Film Noir and Neo-Noir on TCM: October 2021

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Noir Alley

Saturday, October 2, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, October 3, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THE GLASS WALL (1953): WWII 'displaced person' Peter Kuban (Vittorio Gassman) literally jumps ship to escape to New York City to find an ex-G.I. named Tom whom he helped during the war and can prove Peter's right to legal entry in the United States. He meets unemployed factory worker Maggie Summers (Gloria Grahame). The pair only have 24 hours to prove Peter's case, or he will be a fugitive from justice and if found, he would be arrested and deported. Dir. Maxwell Shane

Sunday, October 2, 5:00 PM

THE BIRDS (1963): Beautiful heiress Melanie (Tippi Hedren) takes a sudden fancy to a handsome architect Mitch (Rod Taylor) who lives in a remote Californian costal village with his overly affectionate mother (Jessica Tandy) and little sister. Creepily Melanie follows him there and pretends to be an old friend of his ex-girlfriend (Suzanne Pleshette). Even more creepily, after her arrival, the village is besieged by flocks of killer birds. Look for noir toughie Charles McGraw in a supporting role. Legendary animator turned special effects expert Ub Iwerks won the Oscar for Best Effects, Special Visual Effects for his work on the film. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, October 4, 1:30 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

Tuesday, October 5, 7:15 AM

PARTY GIRL (1958): Don't miss this great Nick Ray film, not available on DVD, a gritty bringing down the racket story featuring an interesting love story between a beautiful showgirl (Cyd Charisse) and a gangster's mouthpiece (Robert Taylor) set in Chicago during the mob infested nineteen twenties. See if you can see spot the scene Brian De Palma stole for The Untouchables. Dir. Nicholas Ray

Tuesday, October 5, 3:15 PM

IN A LONELY PLACE (1950): This heartbreaking noir revolves around an alcoholic screenwriter (Humphrey Bogart) and the woman who loves him but fears he may be a murder (Gloria Grahame). This film is both a bitter commentary on Hollywood and on the impossibility of romance. Very loosely based on Dorothy B. Hughes' novel—an intense thriller and examination of post-WWII misogyny. Enjoy the move then read the book. Dir. Nicholas Ray

Wednesday, October 6, 11:30 PM

NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947): Tyrone Power gives the performance of a lifetime in a change-of-pace role as a carnival con man that masters a mind-reading act, after killing the act's originator and seducing his wife (Joan Blondell). He then teams up with an unethical psychiatrist (Hellen Walker) to scam wealthy clients, an excellent adaptation of the highly disturbing novel by William Lindsay Gresham. Dir: Edmund Goulding

Saturday, October 9, 7:00 PM

ARMORED CAR ROBBERY (1950): In this awesome little action-packed noir, a police officer, Charles McGraw in a rare outing as a good guy, tries to find half a million dollars stolen by gangsters. Dir. Richard Fleischer

Noir Alley

Saturday, October 9, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, October 10, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

BRIGHTON ROCK (1947) Ambitious small-time hood Pinkie Brown (a young Richard Attenborough in a chilling performance) tries to cover up his murder of a rival. This involves marrying the naïve girl who's fallen in love with him, Rose (Carol Marsh). When he later decides to kill her, her chances of survival depend on one of his fellow gang members (William Hartnell) and middle-aged entertainer Ida (Hermione Baddeley). The rarity and quality of this fine Brit noir make it mandatory viewing. Based on the novel by Graham Greene, highly recommended reading. Dir. John Boulting

Sunday, October 10, 12:45 PM

THE THIN MAN (1934): Dashiell Hammett's urbane but fun-loving sleuths Nick and Nora Charles, along with their pup Asta, investigate the disappearance of an inventor in this classic blend of laughs and suspense. Shot in just two weeks by director Woody "One-Shot'' Van Dyke and cinematographer James Wong Howe, this gem set the gold standard for the sophisticated comedy—inspiring five sequels as well as countless inferior imitations. Van Dyke previously directed Myrna Loy and William Powell in Manhattan Melodrama and spotted the terrific chemistry of their off-screen banter between takes. He insisted on casting the pair as Hammett's hard-drinking super-couple and the glamorous pair became one of the movies' great romantic teams. Shot by the legendary cinematographer James Wong Howe. The film garnered four Oscar nominations, Best Picture, Best actor for Powell, Best Director, and Best Writing, Adaptation for Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Dir. Woody Van Dyke

Sunday, October 10, 5:00 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. Kelly and McCormack as well as cinematographer Harold Rosson were nominated for Oscars as well as Heckart. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy

