gestapo hunts down a sportsman (Walter Pidgeon) after he accidentally stumbles across Hitler's secret residence. He finds an unlikely ally in a lovely Cockney girl (Joan Bennett). Dir. Fritz Lang

Friday, June 30, 1:00 PM

THE LUSTY MEN (1952): In this Nicholas Ray helmed Western noir, a faded rodeo star (Robert Mitchum) mentors a younger rider to help him raise the money he needs to buy his dream ranch through rodeo competition (Arthur Kennedy) and then falls for his wife, Susan Hayward. As one would expect, complications ensue. Dir. Nicholas Ray

Robert Ryan and Merle Oberon in Berlin Express screening June 2

Dick Powell stars in Anthony Mann's The Tall Target on June 2

On the set of Out of the Past presented by Eddie Muller on the June 4 edition of NOIR ALLEY

Unforgettable performances from Ann Savage and Tom Neal in noir classic Detour on June 6

Undercurrent starring Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor and Robert Mitchum on June 7

Kim Novak in Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm on June 7

Dick Powell's thriller Split Second on June 8

Farley Granger + John Dahl in Hitchcock's Rope on June 8

Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor in the spectacular A Place in the Sun on June 9

William Powell, Myrna Loy and Astor in The Thin Man on June 9

Oscar-winning Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend on June 10

Eddie Muller presents Phantom Lady on the June 11 edition of NOIR ALLEY

Tyrone Powell and Marlene Dietrich in Witness for the Prosecution on June 13

Not quite the ideal mother & son—Angela Lansbury and Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate on June 15

Hitchcock on the set of North by Northwest screening June 15

Maggie Smith and George Nader in the Brit noir, Nowhere To Go on June 15

On the set of Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place screening June 17

Bogart and Bacall in Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep on June 17

John Garfield and Shelley Winters in He Ran All the Way on June 18

Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock's Suspicions on June 19

 

My Name Is Julia Ross on June 19

Audrey Hepburn v. Alan Arkin in Wait until Dark on June 19

A rare chance to watch the 1940 version of Gaslight with Diana Wynyard and Anton Walbrook on June 20

Hitchcock's Rear Window starring Grace Kelly and James Stewart on June 24

Bobby Driscoll stars in top noir classic The Window on June 24

Audrey Totter and Robert Montgomery in High Wall presented by Eddie Muller on the June 25 edition of NOIR ALLEY

Mark Stevens in The Street with No Name on June 25

Hope Emerson and Eleanor Parker in Caged on June 26

Joan Bennett in Fritz Lang's Man Hunt on June 29

The Lusty Men with Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward screens June 30

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