Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: August 2016

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Monday, August 1, 3:00 AM—Tuesday, August 2, 3:00 AM

TCM Salutes Edward G. Robinson

Here are the noirs:

9:30 AM

THE SEA WOLF (1941): In this gripping yarn based on a Jack London story, shipwrecked fugitives, John Garfield and Ida Lupino, try to escape a brutal sea captain who's losing his mind, Edward G. Robinson in a power house performance. Dir. Michael Curtiz

11:15 AM

ILLEGAL (1955): D.A. Victor Scott (Edward G. Robinson) resigns in shame after he successfully prosecutes an innocent man for a capital crime. He successfully embarks in private practice but gets mixed up with a mob boss Frank Garland (Albert Dekker). Meanwhile, his assistant Ellen (Nina Foch) tries to make him jealous by announcing she's marrying another man. Trivia: In the scene where Frank Garland shows off his art to Victor, the production employed actor Robinson's personal collection. When Dir. Lewis Allen

1:00 PM

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944): Barbara Stanwyck—in a platinum blonde wig— plays Phyllis Dietrichson—the consummate femme fatale who lures insurance salesman and all around chump Walter Neff (Fred McMurray) into a plot involving murder and insurance fraud. His friend, and insurance adjuster, Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) smells a rat. Nominated for seven Oscars: Best Actress in a Leading Role; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Director; Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture; Best Picture; Best Sound, Recording; and Best Writing, Screenplay. Dir. Billy Wilder

5:00 PM

SCARLET STREET (1945): A henpecked cashier and weekend painter, Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson), falls for heartless tramp Kitty (Joan Bennett) whom he meets by chance. She and her pimp/boyfriend Johnny (Dan Duryea) play the sucker for everything he has. Then Chris starts to embezzle to keep his lady love happy and things go from bad to worse. Dir. Fritz Lang

7:00 PM

THE RED HOUSE (1947): In this Southern Gothic noir, young and innocent Meg (Allene Roberts) lives with her Uncle Pete (Edward G. Robinson) and Aunt Ellen (Judtih Anderson) on an isolated farm. When Meg asks her friend Nath to help Pete on the farm, she unwittingly stirs up a tragic past that centers on a mysterious "red house" hidden on her uncle's property. Miklós Rózsa's haunting score contributes much to this disturbing thriller. Based on the novel by George Agnew Chamberlain. Dir. Delmer Daves 11:00 PM

11:00 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

Tuesday, August 2, 5:00 PM

CROSSROADS (1942): A recently wed French diplomat (William Powell) is accused of being a master criminal. He is suffering from amnesia and must find out for himself if the accusations are true. The women in the case are his new bride (Hedy Lamarr) and a witness against him (Claire Trevor). Dir. Jack Conway

Wednesday, August 10, 1:00 PM

EXPERIMENT PERILOUS (1944): A chance meeting on a train with a stranger leads psychiatrist Huntington "Hunt" Brailey (George Brent) into the orbit of a beautiful married woman (Hedy Lamarr) whom he believes is in danger and whose husband (Paul Lukas) claims that she's insane. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

Thursday, August 11, 1:45 AM

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (1955): A one-armed veteran (Spencer Tracy) uncovers small-town secrets when he tries to visit an Asian-American war hero's family. Noir icon Robert Ryan shines as the bigoted boss of the town. This film earned 3 Oscar nominations: Spencer Tracy for Best Actor in a Leading Role; John Sturges for Best Director; and Best Writing, Screenplay for Millard Kaufman. Dir. John Sturges concentration camp. Dir. Joseph H. Lewis

Saturday, August 13, 7:15 PM

THE FALLEN IDOL (1948): This brilliant film, adapted by Graham Greene form his own story, centers on a wealthy but neglected child (Bobby Henrey) who thinks the servant (Ralph Richardson) he idolizes has committed murder. This film succeeds both as a suspense story and as an insightful drama where a child must navigate an often morally ambiguous and potentially dangerous adult world. Director Carol Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene both earned Oscar nods for the film. Dir. Carol Reed