Monday, October 11, 5:45 AM

THE TWO MRS. CARROLLS (1947): A sociopathic artist (Humphrey Bogart) decides that he would like to murder his wife in order to marry a flirtatious younger woman (Alexis Smith). However, the current Mrs. Carroll is Barbara Stanwyck, so you know this isn't going to be so easy, despite the fact that Babs is both uncharacteristically slow on the uptake and rather wimpy in this one. Dir. Peter Godfrey

Monday, October 11, 10:30 PM

SHADOW ON THE WALL (1950): Six year old Susan is left mute by the sight of her stepmother Celia's murder. The police arrest her father (Zachary Scott) who can't remember what happened on the fateful night. His sister-in-law Dell (Ann Sothern) knows the truth and although tormented by guilt, will not speak out. A kindly psychiatrist (Nancy Davis) may be able to both bring back Susan's voice and discover what really happened to Celia. Dir. Patrick Jackson

Monday, October 11, 12:00 PM

D.O.A. (1950): This classic and rather convoluted noir tells the tale of a notary (Edmond O'Brien) who is slipped a slow-acting poison. He determines to track down his own killer. Existential doom and great San Francisco locations abound. Dir. Rudolph Mate

Tuesday, October 12, 9:15 PM

BREATHLESS À bout de souffle (1960): Small-time crook Michel Poiccard (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a ne'er-do-well with a headful of cinematic delusions, falls for Patricia (Jean Seberg), a sexy young American in Paris. Action, ennui, and tragedy ensue. On one level, a loving tribute to Hollywood B moviemaking, but more crucially a simple tale told in nontraditional, exhilarating cinema verite style; it heralded not only the arrival of France's nouvelle vague, but a seismic shift in movie style and technique. One of two noir-tinged films released in 1960 that forever changed international cinema. Dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Wednesday, October 13, 12:45 AM

SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER Tirez sur le pianiste (1960): A former concert pianist (Charles Aznavour), eking out a living in a cheap bar as a piano player, finds himself embroiled with gangsters, and possibly worse, his family, after his brothers turn to him for help. Based on the David Goodis novel. Dir. François Truffaut

Wednesday, October 13, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Film Noir Double Feature

9:30 AM

PITFALL (1948): This independently produced gem is one of the most realistic explorations of adultery produced in 1940s. Bored suburbanite insurance salesman (Dick Powell) drifts into a dalliance with an anti-femme fatale, hard-luck model Mona (Lizabeth Scott), only to find his life and family threatened by an obsessive private eye (Raymond Burr) and a jealous ex-con. Director de Toth had the gifted Bill Bowers rewrite the script. The result is truly believable noir—a wrenching tale of repressed lust and suburban ennui. Dir. Andre de Toth

11:00 AM

ROADBLOCK (1951): This film provides a change of pace for noir stalwart Charles McGraw who usually played heavies. This time he plays the sucker who destroys himself by turning to a life of crime to woo and then attempt to keep the beautiful Diane, Joan Dixon. Screenplay by screenwriter and novelist Steve Fisher. Dir. Harold Daniels

Wednesday, October 13, 5:00 PM

BORDER INCIDENT (1949): Mexican and American policemen (Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy) combine efforts to try to crack down on the illegal immigration racket. Simply stunning cinematography by the great John Alton and some truly brutal violence makes this a rare sample of agrarian noir. Watch for noir icon Charles McGraw in a supporting role playing the heavy's henchman. Dir. Anthony Mann

Wednesday, October 13, 10:45 PM

MYSTERY STREET (1950): A Cape Cod coroner (Ricardo Montalban) and a Harvard criminal pathologist (Bruce Bennett) try to solve a possible murder with nothing but the victim's bones to go on. Elsa Lanchester steals the show as the victim's shady landlady. Leonard Spigelgass received an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story. Dir. John Sturges

Thursday, October 14, 3:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Murderous Men Triple Feature

3:00 AM

DIAL 1119 (1950): A murderous mental patient (Marshall Thompson) escapes from an institution and holds the customers at a bar hostage. He wants to see the psychiatrist who committed him, and he'll kill to make it happen. Dir. Gerald Mayer

4:30 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

6:00 AM

NIGHT MUST FALL (1937): Young and charming Danny (Robert Montgomery) worms his way into elderly and wealthy Mrs. Bramson's (Dame May Whitty) household. Her sexually repressed niece (Rosalind Russell) suspects him of larceny and possibly a local murder while being strongly attracted to him. What's in that hatbox? Both Whitty and Montgomery were nominated for Oscars for their performances. Dir. Richard Thorpe

