Film Noir and Neo-Noir on TCM: October 2020

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Saturday, October 3, 11:15 AM

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


Saturday, October 3, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, October 4, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (1950): A gritty film noir about a detective (Dana Andrews) with a strong hatred of crooks who accidentally kills a suspect and must confront his conscience when an innocent man is accused of the crime. To further complicate matters, he falls for the victim's estranged wife (Gene Tierney). Dir: Otto Preminger

Sunday, October 4, 4:45 AM

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

Monday, October 5, 3:00 PM

LURED (1947): In this period noir, Scotland Yard enlists the help of brassy American dancer Sandra (Lucille Ball) to find and trap the serial killer responsible for her friend's murder. The victim was quitting the dance hall because she was going off with a man she met through a personal advertisement. Through the personals, Sandra meets an eccentric artist (Boris Karloff) and a charming playboy (George Sanders). Is one of them the killer? Dir. Douglas Sirk

Monday, October 5, 5:00 PM

CASH ON DEMAND (1961): In this stunningly suspenseful noir take on A Christmas Carol, Peter Cushing (in perhaps the finest performance of his long career) plays a Scrooge-like bank manager caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a charming and merciless thief (an equally great Andre Morell) who's devised a devious plan for a holiday heist. Known mainly for its horror films, this is one of the greatest movies ever produced by Britain's legendary Hammer Films. The perfect antidote to Yuletide schmaltz! Dir. Quentin Lawrence

Monday, October 5, 9:00 PM

TIME WITHOUT PITY (1957): In this Brit Noir, an alcoholic writer (Michael Redgrave) has 24 hours to save his son (Alec McCowen) from being executed for the murder of his girlfriend by finding the real culprit. Ann Todd, Leo McKern, Joan Plowright and Peter Cushing co-star. Dir. Joseph Losey

Thursday, Oct 8, 7:00 PM – 10:45 PM

TCM Salutes the Film Foundation Noir Preservation Double Bill

7:00 PM

DETOUR (1946): A hitchhiker (Tom Neal) takes on a dead man's identity only to face blackmail by an unscrupulous woman (Ann Savage)—possibly the meanest woman in the history of cinema. Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer

8:30 PM

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (1955): A recovering heroin addict (Frank Sinatra) struggles to stay clean when returning to Chicago's South side, to old friends and old temptations, after a prison stint. His drug dealer Nifty Louie (Darren McGavin) wants to get his hooks back into Frankie, but his love for Molly (Kim Novak) and his dreams of becoming a jazz drummer keep him on the straight and narrow. When Louie is killed, the cops figure him for the murder and come after him. Dir. Otto Preminger

Friday, October 9, 4:45 AM – 5:00 PM

Film Noir Marathon

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4:45 AM

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

6:45 AM

BORN TO KILL (1947): This utterly bizarre film noir details the torrid affair between a killer (Lawrence Tierney) and the narcissistic woman (Claire Trevor) who witnessed his crime. He marries her sister and things really heat up between the amoral pair. Dir. Robert Wise

8:30 AM

DARK PASSAGE (1947): Adapted from a story by David Goodis, this noir follows convicted wife murderer Vincent Parry's (Humphrey Bogart) escape from jail and subsequent hunt for the real killer of his wife. Sympathetic stranger Irene (Lauren Bacall) encounters him during his jail break and aids him. Agnes Moorehead steals the show as Irene's shrewish friend who knew Vincent and his wife prior to the murder. Dir. Delmer Daves

10:30 AM

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

12:15 PM

RACE STREET (1948): In this San Francisco based noir, an ex-bookie Dan Ganin (George Raft) tries to go straight by opening a nightclub with his singing sister (Gale Robbins) as the main attraction, but soon finds himself seeking vengeance against a protection racket syndicate after they kill his friend (Harry Morgan). Noir stalwart William Bendix plays the cop and childhood friend trying to keep Dan in one piece while he's on his rampage. Dir. Edwin L. Marin

1:45 PM

IMPACT (1949): A woman's (Helen Walker) plot to kill her wealthy husband (Brian Donlevy) goes awry and her lover is killed instead, and the body misidentified as the husbands. So, hubby goes into hiding, so that she'll fry for murder. Things get complicated when he falls for a sweet and beautiful widow (Ella Raines). Dir. Arthur Lubin

