Film Noir and Neo-Noir on TCM: June, 2024

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Saturday, June 1, 7:07 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

Saturday, June 1, 10:45 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, June 1, 6:45 PM

GUN CRAZY (1949): In this justly legendary noir, a gun obsessed reform school graduate (John Dall) meets the girl of his dreams, a circus sharpshooter (Peggy Cummins). They get married in a fever, but she gets fed up living without the finer things of life. The two go on a crime spree, but her blood lust had fatal consequences. Dir. Joseph H. Lewis

Noir Alley

Saturday, June 1, 9:00 PM & Sunday, June 2, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (1951): I’ll leave this one to FNF president and Noir Alley host Eddie Muller to describe. “When I first encountered this exceptional film more than a decade ago, I declared it "Gun Crazy [1950] scripted by John Steinbeck." A minor masterpiece in the filmography of the virtually forgotten Felix Feist, this is one of the best "love on the lam" tales in all noir. Steve Cochran--the Elvis of Noir—is perfect as a vulnerable ex-con who falls hard for bruised "taxi dancer" Ruth Roman (as a blonde! And never better!). Thwarted passions, a dank hotel room, a dirty cop—a gunshot! And suddenly our luckless lovers are fugitives fleeing cross-country. It's high time for this fantastic film to finally come out of hiding and get the recognition it deserves.” Dir. Felix Feist

Sunday, June 2, 3:15 AM – 7:00 AM

Murderous Marriage Double Bill

3:15 AM

THE HONEYMOON KILLERS (1970): Con man Raymond Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco) who seduces women steals their money and then abandons them meets his match when he tries his routine on Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler). She proves a master of manipulation and soon exerts an intense emotional control over him. She poses as his sister as he marries and defrauds a series of women; the pair eventually begins murdering their victims. Seems far-fetched? The story is based on a real couple, "The Lonely Hearts Killers", who operated in the 40s and were even more ruthless in real life. Dir. Leonard Kastle

5:30 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

Tuesday, June 4, 3:00 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

Wednesday, June 5, 4:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Different Shades of Noir Mini-Marathon

4:00 AM

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

5:15 AM

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1945): One of the most famous fantasy stories of all-time is given a sumptuous and sinister telling in this classic MGM film version. Renowned artist Basil Hallward (Lowell Gilmore) paints a glorious portrait of the dashing and callow narcissist Dorian Gray (Hurd Hatfield), whose ardent wish is that the painting age in his stead. When Dorian realizes his wish has been granted, he embarks on a hedonistic lifestyle that destroys all who dare love him. In only her third screen appearance, Angela Lansbury was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar® for her portrayal of Sibyl Vane. Screenplay by Albert Lewin, based on the story by Oscar Wilde. While not truly a film noir, we think that our FNF followers will enjoy it as our NOIR CITY 14 attendees did. Dir. Albert Lewin

7:15 AM

THE SCAPEGOAT (1959): An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count who swaps identities with him while he’s drunk to achieve his murderous plans. The Englishman finds meaning in his new, unexpected life by helping the count’s wife (Irene Worth), mother (Bette Davis), sister (Pamela Brown), daughter and mistress. Based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier. Dir. Robert Hamer

9:00 AM

VICTIM (1961): Brit noir meets social consciousness in this fine drama. Closeted and married barrister Melville Farr (Dirk Bogarde) risks both his career and personal life to expose the blackmailers who prey on gay men afraid of England’s criminal prosecution of homosexuals and who drove his friend to suicide. The film also portrays his relationship with his wife (Sylvia Syms) and the impact of his actions on their marriage in a complex and empathetic manner. The film, while negatively affecting star Bogarde’s career, did help shift public opinion about the anti-sodomy laws in the U.K. England and Wales decriminalized most consensual homosexual conduct in 1967. Dir. Basil Dearden

10:45 AM

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

12:45 PM

THE LAST OF SHELIA (1973): Movie producer Clinton Greene hopes to solve the mystery surrounding his wife's death the year before by inviting the suspects aboard his yacht and engaging them in an elaborate mystery game. He assigns everyone a secret that they are not to share with anyone. Every day for the next six days, they will call into a port where they will be given clues to discover one person's secret. The game takes a deadly twist when a murder takes place. The guests comprise Richard Benjamin, James Mason, Joan Hackett, Raquel Welch, Dyan Cannon, and Ian McShane. Co-writers Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins used to host murder mystery parlor games. Guests included producer and director Herbert Ross, who encouraged them to write a script based on this type of party. Dir. Herbert Ross