Thursday, October 14, 10:00 AM – 1:45 PM

Brit Noir Double Bill

10:00 AM

OBSESSION aka The Hidden Room (1949): In this Brit noir, directed by the recently blacklisted noir auteur Edward Dmytryk, cuckolded psychiatrist Dr. Clive Riordan (Robert Newton) goes the extra mile to punish his cheating spouse (Sally Gray). He abducts his wife's lover (Phil Brown) planning to eventually treat him to an acid bath. Scotland Yard Superintendent Finsbury (Naunton Wayne) and his wife's dog throw a spanner in the works. Adapted by Alec Coppel from his suspense play A Man About a Dog. Dir. Edward Dmytryk

11:45 AM

SÉANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON (1964): In this extremely downbeat, late-era Brit noir, noted stage actress Kim Stanley gives a tour de force performance as a medium kidnap a child so she can help the police solve the crime. Richard Attenborough provides an equally impressive counterpoint as the psychic's weak-willed husband and accomplice. Based on a novel by Mark McShane, imaginatively and impressively adapted a second time by Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa as Séance in 2000. Score by the legendary John Barry.Dir. Bryan Forbes

Noir Alley

Saturday, October 16, 10:30 PM &
Sunday, October 17, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THE DARK PAST (1949): A psychologist (Lee J. Cobb) tries to analyze the criminal (William Holden) who's taken him hostage. Dir. Rudolph Mate

Thursday, October 21, 3:00 AM

THE NANNY (1965): Before the studio exploded on the world cinematic stage with its legendary cycle of horror films mostly starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, Hammer Studios produced a series of excellent, low budget thrillers, often featuring American stars on the wane. This is one of the best. Bette Davis plays the title character, an aging nanny now taking care of the children of her old charge. To be more accurate, looking after the one remaining child, Bobby, recently released from a home for disturbed children, who claims Nanny was responsible for his sister's drowning two years ago. Too bad no one believes him. Dir. Seth Holt

Noir Alley

Saturday, October 23, 11:00 PM &
Sunday, October 24, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THE BEAST MUST DIE La bestia debe morir (1952): In this Argentine film noir, mystery writer Felix Lane, (legendary Spanish actor Narciso Ibáñez Menta), suffers a tragic loss; his nine-year-old son is killed in a hit-and-run car accident. Desperate for vengeance, Lane bypasses the authorities, adopts a new identity, and begins looking for clues that will lead him to the culprit. The suspense reaches hair-raising levels as Felix's vendetta leads him to infiltrate an affluent family rife with its own intrigues. Based on Cecil Day-Lewis' influential 1936 novel (written as Nicholas Blake), Román Viñoly Barreto's film is a stunning adaptation of one of the true landmarks of crime fiction and psychological suspense. Film restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive, with funding provided by the Film Noir Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust). Dir. Román Viñoly Barreto

Sunday, October 24, 12:45 PM

SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (1948): Barbara Stanwyck gives a tour-de-force performance (Oscar-nominated) as a bedridden woman who, through crossed phone wires, overhears a murder being planned. This engrossing extension of Lucile Fletcher's legendary 22-minute radio drama is pure noir, tracking an ill-fated romance that spirals into deceit, despair, and death. Featuring Burt Lancaster in one of his earliest roles and richly atmospheric camerawork by the great Sol Polito. Famous, yet still underrated! Dir. Anatole Litvak

Sunday, October 24, 2:30 PM

NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959): Foreign agents mistake suave and swinging advertising man Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) for a spy. He takes it on the lam and encounters a beautiful blonde (Eva Marie Saint) who may or may not be trusted. This film earned 3 Oscar nominations: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color; Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen; and Best Film Editing. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Sunday, October 24, 5:00 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, October 27, 6:30 AM

THE HARD WAY (1943): Helen Chernen (Ida Lupino) is 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. Dennis Morgan plays Carson's partner who drives a wedge between the sisters. Dir. Vincent Sherman

Thursday, October 28, 7:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Thin Man Double Feature

