Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: September 2019

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Sunday, September 1, 9:00 AM

LIFEBOAT (1944): In this bottle feature, seven survivors of a shipwreck must decide whether to trust the German member of the U-Boat that torpedoed their ship, and left them all stranded in a tiny lifeboat, as he is the only one among them with seafaring skills. The moral calculations each must make motor this thriller to a satisfying conclusion. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Sunday, September 1, 1:00 PM

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956): At the behest of his future father-in law, newspaper editor Austin Spenser, Tom Garret (Dana Andrews)—a novelist and opponent of capital punishment—frames himself for the murder of a stripper to prove the fallibility of circumstantial evidence. The pair callously decides against taking Garret's fiancée (Joan Fontaine) into their confidence. Dir. Fritz Lang

Sunday, Sept 1, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Psychopath Noir Double Feature

5:00 PM

CAPE FEAR (1962): Ex-convict, sex offender, and sociopath Max Caddy (Robert Mitchum) plots to destroy Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck) the district attorney who sent him to prison. Caddy wages a ruthless game of psychological warfare on Bowden, seemingly threatening Sam's wife (Polly Bergen) and 12 year old daughter without breaking any actual laws. Dir. J. Lee Thompson

7:00 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

Tuesday, September 3, 5:00 PM

NO WAY OUT (1950): Events spiral out of control when a racist gangster (Richard Widmark) blames a black doctor (Sidney Poitier) for the death of his brother. Linda Darnell plays the widow of the dead brother. Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewiez

Wednesday, September 4, 3:15 PM

SCARFACE (1932): This proto-noir helmed by Howard Hawks chronicles the rise and fall of gangster (Paul Muni), inspired by Al Capone and the Borgias. This film shot supporting player George Raft into stardom, but Ann Dvorak steals the film as Tony's sister and incestuous object of his desire. Watch for Boris Karloff in as an ill-fated crook. Screenplay badly remade by Brian De Palma in the 1980s. Dir. Howard Hawks

Thursday, Sept 5, 5:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Rural Noir Triple Bill

5:30 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

7:15 AM

INTRUDER IN THE DUST (1949): Nobel prize winner William Faulkner's 1948 novel is a high-minded piece of crime fiction, written as atonement for the mistreatment of blacks in his native South. Proud African American farmer Lucas Beauchamp (Juano Hernandez, in a memorable portrayal) is a defiant Mississippi landowner accused of murdering a white man. When the county's most prominent lawyer (David Brian) refuses to defend him, it's up to a young boy (Claude Jarman Jr.) to stand up to the vigilantes and help solve the crime. Dir. Clarence Brown

8:45 AM

GOD'S LITTLE ACRE (1958): Farmer Ty Ty (Robert Ryan) lets his family fall apart while he hunts for his grandfather's buried gold. Said family comprises daughter Darlin' Jill (Fay Spain); son Buck (Jack Lord), who suspects his wife Griselda (Tina Louise) is cheating with his brother-in-law Will (Aldo Ray), who is married to Ty's daughter, Rosamund (Helen Westcott) ; unmarried son Shaw (Vic Morrow); and his emotionally and geographically estranged son Jim (Lance Fuller), who has moved away. My head hurts. Elmer Bernstein composed the score. Dir. Anthony Mann


Saturday, September 7, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, September 8, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THE BIG CLOCK (1948): A corrupt publisher (Charles Laughton) tries to frame a career-driven editor (Ray Milland) for murder. Laughton's wife Elsa Lanchester shines in the small but memorable role of a bohemian artist. Based on the book by Kenneth Fearing, which was adapted a second time as the Kevin Costner vehicle No Way Out (1987). Dir. John Farrow

Sunday, Sept 8, 10:45 AM – 3:00 PM

Social Realism Noir Double Feature

10:45 AM

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 ground breaking novel by Charles R. Jackson Dir. Billy Wilder

12:45 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, September 8, 5:00 PM

BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING (1965): In this 1960's post noir, based on the novel by Evelyn Piper, a distraught mother (Carol Lynley) searches for her daughter, while the police, led by a seasoned detective (Laurence Olivier), question the girl's very existence. Is she just a figment of the woman's imagination? Noël Coward and Kier Dullea play Ann's lecherous landlord and brother respectively. Dir. Otto Preminger

Tuesday, September 10, 6:00 AM

HIGH WALL (1947): Quintessential postwar noir! Brain-damaged vet Robert Taylor confesses to murdering his unfaithful wife and is sentenced to a sanitarium. His doctor (sexy Audrey Totter) gradually realizes he might not be guilty. Taylor gives his best performance ever in this neglected gem, which glistens with director Curtis Bernhardt's feverish rain-soaked noirscapes. Dir. Curtis Bernhardt

Tuesday, September 10, 3:00 PM

GASLIGHT (1940): This is the first and franker big screen adaption of Patrick Hamilton's play Angel Street about a newlywed (Diana Wynyard) fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion where her aunt was murdered ten years earlier. Anton Walbrook plays the seemingly devoted husband. Dir. Thorold Dickinson

Wed, Sept 11, 6:45 PM – 10:15 PM

United Artist Noir Double Bill

6:45 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

8:30 PM

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


Saturday, September 14, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, September 15, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

