Film Noir and Neo-Noir on TCM: March 2021

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Tuesday, March 2, 4:00 AM

STORM WARNING (1951): A model (Ginger Rogers) visits her recently married younger sister (Doris Day) in small town America and witnesses a lynching. When she arrives at her sister's home, she realizes her brother-in-law (Steve Cochran) was part of the lynch mob. Will she help the crusading D.A. (Ronald Regan) bring down the local branch of the KKK, including her sister's husband? Dir. Stuart Heisler

Wednesday, March 3, 3:00 AM

QUICKSAND (1950): Petty theft leads a mechanic (Mickey Rooney) into a life of crime. Peter Lorre helps corrupt him. Dir. Irving Pichel

Wed, March 3,5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

A Sweet Noir Double Bill

8:00 PM

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957): A desperate press agent (Tony Curtis) stoops to new depths to help an egotistical columnist (Burt Lancaster) in an emotionally repugnant, but brilliant, performance, break up his sister's romance. Suitably noirish cinematography by James Wong Howe and an acidic script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman combine with an excellent cast to deliver a remarkable film. Dir. Alexander Mackendrick

10:00 PM

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

Thursday, March 4, 11:00 PM

ROPE (1948): Two wealthy and louche pseudo-intellectuals (John Dahl and Farley Granger) murder a friend in a Nietzschean demonstration of will and folly. Then they throw a party inviting the victim's friends, family, and their old schoolteacher (Jimmy Stewart) who begins to suspect something odd when the guest of honor doesn't arrive for his own party. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, March 5, 3:15 PM

BRUTE FORCE (1947): In this brutal film noir, a convict (Burt Lancaster) plans a daring and violent escape from a sadistic prison. Gritty noir photography provided by Oscar winner William Daniels. Dir. Jules Dassin

Friday, March 5, 5:00 PM – 11:15 PM

Hitchcock Triple Play

5:00 PM

THE 39 STEPS (1935): When a beautiful double agent he was trying to help gets killed, and he stands accused of the crime, vacationing Canadian Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) must go on the run across the U.K. both to save himself and to stop a spy ring trying to steal top-secret information. Along the way he handcuffs himself to lovely lass (Madeline Caroll) who thinks he's a bad'un. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

6:45 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

8:45 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

Saturday, March 6, 9:00 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

Saturday, March 6, 12:30 PM

IN COLD BLOOD (1967) Bleak adaptation of Truman Capote's ground-breaking true crime book. Two men (Robert Blake and Scott Wilson) brutally murder a small-town Kansas family, thinking that ten thousand dollars is hidden in the house. They flee with the forty-three dollars they actually found, and the FBI hunts them. Dir. Richard Brooks

NOIR ALLEY

Saturday, March 6, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, March 7, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

KILLER'S KISS (1955): Boxer Davey (Davey Gordon) becomes entangled with taxi dance Gloria (Irene Kane) drawing the wrath of her boss/gangster Rapallo (Frank Silvera) who is obsessed with her. This is director Stanley Kubrick's second feature and his first foray into film noir. Dir. Stanley Kubrick

Wednesday, March 10, 9:45 PM

STRAIGHT TIME (1978): Max Dembo (Dustin Hoffman) starts his parole with small dreams: get a job, maybe meet a woman, but those dreams are destined to be crushed by the system and his own nature, forcing him back into a life of crime. Based on a novel written by Eddie Bunker (Reservoir Dogs) while he was in stir, the tale demonstrates how difficult it can be to leave prison behind, even in the outside world. Hoffman's gritty turn is supported by an amazing cast, including Theresa Russell, M. Emmet Walsh, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Busey, and Kathy Bates. Dir. Ulu Grosbard and Dustin Hoffman (uncredited)

Friday, March 12, 5:00 PM

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941): How do I love this movie, let me count the ways… In 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), a foppish thug (Peter Lorre) and an obese mastermind (Sydney Greenstreet). Director John Huston brilliantly adapted it from the Dashiell Hammett novel and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay. The film also garnered nominations for Best Picture and for Sydney Greenstreet, in his film debut, Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Dir. John Huston