3:45 PM

THE WOMAN ON PIER 13 aka I Married a Communist (1950): Communists blackmail a shipping executive (Robert Ryan), previously a communist agitator, into sabotaging labor talks involving the union and shipping management. Dir. Robert Stevenson


Saturday, October 10, 9:30 PM & Sunday, October 11, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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 uses 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

Monday, October 12, 11:30 PM

VIOLENT PLAYGROUND (1958): Liverpudlian Juvenile Liaison Officer Sergeant Truman (Stanley Baker) investigates a juvenile gang leader (David McCallum) in connection with a string of arsons and falls in love with the boy's sister along the way. Peter Cushing co-stars as the concerned parish priest. Dir. Basil Dearden

Thursday, October 15, 10:45 AM &
Saturday, October 31, 9:30 AM

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


Saturday, October 17, 9:00 PM & Sunday, October 18, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

DESTINATION MURDER (1950): A woman (Joyce MacKenzie) infiltrates a mob connected nightclub to find the proof the police need to arrest the hitman (Stanley Clements) that killed her father. Meanwhile, the club manager (Hurd Hatfield) takes a personal interest in her. The always wonderful Albert Decker plays the nightclub owner she believes is behind the hit. Dir. Edward L. Cahn

Monday, October 19, 12:45 AM

A COLT IS MY PASSPORT (1967): A hitman (Jô Shishido) trapped between competing yakuza gangs. This combination of gangster picture, film noir, and Spaghetti Western is not only director Takashi Nomura's most famous film, it's the personal favorite of more than 170 films made by Shishido, one of Japan's most unique movie stars. Featuring an experimental score by Harumi Ibe and gorgeous cinematography by Shigeyoshi Mine. Dir. Takashi Nomura

Monday, October 19, 6:15 AM

TOUCH OF EVIL (1958): Orson Welles' masterpiece about a narcotics agent (Charlton Heston) who unintentionally put his wife (Janet Leigh) in grave danger when he investigates a crooked cop (Orson Welles). Utterly fantastic supporting performance by Marlene Dietrich as a Mexican Gypsy whore- no, really, I mean it. Dir. Orson Welles

Monday, October 19, 10:45 AM

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

Monday, October 19, 1:15 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. Dir. Nicholas Ray

Wednesday, October 21, 9:45 PM

THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (1949): Nicholas Ray's fiercely romantic noir about a young innocent, Farley Granger who gets mixed-up with hardened criminals and a violent escape after serving an unjust prison sentence. Cathy O'Donnell plays the girl who becomes his lover in an ill-fated romance. Based on the Edward Anderson novel Thieves Like Us. Dir. Nicholas Ray

Thursday, Oct 22, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

TCM Salutes the Film Foundation Noir Preservation Double Bill

5:00 PM

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

6:45 PM

THE BREAKING POINT (1950): This film faithfully retells the story of Hemingway's To Have and Have Not. Charter-boat skipper Harry Morgan (John Garfield) will do anything to save his boat from creditors, even smuggle illegal aliens. Things get ugly when he attempts to double cross a gangster that hires him to spirit away a group of thieves hot off a racetrack heist. Patricia Neal co-stars as the sultry moll who tries to seduce the married Morgan. Dir. Michael Curtiz

Friday, October 23, 3:00 PM

THE DROWNING POOL (1975): In this neo-noir, private dick Lew Harper (Paul Newman) is in the Louisiana bayou working on a blackmail case involving the daughter (Melanie Griffith) of his old flame, Iris Devereau (Joanne Woodward). As he tries to solve the case, he becomes entangle in a power struggle between Iris and a local oil tycoon. Dir. Stuart Rosenberg

Saturday, October 24, 9:00 AM

HARPER (1966): In this neo-noir, soon to be divorced private eye (Paul Newman) sets out to find the missing millionaire husband for his crippled wife (Lauren Bacall). The trail leads to a religious cult and a kidnapping plot. His investigation also leads him to Shelley Winters as a faded starlet. Janet Leigh plays his estranged wife whom Harper still loves. Dir. Jack Smight

Saturday, October 24, 5:00 PM

ACE IN THE HOLE (1951): A small-town reporter (Kirk Douglas at his hammy best) milks a local disaster to get back into the big time, destroying everyone, including himself, along the way. Jan Sterling gives a tremendous performance as the trapped man's opportunistic wife. Dir. Billy Wilder


