Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: April 2017

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Saturday, April 1, 10:45 AM

VERTIGO (1958): An old friend hires ex-cop Scotty (Jimmy Stewart) to follow his beautiful but emotionally disturbed wife (Kim Novak) through the gorgeously shot streets of San Francisco. Stewart gives an intensely dark performance as Scotty spirals further and further into romantic obsession. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

NOIR ALLEY

Sunday, April 2, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Sunday, April 2, 9:00 AM

CALL NORTHSIDE 777 (1948): In this fact based film noir, a Chicago journalist (Jimmy Stewart) crusades to overturn the false conviction of a man (Richard Conte) serving a life sentence for a policeman's murder. Director: Henry Hathaway

Sunday, April 2, 3:00 PM

SONG OF THE THIN MAN (1947): This was the last outing for Nick (William Powell), Nora (Myrna Loy) and Asta Charles, they investigate the shooting of a band leader in New York. Gloria Grahame plays a sultry jazz singer whose romantic missteps lead to death, another foreshadowing of her career in noir. Dir. Edward Buzzell

Sunday, April 2, 9:00 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

Sunday, April 2, 5:00 PM

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1963): In this late era noir, an ex-G.I. (Frank Sinatra) slowly begins to realize that he was brainwashed by the Koreans while he was a P.O.W. He soon suspects that his former comrade in arms (Laurence Harvey), who is also the step-son of a presidential candidate, is being manipulated by the Communists. Dir. John Frankenheimer

Monday, April 3, 6:15 PM

BONNIE AND CLYDE 1967): In this critically acclaimed and deeply influential classic, the legendary bank robbers and lovers (Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway) embark on a crime spree during the Depression era Dust Bowl of the 1930s and become folk heroes. The film won two Oscars, Estelle Parsons for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Burnett Guffey for Best Cinematography, an additional eight nominations. Dir. Arthur Penn

Saturday, April 8, 7:45 PM

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

Sunday, April 9, 1:15 AM

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

NOIR ALLEY

Sunday, April 9, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Tuesday, April 11, 1:30 AM

DEAD OF NIGHT (1945): In this noir-stained horror anthology, predestination takes on Woolrichian proportions. Michael Redgrave started the whole evil ventriloquist trope with his masterful segment. This is not strictly a noir, but is a brilliant film, so please watch it. Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 10:45 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

NOIR ALLEY

Sunday, April 16, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Tuesday, April 18, 3:00 AM—5:00 PM

TCM goes a little mad

Here are the noirs...

5:00 AM

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955): Bogus preacher Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) marries an outlaw's widow (Shelly Winters in a stunning performance) in search of the dead man's hidden loot. The widow's son (Billy Chapin) sees through him, and tries to keep the secret of the treasure location and protect his mother, sister and himself from Powell. Lillian Gish plays the force of good in opposition to Mitchum's evil. Dir. Charles Laughton

10:30 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. The film won two Oscars, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ingrid Bergman and Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White for Cedric Gibbons, William Ferrari, Edwin B. Willis, Paul Huldschinsky, and earned five more nominations. Dir. George Cukor

12:30 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

3:00 PM

SHOCK CORRIDOR (1963): A reporter (Peter Breck) fakes insanity to crack a murder committed in an asylum. While there he meets a variety of inmates including a black man who's a white supremacist. He also finds himself at one point at the mercy of a group of nymphomaniacs. Dir. Samuel Fuller

Wednesday, April 19, 12:45 PM

EXPERIMENT ALCATRAZ (1951): A doctor (John Howard) testing drugs on convicts gets mixed up in a murder investigation. Dir. Edward L. Cahn

Thursday, April 20, 11:00 PM—3:00 AM

Noir through the Window

11:00 PM

REAR WINDOW (1954): A wheelchair-bound photographer passes the time of his disability by spying on his neighbors. One day he witnesses a murder. Or does he? This iconic mystery was adapted from a story by Cornell Woolrich and earned a Best Writing, Screenplay Oscar nomination for screenwriter John Michael Hayes. The film earned three more Oscar nods for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Color and Best Sound, Recording. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

1:15 AM

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

Friday, April 21, 12:45 PM

POSSESSED (1947): In this excellent examination of obsession, Joan Crawford gives a terrific—and Oscar nominated—performance as a married woman whose passion for a former love (Van Heflin) drives her mad. Raymond Massey plays her compassionate husband. Dir. Curtis Bernhardt

Friday, April 21, 9:00 PM

HUMORESQUE (1946): Noirish romance about an equally talented and narcissistic classical musician (John Garfield) from the New York slums who falls in love with wealthy neurotic (Joan Crawford) with expectedly problematic results. Crawford's performance as a self-destructive alcoholic raises the level of the film beyond its melodramatic script. Dir. Jean Negulesco

Saturday, April 22, 9:15 AM

THE F.B.I. STORY (1959): A dedicated FBI agent (Jimmy Stewart) thinks back on the agency's battles against the Klan, organized crime and Communist spies. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy

Saturday, April 22, 2:45 PM

FAMILY PLOT (1976): Lighthearted suspense film about a phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend who encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