NOCTURNE (1946): A police detective (George Raft) refuses to believe a womanizing composer's death was suicide. He interviews one of his ex-lovers after another, trying to find the truth. This cool little thriller features some touching scenes between George Raft and Mabel Paige as his mother. Screenplay by John Latimer. Dir. Edwin L. Marin

Monday, Sept 16, 1:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Bogie & Bacall Double Bill

1:15 PM

THE BIG SLEEP (1946): In Howard Hawks' clever and sophisticated adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, private eye Philip Marlowe's (Humphrey Bogart) investigates the involvement of an opium addled (and nymphomaniacal) society girl (Martha Vickers) in the murder of a pornographer. He also must determine if her sister (Lauren Bacall) is helping or hindering him. Dir. Howard Hawks

3:15 PM

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

Tuesday, Sept 17, 6:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Fatal Family Double Bill

6:30 AM

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 follows. 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

8:15 AM

DEAD RINGER (1964): In this late era noir, Bette Davis stars as twins, the rich and mean Margaret and the other poor and put upon spinster Edith meet after many years at the funeral of Margaret's husband Frank. Edith snaps when she discovers from Margaret why Frank dumped her and married Margaret instead. Edith shoots her sister, takes her place and tries to make "Edith's" death look like a suicide. Edith's boyfriend, police sergeant Jim Hobbson (Karl Malden) and Margaret's lover Tony (Peter Lawford) soon complicates things. Dir. Paul Henreid

Tuesday, September 17, 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 19, 2:00 AM

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

Saturday, September 21, 10:45 AM

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


Saturday, September 21, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, September 22, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH (1947): A shell shocked coastguardsman (Robert Ryan) falls for a married woman (Joan Bennett) trapped in a loveless marriage to a renowned artist that she accidently blinded during a drunken fight. He begins to suspect that her husband (Charles Bickford) may actually be able to see. Dir. Jean Renoir

Saturday, Sept 21, 11:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Hitchcock Double Feature

11:00 PM

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

12:30 AM

SABOTAGE (1936): This early Hitchcock thriller, based on Joseph Conrad's novel The Secret Agent, concerns an undercover detective pursuing a terrorist ring plotting to set off a bomb in London. When the detective's cover is blown, a pulse-pounding cat and mouse chase ensues. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, September 23, 12:30 PM

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

Tuesday, September 24, 12:00 PM

5 AGAINST THE HOUSE (1955): For a prank, four college buddies (Guy Madison, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore Kerwin Mathews), all Korean War Veterans, plan to rob a Reno casino- just to prove that it can be done. All, save one, plan on returning the money. Sexy Kim Novak spices up the proceedings. Dir. Phil Karlson

Wednesday, September 25, 7:30 PM

THE LONG GOODBYE (1973): This surprisingly effective adaption of Raymond Chandler's novel successfully transports Phillip Marlow to the 1970s. Marlow, played wonderfully by Elliot Gould, of all people, helps his old friend Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton) flee to Mexico when his wealthy wife is murdered. Marlow investigates the murder and becomes embroiled with an alcoholic writer (Sterling Hayder) and his wife (Nina van Pallandt). Dir. Robert Altman


Saturday, September 28, 9:00 PM & Sunday, September 29, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956): A cynical press agent (Humphrey Bogart) tempted by the money, goes to work as a PR flak for the corrupt manager (Rod Steiger) of a naïve boxer. He then must decide between the dough and exposing the inhuman conditions rife in the boxing game. DP Burnett Guffey earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White for his work on the film. Dir. Mark Robson

Saturday, September 29, 5:00 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

Eddie Muller presents NOIR ALLEY

Dana Andrews and Joan Fontaine star in Beyond a Reasonable Doubt on September 1

Robert Mitchum menaces in Cape Fear on September 1

Sidney Poitier and Richard Widmark in No Way Out on September 3

Paul Muni in Howard Hawks' Scarface on September 4

The Phenix City Story on September 6

Juano Hernandez and Claure Jarman, Jr. in Intruder in the Dust on September 5

Eddie Muller presents The Big Clock on NOIR ALLEY September 7 and 8

Ray Milland stars in The Lost Weekend on September 8

Montgomery Cliff and Liz Taylor in the spectacular A Place in the Sun on September 8

Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing on September 8

The 1940 Gaslight airs September 10

The Sweet Smell of Success screens September 11

Eddie Muller presents Nocturne starring George Raft on NOIR ALLEY September 14 and 15

Bogart checking Martha Vickers in The Big Sleep on September 16

Bogart, Claire Trevor and Lauren Bacall in Key Largo on September 16

Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons in Otto Preminger's Angel Face on September 17

Monkia Henreid assisting the director, her father Paul Henreid, on the set of Dead Ringer screening September 17

Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger in In the Heat of the Night screens September 17 and 19

Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford in The Big Heat on September 21

Eddie Muller presents The Woman on the Beach starring Joan Bennett and Robert Ryan on NOIR ALLEY September 21 and 22

Peter Lorre in the 1934 version of Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much on September 21

Peter Lorre and Mickey Rooney in Quicksand on September 23

Kim Novak in 5 Against the House on September 24

Eddie Muller presents boxing noir The Harder They Fall on NOIR ALLEY September 28 and 29

Ida Lupino and Joan Leslie in The Hard Way on September 29

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