3:00 PM

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, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. D.P. Robert Burks’ outstanding work earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, June 7, 8:45 AM

MR. ARKADIN a.k.a. CONFIDENTIAL REPORT (1955): Mr. Arkadin (Orson Welles), one of the richest men in Europe, hires Guy Van Stratten (Robert Arden), an amoral young man, to help him uncover clues about his past. He claims that he suffers from amnesia and that he has no idea how he came by his wealth. Guy races against an unknown murderer bent on killing anyone who can reveal information about Arkadin. Things get even more complicated when he falls for Arkadin’s daughter. Dir. Orson Welles

Saturday, June 8, 7:08 AM

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

Saturday, June 8, 12:30 PM

ANGEL FACE (1953): An ambulance driver (Robert Mitchum) romances a beautiful but unstable woman (Jean Simons) who gets him a job as a chauffeur and promises him the capital to open his own garage. Murder and disaster follow. Mona Freeman plays the girlfriend he dumps for better things. Her reaction to his behavior, especially when he tries to come back to her, makes her character transcend the usual thankless good girl roles in noir. Dir. Otto Preminger

Noir Alley

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

Saturday, June 8, 9:15 PM & Sunday, June 9, 7:00 AM

NEVER OPEN THAT DOOR (No abras nunca esa puerta) (1952): Preserved by the Film Noir Foundation in 2013 and now beautifully restored through the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Based on two short stories by American master of suspense fiction Cornell Woolrich (Somebody on the Phone and (Humming Bird Comes Home), the film is brilliantly directed by Argentine filmmaker Carlos Hugo Christensen with extraordinary cinematography by Pablo Tabernero. Never Open That Door is one of the most evocative realizations of Woolrich ever produced, featuring masterful sequences of sustained suspense. Dir. Carlos Hugo Christensen

Saturday, June 8, 11:00 PM & Sunday, June 9, 8:45 AM

IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE (Si muero antes de despertar) (1952): Originally intended to be the third segment of Never Open That Door, the film was released separately the same year. The film was based on a story of the same name by Cornel Woolrich A carefree young boy (Nestor Zavarce), thought hopelessly delinquent by his police-officer father, learns harsh lessons in life, loyalty, and courage when he realizes several female classmates are the victims of a serial killer—and he attempts to track down the culprit on his own. Framed as a children’s fairy tale, the film grows relentlessly darker, culminating in a terrifying sequence that would never have made it past Hollywood censors. Dir. Carlos Hugo Christensen

Sunday, June 9, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Film Noir Double Feature

5:00 PM

THE LOST WEEKEND (1945): Ray Milland won the Oscar for his performance as Don Birnam, an alcoholic writer with writer’s block who reaches the lower depths while on a bender. The story cuts between the present and the past, trying to explain what’s led him down the path of self-destruction despite the love of his brother (Phillip Terry) and his girlfriend (Jane Wyman). The film also won the Oscars for Picture, Director and Screenplay. Based on the groundbreaking novel by Charles R. Jackson Dir. Billy Wilder

7:00 PM

ALIAS NICK BEALE (1949): This Faustian tale of soul corruption has campaigning politician Thomas Mitchell making a pact with Lucifer (Ray Milland), while succumbing to delectable devil-doll Audrey Totter. Jonathan Latimer's fabulous, fabulist screenplay is rendered by director Farrow (The Big Clock, Where Danger Lives) in high noir style. Dir. John Farrow

Monday, June 10, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Film Noir Double Feature

3:30 PM & Tuesday, June 18, 9:30 PM

LAURA (1944): In this film noir based on the Vera Caspary novel, dedicated detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates the death of the beautiful Laura (Gene Tierney), brutally gunned down at the door of her flat. As he interviews her friends and lovers, a complicated portrait of her emerges and he finds himself falling for the deceased girl. Clifton Webb and Vincent Price give outstanding performances as two bickering rivals for Laura’s affections. Joseph LaShelle won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White for his work on the film. Dir. Otto Preminger

