Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: September 2016

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Thursday, September 1, 11:30 AM

THE LONE WOLF STRIKES (1940): Retired gentleman thief Michael Lanyard (Warren William), aka the Lone Wolf, helps recover a priceless pearl necklace that has been stolen from a murdered friend of a friend. The murdered man's daughter complicates matters for him. Dir. Sidney Salkow

Friday, Sept 2, 3:15 AM — 5:00 PM

The Falcon Marathon

3:15 AM

THE GAY FALCON (1942): Gay Lawrence (George Sanders), the debonair sleuth known as "The Falcon," foresakes his crime-solving and skirt-chasing efforts for a Wall Street brokerage in order to appease his fiancée, Elinor Benford (Anne Hunter). However, it doesn't last. The police arrest his assistant Goldy (Allen Jenkins) and he has to find the real culprit. Legendary noir cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca lensed the film. Dir. Irving Reis

4:30 AM

A DATE WITH THE FALCON (1941): Gentleman detective Gay Lawrence (George Sanders) has 12 hours to find a cache of synthetic diamonds and still make it to the airport in time to travel for a visit with the family of his long suffering fiancée, Elinor Benford (Anne Hunter). Dir. Irving Reis

5:45 AM

THE FALCON TAKES OVER (1942): The Falcon (George Sanders) replaces Phillip Marlowe in this adaptation of Raymond Chandler's pulp classic, Farewell, My Lovely. The Falcon still has his sidekick Goldy (Allen Jenkins) and his friend on the force, Inspector Mike O'Hare (James Gleason). Ward Bond co-stars as Moose Malloy. Dir. Irving Reis

7:00 AM

THE FALCON'S BROTHER (1942): Gay Lawrence, aka "The Falcon," investigate his brother Tom's apparent suicide with the help of his sidekick Lefty (Don Barclay). He uncovers a Nazi plot along the way. Gay and Tom are portrayed by real life brothers George Sanders and Tom Conway. Look for Keye Luke in a small part. Dir. Stanley Long

8:15 AM

THE FALCON STRIKES BACK (1943): Tom Lawrence (Tom Conway) aka "The Falcon" is arrested for the theft of $250,000 in war bonds and the murder of a bank official. He escapes to find the real culprit. Helmed by the noir icon Edward Dmytryk whose credits include Murder, My Sweet (1944), Crossfire (1947) Cornered (1945), and The Sniper (1952). Dir. Edward Dmytryk

9:30 AM

THE FALCON IN DANGER (1943): The daughter of an industrialist appeals to "The Falcon" (Tom Conway) for help when her father is kidnapped. Dir. William Clemens

10:45 AM

THE FALCON AND THE CO-EDS (1944): Tom Lawrence (Tom Conway) aka "The Falcon" investigates the murder of a professor at the Blue Cliff Seminary for Girls. Look for Dorothy Malone as one of the co-eds. Dir. William Clemens

12:00 PM

THE FALCON OUT WEST (1944): Tom Lawrence (Tom Conway) aka "The Falcon" travels to Texas to investigate the murder of Tex Irwin by rattle snake bite in a New York nightclub. Dir. William Clemens

1:15 PM

THE FALCON IN MEXICO (1944): Tom Lawrence (Tom Conway) aka "The Falcon" travels South of the border to investigate an art dealer's murder, because he's been framed for it. Olé! Dir. William Berke

2:30 PM

THE FALCON IN HOLLYWOOD (1944): Tom Lawrence (Tom Conway) aka "The Falcon" takes a vacation in Los Angeles and winds up investigating the murder of an actor. Dir. Gordon Douglas

3:45 PM

THE FALCON IN SAN FRANCISCO (1945): Tom Lawrence (Tom Conway) aka "The Falcon" travels to San Francisco and, of course, there's a murder on the train. When he arrives in the City by the Bay, he's arrested for kidnapping a little girl whose nurse was the murder victim. He has to solve the murder and rescue the child. Helmed by noir auteur Joseph H. Lewis whose credits include My Name is Julia Ross (1945), Gun Crazy (1950), and The Big Combo (1950). Dir. Joseph H. Lewis

Friday, September 2, 5:00 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. Two Oscar wins, Estelle Parsons for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Cinematography for Burnett Guffey. Dir. Arthur Penn

