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Film Noir and Neo Noir on TV: January 2015

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Thursday, January 1, 1:30 PM

DEAD RINGER (1964): In this late era noir, Bette Davis stars as twins, the rich and mean Margaret and the other poor and put upon spinster Edith meet after many years at the funeral of Margaret's husband Frank. Edith snaps when she discovers from Margaret why Frank dumped her and married Margaret instead. Edith shoots her sister, takes her place and tries to make "Edith's" death look like a suicie. Edith's boyfriend, police sergeant Jim Hobbson (Karl Malden) and Margaret's lover Tony (Peter Lawford) soon complicates things. Dir. Paul Henreid

Sunday, January 4, 7:00 PM

CRISS CROSS (1949): A lovelorn loner (Burt Lancaster) returns to Los Angeles and quickly falls under the spell of his one-time flame (Yvonne De Carlo), who is now in thrall to a sinister gangster (Dan Duryea). A daring armored car robbery becomes the fulcrum of their dangerous triangle as the two men play each other while vying for the dame's loyalty. Siodmak creates one of the most seductive and spellbinding tales of amour fou in the entire noir canon—a complex and elegantly told tale of desire, desperation and sudden death. Dir. Robert Siodmak

Tuesday, January 6, 3:30 PM

THE UNGUARDED HOUR (1936): Lady Helen (Loretta Young) has eye-witness evidence that could save a man from the gallows. However, that would mean revealing that at the time of the alleged murder, she was paying off a blackmailer (Henry Daniell) who has indiscreet letters that her husband (Franchot Tone), a prosecutor for the Crown, had written. Will she let an innocent man die to protect her husband from his own scandalous past? Dir. Sam Wood

Wednesday, January 7, 7:45 PM—11:30 PM

Dostoyevsky Noir

7:45 PM

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (1935): In this updated adaptation of Dostoyevsky's masterpiece, impoverished student Roderick Raskolnikov (Peter Lorre) attempts to put philosophy into practice, by murdering an unscrupulous pawnbroker in the belief that his own intelligence raises him above the law. He finds his intelligence no match for Insp. Porfiry (Edward Arnold) who plays with him like a cat with a mouse. Roderick also discover that philosophy can't overcome his conscious awakened by a sympathetic prostitute, Sonya (Marian Marsh). Dir. Josef von Sternberg

9:30 PM

THE GREAT SINNER (1949): In the famous casino resort town of Wiesbaden, Germany, during the wild, decadent days of the 1860s, beautiful reformed gambling addict Pauline Ostrovsky, (Ava Gardner) watches over talented writer Fedja (Gregory Peck) whose obsessive love for her and his near-ruination from gambling has resulted in physical collapse. She ruminates, in flashback, how the pair came to this point. Based on the. Melvyn Douglas, Walter Huston, Ethel Barrymore, Frank Morgan and Agnes Moorehead round out the all-star cast for this lavish MGM (uncredited) adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel The Gambler. Dir. Robert Siodmak

Friday, January 9, 5:00 PM—8:30 PM

Noir Parody Double Feature

Neil Simon's displays his love an knowledge and noir with these two affectionate satires.

5:00 PM

MURDER BY DEATH (1976): In Neil Simon's riotous satire of detective fiction, a criminal madman invites the world's greatest detectives for a night of dinner and murder. The film features an all-star cast. However, Peter Falk and Eileen Brennan particularly shine as Sam Diamond and his girl Friday Tess Skeffington. "I was in disguise in disguise in disguise. You work hard for fifty bucks a day in this racket." Dir. Robert Moore

6:45 PM

THE CHEAP DETECTIVE (1978): Peter Falk is simply riotous with his deadpan detective Lou Peckinpaugh, a composite of Bogie's greatest roles in Neil Simon's film noir parody. Stockard Channing shines as his loyal secretary who helps him tackle two tough cases while trying to clear himself of a murder charge (and juggle women). Eileen Brennan, Ann-Margret, Marsha Mason, Louise Fletcher are the bevy of beauties he encounters along the way. Sid Caesar, James Coco, Dom DeLuise, John Houseman, Fernando Lamas and Nicol Williamson also deliver solid comedic performances. However, it's Madeline Kahn who steals the film as the client with more identities than Brigid O'Shaughnessy. Dir. Robert Moore

Saturday, January 10, 11:00 AM

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

Saturday, January 10, 7:45 PM—11:15 PM

Fritz Lang Noir Double Bill

7:45 PM

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

9:30 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. Nat King Cole has a cameo as himself and who sings the movie's theme song. Dir. Fritz Lang

Sunday, January 11, 9:00 AM

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941): How do I love this movie, let me count the ways… Arguably the first, and greatest, film noir, hard-boiled detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets caught up in the deadly search for a priceless statue. Along the way he tangles with a murderous liar (Mary Astor), an effete thug (Peter Lorre) and a fat mastermind (Sydney Greenstreet). Director John Huston brilliantly adapted it from the Dashiell Hammett novel. Dir. John Huston