5:00 PM

PSYCHO (1960): Marion 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

Tuesday, June 11, 10:00 AM – 2:45 PM

Film Noir Triple Feature

10:00 AM

OUT OF THE FOG (1941): A racketeer (John Garfield) terrorizes a small fishing community and seduces a tailor’s daughter (Ida Lupino). The tailor and his friend must figure out how to fight the racketeer to keep their only solace, their fishing boat, from being destroyed in an “accident” and to save the daughter from throwing her life away on the racketeer. Dir. Anatole Litvak

11:30 AM

BLUES IN THE NIGHT (1941): In this consummate jazz noir, pianist Jigger Pine (Richard Whorf) forms a quintet with his singer/wife fronting the band (Priscilla Lane). Relationship problems, criminal activity and the siren song of success all threaten the band’s devotion to jazz and the blues. A remarkable collection of talented actors contributes to the film, Lloyd Nolan, Jack Carson, Wallace Ford, Joyce Compton, Howard Da Silva, and a young Elia Kazan. Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer scored the film and penned the Oscar nominated title song, Blues in the Night which became a huge hit and part of the Great American Songbook. Dir. Anatole Litvak

1:00 PM

THE LONG NIGHT (1947): This inferior American remake of Marcel Carné’s Le jour se lève (1939) opens with protagonist Joe Adams (Henry Fonda) wanted for murder and trapped by the police in his apartment. Flashbacks reveal how he got there. Vincent Price gives a memorable supporting performance as his nemesis, dog act maestro Maximilian the Great. Dir. Anatole Litvak

Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Film Noir Triple Bill

6:30 AM

STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR (1940): Peter Lorre is the Stranger, haunting a reporter (John McGuire) whose testimony sentenced a possibly innocent man (Elisha Cook Jr.) to death. Can the writer's girlfriend (Margaret Tallichet) uncover the truth in time? A revelatory burst of hallucinatory cinema, featuring a prolonged dream sequence that was the initial injection of noir expressionism into Hollywood's bloodstream. Shot by the incomparable D.P. Nicholas Musuraca. Dir. Boris Ingster

8:00 AM

LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE (1951): After being stranded in a small Texas town, an actress (Ruth Roman) champions the cause of a man (Richard Todd) recently acquitted in a re-trial for murdering his wife, but still under suspicion by the local townsfolk. Dir. King Vidor

9:45 AM

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955): Bogus preacher Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) marries an outlaw’s widow (Shelly Winters in a stunning performance) in search of the dead man’s hidden loot. The widow’s son (Billy Chapin) sees through him and tries to keep the secret of the treasure location and protect his mother, sister and himself from Powell. Lillian Gish plays the force of good in opposition to Mitchum’s evil. Dir. Charles Laughton

Wednesday, June 12, 1:00 PM & Thursday, June 20, 5:00 PM

REAR WINDOW (1954): A wheelchair-bound photographer passes the time of his disability by spying on his neighbors. One day he witnesses a murder. Or does he? This iconic mystery was adapted from a story by Cornell Woolrich and earned a Best Writing, Screenplay Oscar nomination for screenwriter John Michael Hayes. The film earned three more Oscar nods for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Color and Best Sound, Recording. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Saturday, June 15, 5:27 AM

BODYGUARD (1948): Hollywood’s toughest mug returns! The ominous Lawrence Tierney is perfectly cast as an insubordinate cop who gets framed off the force and goes undercover to expose corruption and murder in the meat-packing industry. Comely support is rendered by the beautiful Priscilla Lane (who retired from the screen after this film—was it Larry?). This early Richard Fleischer RKO programmer boasts a pace that exceeds the speed limit! The screenplay by Fred Niblo Jr. and Harry Essex was adapted from an original story co-written by, yes, that Robert Altman! Dir. Richard Fleischer

Saturday, June 15, 7:07 AM

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

Noir Alley

Saturday, June 15, 9:00 PM & Sunday, June 16, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

CALL NORTHSIDE 777 (1948): In this fact-based film noir, a Chicago journalist (Jimmy Stewart) crusades to overturn the false conviction of a man (Richard Conte) serving a life sentence for a policeman’s murder. Director: Henry Hathaway

