Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: August 2015

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Saturday, August 1, 3:00 AM—Sunday, August 2, 3:00 AM

24-Hour Salute to
Gene Tierney

9:15 AM

BLACK WIDOW (1954): A theatrical producer (Van Heflin) is suspected of cheating with and then murdering a young, attractive and devious aspiring writer. You'd think the fact he's married to Gene Tierney would have cleared him! Ginger Roger gives an outstanding performance as the actress come diva that lives upstairs. George Raft investigates the murder. Dir: Nunnally Johnson

11:00 AM

WHIRLPOOL (1949): A beautiful kleptomaniac (Gene Tierney) seeks help from a hypnotist (José Ferrer) and soon finds herself accused of murdering of his previous clients and with no memory of what actually happened. Can her psychoanalyst husband (Richard Conte) help her find the truth? Dir. Otto Preminger

12:45 PM

LAURA (1944): In this film noir based on the Vera Caspary novel, dedicated detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates the death of the beautiful Laura (Gene Tierney), brutally gunned down at the door of her flat. As he interviews her friends and lovers, a complicated portrait of her emerges and he finds himself falling for the deceased girl. Clifton Webb and Vincent Price give outstanding performances as two bickering rivals for Laura's affections. Joseph LaShelle won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White for his work on the film. Dir. Otto Preminger

9:00 PM

ADVISE & CONSENT (1962): The President of the United States (Franchot Tone) nominates the controversial Robert A. Leffingwell (Henry Fonda) to the post of Secretary of State. The political machinations began immediately as the Senate debates whether or not to confirm the appointment. A ruthless politician, dead set against Leffingwell, tries to blackmail junior Senator Brig Anderson (Don Murrary) the chair of the subcommittee reviewing the appointment, by threatening to reveal his homosexual past. Dir. Otto Preminger

Sunday, August 2, 9:00 PM

HUSH… HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964): Southern Gothic horror meets film noir in this tale of a possibly mad woman, Charlotte of the title, Bette Davis, who hopes that the arrival of her cousin, Olivia de Havilland, might mean an ally in her fight to keep the government from seizing her home. Charlotte's instability and isolation stem from the night 37 years before when someone beheaded her married lover. Dir: Robert Aldrich

Tuesday, August 4, 12:00 AM

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

Tuesday, August 4, 6:15 AM

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

Tuesday, August 4, 7:15 PM

SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943): In Hitchcock's personal favorite of his films, "Young Charlie" (Teresa Wright), a young woman in a sleepy small town, comes to fear that her beloved Uncle Charlie 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

Thursday, August 6, 3:00 AM—Friday, August 7, 3:00 AM

24-Hour Salute to Michael Caine

Here are the noirs....

8:45 AM

PULP (1972): A pulp fiction novelist (Michael Caine) fights to survive an assignment to ghost write a controversial star's memoirs. Mickey Rooney plays Preston Gilbert, the gangster film actor with real life mob ties. Noir goddess Lizabeth Scott plays his flirtatious ex-wife. Dir. Mike Hodges

9:00 PM

GET CARTER (1971): Fantastic and brutal neo-gangster-noir. Ruthless gun-for-hire Carter (Michael Caine) searches for the truth behind his brother's death. Director Hodges went on to make another great gangster revenge picture thirty years later I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003) with Clive Owen. Dir. Mike Hodges

Saturday, August 8, 1:00 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

Sunday, August 9, 5:00 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

Monday, August 10, 3:00 AM—Tuesday, August 11, 3:00 PM

24-Hour Salute to Joan Crawford

8:45 PM

THE DAMNED DON'T CRY (1950): Fed up with her small-town marriage and life of drudgery, Ethel Whitehead (Joan Crawford) goes after the big time and by sleeping with a series of mafiasi. This fantastic film noir fable, a thinly-veiled version of the life story of gangster's moll Virginia Hill, is perhaps a truer depiction of the real Joan Crawford than Mommie Dearest (1981). Right up there with Mildred Pierce as one of Crawford's finest Warner Bros. melodramas. With Steve Cochran, Kent Smith, and veteran Joan-foil David Brian. Dir. Vincent Sherman.

10:45 PM

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

Wednesday, August 12, 3:00 AM—Thursday, August 13, 3:00 AM

24-Hour Salute to Robert Mitchum

Here are the noirs....

5:00 AM

MY FORBIDDEN PAST (1951): In turn-of-the-century New Orleans, a beauty (Ava Garnder) with a skeleton in her closet seeks revenge on her old flame (Robert Mitchum) who married another woman (Janis Carter) while away in South America for two years. Dir. Robert Stevenson

11:45 AM

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) but falls for his wife (Susan Hayward). As one would expect, complications ensue. Dir. Nicholas Ray

7:45 PM

THUNDER ROAD (1958): A fast-driving moonshiner (Robert Mitchum) locks horns with a Chicago gangster. Mitchum's son James plays his younger brother who wants to follow in his footsteps. Jazz legend, Keely Smith co-stars. Dir. Arthur Ripley

Friday, August 21, 10:00 AM

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

Saturday, August 22, 3:00 AM—Sunday, August 23, 3:00 AM

24-Hour Salute to Marlene Dietrich

Here are the noirs....