Sunday, August 14, 9:00 PM—1:00 AM

Cyd Charisse Film Noir Double Bill

9:00 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

11:00 PM

TENSION (1950): A cuckolded husband (Richard Basehart) plans the perfect murder in order to kill his wife's lover. Then he finds true love with an understanding neighbor (Cyd Charisse) 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

Tuesday, August 16, 11:45 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

Wednesday, August 17, 1:30 AM

CHASE A CROOKED SHADOW (1958): In this Brit noir, a stranger (Richard Todd) drops in on an heiress (Anne Baxter) at her villa, claiming he is her brother, who recently died in an accident. She knows that he's not her brother but has problems convincing a police inspector (Herbert Lom) or anyone else otherwise. Dir. Michael Anderson

Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 AM

THE PHENIX CITY STORY (1955): Based on a true story, two crusading lawyers, a father and son, take on the corrupt machine running a Southern town at great personal cost. Dir. Phil Karlson

Wednesday, August 17, 6:45 PM

THE SET-UP (1949): An aging boxer (Robert Ryan) defies the gangsters who've ordered him to throw his last fight, believing that he can still be a champ. Audrey Totter plays his devoted wife who begs him to retire from boxing before he's destroyed. Dir. Robert Wise

Thursday, August 18, 5:00 PM

POINT BLANK (1967): Existential neo-noir at its best. Lee Marvin stars as a wraith like criminal out to get his share of the loot from a robbery after his partner shots him, leaves him for dead and absconds both with all the money and his wife. Angie Dickinson co-stars as his sympathetic sister-in-law who aids him. Dir. John Boorman

Friday, August 19, 1:00 AM

CRY TERROR! (1958): James Mason stars in this nerve-wracking thriller about a married couple forced to assist in the insane schemes of a criminal mastermind. (Rod Steiger) into making a bomb. He soon finds himself embroiled in a blackmail plot and his family held hostage by psychopaths including a ruthless moll played to perfection by Angie Dickinson. Dir. Andrew L. Stone

Saturday, August 20, 3:00 AM—Sunday, August 21, 3:00 AM

TCM Salutes
Humphrey Bogart

Here are the noirs:

7:00 AM

ACROSS THE PACIFIC (1942) : The cast and director of The Maltese Falcon reunited to make this breezy espionage thriller about an American agent, Humphrey Bogart, who tries to keep Axis spies from blowing up the Panama Canal. The all-time greatest Chinese-American character actor, Keye Luke, has the distinction of wearing the most hideously garish suit in the history of Hollywood cinema. Co-stars Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet add to the fun. Dir. John Huston.

1:00 PM

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

3:00 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

7:00 PM

THE TWO MRS. CARROLLS (1947): A sociopathic artist (Humphrey Bogart) decides that he would like to murder his wife in order to marry a flirtatious younger woman (Alexis Smith). However, the current Mrs. Carroll is Barbara Stanwyck, so you know this isn't going to be so easy, despite the fact that Babs is both uncharacteristically slow on the uptake and rather wimpy in this one. Dir. Peter Godfrey

9:00 PM

DEAD RECKONING (1947): A tough veteran (Humphrey Bogart) sets out to solve his war buddy's murder. During his investigation he encounters his friend's best girl, Lizabeth Scott in easily the best performance of her career. Dir. John Cromwell

11:00 PM

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941): How do I love this movie, let me count the ways… In arguably the first, and greatest, film noir, hard-boiled detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets caught up in the deadly search for a priceless statue. Along the way he tangles with a murderous liar (Mary Astor), a foppish thug (Peter Lorre) and an obese mastermind (Sydney Greenstreet). Director John Huston brilliantly adapted it from the Dashiell Hammett novel. Dir. John Huston