Saturday, June 15, 11:15 PM – 3:15 AM

Hitchcock Double Feature

11:15 PM

VERTIGO (1958): An old friend hires ex-cop Scotty (Jimmy Stewart) to follow his beautiful but emotionally disturbed wife (Kim Novak) through the gorgeously shot streets of San Francisco. Stewart gives an intensely dark performance as Scotty spirals further and further into romantic obsession. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

1:30 AM

I CONFESS (1953): In Quebec, a priest (Montgomery Clift) hears the confession of a murderer and then finds himself accused of the crime. He can’t break the sanctity of the confessional and must find another way to clear himself. To complicate matters his ex-sweetheart (Anne Baxter), who still loves him, was being blackmailed by the victim. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, June 17, 6:15 AM

THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS (1944): The eternal noir duo of Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre star in this film adaptation of the Eric Ambler novel which also features Zachary Scott in his film debut. Novelist Cornelius Leyden (Lorre) investigates the mysterious death of international criminal Dimitrios Makopoulus (Scott) after Dimitrios’ body is discovered in Istanbul. The mysterious Peters (Greenstreet) encourages Leyden and promises him a financial reward. But what is Peters’ motivation for the investigation? The always wonderful character actress Fay Emerson plays a supporting role as a lover formerly fleeced by Dimitrios. Dir. Jean Negulesco

Monday, June 17, 5:00 PM

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967): In a small Mississippi town, racist Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) mistakenly accuses African American Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) of the recent murder of a prominent Northern industrialist. When Gillespie discovers that Tibbs is a Homicide detective from Philadelphia, he enlists his help to solve the murder. This groundbreaking neo-noir won five Oscars, including Best Picture. Dir. Norman Jewison

Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 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

Wednesday, June 19, 3:15 AM – 5:00 PM

TCM Salutes Nicholas Ray

Here are the noirs...

3:15 AM

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

5:00 AM

A WOMAN’S SECRET (1949): In this woman’s picture mixed with humor and some noir elements Gloria Grahame plays the ditzy but sly singer Esterllita who is shot at the opening of the film, presumably by her agent and mentor Marian (Maureen O’Hara). The police arrest Marian. But did she do it? The film employs a series of flashbacks to portray the events leading up to the crime prior to the resolution of the mystery. Director Ray and Grahame would later marry and work together on the seminal film noir, In a Lonely Place (1950). Dir. Nicholas Ray

6:30 AM

BORN TO BE BAD (1950): A coterie of affluent San Franciscans is turned inside-out by the appearance of Christabel Caine (Joan Fontaine), a sweet and demure waif who turns out to be "about as helpless as a wildcat." In short order, she replaces her cousin (Joan Leslie) in the affections of a millionaire philanthropist (Zachary Scott) while carrying on a torrid affair with a bohemian novelist (Robert Ryan).. Dir. Nicholas Ray

9:45 AM

ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1952): Robert Ryan gives an emotionally charged performance as a city cop on the verge of a breakdown. After nearly killing a suspect, he’s sent out to the country to find the murderer of a young woman. There he encounters the blind sister (Ida Lupino) of the main suspect. Can he overcome his personal demons and connect with her? Added bonus: John Ford Players Ward Bond and Olive Cary portray the murdered girl’s parents. Dir. Nicholas Ray

11:15 AM

THE LUSTY MEN (1952): In this Nicholas Ray helmed Western noir, a faded rodeo star (Robert Mitchum) mentors a younger rider to help him raise the money he needs to buy his dream ranch through rodeo competition (Arthur Kennedy) and then falls for his wife (Susan Hayward). As one would expect, complications ensue. Dir. Nicholas Ray

Friday, June 21, 7:15 AM

THE PHENIX CITY STORY (1955): Based on a true story, two crusading lawyers, a father and son (John McIntire and Richard Kiley), take on the corrupt machine running a Southern town at great personal cost. Dir. Phil Karlson

Friday, June 21, 3:15 PM

THE STRANGLER (1964); This independent production was released a year after production to capitalize on the Boston Strangler killings. Lonely and disturbed hospital lab worker Leo Kroll (Victor Buono) who is under the thumb of a domineering mother (Ellen Corby) leads a double life as a deranged killer of young women—particularly nurses. Dir. Burt Topper