Sunday, September 4, 1:00 PM

OUT OF THE PAST (1947): In this quintessential film noir, small town gas station owner Jeff Bailey's (Robert Mitchum) past catches up with him when a stranger passing through town recognizes him. He tells his girlfriend Ann Miller (Virginia Huston) about his previous via flashback, of course. Jeff was a private eye falls for the gangster's moll (Jane Greer) that he's supposed to find for her lover Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas). She's allegedly stolen $40,000 from Whit and he wants her and the dough back. As in all good noirs, nothing is really as it seems. Watch for future noir siren Rhonda Fleming as a duplicitous secretary. Based on Geoffrey Homes' excellent pulp novel Build My Gallows High and shot by legendary cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

Friday, September 9, 5:00 PM

THE CONVERSATION (1974): In this nightmarishly paranoid thriller, a socially isolated surveillance expert (Gene Hackman) uncovers a murder plot within a corrupt corporation. Dir. Francis Ford Coppola

Saturday, September 10, 1:00 AM

YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN (1950): In this noir musical, Smoke Willoughby (Hoagy Carmichael) reminisces about his friend Rick Martin (Kirk Douglas). Aspiring jazz trumpeter Rick is torn between an honest singer (Doris Day) and a narcissistic, and possibly lesbian, heiress played by Lauren Bacall in an unusually unsympathetic role. Fame, fortune, grief and madness follow. Script writers Carl Foreman and Edmund H. North adapted Dorothy Baker's book which in turn was inspired by Jazz legend's Bix Beiderbecke's musical life. Harry James supplied Douglas' trumpet solos. Dir. Michael Curtiz

Friday, September 16, 3:45 AM

BOGART: THE UNTOLD STORY (1996): Stephen Bogart, author of Bogart: In Search for My Father, hosts this one-hour special on the life and career of his legendary father and noir icon, Humphrey Bogart. Dir. Chris Hunt

Friday, September 16, 4:45 AM

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944): Watch Bogie and Baby fall in love on and off the screen in this classic adventure tale. A skipper-for-hire's romance, Humphrey Bogart, with a beautiful drifter and bar singer, Lauren Bacall, is complicated by his growing involvement with the French resistance. Walter Brennan plays the drunken first mate and Hoagie Carmichael plays Bacall's accompanist. Dir. Howard Hawks

Friday, September 16, 11:00 AM

THE BIG SLEEP (1946): In Howard Hawks' clever and sophisticated adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, private eye Philip Marlowe's (Humphrey Bogart) investigates the involvement of an opium addled (and nymphomaniacal) society girl (Martha Vickers) in the murder of a pornographer. He also has to determine if her sister (Lauren Bacall) is helping or hindering him. Dir. Howard Hawks

Friday, Sept 16, 7:00 PM—11:00 PM

Gene Hackman Neo-noir Double Bill

7:00 PM

THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1972): New York Detectives, Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) attempt to intercept a massive heroin shipment coming into the city and hunt down the criminal mastermind behind it, Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey). This gritty procedural also features one of the best car chases in cinematic history. In addition to earning Best Picture and Best Actor for Hackman at the Oscars, the film won Best Director for Friedkin, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. Dir. William Friedkin

9:00 PM

NIGHT MOVES (1975): An aging actress hires football player turned P.I. Harry (Gene Hackman) to find her sexually precocious teenager daughter (Melanie Griffith). He traces her to Florida where he also finds trouble in the shape of a beautiful woman (Jennifer Warren) and a criminal conspiracy. Dir. Arthur Penn

Saturday, September 17, 12:45 AM

THE KILLILNG (1956): The best laid plans… Ex-con Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) masterminds a racetrack heist. Instead of securing the two million dollar take, his gang's emotional entanglements bring disaster. In a quintessential piece of noir casting, Marie Windsor plays the treacherous wife of Elisha Cook, Jr. Dir. Stanley Kubrick

Saturday, September 17, 3:00 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

Sunday,September 18, 3:15 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 singer name Velma, leads him through a tangled web of blackmail and murder. Along the way, he finds himself embroiled with a wealthy man's unscrupulous gold-digging wife (Claire Trevor) and the step-daughter that despises her (Anne Shirley). Mike Mazurki gives a standout performance as the mentally challenged and extremely physically powerful ex-con that hires Marlowe to find Velma. "Cute as pants." Dir. Edward Dmytryk

