Film Noir and Neo Noir on TV: July

FNF'S Czar Hosts TCM's "Summer of Darkness"

Continuing into July, FNF president Eddie Muller hosts the TCM's "Summer of Darkness" that commenced last month. Each Friday TCM dedicates 24 hours to a lineup comprised exclusively of film noir. Muller presents four movies each night during prime-time, 36 films in all, as host of TCM's "Friday Night Spotlight." In addition to serving as on-air host, the "Czar of Noir" also chose the films he's presenting.

*All times are PST. Please check the Turner Classics Movie website to confirm dates and times or additional programming information.

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Thursday, July 2, 10:45 AM

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

Friday, July 3, 5:00 AM—Saturday, July 4, 3:15 AM

Summer of Darkness: Day 5

Day-Long Noir Marathon

FNF President Eddie Muller programs and hosts the primetime screenings

5:00 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

7:00 AM

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948): An Irish sailor (Orson Welles) gets caught between a corrupt tycoon (Everett Sloane) and his voluptuous wife (Welles' real-life wife Rita Hayworth) and their plans to eliminate one another in this wonderfully convoluted noir. Pointless trivia: Columbia chief Harry Cohn sent future horror icon William Castle along on location to keep Welles in line, on time and under budget, to no avail. Dir. Orson Welles

8:30 AM

THE BRIBE (1949): A sultry singer (Ava Gardner) tries to tempt a federal agent (Robert Taylor) from the straight-and-narrow while he investigates an arms surplus racket on a small South American island. Charles Laughton and Vincent Price menace him. Dir. Robert Z. Leonard

10:15 AM

SCENE OF THE CRIME (1949): LAPD Lieutenant Mike Conovan (Van Johnson) investigates the murder of his ex-partner Ed Monigan whom the department believes was on the take, since they found $1000 in cash on his corpse. Monigan's son convinces Conovan that his father was working was actually working under cover. As Conovan tries to both find the murder and clear his partner's reputation, he cozies up to a stripper (Gloria De Haven). Meanwhile, his wife (Arlene Dahl) tries to persuade him to leave the dangers of police work behind. Dir. Roy Rowland

12:00 PM

THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (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

1:45 PM

THE THREAT (1949): Charles McGraw, the toughest man in noir, runs wild as a vengeful ex-con who breaks out of prison and kidnaps everyone who's ever done him wrong in this brutal, violent thriller. With Virginia Grey and Michael O'Shea. Dir. Felix Feist

3:00 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

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

6:45 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

8:15 PM

SHADOW ON THE WALL (1947): Quintessential postwar noir, resurrected in a new 35-mm print by the Film Noir Foundation! 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

9:45 PM

HIGH WALL (1947): Quintessential postwar noir, resurrected in a new 35-mm print by the Film Noir Foundation! 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

11:30 PM

THE LONG GOODBYE (1973): This surprisingly effective adaption of Raymond Chandler's novel successfully transports Phillip Marlow to the 1970s. Marlow, played wonderfully by Elliot Gould, of all people, helps his old friend Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton) flee to Mexico when his wealthy wife is murdered. Marlow investigates the murder and becomes embroiled with an alcoholic writer (Sterling Hayder) and his wife (Nina van Pallandt). Dir. Robert Altman

1:30 AM

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

Monday, July 6, 3:15 PM

PETE KELLY'S BLUES (1955): Ex-doughboy turned jazz musician Pet Kelly (Jack Webb) leads a quartet playing at a Kansas City speakeasy during the Roaring 20s. The quartet gets crossed up with a gangster (Edmond O'Brien) and his alcoholic girlfriend (Peggy Lee). Cynical Kelly finds that he has to take a stand. Ella Fitzgerald makes a memorable cameo as singer Maggie Jackson. Look for Jayne Mansfield as a cigarette girl. Dir. Jack Webb

Wednesday, July 8, 7:00 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, July 9, 7:00 AM

TIME WITHOUT PITY (1957): In this Brit noir, alcoholic writer David Graham (Michael Redgrave) comes back to England after an extended absence to visit his estranged son, awaiting execution for his girlfriend's murder. Convinced of his son's innocence, he attempts to find the real killer in the 24 hours left before his son's hanging. Dir. Joseph Losey

Friday, July 10, 3:00 AM—Saturday, July 11, 3:00 AM

Summer of Darkness Day 6

Day-Long Noir Marathon

FNF President Eddie Muller programs and hosts the primetime screenings

3:00 AM

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 the screenplay and worked (un-credited) as a director on it. Dir. Richard O. Fleischer