Saturday, June 22, 7:07 AM

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

Noir Alley

Saturday, June 22, 9:15 PM & Sunday, June 23, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THE LOCKET (1946): Psychiatrist Dr. Blair (Brian Aherene) tries to convince a millionaire (John Willis) that his future bride (Laraine Day) is really Blair’s mentally unstable ex-wife, Nancy (Laraine Day). As Blair tells his tale to the soon to be groom, he reveals that he had received a similar visit by a high-strung artist (Robert Mitchum) after his marriage to Nancy. Is Blair telling the truth or is it the paranoid delusion of a mad man? Dir. John Brahm

Saturday, June 22, 11:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Don’t Marry Bogie Double Feature

2:00 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, even though Babs is both uncharacteristically slow on the uptake and rather wimpy in this one. Dir. Peter Godfrey

4:00 AM

CONFLICT (1945): A seemingly happily married man, (Humphrey Bogart) murders his wife so he can be free to marry her sister (Alexis Smith) who unfortunately does not return his affection. His friend and neighbor, a kindly psychologist (Sydney Greenstreet) starts to suspect something. Dir. Curtis Bernhardt

Sunday, June 23, 4:30 AM

SCENE OF THE CRIME (1949): LAPD Lieutenant Mike Conovan (Van Johnson) investigates the murder of his ex-partner Ed Monigan whom the department believes was on the take, since they found $1000 in cash on his corpse. Monigan’s son convinces Conovan that his father was working was working under cover. As Conovan tries to both find the murderer and clear his partner’s reputation, he cozies up to a stripper (Gloria De Haven). Meanwhile, his wife (Arlene Dahl) tries to persuade him to leave the dangers of police work behind. Dir. Roy Rowland

Sunday, June 23, 8:45 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 (Angela Lansbury and Keenan Wynn) shows up, things get ugly, and she finds herself held captive in her own home. Walter Plunkett and Gile Steele received Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White for their work on the film. Dir. John Sturges

Tuesday, June 25, 9:00 PM

KISS OF DEATH (1947): A psychotic gangster (Richard Widmark in an Oscar nominated performance) torments a small-time crook (the strapping Victor Mature) who has given state's evidence against him in this classic New York City crime drama. Widmark gives as career making performance as the giggling menace. Screenwriter Eleazar Lipsky was also nominated for an Oscar, Best Writing, Original Story. Dir: Henry Hathaway

Wednesday, June 26, 5:00 AM

THREE STRANGERS (1946): Noir strays into the supernatural realm in this fantastic tale of three strangers (Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Geraldine Fitzgerald) whose fates entwine with a mysterious Chinese idol and a winning lottery ticket. Deeply cynical, gloriously atmospheric Screenplay by John Huston and Howard Koch. Dir. Jean Negulesco

Wednesday, June 26, 10:15 AM

THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1934): A British family gets mixed up with spies and an assassination plot while vacationing in Switzerland. Things escalate quickly when the daughter is kidnapped, and the parents (Leslie Banks and Edna Best) must rely on themselves to save her. This tense thriller featured Peter Lorre’s first performance in an English language film. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Wednesday, June 26, 3:00 PM

M (1931): Peter Lorre is unforgettable as serial killer Hans Beckert, preying on children and whistling “In the Hall of the Mountain King” as he works. When the ensuing police crackdown proves bad for criminal business, all of Berlin’s underworld joins the manhunt for Beckert. This classic crime thriller was Fritz Lang’s first sound film, as well as the director’s personal favorite. Dir. Fritz Lang

Friday, June 28, 3:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Noir Double Bill

3:30 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

5:45 AM

JOURNEY INTO FEAR (1942): This playful film features Joseph Cotten, who adapted the novel for the screen, as a munitions expert who gets tangled up in an espionage plot in Turkey. Watch for Orson Welles as an amorous army officer. Karl Struss served as director of photography. Dir. Norman Foster

Friday, June 28, 11:00 AM

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. The film also garnered Oscar nominations, Carol Reed for Best Director and Oswald Hafenrichter for Best Film Editing. Dir. Carol Reed

