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Film Noir and Neo Noir on TV October 2014

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Friday, October 3, 9:00 PM

BEAT THE DEVIL In this humorous crime film, six professional thieves, all on the trail of a piece of African land supposedly containing a valuable uranium deposit in Africa, cross paths with a seemingly guileless British couple (Jenifer Jones and Edward Underdown) while stranded in Italy. Double crosses and romantic entanglements stir things up. The thieves include Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Robert Morley and Gina Lollobrigida. Dir. John Huston

Saturday, October 4, 3:00 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

Saturday, October 4, 12:00 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

Saturday, October 4, 7:00 PM

THE LADY VANISHES (1938): A young bride-to-be (Margaret Lockwood), traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), who then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Sunday, October 5, 5:15 AM

GREEN FOR DANGER (1946): In this taught Brit noir, a Scotland Yard inspector (Alistair Sim) investigates two deaths at a rural English hospital during. Trevor Howard and Sally portray two of the suspected hospital staff. WWII. Dir. Sidney Gilliat.

Tuesday, October 7, 4:45 AM—8:00 AM

Classic Noir Double

4:45 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 (Herbert Marshall) rubber plantation in Malay. This succeeds both as a film noir and an incisive look into colonialism. Watch for Victor Sen Yung as a solicitous lawyer's clerk. Dir. William Wyler

6:30 AM

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941): How do I love this movie? Let me count the ways… 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), an effete thug (Peter Lorre) and a fat mastermind (Sydney Greenstreet). Director John Huston brilliantly adapted it from the Dashiell Hammett novel. Dir. John Huston

Tuesday, October 7, 10:15 AM—5:00 PM

Noir Marathon

10:15 AM

THE UNFAITHFUL (1947): Pulp writer David Goodis penned the screenplay for this clever reworking of Somerset Maughn's The Letter. A married woman (Ann Sheridan) kills a man in self-defense. Her lawyer (Lew Ayres) soon discovers the murdered man was the woman's lover. The story transcends its noirish trappings, to reveal a fine drama about war time marriage and infidelity. Highly recommended. Dir. Vincent Sherman

12:15 PM

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

3:30 PM

A KISS BEFORE DYING (1956): A wealthy young woman (Virginia Leith) falls in love with the fiancé (Robert Wagner) of her dead sister (Joanne Woodward), not realizing that he's responsible for her sister's death, an apparent suicide. Will she find out the truth before it is too late? Dir. Gerd Oswald

Thursday, October 9, 10:30 AM—1:45PM

Noir Triple Bill

10:30 AM

MURDER, MY SWEET (1944): The film that graduated Dick Powell from romantic musical lead to noir tough guy. Raymond Chandler's detective and knight errant, Philip Marlowe's (Powell) search for a two-timing woman (Claire Trevor) leads him to blackmail and murder. Mike Mazurki, in a standout performance, plays the dope that hires Marlowe to find her. "Cute as pants." Dir. Edward Dmytryk

12:15 PM

BLUES IN THE NIGHT (1941): In this noir musical, an all white jazz quintet dedicated themselves to playing the blues hoping from joint to joint in the South. A shady club owner (Lloyd Nolan) brings them to his road house in New Jersey to be his house band. Love, deception, betrayal, failure, success and madness follow. Dir. Anatole Litvak

3:30 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

Friday, October 10, 3:30 PM

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. Dir. Lewis Allen

Sunday, October 12, 5:00 PM—9:00PM

Joseph Cotten & Teresa Wright Double Feature

5:00 PM

SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943): A young girl (Teresa Wright) fears her favorite uncle may be a killer, Joseph Cotten in the best performance of his career. "Do you know the world is a foul sty? Do you know, if you rip off the fronts of houses, you'd find swine? The world's a hell. What does it matter what happens in it?" Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

7:00 PM

THE STEEL TRAP (1952): Jim Osborne (Joseph Cotten), an assistant manager of a bank, decides to steal a million from his employers on a Friday, figuring that he can escape to Brazil over the weekend to start a new life with no one the wiser until Monday. He takes his unsuspecting wife (Teresa Wright) with him. When she discovers the theft during what she believes to be a vacation, she tries to persuade him to return the money to the bank before it's too late. Dir. Andrew Stone