4:30 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

6:00 AM

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

7:30 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

9:15 AM

ARMORED CAR ROBBERY (1950): In this awesome little action packed noir, a police officer, Charles McGraw in a rare outing as a good guy, tries to find half a million dollars stolen by gangsters. Dir. Richard Fleischer

10:30 AM

CAGED (1950): This film noir in women in prison clothing details the transformation of a young pregnant widow (Eleanor Parker) into a hardened convict. She learns to survive the hard way 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 hardened criminal? Dir. John Cromwell

12:15 PM

D.O.A. (1950): This classic and rather convoluted noir tells the tale of a victim of a slow-acting poison (Edmond O'Brien) who tracks down his own killer. Existential doom and great San Francisco locations abound. Dir. Rudolph Mate

1:45 PM

DESTINATION MURDER (1950): A woman (Joyce MacKenzie) infiltrates the mob to find her father's killer. The always great Albert Decker plays the nightclub owner behind it all. Dir. Edward L. Cahn

3:15 PM

THE TATTOOED STRANGER (1950): Detectives investigate the murder of a young woman whose body is found in Central Park. The only clue to her identity and possibly to the motive for her murder is her Marine Corps tattoo. Watch for Jack Lord as a lab assistant. Dir. Edward J. Montagne

5:00 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

6:45 PM

KISS ME DEADLY (1955): In this terrific apocalyptic film noir, a vain and corrupt Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) tries to solve the murder of a beautiful hitchhiker (Cloris Leachman) whom he had picked up one night after she escaped from a mental institution. Mobsters, a corrupt psychiatrist, women and a mysterious package complicate things for him. Dir. Robert Aldrich

8:45 PM

ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1952): Robert Ryan gives an emotionally charged performance as a city cop on the verge of a breakdown. After nearly killing a suspect, he's sent out to the country to find the murderer of a young woman. There he encounters the blind sister (Ida Lupino) of the main suspect. Can he overcome his personal demons and connect with her? Added bonus: John Ford Players Ward Bond and Olive Cary portray the murdered girl's parents. Dir. Nicholas Ray

10:30 PM

THE HITCH-HIKER (1953): In this gripping suspense piece, a murderous madman (William Talman) on the lam from the law kidnaps two businessmen (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) on a hunting trip. Noir siren Ida Lupino both directed and co-wrote the film which was produced by The Filmmakers, the independent production company she founded with her then husband Collier Young. Dir. Ida Lupino

11:45 PM

THE BLUE DAHLIA (1946): A newly returned veteran (Alan Ladd) fights to prove he didn't kill his cheating wife (Doris Dowling). His shell-shocked war buddy (William Bendix) and a new love interest (Veronica Lake) try to help him find the real culprit. Dir. George Marshall

1:30 AM

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

Monday, July 13, 6:45 AM

THE BAD SLEEP WELL (1960): In this noirish take on Hamlet, a young man, (Toshiro Mifune) seeks revenge by marrying the crippled daughter of the successful businessman (Takashi Shimura) that he holds responsible for his father's death. The film succeeds as a thriller, a tragic romance and a condemnation of post-War Japan's ruthless corporate world. Dir. Akira Kurosawa

Wednesday, July 15, 9:30 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

Thursday, July 16, 1:15 AM

PITFALL (1948): This independently produced gem is one of the most realistic explorations of adultery produced in 1940s. Bored suburbanite insurance salesman (Dick Powell) drifts into a dalliance with an anti-femme fatale, hard-luck model Mona (Lizabeth Scott), only to find his life and family threatened by an obsessive private eye (Raymond Burr) and a jealous ex-con. Director de Toth had the gifted Bill Bowers rewrite the script. The result is truly believable noir—a wrenching tale of repressed lust and suburban ennui. Dir Andre de Toth

Friday, July 17, 4:45 AM—Saturday, July 18, 2:30 AM

Summer of Darkness: Day 7

Day-Long Noir Marathon

FNF President Eddie Muller programs and hosts the primetime screenings

4:45 AM

TENSION (1950): A cuckolded husband (Richard Basehart) plans the perfect murder in order to kill his wife's lover. Then he finds true love and decides against implementing his plot. Unfortunately, he becomes the prime suspect when somebody else kills his previously intended victim. Audrey Totter shines as his devious mate. Dir. John Berry

