Film Noir and Neo Noir on TV: March 2015

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Thursday, March 5, 6:00 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

Saturday, March 7, 5:00 AM

ACT OF MURDER (1948): Calvin Cooke (Fredric March), a "letter of the law" judge, is forced to negotiate murky waters when his wife develops a fatal illness and the excruciating pain she suffers makes him contemplate a mercy killing. Noir stalwart Edmond O'Brien plays his potential son-in-law, an attorney who thinks circumstances are as important as acts in criminal actions. Dir. Michael Gordon

Saturday, March 7, 1:15 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

Sunday, March 8, 5:30 AM

GUN CRAZY (1949): In this justly famous noir, a gun obsessed reform school graduate (John Dall) meets the girl of his dreams, a circus sharp shooter (Peggy Cummins). They get married in a fever, but she gets fed up living without the finer things of life. The two go on a crime spree, but her blood lust had fatal consequences. Dir. Joseph H. Lewis

Sunday, March 8, 1:30 PM

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957): A desperate press agent (Tony Curtis) stoops to new depths to help an egotistical columnist (Burt Lancaster) in an emotionally repugnant, but brilliant, performance, break up his sister's romance. Suitably noirish cinematography by James Wong Howe and an acidic script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman combine with an excellent cast to deliver a remarkable film. Dir. Alexander Mackendrick

Monday, March 09, 7:30 PM

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (1968): A bored tycoon (Steve McQueen) turns to bank robbery and courts the insurance investigator (Faye Dunaway) assigned to bring him in. Hard to decide which of the leads is prettier. Dir. Norman Jewison

Wednesday, March 11, 3:00 AM—3:30 PM

Noir Marathon

Call in sick and turn off the phone!

3:00 AM

STAGE FRIGHT (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 the daughter (Laraine Day) of a prominent politician (Herbert Marshall) and a chap named ffolliott "with two small 'f's" (George Sanders), his rival for the girl's affection. This tremendously entertaining film features several vintage Hitchcock set pieces. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

5:00 AM

MINISTRY OF FEAR (1944): A recently released mental patient (Ray Milland) finds himself embroiled in a fantastic espionage plot after getting his fortune told at a fete. Watch for a wonderfully chilling performance by Dan Duryea as a conspiratorial tailor. Dir. Fritz Lang

6:45 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

8:30 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. Dir. George Cukor

10:00 AM

OBSESSION (1949): In this Brit noir (aka The Hidden Room), 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 Superintendent 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

11:45 AM

VICTIM (1961): Brit noir meets social consciousness in this fine drama. Closeted and married barrister Melville Farr (Dirk Bogarde) risks both his career and personal life to expose the blackmailers who prey on gay men afraid of England's criminal prosecution of homosexuals and who drove his friend to suicide. Dir. Basil Dearden

1:30 PM

BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING (1965): In this 1960's post noir, based on the novel by Evelyn Piper, a distraught mother (Carol Lynley) searches for her daughter, while the police, led by a seasoned detective (Laurence Olivier), question the girl's very existence. Is she just a figment of the woman's imagination? Dir. Otto Preminger

Saturday, March 14, 4:00 AM — 7:00 AM

Noir Double Feature

4:00 AM

KILLER'S KISS Boxer Davey (Davey Gordon) becomes entangled with taxi dance Gloria (Irene Kane) drawing the wrath of her boss/gangster Rapallo (Frank Silvera) who is obsessed with her. This is director Stanley Kubrick's second feature and his first foray into film noir. Dir. Stanley Kubrick

5:15 AM

THE BIG CLOCK (1948): A corrupt publisher, Charles Laughton, tries to frame a career-driven editor, Ray Milland, for murder. 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

Sunday, March 15, 12:30 AM

IN COLD BLOOD (1967) Bleak adaptation of Truman Capote's ground-breaking true crime book. Two men (Robert Blake and Scott Wilson) brutally murder a small town Kansas family, thinking that ten thousand dollars is hidden in the house. They flee with the forty-three dollars they actually found, and the FBI hunts them. Dir. Richard Brooks

Monday, March 16, 8:45 AM — 1:15PM

Noir Double Feature

8:45 AM

SABOTEUR (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) who's 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

10:45 AM

THE WAGES OF FEAR  (1953) Aka Le Salaire de la peur. Four men, trapped in a pestilent South American village, agree to transport a dangerous shipment of nitroglycerine through treacherous terrain. This existentialist action movie is arguably the most suspenseful film ever made. Yves Montand and Charles Vanel star, and earn every cent. Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot

Friday, March 20, 7:00 AM

HIGHWAY 301 (1950): Steve Cochran is a cold-blooded outlaw leading the Tri-State Gang on a robbery and murder spree through Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. The film combines the popular early-1950s "documentary" approach with flashes of wildly stylized and (for the time) graphic violence Dir. Andrew L. Stone

Sunday, March 22, 5:00 AM

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

Monday, March 23, 3:00 AM — 5:00 PM

TCM Salutes Joan Crawford

Here are the noirs...

