Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: July 2019

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Monday, July 1, 3:30 AM

CHANDLER (1971): Warren Oates plays the eponymous lead in this gritty neo-noir. He plays a security guard who revamps his PI business when a couple of Feds ask him to locate a witness for an organized crime trial. Noir stalwarts Charles McGraw and Gloria Grahame contribute supporting performances. Dir. Paul Magwood

Monday, July 1, 5:00 PM – 4:15 AM

TCM Salutes Star of the Month Glenn Ford

Here are the noirs...

5:00 PM

THE BIG HEAT (1953): In this seminal noir, a police detective (Glenn Ford) whose wife was killed by the mob teams with a gangster's moll (Gloria Grahame) to bring down a powerful racketeer (Alexander Scourby). Lee Marvin steals the film as Grahame's abusive boyfriend and eventual object of her revenge. Dir. Fritz Lang

12:45 AM

RANSOM! (1956): The father of a kidnapped boy (Glenn Ford) contends with the police, the press and his family as he struggles to find the best strategy to recover his son safely which may or may not include paying the ransom. Remade in 1996 with Mel Gibson in the lead. Dir. Alex Segal

2:45 AM

TERROR ON A TRAIN (1955): Birmingham's Chief Constable (Harold Warrender) enlists the aid of retired Major Peter Lyncort (Glenn Ford), a former member of the Royal Canadian Engineers' bomb disposal unit, when the police find a bomb on a train filled with explosives. Lyncort's marital problems add more pressure to an already tense situation. Dir. Ted Tetzlaff

Wednesday, July 3, 3:15 PM &
Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 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

Wednesday, July 3, 5:00 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

Thursday, July 4, 2:15 AM

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946): In this noir classic, illicit lovers (John Garfield and Lana Turner) plot to kill the woman's older husband. She wants to own her own restaurant, the eternal ambition of heroines created by James M. Cain, author of the original novel. The producers managed to stay quite faithful to the book while excising the sado-masochistic nature of the character's sexual relationship. Audrey Totter contributes a brief but memorable performance. Dir. Tay Garnett

NOIR ALLEY

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

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THE TATTOOED STRANGER (1950): Detectives investigate the murder of a young woman whose body is found in Central Park. The only clue to her identity and possibly to the motive for her murder is her Marine Corps tattoo. Watch for Jack Lord as a lab assistant. Dir. Edward J. Montagne

Saturday, July 6, 11:00 PM

RIFIFI (1954): Four thieves (Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel and Jules Dassin) plan a daring jewelry heist, expertly shot in complete silence by blacklisted director Jules Dassin. A woman proves their downfall or really a man's desire to impress a woman leads to their undoing. Dir. Jules Dassin

Monday, July 8, 6:30 PM

GILDA (1946): A gambler (Glenn Ford) discovers an old flame (Rita Hayworth) in South America, but she's married to his new boss (George Macready), and… um… friend—homoerotic noir at its best. If that weren't enough, there's Hayworth's incredibly steamy rendition of "Put the Blame on Mame" Whoof! Dir. Charles Vidor

Thursday, July 11, 12:45 AM

GASLIGHT (1944): A newlywed (Ingrid Bergman) fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion where her aunt was murdered ten years earlier. Joseph Cotten stars as the handsome stranger who aids her. Charles Boyer stars as the handsome husband who terrorizes her. Angela Lansbury plays the pretty maid who may be in league with Boyer. Based on Patrick Hamilton's Angel Street. The film won two Oscars, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ingrid Bergman and Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White for Cedric Gibbons, William Ferrari, Edwin B. Willis, Paul Huldschinsky, and earned five more nominations. Dir. George Cukor

Friday, July 12, 3:15 PM

ANOTHER THIN MAN (1939): Another fun outing with hard drinking husband and wife team Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) and their faithful companion Asta. This time their son Nicky, Jr. is along for the ride. In this third installment of the series, Nick and Nora venture out to Long Island to aid Nora's former business manager Colonel MacFay (C. Aubrey Smith). An old enemy of the Colonel's, the mysterious Mr. Church (Sheldon Leonard), claims that he's seen MacFay die in a dream and has come to watch his premonition come true. It does and the police quickly suspect him of McFey's murder. However, the Charleses soon find McFey was surrounded by quite a few people who benefited from his death. Based loosely on one of Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op stories, "The Farewell Murder". Dir. W S Van Dyke II.

