Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: October 2015

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Sunday, October 4, 9:00 AM—5:00 PM

Film Noir Quadruple Feature

9:00 AM

THE KILLERS (1946): Expanded from the Hemmingway short story, two professional killers come to a small town looking for The Swede (Burt Lancaster). An insurance investigator (Edmond O'Brien) unravels the tangled skein of events that led up to the hit. Ava Gardner plays Kitty, the woman who led the Swede to his doom. Dir. Robert Siodmak

11:00 AM

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

1:30 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

3:15 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

Monday, October 5, 1:15 AM

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, October 6, 6:45 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

Friday, October 9, 9:00 AM —1:15 PM

Train Noir

9:00 AM

BERLIN EXPRESS (1948): Allied agents fight an underground Nazi group in post-war Europe. An American agricultural expert (Robert Ryan) finds himself caught up in the middle of the Allied spy hunt. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

10:30 AM

TERROR ON A TRAIN (1955): Birmingham's Chief Constable enlists the aid of retired Major Peter Lyncort (Glenn Ford), a former member of the Royal Canadian Engineers' bomb disposal unit, when the police find a bomb on a train filled with explosives. Lyncort's marital problems add more pressure to an already tense situation. Dir. Ted Tetzlaff

11:45 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

Saturday, October 10, 10:15 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

Sunday, October 11, 9:00 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

Friday, October 12, 3:00 AM—4:30 PM

Film Noir Marathon

3:00 AM

CAST A DARK SHADOW (1955): A charmer (Dirk Bogarde) decides to make his fortune by marrying and murdering older women. He meets his match when he plots against his latest victim (Margaret Lockwood). Dir. Lewis Gilbert

4:30 AM

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

6:30 AM

SUSPICION (1941): A handsome gambler Johnny Aysgarth (Cary Grant) pursues the shy and wealthy Lina McLaidlaw (Joan Fontaine). He courts and marries her. After the honeymoon she discovers unsettling things about his character. She becomes increasingly suspicious of him when Johnny's friend and business partner, Beaky (Nigel Bruce) dies mysteriously. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

8:30 AM

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

10:30 AM

DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954): A man (Ray Milland) hires a friend to murder his wealthy wife (Grace Kelly). His plan goes awry when she stabs the would-be-murderer. Then he decides he can still get rid of her, by eroding erode her self-defense claim. Her ex-lover (Robert Cummings) tries to save her. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

12:30 PM

POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946): In this tamed down adaptation of the James M. Cain novel; Lana Turner and John Garfield play the illicit lovers who plot to kill the woman's older husband. He wants her, she wants the restaurant. Things end badly. Dir. Tay Garnett

2:30 PM

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

Tuesday, October 13, 5:45 AM

THE NAKED KISS (1964): A prostitute (Constance Towers) moves to a small town and starts life over as a nurse's aide, working with sick children. She falls in love with the local scion (Michael Danter) who proposes to her. But she learns his terrible secret and finds herself at the mercy of the hypocritical justice system. Dir. Sam Fuller

Wednesday, October 14, 5:00 PM

LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945): Gene Tierney gives an astonishing, and Oscar nominated performance as Ellen, an insanely jealous woman. Ellen will stop at nothing to destroy anyone that she perceives as a threat to her being first place in her husband Richards's affections. The truth begins to dawn on Richard (Cornell Wilde) after a tragic "accident". When Ellen realizes that Richard no longer loves her, she designs the ultimate revenge. Based on the novel by Ben Ames (a highly recommended read). Dir. John M. Stahl

Friday, October 16, 11:15 AM

KIND LADY (1951): In this period noir, Ethel Barrymore stars as a wealthy art collector who takes in a young painter and his ill wife. When another couple shows up, things get ugly and she finds herself held captive in her own home. Dir. John Sturges

Friday, October 16, 6:45 PM

THE BAD SEED (1956): "What will you give me for a basket of kisses?" Based on the stage play adapted from the brilliant novel by William March, Army wife Christine (Nancy Kelly) suspects that her seemingly perfect little girl Rhoda (Patty McCormack) is a ruthless killer. Eileen Heckart shines in her Oscar nominated supporting role as the alcoholic mother of one of Rhoda's victims. This truly terrifying film will make you look twice at all cute little blonde girls. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy

Sunday, October 18, 9:00 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

Sunday, October 25, 11:15 AM

SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN (1941): Dashiell Hammett's hard drinking power couple Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) return for their fourth outing in MGM's sophisticated and witty whodunit series. This time, the pair investigates a murder at a racetrack with the help of their son Nick, Jr. and faithful wirehaired terrier Asta. Dir. W. S. Van Dyke II

Monday, October 26, 10:15 AM

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948): Two Americans (Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt) down and out in Mexico join forces with an old miner (Walter Huston) to hunt for gold in the Sierra Madre. They strike it big, but that's when the trouble begins, will greed lead them to their doom? Walter Huston won an Oscar for his supporting performance and his son and director John won two Oscars for best writing and direction. Dir. John Huston

Tuesday, October 27, 1:15 PM

THE THIRD MAN (1949): This fantastic film about a naive American, Joseph Cotten, investigating the death of his friend, Orson Welles, in post-World War II Vienna never loses its impact no matter how many times you watch it. "Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock". Director of Photography Robert Krasker won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White for the film. Dir. Carol Reed

Thursday, October 29, 10:45 AM—2:30 PM

Hitchcock Double Feature

10:45 AM

SUSPICION (1941): A handsome gambler Johnny Aysgarth (Cary Grant) pursues the shy and wealthy Lina McLaidlaw (Joan Fontaine). He courts and marries her. After the honeymoon she discovers unsettling things about his character. She becomes increasingly suspicious of him when Johnny's friend and business partner, Beaky (Nigel Bruce) dies mysteriously. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

12:30 PM

STAGE FRIGHT (1950): Jane Wyman may be 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

Friday, October 30, 6:30 PM—10:30 PM

Val Lewton Noir

6:30 PM

Martin Scorsese Presents, Val Lewton:  The Man In The Shadows (2007): This TCM original documentary looks at one of the most creative and imaginative producers of all time who created a timeless canon of beautiful and unsettling films on meager budgets including two supernatural noirs, The Leopard Man (1943) (Dir. Jacques Tourner) and The Seventh Victim (1943) (Dir. Mark Robson). Dir. Kent Jones

8:00 PM

THE 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

9:15 PM

THE LEOPARD MAN (1943): Legendary B horror producer Val Lewton strays into noir territory with this suspenseful tale of a leopard on the prowl for human prey in a small New Mexican town. The night club performer (Jean Brooks) responsible for letting the leopard loose and her manager (Dennis O'Keefe), who dreamed up the stunt, began to suspect that a man, and not the leopard, is actually responsible for the deaths of several young women. Based on Cornelll Woolrich's novel, Black Alibi. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster starr in Siodmak's The Killers screening October 4;

Angie Dickinson and Lee Marvin in the existential neo-noir, Point Blank on October 4;

Dan Duryea and Joan Bennett in Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street on October 5;

Ida Lupino-directed Outrage screens October 4;

"Train noir" starts with Jacques Tourneur's Berlin Express on October 9;

Joseph Cotton and Ingrid Bergman in Hitchcock's rarely screened Under Capricorn on October 10;

Anne Baxter on the set with Nat King Cole in Fritz Lang's The Blue Gardenia on October 11;

Lady killer Dirk Bogarde up against Margaret Lockwood in Brit-noir Cast a Dark Shadow on October 12;

A publicity shot with Robert Walker, Farley Granger and Ruth Roman in Strangers on a Train on October 13;

Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder screens October 12;

Actress Constance Towers gives director Sam Fuller a smooch on the set of The Naked Kiss airing October 13;

Technicolor noir with Gene Tierney and Cornell Wilde in Leave Her to Heaven

Ethel Barrymore in John Sturges Kind Lady on October 16

Patty McCormarck's place in cinema history secured by her performance in The Bad Seed screening October 16;

William Powell and Myrna Loy in Shadow of the Thin Man on October 25;

John Huston with father Walter Huston on the set of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre screening October 27.

Joseph Cotton with Orson Welles' pups on the set of The Third Man screening October 27;

Jane Wyman and Marlene Dietrich in Hitchcock's Stage Fright on October 29;

Jean Brooks on the run from a satanic sect in Val Lewton's darkly resonant The Seventh Victim.

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