6:30 AM

WHERE DANGER LIVES (1950): A suicidal patient (Faith Domergue) draws her doctor (Robert Mitchum) into a web of sex and murder in this dream like noir. When he accidently kills her husband (Claude Rains in a film stealing performance), they go on the run to Mexico despite the brain injury that is slowly incapacitating him. Dir. John Farrow

8:00 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

9:30 AM

A LADY WITHOUT A PASSPORT (1951): A mentally ill husband (Barry Sullivan) tries to prove his innocent wife (Loretta Young) guilty of plotting to murder him in a letter. After she mails it for him, he reveals the content to her and promptly dies, can she intercept the letter in time to clear herself? Dir. Tay Garnett

12:15 PM

NO QUESTONS ASKED (1951): A young lawyer (Barry Sullivan) secretly arranges the return of some stolen property with "no questions asked" to the insurance company he works for. They pay out less to the thieves than they would for the claim and he makes a fast buck. However, he finds himself in over his head when mobsters decide that he should broker a series of similar deals for them. Arlene Dahl co-stars. Dir. Harold F. Kress

1:45 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

3:30 PM

THE RACKET (1951): A tough cop (Robert Mitchum) has to fight his superiors and a corrupt system in order to battle the mob. Robert Ryan plays his mobster nemesis whose battling his superiors. They object to his old style violent tactics. Dir. John Cromwell 5:00 PM

5:00 PM

TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949): For many years, all 35mm prints of Too Late for Tears (1949) were believed lost, but through the determined efforts of the Film Noir Foundation, sufficient original material has been discovered to enable a restoration, performed under the auspices of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Based on a novel by future television titan Roy Huggins, and featuring Huggins' own brilliant screenplay, the film is a neglected masterpiece of noir, awaiting rediscovery. A suburban housewife (Lizabeth Scott) decides to keep a satchel of money accidentally tossed into her convertible, against the wishes of her husband (Van Heflin). Dan Duryea plays the intended recipient of the cash and he's not into sharing. The result? Mayhem and murder. Dir. Byron Haskin

7:00 PM

99 RIVER STREET (1953): In this excellent noir, an embittered ex-boxing champ (John Payne), reduced to driving a cab, finds himself framed for his wife's murder by a jewel thief (Brad Dexter). An aspiring actress (Evelyn Keyes) puts herself on the line to help him. Dir. Phil Karlson

11:00 PM

CONFLICT (1945): A seemingly happily married man, (Humphrey Bogart) murders his wife so he can be free to marry her sister (Alexis Smith) who unfortunately does not return his affection. His friend and neighbor, a kindly psychologist (Sydney Greenstreet) starts to suspect something. Dir. Curtis Bernhardt

12:30 AM

KLUTE (1971) Small town detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) journeys to the Big Apple to search for a missing friend. He has only one lead: an obscene letter from the man to New York City prostitute Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda). He unravels both the mystery of the missing man and of the call girl. Fonda won a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of the disturbed and disturbing Bree. Dir. Alan J. Pakula

Monday, July 20, 10:00 AM

A CRY IN THE NIGHT (1956): A police captain's (Edmond O'Brien) emotions get in the way when his daughter (Natalie Wood) is kidnapped by a madman (Raymond Burr, who else?). Brain Donlevy co-stars as the night shift Captain who tries to find her. Dir. Frank Tuttle

Tuesday, July 21, 10:45 AM

TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE (1945): An amnesiac (Tom Conway) discovers he's wanted for murder. Ann Rutherford plays the spunky cab driver who helps him. Dir. Anthony Mann

Tuesday, July 21, 11:30 PM

PEEPING TOM (1960): Voyeuristic cinematographer Mark (Karl Boehm) murders women as a result of a childhood spent as the guinea pig for his psychiatrist father's experiments in fear which the doctor filmed for prosperity. A budding romance with his sweet neighbor (Anna Massey), a children's book authoress, precipitates an emotional crisis for Mark. This classic film perfectly balances both horror and sympathy for the protagonist which along with the onscreen violence outraged critics of the time. Dir. Michael Powell

Wednesday, July 22, 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

Friday, July 24, 3:45 AM—Saturday, July 25, 2:30 AM

Summer of Darkness: Day 8

Day-Long Noir Marathon

FNF President Eddie Muller programs and hosts the primetime screenings

3:45 AM

ROADBLOCK (1951): This film provides a change of pace for noir stalwart Charles McGraw who usually played supporting heavy roles. This time he plays the sucker who destroys himself by turning to a life of crime to woo and then attempt to keep a beautiful gold-digger (Joan Dixon). Dir. Harold Daniels