Saturday, October 24, 9:00 PM & Sunday, October 25, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

MACAO (1952): Drifter Nick Cochran (Robert Mitchum) in the Far East is mistaken for an undercover cop by a ruthless gangster who plans an elaborate trap to kill him. An American salesman (William Bendix), a beautiful singer (Jane Russell) and the gangster's sexy moll (Gloria Grahame) make plenty of trouble for him too. Dir. Josef von Sternberg

Sunday, October 25, 11:00 PM

DIABOLIQUE (1955): In this twisting and turning French thriller, the wife (Vera Clouzot) and lover (Simone Signoret) of a sadistic headmaster (Paul Meurisse) plot to kill him. When American producer and schlock-master William Castle saw kids standing in line in the pouring rain to watch this film, he decided that making thrillers was the direction in which to take his independent film production career. Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot

Monday, October 26, 6:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Film Noir Triple Bill

6:30 AM

THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME (1947): Robert Young is brilliantly cast against type as a married Lothario whose sexual antics lead to tragedy. Director Irving Pichel elicits superb, nuanced performances from Susan Hayward (his latest lover), Jane Greer (his former lover) and Rita Johnson (his beleaguered wife), all full-blooded characters in Jonathan Latimer's sharp-edged screenplay. Produced by Hitchcock protégé Joan Harrison. Dir. Irving Pichel

8:15 AM

WHERE DANGER LIVES (1950): A suicidal patient (Faith Domergue) draws her doctor (Robert Mitchum) into a web of sex and murder in this dream like noir. When he accidently kills her husband (Claude Rains in a film stealing performance), they go on the run to Mexico despite the brain injury that is slowly incapacitating him. Dir. John Farrow

10:00 AM

FINGERS AT THE WINDOW (1942): Actor Oliver Duffy (Lew Ayres) saves a woman Edwina Brown (Laraine Day) from an ax murderer. The pair decides to capture him to help the police solve a rash of seemingly unrelated ax murders believed to be due to "an epidemic" of schizophrenia. They are drawn further into the investigation and encounter the sinister Dr. H. Santelle (Basil Rathbone). Dir. Charles Lederer


Saturday, October 31, 9:00 PM & Sunday, November 1, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Sunday, November 1, 7:00 AM

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 Cornell Woolrich's novel, Black Alibi. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

Eddie Muller presents Where the Sidewalk Ends on NOIR ALLEY October 3 and 4.

Joan Crawford and John Garfield in Humoresque on October 4

Lucille Ball and Boris Karloff in Lured on October 5

Peter Cushing stars in Cash on Demand on October 5

Joseph Losey's Time Without Pity screens October 5

Tom Neal v. Ann Savage in noir cult classic Detour on October 8

Kent Smith and Ann Sheridan in Nora Prentiss on October 9

Waking to bad news? Bacall & Bogart in Dark Passage on October 9

Top noir classic Out of the Past screens October 9

George Raft stars in Race Street on October 9

Ella Raines and Brian Donlevy in Impact on October 9

Robert Ryan and Loraine Day in The Woman on Pier 13 on October 9

Eddie Muller presents Lizabeth Scott and Robert Mitchum in The Racket on NOIR ALLEY October 10 and 11

David McCallum in Violent Playground on October 12

Patty McCormack in The Bad Seed on October 15 and 31

Eddie Muller presents Destination Murder on NOIR ALLEY on October 17 and 18

Takashi Nomura's A Colt Is My Passport screens October 19

Orson Welles' Touch of Evil on October 19

Gloria Grahame and Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place on October 19

Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell star in They Live by Night on October 21

Burt Lancaster in Siodmak's The Killers on October 22

Patricia Neal and John Garfield in The Breaking Point on October 22

Paul Newman stars in The Drowning Pool on October 23

Jan Sterling in Ace in the Hole on October 24

Eddie Muller presents Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum in Macao on NOIR ALLEY October 24 and 25

Vera Clouzot and Simone Signoret in noir-thriller Diabolique on October 25

Jane Greer and Robert Young in They Won't Believe Me on October 26

Where Danger Lives on October 26

Eddie Muller presents Val Lewton's The Seventh Victim on NOIR ALLEY October 31 and November 1

Val Lewton's The Leopard Man screens November 1


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