NOIR ALLEY

Sunday, April 23, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Sunday, April 23, 2:45 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. Laughton's wife Elsa Lanchester plays the nurse trying to keep him on his diet and off the cigars and brandy. This first rate film features both one of Tyrone Power's and one of Marlene Dietrich's best performances Based on the play written by Agatha Christie, adapted from her own short story. Dir. Billy Wilder

Sunday, April 23, 7:00 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, April 24, 4:15 AM

THE MAN I LOVE 1947): In this rather soapy noir, singer Petey Brown (Ida Lupino) lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's (Robert Alda) nightclub while visiting her two sisters and brother, all of whom are in a rather remarkable amount of trouble, romantic and otherwise. While evading Toresca's unwanted advances, she falls for an ex-jazz pianist San Thomas (Bruce Bennett), who still carries a torch for his ex-wife. Will Sand start a new life with the songbird or run off to sea. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Monday, April 24, 6:00 AM

THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (1955): This quirky black comedy reverses the whodunit genre as multiple residents of a Vermont hamlet believe themselves responsible for Harry's death and the disposal of his body. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Wednesday, April 26, 8:15 AM

THE NAKED CITY (1948): A step-by-step look at a murder investigation on the streets of New York. Barry Fitzgerald plays the compassionate cop on the trail of a murder in this groundbreaking police procedural. Watch for noir regular and radio's Sam Spade, Howard Duff as the murdered girl's sleazy boyfriend. Dir. Jules Dassin

Wednesday, April 26, 10:45 PM

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967): In a small Mississippi town, racist Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) mistakenly accuses African American Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) of the recent murder of a prominent Northern industrialist. When Gillespie discovers that Tibbs is a Homicide detective from Philadelphia, he enlists his help to solve the murder. This groundbreaking neo-noir won five Oscars, including Best Picture. Dir. Norman Jewison

Thursday, April 27, 6:30 AM

THE MALTESE FALCON (1931): The first adaptation of the legendary pulp novel, made the year after Dashiell Hammett's landmark novel was published. This pre-Code adaptation flaunts a much sexier tone than John Huston's more famous 1941 version. It also features the best interpretation of Spade's secretary Effie, finely played by Una Merkel. Ricardo Cortez and Bebe Daniels star as Spade and Brigid. Dir. Roy Del Ruth.

Thursday, April 27, 12:30 PM

A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951): This sublime adaptation of Theodore Drieser's An American Tragedy is noir to the core, despite the gloss and glamour Paramount ladled on to make it a huge hit. A blue-collar social climber (Montgomery Clift) falls for a gorgeous society debutante (Elizabeth Taylor, at the peak of her beauty), but his plain, prole, and pregnant girlfriend (Shelley Winters) stands in the way of his personal American Dream. It won Oscars for best costumes, score, editing, cinematography, screenplay, and direction, yet somehow lost best picture to An American in Paris. Dir. George Stevens

NOIR ALLEY

Sunday, April 30, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

HE WALKED BY NIGHT (1948): In this noirish police procedural loosely based on real events, a burglar (Richard Basehart) fights to evade the police after killing a cop. Watch for a young Jack Webb as a forensic scientist. Webb's experiences working on set with the technical consultant inspired him to create Dragnet. The great cinematographer John Alton shot the film. Alton's frequent collaborator Anthony Mann reportedly took over direction of the film (without screen credit) early in the production. Dir. Alfred Werker

Monday, May 1, 6:30 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

TCM's April Fool's Day noir, Vertigo with Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak

Eddie Muller presents Fritz Lang's The Blue Gardenia on April 2's NOIR ALLEY

Richard Conte and Jimmy Stewart in Call Northside 777 on April 2

Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt on April 2

No consolation here: Angela Lansbury and Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate on April 2

Black Widow screens April 8

Anthony Perkins is Norman Bates in Psycho on April 9

Eddie Muller presents Scarlet Street on the April 9 NOIR ALLEY

Dead of Night starring Michael Redgrave on April 11

Oscar-winning Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce on April 14

Robert Ryan towers in The Set-up on the April 16 NOIR ALLEY

Robert Mitchum ins The Night of the Hunter screening April 18

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford airing April 18

Sam Fuller's disturbing Shock Corridor on April 18

Experiment Alcatraz on April 19

Bobby Driscoll, Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman starring in The Window on April 20

Joan Crawford and John Garfield on the set of Humoresque screening April 21

Jimmy Stewart in The F.B.I. Story on April 22

Hitchcock's final film, The Family Plot, on April 22

Eddie Muller presents Jules Dassin's Brute Force starring Burt Lancaster on the April 23 NOIR ALLEY

Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster in The Sweet Smell of Success on April 23

Ida Lupino in The Man I Love on April 24

Jules Dassin's The Naked City on April 26

Oscar-winning In the Heat of the Night on April 26

Montgomery Cliff and Liz Taylor star in A Place in the Sun on April 27

Eddie Muller presents He Walked by Night on April 30's NOIR ALLEY

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