5:00 AM

THE STRIP (1951): A jazz drummer (Mickey Rooney) fights to clear his name when he's accused of killing a racketeer. Dir. Leslie Kardos

6:30 AM

BEWARE, MY LOVELY (1952): The incredible Ida Lupino plays a lonely war widow who employs a penniless drifter (Robert Ryan) as a household handyman, only to learn - too late - precisely why he has no references on his resumé. Lupino and Ryan, a pair of noir heavyweights, battle through a "day without end" (the film's original title) to an unexpected climax. Mel Dinelli's suspenseful script is adapted from his hit stage play "The Man."Dir. Harry Horner

8:15 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

10:15 AM

KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (1952): Ex-con and floral delivery man Joe Rolfe (John Payne), journeys to Mexico to hunt down the gang of thieves that framed him for robbery and murder. The trio of baddies is superb: Neville Brand Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam. Dir. Phil Karlson

12:00 PM

MACAO (1952): Drifter Nick Cochran (Robert Mitchum) in the Far East is mistaken for an undercover cop by a ruthless gangster who plans an elaborate trap to kill him. An American salesman (William Bendix), a beautiful singer (Jane Russell) and the gangster's sexy moll (Gloria Grahame) make plenty of trouble for him too. Dir. Josef von Sternberg

1:45 PM

TALK ABOUT A STRANGER (1952): Small town preteen Billy Gray suspects that his new unfriendly neighbor Matlock poisoned his puppy. His accusation sets off a maelstrom of suspicion and hostility towards Matlock with dangerous results. Cinematography by the renowned John Alton. Dir. David Bradley

3:15 PM

SPLIT SECOND (1955): 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

5:00 PM

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

6:30 PM

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

8:45 PM

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

10:30 PM

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

12:30 AM

ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS aka Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958): War hero Julien's (Maurice Ronet) plan to murder his mistress' (Jeanne Moreau) husband goes awry. Meanwhile, two teenagers steal his car and have a strange adventure. Jazz great Miles Davis created the film's memorable score. Dir. Louis Malle

Sunday, July 26, 8:30 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

Tuesday, July 28, 3:15 AM—8:45 AM

Thin Man Triple Feature

3:15 AM

THE THIN MAN (1934): Dashiell Hammett's urbane but fun loving sleuths Nick and Nora Charles, along with their pup 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 Myra 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. Dir. Woody Van Dyke

5:00 AM

AFTER THE THIN MAN (1936): In this delightful follow up to The Thin Man, Nick (William Powell) and Nora (Myrna Loy) return to their home in San Francisco determined to rest up from their previous New York adventures, but Nora's snooty family unintentionally embroils them in a murder mystery. Joseph Calleia, Sam Levene, George Zucco and a young Jimmy Stewart add to the fun. Dir. W. S. Van Dyke

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

Wednesday, July 29, 11:00 PM

BREATHLESS (1960): A small-time hood (Jean-Paul Belmondo) hides out from the cops with his American lover (Jean Seaberg) in this loving homage to American film noir. Dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Friday, July 31, 3:00 AM—Saturday, August 1, 2:15 AM

Summer of Darkness: Day 8

Day-Long Noir Marathon

FNF President Eddie Muller programs and hosts the primetime screenings

3:00 AM

THE BIG HEAT (1953): In this seminal noir, a police detective (Glenn Ford) whose wife was killed by the mob teams with a gangster's moll (Gloria Grahame) to bring down a powerful racketeer (Alexander Scourby). Lee Marvin steals the film as Grahame's abusive boyfriend and eventual object of her revenge. Dir. Fritz Lang

4:45 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

6:30 AM

I DIED A THOUSAND TIMES (1955): Gangster Big Mac pulls strings to get a lifer, Roy (Jack Palance), out of prison. In return, Roy had to pull a big jewelry heist. Big Mac saddles him with incompetent henchmen and things go badly. Dir. Stuart Heisler

8:30 AM

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956): At the behest of his future father-in law, newspaper editor Austin Spenser, Tom Garret (Dana Andrews)—a novelist and opponent of capital punishment—frames himself for the murder of a stripper to prove the fallibility of circumstantial evidence. The pair callously decides against taking Garret's fiancée (Joan Fontaine) into their confidence. Dir. Fritz Lang