Thursday, October 16, 6:00 AM

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

Sunday, October 19, 2:45 PM

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (1940): An American reporter (Joel McCrea) covering the war in Europe gets mixed up in the assassination of a Dutch diplomat which leads to his uncovering a political conspiracy with the aid of a politician's daughter (Laraine Day) and a chap named ffolliott "with two small'f's" (George Sanders), his rival for the girl's affection. Tremendously entertaining film with several vintage Hitchcock set pieces. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Sunday, October 19, 5:00PM—9:30PM

Complicated Women

5:00 PM

MARNIE (1964): A forceful millionaire (Sean Connery) blackmails a beautiful thief (Tippi Hedren) who attempted to rob him into marrying him. He tries to unravel the mystery of her compulsion to steal. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

7:30 PM

JULIE (1956): A stewardess (Doris Day) is stalked by her psychotic estranged second husband (Louis Jordan) whom she now suspects murdered her first husband. Dir. Andrew L. Stone

Monday, October 20, 6:15 AM

SIDE STREET (1941): Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. He finds love along the way with a girl (Priscilla Lane) whose positive he's guilty. Can he clear himself and win her love? The film is full of quirky touches (my favorite an abductee is charged for a milkshake by her captors), unusual supporting characters (Norman Lloyd and Otto Kruger among others), and some outstanding set pieces, including the famous Statue of Liberty finale. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, October 20, 5:00 PM

SABOTEUR Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. He finds love along the way with a girl (Priscilla Lane) whose positive he's guilty. Can he clear himself and win her love? The film is full of quirky touches (my favorite an abductee is charged for a milkshake by her captors), unusual supporting characters (Norman Lloyd and Otto Kruger among others), and some outstanding set pieces, including the famous Statue of Liberty finale. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Tuesday, October 21: 5 PM—3:30 AM

TCM Salutes Edgar G. Ulmer

Here are the noirs:

6:15 PM (repeats at 2:00 AM)

EDGAR G. ULMER: THE MAN OFF-SCREEN (2004): This documentary focuses mainly on the personal life of the Poverty Row director who gave us numerous low budget classics including Detour. The film compriese interviews with well-known filmmakers and admirers of the director, Roger Corman, Peter Bogdanovich, Wim Wenders, Joe Dante, with the actors and actresses who worked with him and Ulmers's daughter, Arianne Ulmer as well as film clips. Dir. Michael Palm

10:15 PM

MURDER IS MY BEAt (1955): Two detectives (Paul Langton and Robert Shayne) who are also best friends investigate the murder of a business man whose face and hands are burnt beyond recognition. The dead man's girlfriend (Barbara Peyton) is immediately suspected but one of the cops begins to doubt the mounting evidence against her. Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer

11:45 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

Thursday, October 23, 9:30AM—1:15PM

Spy Noir Double Feature

9:30 AM

SABOTEUR (19410: Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. He finds love along the way with a girl (Priscilla Lane) whose positive he's guilty. Can he clear himself and win her love? The film is full of quirky touches (my favorite an abductee is charged for a milkshake by her captors), unusual supporting characters (Norman Lloyd and Otto Kruger among others), and some outstanding set pieces, including the famous Statue of Liberty finale. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

11:30 AM

THE 39 STEPS (1935): When a beautiful double agent he was trying to help gets killed, and he stands accused of the crime, vacationing Canadian Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) must go on the run across the U.K. both to save himself and to stop a spy ring trying to steal top-secret information. Along the way he handcuffs himself to lovely lass (Madeline Caroll) who thinks he's a bad'un. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, October 27, 9:30 AM

MILDRED PIERCE (1945): Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her performance as a woman who builds herself up from grass widow to successful restaurateur in a desperate effort to win the love of the most ungrateful brat in the history of cinema, her daughter Veda, brilliantly played by Ann Blyth. A marriage of convenience, adultery and murder ensue. At least Mildred has the greatest best friend ever, a wisecracking Eve Arden. Based on the James M. Cain story. Dir. Michael Curtiz

Wednesday, October 29, 9:30 AM—5:00 PM

All Day Noir Marathon!

Call in sick, unplug the phone and order in.