11:45 AM

STAGE FRIGHT ((1950): Jane Wyman maybe the star of the film, but Marlene Dietrich walks away with it. Wyman plays a mousey RADA student out to clear her crush, Jonathan (Richard Todd) suspected of murdering the husband of a glamorous actress-singer (Dietrich). Things get complicated when she falls for the detective, "Ordinary" Smith (Michael Wilding) who is searching for Jonathan. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

5:00 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. This first rate film features both one of Tyrone Power's and one of Marlene Dietrich's best performances. Dir. Billy Wilder

11:00 PM

MANPOWER (1941): Power linemen and best friends Hank (Edward G. Robinson) and Johnny (George Raft) feud over Hank's wife (Marlene Dietrich). Life imitated art during the production of this film; the two actors did tussle over Dietrich. Raft won. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Monday, August 24, 5:00 PM

BADLANDS (1973): After a charismatic James Dean wannabe (Martin Sheen) kills her dad, a baton-twirling teen (Sissy Spaceck) decides to join him on a shooting spree through Montana's badlands. It's loosely based on the Starkweather-Fugate killings of the 1950's which also inspired Bruce Springsteen's album Badlands and the key back story in Peter Jackson's The Frighteners (1996).

Tuesday, August 25, 1:30 AM

CHANDLER (1971): Warren Oates plays the eponymous lead in this gritty neo-noir. He plays a security guard who revamps his PI business when a couple of Feds ask him to locate a witness for an organized crime trial. Noir stalwarts Charles McGraw and Gloria Grahame contribute supporting performances. Dir. Paul Magwood

Tuesday, August 25, 3:00 AM

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

Friday, August 28—Saturday, August 29

24-Hour Salute to Ingrid Bergman

Here's the noirs.

5:00 AM

UNDER CAPRICORN (1949): In this Australian set period piece, Sam Fluseky (Joseph Cotton) visits his beautiful and unhappily married cousin (Ingrid Bergman). He helps her quit drinking and in doing so unleashes a storm of jealousy and secrets. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

7:00 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

11:00 PM

RAGE IN HEAVEN (1941): A jealous man (Robert Montgomery in a rare bad guy role) plots to fake his own death and incriminate his wife's (Ingrid Bergman) and her suspected lover—the always dependable George Sanders in a rare good guy role. Dir. W.S. Van Dyke II

Saturday, August 29, 9:00 AM

ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959): In this drily witty courtroom drama, based on real events, a small-town lawyer (James Stewart) more interested in fishing and playing the piano then practicing law gets the case of a lifetime when he defends a soldier (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering the man who beat and raped his flirtatious wife (Lee Remick). Eve Arden once again does a lot with a small part as his long suffering secretary. Duke Ellington composed the jazz score. Dir. Otto Preminger

Monday, August 31, 3:00 AM—Tuesday, September 1, 3:00 AM

24-Hour Salute to Shelley Winters

3:00 AM

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. His investigation also leads him to Shelley Winters as a faded starlet. Janet Leigh plays his estranged wife whom Harper still loves. Dir. Jack Smight

11:30 AM

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 na´ve young woman (Shelley Winters). She falls in love with him, complicating further a tense hostage situation. Dir. John Berry

1:00 PM

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. Especially when they pick up a taxi dancer (Shelley Winters) who causes considerable tension and then falls in love with Roy. W.R. Burnett based his screenplay on his own novel High Sierra, previously adapted by John Huston and him in 1941 for Raoul Walsh's film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino. Dir. Stuart Heisler

3:00 PM

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW (1959): Desperation forces a racist ex-con, the always great and always scary Robert Ryan, and a black gambler (Harry Belafonte) to plan a bank robbery together. Loads of tension ensues. Gloria Grahame and Shelly Winters co-star. Dir. Robert Wise

TCM's tribute to Gene Tierney commences August 2 with Black Widow;

Olivia de Havilland pairs with Bette Davis in Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte on August 2;

Director Anthony Mann teams with cinematographer Paul Vogel for The Tall Target starring Dick Powell airing August 4;

Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright together again in The Steel Trap, nine years after Shadow of a Doubt, both films airing August 4;

The late Lizabeth Scott and Michael Cane in Pulp on August 6;

On the set of Vincent Minelli's Undercurrent screening August 8;

Robert Walker, Ruth Roman and Farley Granger in Hitchcock's Stranger on a Train on August 9;

Kent Smith and Joan Crawford in The Damned Don't Cry on August 11;

Robert Mitchum in Thunder Road screening August 12;

Audrey Hepburn stars in the thriller, Wait until Dark, on August 21

George Raft pairs with Marlene Dietrich in Manpower on August 21;

Gloria Grahame plays a supporting role in Chandler on August 25;

Hitchcock's lesser known Under Capricorn screens August 28;

Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder on August 29;

Shelley Winters and John Garfield in He Ran All the Way on August 31

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