Monday, September 19, 8:30 PM

BACKGROUND TO DANGER (1943): An American (George Raft) gets caught up in wartime action in Turkey. Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre add to the fun. A little piece of trivia, Raft had an earlier chance to act with that duo; he turned down first dibs on John Huston's The Maltese Falcon (1939) and Michael Curtiz's Casablanca (1942). He also turned down an earlier chance to work with director Raoul Walsh on High Sierra (1941). What might have happened? Dir. Raoul Walsh

Friday, September 23, 5:00 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

Saturday, Sept 24, 3:30 AM —7:30 AM

Bad Girl Noir Double Bill

3:30 AM

CAGED (1950): This film noir in women-in-prison clothing details the transformation of a young, naïve and pregnant widow (Elanor Parker) into a hardened convict. She learns the hard way how to survive in the big house from a sadistic prison guard (Hope Emerson) and the failure of a good hearted warden (Agnes Moorehead) to reform the prison. This is more than an exploitation flick, it's an intelligent social drama and raises the still prescient issue facing the American penal system, is it actually reforming first time offenders or just turning prisoners into career criminal? Dir. John Cromwell

5:30 AM

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE In this noir classic, illicit lovers (John Garfield and Lana Turner) plot to kill the woman's older husband. She wants to own her own restaurant, the eternal ambition of heroines created by James M. Cain, author of the original novel. The producers managed to stay quite faithful to the book while excising the sado-masochistic nature of the character's sexual relationship. Dir. Tay Garnett

Tuesday, September 27, 1:15 AM

THE SEA WOLF (1941): In this gripping yarn based on a Jack London story, shipwrecked fugitives, John Garfield and Ida Lupino, try to escape a brutal sea captain who's losing his mind, Edward G. Robinson in a power house performance. Dir. Michael Curtiz

Wednesday, September 28, 8:30 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

Wednesday, September 28, 10:00 AM

THE HARD WAY (1943): Ida Lupino plays a woman obsessed with making her younger sister (Joan Leslie) a star. Jack Carson steals the show playing Leslie's sweetly tragic first husband who Lupino sacrifices on the altar of Leslie's career. Dir. Vincent Sherman

Wednesday, September 28, 1:45 PM

THE VELVET TOUCH (1948): Prominent Broadway actress Valerie Stanton (Rosalind Russell) accidentally kills her producer and ex-lover (Leon Ames) during an argument. She manages to slip away from the crime scene, but finds she can't run away from her conscience. Noir icon Sidney Greenstreet plays the detective investigating the case. Noir stalwart Claire Trevor plays Stanton's theatrical rival who's arrested for the crime. Dir. John Gage

Friday, September 30, 3:30 PM

THE RACKET (1951): A tough cop, Captain Thomas McQuigg (Robert Mitchum), has to fight both his superiors and a corrupt system in order to battle the mob. His mobster nemesis Nick Scanlon (Robert Ryan) is also battling his own superiors, as well as McQuigg. They object to his old style violent tactics. McQuigg usess Nick's brother Joe Scanlon (Brett King) and his lover and singer Irene Hayes (Lizabeth Scott) as a cat's paw to get to Nick. Dir. John Cromwell

Warren William stars in The Lone Wolf Strikes screening September 1;

George Sanders stars in The Falcon Takes Over on September 2;

Warren Beatty in the original '67 version of Bonnie and Clyde on September 2;

On the set of Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past screening September 4;

Francis Ford Coppola directs Gene Hackman on location in San Francisco for The Conversation airing September 9;

Young Man with a Horn screens September 10;

Lauren Bacall and Hoagie Carmichael at the piano in To Have and Have Not on September 16;

Boagart examines an intoxicated Martha Vickers in The Big Sleep on September 16;

Gene Hackman and Melanie Griffith in Night Moves on September 16;

Kubrick's The Killing starring Sterling Hayden on September 17;

Lew Ayres and Ann Sheridan in The Unfaithful on September 17;

Dick Powell and Claire Trevor in the spectacular Chandler adaptation, Murder, My Sweet on September 18;

George Raft stars in Background to Danger on September 19;

Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder on September 23;

On the set of The Postman Always Rings Twice screening September 24;

John Garfield and Ida Lupino together in The Sea Wolf on September 28;

Thought by some to be his most "subversive" film, Shadow of a Doubt, screening September 28;

Ida Lupino, Jack Carson and Joan Leslie in The Hard Way on September 28;

Rosalind Russell in The Velvet Touch on September 28;

On the set of The Racket starring Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan screening September 30.

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