Friday, June 28, 1:15 PM

BERLIN EXPRESS (1948): A multinational group of travelers find themselves thrown together to thwart the assassination of a prominent pacifist scientist by defiant Nazis bent on destabilizing post-war Germany. This improbable but intelligent thriller is a true rarity: a shot-on-location look at the resistance Allied powers faced reorganizing the vanquished German citizenry in the aftermath of WWII. Robert Ryan (the laconic American) and Merle Oberon (trying a sketchy French accent) head a cast comprising representatives of each Allied Zone: Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the United States. Although spiced with shadowy noir dramatics (lensed by Oberon’s husband, Lucien Ballard), the film’s most fascinating aspect is its time capsule view of global geopolitics in the rapidly closing window between the Marshall Plan and the building of the Berlin Wall. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

Friday, June 28, 5:00 PM

CAGED (1950): This film noir in women-in-prison clothing details the transformation of a young, naïve and pregnant widow (Eleanor 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 a still prescient issue facing the American penal system, is it reforming first time offenders or just turning prisoners into career criminals? Nominated for three Oscars including Best Actress for Parker and Supporting Actress for Emerson. Dir. John Cromwell

Saturday, June 29, 7:07 AM

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

Saturday, June 29, 1:45 PM

THE NARROW MARGIN (1952): In this seminal noir, a tough cop (Charles McGraw) meets his match when he has to guard a gangster's moll, (Marie Windsor) on a tense train ride. Can he keep her alive long enough for her to testify? Dir. Richard Fleischer

Noir Alley

Saturday, June 29, 9:15 PM & Sunday, June 30, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

NO QUESTONS ASKED (1951): A young lawyer (Barry Sullivan) secretly arranges the return of some stolen property with “no questions asked” to the insurance company he works for. They pay out less to the thieves than they would for the claim and he makes a fast buck. However, he finds himself in over his head when mobsters decide that he should broker a series of similar deals for them. Arlene Dahl co-stars. Dir. Harold F. Kress

Tom Conway stars in The Falcon and the Co-eds on June 1

Peggy Cummins in Gun Crazy on June 1

Eddie Muller presents Tomorrow Is Another Day on NOIR ALLEY on June 1 and 2

Tony Lo Bianco and Shirley Stoler are indeed The Honeymoon Killers screening June 2

Dirk Bogarde charms in Cast a Dark Shadow on June 2

Val Lewton's dreamy Cat People on June 5

Donna Reed and Hurd Hatfield in The Picture of Dorian Gray on June 5

Can a film change history? Dirk Bogarde stars in Victim on June 5

Simone Signoret and Vera Clouzot in Diabolique on June 5

Dyan Cannon in The Last of Sheila on June 5

Robert Walker in Strangers on a Train on June 5

Mr. Arkadin a.k.a. Confidential Report on June 7

Jean Simons in Angel Face on June 8

Eddie Muller presents Never Open That Door on the June-8-9 edition of NOIR ALLEY

Eddie Muller presents If I Should Die before I Wake on the June-8-9 edition of NOIR ALLEY

Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend on June 9

Hitch on the set of Psycho with Anthony Perkins, screening June 10

John Garfield and Ida Lupino in Out of the Fog on June 11

Noir musical, Blues in the Night on June 11

Peter Lorre in Stranger on the Third Floor on June 12

Mercedes McCambridge and Daryl Hickman in Lightning Strikes Twice on June 12

Hitchcock's Rear Window on June 12

Priscilla Lane and Lawrence Tierney in Bodyguard on June 15

Eddie Muller presents Call Northside 777 on NOIR ALLEY June 15 and June 16

Priestly Montgomery Cliff's in I Confess on June 15

The Mask of Dimitrios screens June 17

Farley Granger stars in They Live by Night on June 19

Maureen O'Hara in A Woman's Secret on June 19

Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward in The Lusty Men on June 19

Phil Karlson's The Phenix City Story screens June 21

Eddie Muller presents The Locket on the June 22-23 edition of NOIR ALLEY

Bogie and Barbara Stanwyck in The Two Mrs. Carrolls on June 22

Scene of the Crime screens June 23

Richard Widmark menaces — Kiss of Death on June 25

Peter Lorre in Fritz Lang's M on June 26

Alain Delon as Ripley — Purple Noon on June 28

Post-WWII Vienna through the lens of Robert Krasker — The Third Man on June 28

Uncompromising prison-noir — Caged on June 28

Tom Conway in The Falcon in San Francisco on June 29

Eddie Muller presents No Questions Asked on the June 29-30 edition of NOIR ALLEY