5:15 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

12:45 PM

HUMORESQUE 1946): Noirish tale of a classical musician, John Garfield, from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy neurotic, Joan Crawford. Dir. Jean Negulesco

3:00 PM

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

Tuesday, March 24, 11:15 PM

WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967): In this film adaption of the hit Broadway play, a commercial artist (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) unknowingly brings a stash of heroin into his home. Bad guys (Richard Crenna, Alan Arkin and Jack Weston) trace the dope to him. They trick him into leaving the house, but, unfortunately, his blind wife (Audrey Hepburn) is there alone. Dir. Terence Young

Wednesday, March 25, 5:00 PM — 3:30 AM

TCM Salutes Ann Sothern

Here are the noirs...

8:45 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

10:30 PM

SHADOW ON THE WALL (1950): Six year old Susan is left mute by the sight of her stepmother Celia's murder. The police arrest her father (Zachary Scott) who can't remember what happened on the fateful night. His sister-in-law Dell (Ann Sothern) knows the truth and although tormented by guilt, will not speak out. A kindly psychiatrist (Nancy Davis) may be able to both bring back Susan's voice and discover what really happened to Celia. Dir. Patrick Jackson

Thursday, March 26, 5:00 PM — 2:30 PM

Brit Noir Marathon

Four noirs from Hammer Studios followed by two Brit neo-noirs

5:00 PM

HEAT WAVE (1954): Aka The House Across the Lake. A down-on-his-luck American writer (Alex Nicol) becomes entangled with a lascivious blonde (Hilary Brooke) who wants to kill her husband (Sidney James). Look for TV's original Miss Marple Joan Hickson in a supporting role. Dir. Ken Hughes

6:30 PM

PAID TO KILL (1954): Aka Five Days. Jim (Dane Clark) blackmails his friend Paul (Paul Carpenter) to murder him after a deal falls through, bankrupting his company and himself. Jim wants his wife to be provided for by the large life insurance policy that he has taken out. Then the deal unexpectedly revives, leaving Jim to try to stop his own murder. Dir. Montgomery Tully

8:00 PM

THE GAMBLER AND THE LADY (1952): Aka In the Money. An ambitious American in London with ties to illegal gaming (Dana Clark) wants to leave his old way of life and his nightclub dancer girlfriend (Kathleen Byron) after falling for a beautiful toff (Naomi Chance) who seems to be his key for gaining acceptance to high society. Complications ensue. Dir. Patrick Jenkins & Sam Newfield

9:30 PM

DEAD ON COURSE (1952): Aka Wings of a Dreamer. After his girlfriend's brother goes missing while flying cargo, American pilot Richard "Van" Vaness (Zachary Scott) reluctantly helps the local police investigate a myriad of criminal activities that the missing pilot seemed to be involved with. Dir. Terence Fisher

11:00 PM

PULP (1972): A pulp fiction novelist (Michael Caine) fights to survive an assignment to ghost write a controversial star's memoirs. Mickey Rooney plays the gangster film actor with real life mob ties. Dir. Mike Hodges

1:00 AM

GUMSHOE (1971): In this loving tribute to the detective genre, a Liverpool nightclub emcee and budding comic, Albert Finney, tries to turn private eye and gets mixed up in a smuggling case. All in the hopes of writing a book like Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Dir. Stephen Frears

Sunday, March 29, 7:30 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

Sunday, March 30

Noir Double Feature

12:00 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 AM

THE KILLER IS LOOSE (1956): A seemingly mild mannered embezzler (Wendell Corey), recently released from prison, tries to avenge his wife's accidental shooting by Detective Sam Wagner (Joseph Cotton) by killing Sam's wife (Rhonda Fleming). Can Sam stop him? Dir. Budd Boetticher

Monday, April 1, 1:30 AM

ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (1958) Aka L'Ascenseur pour l'échafaud: 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

Jean Brooks teeters on the edge in Val Lewton's darkly poetic Seventh Victim on March 5;

An Act of Murder starring Edmond O'Brien and Frederic March screens March 7;

Hitch coaches Janet Leigh on the set of Psycho, airing March 7;

John Dall and Peggy Cummins star in Gun Crazyairing March 8;

Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success on March 8;

Faye Dunaway vis-a-vis Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair on March 9;

Lucille Ball and Boris Karloff in Lured on March 11;

Dirk Bogarde stars in the ground-breaking Victim on March 11;

Stanley Kubrick's second, darkly atmospheric feature film, Killer's Kiss, airing March 14;

Robert Blake in Richard Brooks' adaptation of the Capote's In Cold Blood on March 15;

Charles Vanel and Yves Montand star in Clouzot's thriller, The Wages of Fear, on March 16;

Glenn Ford and a luminous Rita Hayworth in Gilda airing March 20;

Joan Crawford and John Garfield in Humoresque on March 23;

Audrey Hepburn home but not alone in the thriller, Wait until Dark, airing March 24;

Shadow on the Wall with Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott, and Nancy Davis screening March 25;

Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney together in Pulp on March 26;

Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles on the set of The Lady from Shanghai screening March 29;

Ida Lupino, director Fritz Lang and Dan Andrews on the set of While the City Sleeps on March 30;

Jeanne Moreau and Miles Davis publicize Elevator to the Gallows, airing April 1.





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