10:00 AM

THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956): : A cynical press agent (Humphrey Bogart) tempted by the money, goes to work as a PR flak for the corrupt manager of a naïve boxer. He then must decide between the dough and exposing the inhuman conditions rife in the boxing game. DP Burnett Guffey earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White for his work on the film. Dir. Mark Robson

11:45 AM

WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956): The owner of a big city news conglomerate dies, leaving it to his ne'er-do-well son (Vincent Price). Said son decides to create a competition among the heads of each department: Dana Andrews, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell and James Craig. Whoever can discover the identity of the "Lipstick Killer" terrorizing the city will be the new executive editor. Dir. Fritz Lang

1:45 PM

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. Ann Sothern plays her sympathetic roommate, gay divorcée Crystal. Nat King Cole has a cameo as himself and who sings the movie's theme song. Dir. Fritz Lang

3:15 PM

PARTY GIRL (1958): Don't miss this great Nick Ray film, not available on DVD, a gritty bringing down the racket story featuring an interesting love story between a beautiful showgirl (Cyd Charisse) and a gangster's mouthpiece (Robert Taylor) set in Chicago during the mob infested nineteen twenties. See if you can see spot the scene Brian De Palma stole for The Untouchables. Dir. Nicholas Ray

5:00 PM

CRISS CROSS (1949): A lovelorn loner (Burt Lancaster) returns to Los Angeles and quickly falls under the spell of his one-time flame (Yvonne De Carlo), who is now in thrall to a sinister gangster (Dan Duryea). A daring armored car robbery becomes the fulcrum of their dangerous triangle as the two men play each other while vying for the dame's loyalty. Siodmak creates one of the most seductive and spellbinding tales of amour fou in the entire noir canon—a complex and elegantly told tale of desire, desperation and sudden death. Dir. Robert Siodmak

6:45 PM

BRUTE FORCE (1947): In this brutal film noir, a convict (Burt Lancaster) plans a daring and violent escape from a sadistic prison. Gritty noir photography provided by Oscar winner William Daniels. Dir. Jules Dassin

8:30 PM

DESPERATE (1947): An innocent trucker (Steve Brodie) takes it on the lam when he's accused of robbery. Raymond Burr co-stars as the heavy who framed him. Audrey Long plays his supportive wife. Dir. Anthony Mann

10:00 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 Huston

12:00 AM

THE WRONG MAN (1956): In this gritty documentary style noir, victims of a robbery misidentify a musician (Henry Fonda) for the culprit, destroying the lives of him and his wife (Vera Miles). This film was based on the true story of Manny Ballestro and used extensive locations shooting in New York City. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

 

Jean Brooks on the run from a satanic cult in Val Lewton's memorable Seventh Victim on July 2;

Vincent Price and Charles Laughton menacing in The Bribe on July 4;

Audrey Totter and Robert Taylor in High Wall screening July 4;

Jack WEbb, Edmond O'Brien and Peggy Lee in Pete Kelly's Blues on July 6;

Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in Hitchcock's North by Northwest on July 8;

Michael Redgrave in Joseph Losey's Time without Pity on July 9.

Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan in On Dangerous Ground on July 10;

Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy in Ida Lupino-directed The Hitch-Hiker on July 10;

Toshiro Mifune stars in Kurosawa's The Bad Sleep Well on July 13;

On the set of The Night of the Hunter with Charles Laugton directing on July 15;

Lizabeth Scott and Dick Powell vs. Raymond Burr in Pitfall on July 16;

Dan Duryea and Lizabeth Scott in the Film Noir Foundation's newly restored Too Late for Tears airing July 18;

Evelyn Keyes has John Payne's back in 99 River Streetscreening July 18;

Raymond Burr kidnaps Natalie Wood in A Cry in the Night on July 20;

Anthony Mann's Two O'Clock Courage screening July 20;

Michael Powell's controversial Peeping Tom on July 21;

A luminous Rita Hayward gives a tour de force performance in Gilda airing July 22;

John Payne and Lee Van Cleef in Kansas City Confidential on July 24;

Laraine Day and Robert Mitchum in The Locket on July 25;

Joan Bennet goes Cockney in Fritz Lang's Man Hunt on July 26;

The Thin Man triple feature starts July 28;

Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in Godard's Breathless on July 29;

Fritz Lang's seminal noir, The Big Heat, on July 31;

Ida Lupino and Dana Andrews star in While the City Sleeps on August 1.

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