7:15 AM

THE THIN MAN (1934): Dashiell Hammett's urbane but fun-loving sleuths Nick and Nora Charles, along with their pup Asta, investigate the disappearance of an inventor in this classic blend of laughs and suspense. Shot in just two weeks by director Woody "One-Shot'' Van Dyke and cinematographer James Wong Howe, this gem set the gold standard for the sophisticated comedy—inspiring five sequels as well as countless inferior imitations. Van Dyke previously directed Myrna Loy and William Powell in Manhattan Melodrama and spotted the terrific chemistry of their off-screen banter between takes. He insisted on casting the pair as Hammett's hard-drinking super-couple and the glamorous pair became one of the movies' great romantic teams. Shot by the legendary cinematographer James Wong Howe. The film garnered four Oscar nominations, Best Picture, Best actor for Powell, Best Director, and Best Writing, Adaptation for Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Dir. Woody Van Dyke

8:45 AM

AFTER THE THIN MAN  (1936): In this delightful follow up to The Thin Man, Nick (William Powell) and Nora (Myrna Loy) return to their home in San Francisco determined to rest up from their previous New York adventures, but Nora's snooty family unintentionally embroils them in a murder mystery. Joseph Calleia, Sam Levene, George Zucco and a young Jimmy Stewart add to the fun. Writers Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett  received a Best Writing, Screenplay Oscar nomination. Dir. W. S. Van Dyke 

Noir Alley - Special Halloween Feature

Saturday, October 30, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, October 31, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents two Val Lewton Masterpieces

CAT PEOPLE (1942): Produced by the legendary Val Lewton, this atmospheric and heartbreaking horror film tells the tale of Irina (Simone Simon), a beautiful and charming Serbian emigree who meets and marries all-American architect Oliver (Kent Smith). She is reluctant to consummate their marriage and he turns to his friend and coworker Alice (Jane Rudolph) with tragic and frightening results. Producer Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur styles merge to produce one of the greatest films of the genre. Lensed by the noted noir cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

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 responsible for the deaths of several young women. Based on Cornell Woolrich’s novel, Black Alibi. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

Sunday, October 31, 4:30 AM

MACABRE (1958): In this taught noir, a doctor's daughter is kidnapped and buried alive, and he is given just five hours to find and rescue her. William Prince plays the doctor. If you had seen it in the theatre, Mr. Castle would have given you a certificate for a $1,000 life insurance policy from Lloyd's of London in case you died of fright during the film. Don't let the gimmick discourage you, this is a solid thriller. Dir. William Castle

Sunday, October 31, 2:00 PM

CURSE OF THE DEMON (1957): An American psychologist (Dana Andrews) travels to England to discredit the occult beliefs of the "Demon Cult." He's aided by a feisty schoolteacher (Peggy Cummins) whose father may have been killed by the Satanists. This suggestive and suspenseful sojourn into the Black Arts is one of the most spellbinding horror films ever made. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

Sunday, October 31, 5:00 PM

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

Eddie Muller presents The Glass Wall starring Gloria Grahame and Vittorio Gassman on NOIR ALLEY October 2 and 3.

Val Lewton's haunting The Seventh Victim screens October 4

Cyd Charisse stars in Party Girl on October 5

Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell in Nightmare Alley on October 6

Adele Jergens performs in Armored Car Robbery on October 9

Eddie Muller presents Brighton Rock on NOIR ALLEY October 9 and 10

The Thin Man screens October 10 and 28

Patty McCormack stars in The Bad Seed on October 10

Barbara Stanwyck and Humprhey Bogart in The Two Mrs. Carrolls on October 11

Jean-Paul Belmondo in Godard's Breathless on October 12 

Charles Aznavour in Truffaut's adaptation of a David Goodis novel, Shoot the Piano Player on October 13

Dick Powell and Lizabeth Scott star in Pitfall on October 13

James Mitchell in Border Incident on October 13

Ricardo Montalban and Bruce Bennett in Mystery Street on October 13

Dirk Bogarde and Margaret Lockwood in Cast a Dark Shadow on October 14

Sally Gray in Obsession on October 14

Kim Stanley stars in Séance on a Wet Afternoon on October 14

Eddie Muller presents The Dark Past starring William Holden and Lee J. Cobb on NOIR ALLEY October 16 and 17.

William Dix and Bette Davis star in The Nanny on October 21

Eddie Muller presents The Beast Must Die on NOIR ALLEY October 23 and 24

Barbara Stanwyck stars in Sorry, Wrong Number on October 24

Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? on October 24

Ida Lupino and Joan Leslie in The Hard Way on October 27

Nick & Nora return in After the Thin Man screening October 28

Cat PeopleEddie Muller presents Cat People on NOIR ALLEY October 30 and 31

William Castle's Macabre on October 31

Dana Andrews and Peggy Cummins in Curse of the Demon on October 31

Hitchcock and Anthony Perkins on the set of Psycho screening October 31