NOIR ALLEY

Saturday, March 13, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, March 14, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THE NIGHT HOLDS TERROR (1955): In this noir based on a real-life hostage-taking, Gene Courtier (Jack Kelly) stops to pick up hitchhiker Victor Gosset (Vince Edwards) resulting in him and his two cohorts, taking over Courtier's suburban home. John Cassavetes is the brains of the operation and David Cross portrays the young criminal quickly realizing that he is in over his head. Dir. Andrew Stone

Tuesday, March 16, 1:30 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, March 19, 9:00 PM

BLOOD SIMPLE (1984): In the Coen brother's debut, a paranoid Texan bar (Dan Hedaya) owner hires a private detective (M. Emmett Walsh) to investigate his younger wife (Frances McDormand) and his employee (John Getz) whom he believes to be having an affair. Murder and madness follow. Dir. Joel Coen

Saturday, March 20, 10:30 AM

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (1955): A one-armed veteran (Spencer Tracy) uncovers small-town secrets when he tries to visit an Asian-American war hero's family. Noir icon Robert Ryan shines as the bigoted boss of the town. This film earned 3 Oscar nominations: Spencer Tracy for Best Actor in a Leading Role; John Sturges for Best Director; and Best Writing, Screenplay for Millard Kaufman. Dir. John Sturges

Saturday, March 20, 2:00 PM

ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959): In this drily witty courtroom drama, based on real events, a small-town lawyer (James Stewart) more interested in fishing and playing the piano then practicing law gets the case of a lifetime when he defends a soldier (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering the man who beat and raped his flirtatious wife (Lee Remick). Eve Arden once again does a lot with a small part as his long-suffering secretary. Duke Ellington composed the jazz score. Dir. Otto Preminger

NOIR ALLEY

Saturday, March 20, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, March 21, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Sunday, March 21, 10:30 AM

TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949): For many years, all 35mm prints of Too Late for Tears (1949) were believed lost, but through the determined efforts of the Film Noir Foundation, enough original material has been discovered to enable a restoration, performed under the auspices of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Based on a novel by future television titan Roy Huggins, and featuring Huggins' own brilliant screenplay, the film is a neglected masterpiece of noir, awaiting rediscovery. A suburban housewife (Lizabeth Scott) decides to keep a satchel of money accidentally tossed into her convertible, against the wishes of her husband (Arthur Kennedy). Dan Duryea plays the intended recipient of the cash and he's not into sharing. The result? Mayhem and murder. You can order your own copy on DVD/Blu-ray at FlickerAlley.com. Dir. Byron Haskin

Monday, March 22, 3:30 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

Monday, March 22, 7:30 AM

AUTUMN LEAVES (1956): A lonely stenographer (Joan Crawford) falls in love with a younger man (Cliff Robertson). They marry and she discovers that he has serious mental health issues. Dir. Robert Aldrich

Monday, March 22, 1:00 PM

STOP ME BEFORE I KILL (1961); This odd little noir from Hammer studios takes follows the story of a race car driver suffering from brain trauma from after a racing accident. He and his wife take a trip to the Cote D'Azur to help him fully recover. He keeps fantasizing about killing her. They meet a psychiatrist during their travels who offers to help. This is a noir and he is a psychiatrist, so you probably know where this is going to go. Dir. Val Guest

Tuesday, March 23, 3:00 AM - 5:00 PM

TCM Salutes Joan Crawford

Here are the noirs...

6:30 AM

A WOMAN'S FACE (1941): The soon to be queen of the noirs, Joan Crawford, starred in this suspenseful drama as a facially scarred blackmailer who's given a new outlook on life after plastic surgery. Can she adjust to a normal life and stop her ex-accomplice's nefarious plan to murder his nephew? Dir. George Cukor

10:30 AM

MILDRED PIERCE 1945): Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her performance as a woman who builds herself up from grass widow to successful restaurateur in a desperate effort to win the love of the most ungrateful brat in the history of cinema, her daughter Veda, brilliantly played by Ann Blyth. A marriage of convenience, adultery and murder ensue. At least Mildred has the greatest best friend ever, a wisecracking Eve Arden. Based on the James M. Cain story. Dir. Michael Curtiz