Saturday, July 13, 1:00 PM

A KISS BEFORE DYING (1956): Beautiful and wealthy Ellen (Virginia Leith) falls in love with Bud Corliss, the fiancé (Robert Wagner) of her dead sister Dorie (Joanne Woodward), not realizing that he's responsible for her sister's death, an apparent suicide. Will she find out the truth before it is too late? Mary Astor gives an outstanding performance as Bud's mother. Adapted from the Edgar Award winning debut novel of Ira Levin. Dir. Gerd Oswald

Saturday, July 13, 2:45 PM

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

NOIR ALLEY

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

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THE PEOPLE AGAINST O'HARA (1951): A recovering alcoholic and retired defense attorney (Spencer Tracy) comes out of his "retirement" to save a young man (John Hodiak) framed for robbery and murder by his co-worker, an ex-con. Dir. John Sturges

Tuesday, July 16, 5:45 AM

THE FALLEN SPARROW (1943): A Spanish Civil War veteran (John Garfield) journeys to New York to investigate the death of his policeman friend. He suspects the suicide is in fact a murder. Nazis, as well as a beautiful woman (Maureen O'Hara), complicate his search for the truth. Based on the novel by pulp great Dorothy B. Hughes who also wrote the novels In a Lonely Place (1947) and Ride the Pink Horse (1946). Dir. Richard Wallace

Wednesday, July 17, 3:00 PM

WHITE HEAT (1949): "Top of the world, Ma!" a G-man (Edmond O'Brien) infiltrates a gang run by a mother-fixated psychotic, James Cagney in a stand out performance. This film marks the cinematic movement away from the traditional Warner Brothers' portrayal of the gangster to the more cynical and psychological film noir interpretation. Virginia Kellogg garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story for the film. Pointless trivia: Naked Gun 33 1/3 borrowed the plot. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Wednesday, July 17, 9:30 PM

THE HITCH-HIKER (1953): In this gripping suspense piece, a murderous madman (William Talman) on the lam from the law kidnaps two businessmen (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) on a hunting trip. Noir siren Ida Lupino both directed and co-wrote the film which was produced by The Filmmakers, the independent production company she founded with her then husband Collier Young. Dir. Ida Lupino

NOIR ALLEY

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

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956): The owner of a big city news conglomerate dies, leaving it to his ne'er-do-well son (Vincent Price). Said son decides to create a competition among the heads of each department: Dana Andrews, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell and James Craig. Whoever can discover the identity of the "Lipstick Killer" terrorizing the city will be the new executive editor. Ids Lupino gives a memorable performance as a cynical reporter in cahoots with Sanders. Dir. Fritz Lang

Wednesday, July 24, 8:00 AM

SUSPICION (1941): A handsome gambler Johnny Aysgarth (Cary Grant) pursues the shy and wealthy Lina McLaidlaw (Joan Fontaine). He courts and marries her. After the honeymoon she discovers unsettling things about his character. She becomes increasingly suspicious of him when Johnny's friend and business partner, Beaky (Nigel Bruce) dies mysteriously. Based on Anthony Berkeley Cox's novel After the Fact. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Wednesday, July 24, 3:15 PM

THIS WOMAN IS DANGEROUS (1952): After pulling off a daring heist in New Orleans, a lady gangster (Joan Crawford) leaves her lover and partner in crime behind and checks into an Indianapolis hospital to undergo experimental surgery to save her failing eyesight. When she falls for her handsome doctor (Dennis Morgan), will she change her ways and will her lover let her go without a fight? Dir. Felix Feist

Friday, July 26, 5:30 AM

JAMAICA INN (1939): A young woman (Maureen O'Hara) moves to the Cornish coast to live with her aunt (Marie Ney). She stumbles onto a ring of bloodthirsty scavengers, led by her uncle (Leslie Banks). She also has to deal with the local squire (Charles Laughton) who is enchanted by her beauty. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Saturday, July 27, 9:00 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 & Orson Welles (uncred.)