9:30 AM

THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH (1947): A shell shocked coastguardsman (Robert Ryan) falls for a married woman (Joan Bennett) trapped in a loveless marriage to a renowned artist that she accidently blinded during a drunken fight. He begins to suspect that her husband (Charles Bickford) may actually be able to see. Dir. Jean Renoir

10:45 AM

THE CROOKED WAY (1949): A war hero (John Payne) with amnesia finds himself paying for his forgotten sins as a gangster. Is it too late to redeem himself? Dir. Robert Florey

12:15 PM

OUTRAGE (1950): In this hybrid of social-commentary and noir, director Ida Lupino sympathetically explores a young woman's emotional and social struggles after being raped. Dir. Ida Lupino

1:30 PM

MARNIE (1964): A forceful millionaire (Sean Connery) blackmails a beautiful thief (Tippi Hedren) who attempted to rob him into marrying him. He tries to unravel the mystery of her compulsion to steal. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

3:45 PM

THE DICK CAVETT SHOW: ALFRED HITCHCOCK (1972): Alfred Hitchcock appears in an episode of The Dick Cavett Show that originally aired June 8, 1972.

Wednesday, October 29, 5:00 PM—1:00 AM

An Evening with Janet Leigh

5:00 PM

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

7:00 PM

TOUCH OF EVIL (1958): Orson Welles' masterpiece about a narcotics agent (Charlton Heston) who unintentionally put his wife (Janet Leigh) in grave danger when he investigates a crooked cop (Orson Welles). Utterly fantastic supporting role by Marlene Dietrich as a Mexican Gypsy whore- no, really, I mean it. Dir. Orson Welles

9:00 PM

ACT OF VIOLENCE (1949): An embittered veteran (Robert Ryan) tracks down Frank R. Enley, a POW camp informer (Van Heflin) now a respected member of his community who is accepted as a war hero by everyone in his town including his wife (Janet Leigh). Mary Astor steals the film as the boozy bar fly and prostitute trying to help Enley. Dir. Fred Zinnemann

10:45 PM

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. Janet Leigh plays his estranged wife whom Harper still loves. Dir. Jack Smight

Thursday, October 30, 12:45 PM

I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE FBI (1951): Frank Lovejoy stars as Matt Cvetic a steel worker, union representative and Communist. Unbeknownst to anyone, even his own family, Matt is actually an undercover FBI agent out to destroy the Communists infiltrating Pittsburgh. Based on a true story and employing real locations, the film was nominated in the best documentary features category at that year's Oscars. The same source material, a series of autobiographical pieces by Cvetic that appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, was later turned into a best-selling book and a radio series starring Dan Andrews. Dir. Gordon Douglas

Huston's all-star cast in Beat the Devil screens October 3;

Bogart and Bacall on the set of Dark Passage screening October 4;

Karl Boehm as a voyeuristic killer in Peeping Tom airing October 4;

Sally Stewart, Margaret Lockwood, Alfred Hitchcock & Googie Withers on the set of the Lady Vanishes playing October 4;

Brit Noir Green for Danger airing October 5;

Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall in The Letter playing October 7;

Director Vincent Sherman, costume designer Travilla and star Ann Sheridan on the set of The Unfaithful on October 7;

"There's no turning back" with Faith Domergue and Robert Mitchum in Where Danger Lives on October 7;

Noir musical, Blues in the Night on October 9;

Obsessive-compulsive Loraine Day vis-a-vis Robert Mitchum in The Locket on October 9;

Edward G. Robinson and Jayne Mansfield in Illegal on October 10;

Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten in Hitchcock's masterpiece, Shadow of a Doubt on October 12;

Ella Fitzgerald on the set of Pete Kelley's Blues airing October 16;

Alfred Hitchcock on the set with Tippi Hedren in Marnie airing October 19;

Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell in Anthony Mann's Sidestreet on October 20;

Anne Savage vs. Tom Neal in Edgar G. Ulmer's Detour screening October 21;

Hitchcock's 1935 classic The 39 Steps on October 23;

Joan Crawford's Oscar-winning performance in Mildred Pierce on October 27;

WWII veteran Robert Ryan on a payback mission in Act of Violence on October 29;

Frank Lovejoy in I Was a Communist for the FBI on October 30.

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