12:30 PM

POSSESSED (1947): In this excellent examination of obsession and mental illness, Joan Crawford gives a terrific—and Oscar nominated—performance as a married woman whose passion for a former love (Van Heflin) drives her towards a nervous breakdown. Crawford wandering through the streets of Los Angeles at dawn in a dissociative state is an indelible opening. Raymond Massey plays her compassionate husband. Dir. Curtis Bernhardt

2:30 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

Tuesday, March 23, 11:15 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

Wednesday, March 24, 5:00 PM - Thursday, March 25, 7:30 AM

Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet Marathon

Here are the noirs...

5:00 PM

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

8:30 PM

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. Dir. Jean Negulesco.

2:00 AM

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

3:30 AM

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941): How do I love this movie, let me count the ways… In 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), a foppish thug (Peter Lorre) and an obese mastermind (Sydney Greenstreet). Director John Huston brilliantly adapted it from the Dashiell Hammett novel and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay. The film also garnered nominations for Best Picture and for Sydney Greenstreet, in his film debut, Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Dir. John Houston

Wednesday, March 24, 10:00 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

NOIR ALLEY

Saturday, March 27, 9:15 PM &
Sunday, March 28, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

PÉPÉ LE MOKO Parisian crook Pépé Le Moko (the legendary Jean Gabin) thrives within Algiers's Casbah, where the locals protect him from the police. But a canny cop uses romance as bait when Pépé falls for a beautiful tourist. Exhibit A in the argument that the French were the first to do "noir." Dir. Julien Duvivier

Sunday, March 28, 11:00 AM

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

Sunday, March 28, 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

Tuesday, March 30, 9:30 PM

MICKEY ONE (1965): A stand-up comedian (Warren Beatty) known only as "Mickey" goes on the lam after falling deeply in debt to whom? His pursuit by "Them" assumes existential proportions, with surreal tableaux increasingly squeezing out reality. Combining familiar faces from 1940s films (Franchot Tone, Hurd Hatfield, Jeff Corey) with elliptical and ambiguous storytelling, Penn creates a unique—and perplexing—film that combines European art-house cinema with a traditional American crime movie. Dir. Arthur Penn

Storm Warning screens March 2

Mickey Rooney stars in Quicksand on March 3

Dick Powell as Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet on March 3

John Dahl and Farley Granger in Hitchock's Rope on March 4

Jules Dassin's tense prison-noir, Brute Force, on March 5

Robert Donat and Madeline Caroll in Hitchcock's The 39 Steps on March 5

Janet Leigh checks into the Bates Motel in Pyscho screening March 5 and March 24

Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre star in The Mask of Dimitrios on March 6 and March 24

Scott Wilson in In Cold Blood on March 6

Eddie Muller presents Kubrick's Killer's Kiss on NOIR ALLEY on March 6 and 7

Dustin Hoffman on parole in Straight Time screening March 10

John Huston's The Maltese Falcon on March 12 and March 24

Vince Edwards and John Cassavetes star in The Night Holds Terror on NOIR ALLEY, presented by Eddie Muller on March 13 and 14

Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall in Young Man with a Horn on March 16

The Coen Brothers' Blood Simple screens March 19

Lee Remick in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder on March 20

Eddie Muller presents The Third Man on NOIR ALLEY on March 20 and 21

Lizabeth Scott and Arthur Kennedy in Too Late for Tears on March 21

Dark revelations —Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten in Shadow of a Doubt on March 22

Cliff Robertson and Joan Crawford in Autumn Leaves on March 22

George Cukor's A Woman's Face screens March 23

Joan Crawford in Possessed on March 23

Joan Crawford gets desperate in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane on March 23

Patty McCormack stars in The Bad Seed on March 23

Three Strangers screens March 24

George Raft, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre in Background to Danger on March 25

Eddie Muller presents Pépé le Moko on NOIR ALLEY March 27 and 28

Kim Novak in Hitchcock's Vertigo on March 28

Susan Hayward's Oscar performance in I Want To Live screens March 28

Warren Beatty stars in Mickey One on March 30

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