Saturday, July 27, 10:15 AM

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, July 27, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, July 28, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THIEVES' HIGHWAY (1949): A war-veteran, Richard Conte, wants to avenge the fleecing and crippling of his truck-driver father by an amoral produce kingpin, noir favorite Lee J. Cobb. Jack Oakie gives a stand-out performance as a rival truck driver in the vet's way. Dir: Jules Dassin

Sunday, July 28, 5:00 PM

A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951): This sublime adaptation of Theodore Drieser's An American Tragedy is noir to the core, despite the gloss and glamour Paramount ladled on to make it a huge hit. A blue-collar social climber (Montgomery Clift) falls for a gorgeous society debutante (Elizabeth Taylor, at the peak of her beauty), but his plain, prole, and pregnant girlfriend (Shelley Winters) stands in the way of his personal American Dream. It won Oscars for best costumes, score, editing, cinematography, screenplay, and direction, yet somehow lost best picture to An American in Paris. Dir. George Stevens

Sunday, July 28, 11:00 PM

LE SAMOURAI (1967): A hit-man (Alain Delon pretty much wearing Alan Ladd's costume from This Gun for Hire) tries to get away with murder but a beautiful pianist spells his doom. Achingly beautiful and sublimely meditative. Five stars. Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville

Monday, July 29, 11:45 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. Dir. W. S. Van Dyke

Monday, July 29, 5:00 PM

EXPERIMENT IN TERROR 1962): A master criminal (Ross Martin) tries to force a bank teller (Lee Remick) to help him pull off a big heist by terrorizing her and threatening the safety of her sister (Stefanie Powers). Shot partly on location in San Francisco. Dir. Blake Edwards

Wednesday, July 31, 9:15

THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1972): New York Detectives, Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) attempt to intercept a massive heroin shipment coming into the city and hunt down the criminal mastermind behind it, Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey). This gritty procedural also features one of the best car chases in cinematic history. In addition to earning Best Picture and Best Actor for Hackman at the Oscars, the film won Best Director for Friedkin, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. Dir. William Friedkin

Wednesday, July 31, 11:15

NIAGARA (1953): Despite Joseph MacDonald's Technicolor cinematography and its spectacular use of Niagara Falls, this film falls firmly into the noir category. A young couple (Jean Peters and Casey Adams) on vacation find themselves embroiled in a murderous plot involving their neighbors at the motor court. The wife (Marilyn Monroe) and her lover (Richard Allen) plot to kill her mentally unstable husband (Joseph Cotton) and things go awry. OTR greats Don Wilson and Lurene Tuttle play another vacationing married couple. Dir. Henry Hathaway

Warren Oates stars in Chandler on July 1

Donna Reed and Glenn Ford in Ransom! on July 1

Glenn Ford and Anne Vernon in Terror on a Train on July 1

Otto Preminger's Laura screens July 3 and 24

Lana Turner and John Garfield in The Postman Always Rings Twice on July 4

Eddie Muller presents The Tatooed Stranger on NOIR ALLEY July 6 and 7

Jules Dassin's heist thriller Rififi on July 6

Myrna Loy and William Powell back for Another Thin Man on July 12

Mary Astor and Robert Wagner in A Kiss Before Dying on July 13

Paul Newman and Shelly Winters in Harper on July 13

Eddie Muller presents The People Against O'Hara on NOIR ALLEY July 13 and 14

John Garfield and Maureen O'Hara star in The Fallen Sparrow on July 16

Backseat driver, William Talman, takes Frank Lovejoy and Edmond O'Brien for a ride on July 17

Eddie Muller presents While the City Sleeps on NOIR ALLEY July 20 and 21

This Woman Is Dangerous starring Joan Crawford on July 24

Alfred Hitchcock's lesser known Jamaica Inn screens July 26

Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles in Journey into Fear on July 27

Lee Remick stars in Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder on July 27

Eddie Muller presents Dassin's Thieves' Highway on NOIR ALLEY July 27 and 28

Montgomery Clift and Liz Taylor in A Place in the Sun on July 28

Alain Delon stars in Le Samourai on July 28

William Friedkin's The French Connection screens July 31

Marilyn Monroe stars in Niagara on July 31

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