Sunday, August 21, 6:15 AM

THE LETTER (1940): Bette Davis gives a masterful performance as a married woman claiming self-defense in the murder of a fellow Britisher on her husband's rubber plantation in Malay. This succeeds both as a film noir and an incisive look into colonialism. Herbert Marshall gives a deeply empathetic performance as the loving husband. Watch for Victor Sen Yung as a solicitous lawyer's clerk. Dir. William Wyler

Sunday, August 21, 10:45 AM

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962) A crazed, aging star (Bette Davis) torments her sister (Joan Crawford) in a decaying Hollywood mansion. This beautiful Hollywood gothic noir features a duet of superbly fearless performances by two legendary actresses. Nominated for five Oscars, but only one win, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White for Norma Koch Dir. Robert Aldrich

Sunday, August 21, 11:15 PM

DEAD RINGER (1964): In this late era noir, Bette Davis stars as twins, the rich and mean Margaret and the other poor and put upon spinster Edith meet after many years at the funeral of Margaret's husband Frank. Edith snaps when she discovers from Margaret why Frank dumped her and married Margaret instead. Edith shoots her sister, takes her place and tries to make "Edith's" death look like a suicide. Edith's boyfriend, police sergeant Jim Hobbson (Karl Malden) and Margaret's lover Tony (Peter Lawford) soon complicates things. Dir. Paul Henreid

Monday, August 22, 5:00 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

Tuesday, August 23, 12:45 AM

NIGHT MUST FALL (1937): Young and charming Danny (Robert Montgomery) worms his way into elderly and wealthy Mrs. Bramosn's (Dame May Whitty) household. Her sexually repressed niece (Rosalind Russell) suspects him of larceny and possibly a local murder while being strongly attracted to him. What's in that hatbox? Dir. Richard Thorpe

Thursday, August 25, 3:15 PM

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

Friday, August 26, 3:00 AM

LURED (1947): In 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

Saturday, August 27, 11:15 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, August 29, 9:00 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. Dir. George Cukor

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 11:00 AM—2:15 PM

Jean Simmons Film Noir Double Bill

11:00 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

12:45 PM

SO LONG AT THE FAIR (1950): In this period piece Brit Noir, a woman (Jean Simmons) searches for her missing brother in Paris when he and the hotel room he was staying in disappear. Of course, no one else believes that he existed in the first place. Dir. Terence Fisher

Edward G. Robinson in The Stranger screening August 2;

Lucille Ball and Mark Stevens in The Dark Corner on August 2;

Hedy Lamarr and William Powell in Crossroads on August 10;

Hedy Lamarr in Experiment Perilous on August 10;

Hedy Lamarr in the rarely seen A Lady without a Passport on August 11;

Bilingual Bobby Henrey with Michèle Morgan in The Fallen Idol screening August 13;

Cyd Charisse is the Party Girl airing August 14;

Anne Baxter in a Brit noir, Chase a Crooked Shadow on August 17;

Director Phil Karlson's The Phenix City Story screening August 17;

Robert Ryan in one Robert Wise's classic boxing noir, The Set-Up on August 17;

Point Blank with Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson in late 60's San Francisco screening August 18;

Angie Dickinson in Cry Terror! on August 19;

On the set of Huston's Key Largo playing August 20;

Bette Davis starring in The Letter on August 21;

Over-the-top Davis v. Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane on August 21;

Davis doubles up in Dead Ringer airing August 21;

Audrey Totter and Robert Montgomery in Chandler adaptation, Lady in the Lake on August 22;

Van Johnson and Gloria De Haven in Scene of the Crime on August 25;

Lucille Ball with George Sanders in Lured on August 26;

Bruce Lee cameos in Marlowe starring James Garner screening August 27;

Boyer v. Bergman in Gaslight on August 29;

Mona Freeman and Jean Simmons in Angel Face on August 30.

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