Sunday, January 11, 11:00 AM

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

Sunday, January 11, 11:00 PM—3:00 AM

International Noir Double Feature

11:00 PM

KNIFE IN THE WATER (1962): Sports writer Andrzej and his beautiful wife Christine pick up a hitchhiker on their way to the lake. Andrzej asks the young man to join them on a sailing trip. The men develop a deadly rivalry during a boating weekend that extends to Christine. Dir. Roman Polanski

12:45 AM

PURPLE NOON (1960): This lush adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's renowned crime novel The Talented Mr. Ripley stars a young and extremely handsome Alain Delon as the titular character. Dir. René Clément

Wednesday, January 14, 5:00 PM

LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948): An Irish sailor (Orson Welles) gets caught between a corrupt tycoon (Everett Sloane) and his voluptuous wife (Rita Hayworth) and their plans to eliminate one another in this wonderfully convoluted noir. Pointless trivia: the sailboat used in the film belonged to Errol Flynn. Dir. Orson Welles

Thursday, January 15, 9:30 AM

SHADOW OF SUSPICION (1944): Private investigators infiltrate a jewelry store to guard a priceless emerald bracelet. Dir. William Beaudine

Thursday, January 15, 1:15PM

BELOW THE DEADLINE (1946): A veteran joins the mob to avenge his gangster brother's murder. Dir. William Beaudine

Saturday, January 17, 5:00 PM

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (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 a politician's daughter (Laraine Day) and a chap named ffolliott "with two small'f's" (George Sanders), his rival for the girl's affection. Tremendously entertaining film with several vintage Hitchcock set pieces. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Thursday, January 29, 12:00 PM

CRACK-UP (1946): An art expert, and recently released G.I. (Pat O'Brien) questions his sanity after he survives a train wreck everyone else says never happened. Claire Trevor co-stars as his sympathetic girlfriend. Dir. Irving Reis

Thursday, January 29, 5:00 PM—12:45 AM

Death Row Noir

5:00 PM

I WANT TO LIVE (1958): Susan Hayward deservedly won the Best Actress Oscar for her bravura performance as Barbara Grahame, a former prostitute and drug addict, executed for murder. Hayward perfectly captures a possibly innocent woman convicted more for her lifestyle than evidence. Dir. Robert Wise

7:15 PM

THE HOODLUM PRIEST (1961): Father Rev. Charles Dismas Clark, S. J. (Don Murray) devotes his energies to helping at risk youth in St. Louis. His efforts to aid Billy Lee (Keir Dullea) in his struggle to straighten out his life fail with tragic results. An elegant and emotionally charged statement against the death penalty. Dir. Irvin Kershner

9:15 PM

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956): At the behest of his future father-in law, newspaper editor Austin Spenser, Tom Garret (Dana Andrews)—a novelist and opponent of capital punishment—frames himself for the murder of a stripper to prove the fallibility of circumstantial evidence. The pair callously decides against taking Garret's fiancée (Joan Fontaine) into their confidence. Dir. Fritz Lang

10:45 PM

NORA PRENTIsS (1947): In this noir tale, a decorous doctor becomes obsessed with a beautiful nightclub singer, Ann Sheridan. Interestingly, uber straight man Kent Smith, best known as Irina's husband in Val Lewton's Cat People (1942) (Dir. Jacques Tourner) gets the chance to play a man who will stop at nothing to possess the object of his desire. Dir. Vincent Sherman

Saturday, January 31, 1:30 AM

THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE (1948): In this Brit noir set in Post-WWII Soho, ex-RAF flyer turned petty criminal Clem (Trevor Howard) escapes from prison and sets out for revenge against Narcy (Griffith Jones), the head of a black market ring who framed him for a policeman's murder. Two women with agendas of their own aid him in his flight—Mrs. Fenshaw (Vida Hope) who wants him to kill her unwanted husband and Narcy's ex-girlfriend Sally (Sally Gray) whose out for her own vengeance after being replaced in Narcy's affections by another woman. Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti

Dead Ringer features Bette Davis in a double role on January 1; stars in Humoresque airing December 1;

Yvonne De Carlo, Burt Lancaster and director Robert Siodmak share a banana split on the set of Criss Cross on January 4;

Loretta Young stars in The Unguarded Hour on January 6;

Peter Lorre stars in Sternberg's adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment on January 7;

Peter Falk in Neil Simon's film noir parody, The Cheap Detective on January 9;

Robert Mitchum and son James together in Thunder Rode on January 10;

On the set of John Huston's The Maltese Falcon airing January 11;

Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair on January 11;

Purple Noon aka Plein Soleil starring Alain Delon in René Clément's adaptation of The Talented Mr. Ripley on January 11;

Rita Hayward goes blonde for The Lady from Shanghai on January 14;

Joel Mcrea and Herbert Marshall with director Alfred Hitchcock on the set of Foreign Correspondent on January 17;

Claire Trevor co-starring with Pat O'Brien in Crack-Up on January 29;

Keir Dullea and Don Murray in The Hoodlum Priest on January 29;

Sally Gray and Trevor Howard star in Brit-noir They Made Me a Fugitive on January 31.

 

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