Film Noir and Neo-Noir on TCM: July 2020

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Friday, July 3, 7:00 AM &
Friday, July 24, 4:45 AM

CLASH BY NIGHT (1952): In this film noir social realism hybrid, an embittered and world weary woman (Barbara Stanwyck) seeks escape from her life of hard knocks in marriage, only to fall for her husband's amoral best friend (Robert Ryan). The film features a small, early role for Marilyn Monroe. Based on a play by the ever-ponderous Clifford Odets. Dir. Fritz Lang


Saturday, July 4, 9:45 PM &
Sunday, July 5, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

SIGN OF THE RAM (1948): Wheelchair bound poet Leah St. Aubyn (Susan Peters) uses manipulation to control her husband and stepchildren. The arrival of her new secretary Sherida Binyon (Phyllis Thaxter) sets off an unexpected chain of events. Adapted from the novel by Margaret Ferguson. Dir. John Sturges

Sunday, July 5, 3:00 PM &
Wednesday, July 22, 1:45 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

Monday, July 6, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Prison Noir Double Bill

10:00 AM

I WAS FRAMED (1942): Corrupt construction magnate Stuart Gaines frames reporter Ken Marshall for drunk driving and manslaughter when Marshall is on the verge of exposing Gaines. Marshall's pregnant wife and his editor (Regis Toomey) vow to get him out but fail. His only option? Break out, of course. Dir. D. Ross Lederman

11:15 AM

EACH DAWN I DIE (1939): A crooked DA frames crusading reporter Frank Ross (James Cagney) for drunk driving and manslaughter. He goes to the big house and meets a charismatic racketeer and lifer "Hood" Stacey (George Raft). The pair develops an intense friendship causing "Hood" to become a better man. Can he help his unjustly convicted buddy? Dir. William Keighley

Tuesday, July 7, 1:00 AM

THE TALL TARGET (1951): In this film noir cloaked as historical fiction, a determined detective (Dick Powell) tries to prevent the assassination of President-elect Abraham Lincoln during the train ride to his inauguration. It's helmed by legendary noir director Anthony Mann and shot by Paul Vogel, the cinematographer responsible for Lady in the Lake's first person P.O.V. Dir. Anthony Mann

Tuesday, July 7, 11:15 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

Tuesday, July 7,1:15 PM

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

Tue, July 7,5:00 PM – Wed, July 8

TCM Salutes Sam Fuller

Here are the noirs...

6:45 PM

PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953): Sam Fuller's esteemed noir revolves around an amoral sneak thief, Richard Widmark, who steals a girl of ill repute's purse containing microfilm. He soon finds himself in the crossfire between the Feds and the Commies, but he's only out for himself. Thelma Ritter steals the show in an Oscar nominated performance as his friend, a small time grifter trying to make enough dough for her dream funeral. Dir. Sam Fuller

8:15 PM

HOUSE OF BAMBOO (1955): Where do I start with this luridly color and intensely homoerotic film noir? Trust me you have to see it to believe it. An Army investigator, a young, virile and handsome Robert Stack, infiltrates a Tokyo crime syndicate to solve a colleague's murder. The boss, a tightly wound Robert Ryan, becomes increasingly obsessed with his newest gang member. Dir. Samuel Fuller

10:15 PM

UNDERWORLD, U.S.A. (1961): Teenaged Tolly Devlin is the lone witness when a gang of hoods kill his father. As an adult ex-con, Devlin (Cliff Robertson) dedicates himself to avenging the murder. After rescuing a female drug courier, he uses her to gain access to the syndicate. When the FBI offers a deal as an informant, Devlin strings them along while hatching a plan to eliminate his father's killers. But revenge is so sweet, Devlin doesn't know when to stop. One of Fuller's punchiest smash-mouth crime dramas, Underworld, U.S.A. uses the never-ending war between the cops and crooks as backdrop to an all-consuming vendetta. Dir. Sam Fuller

Wednesday, July 8, 8:45 AM

THE LONG NIGHT (1947): Henry Fonda stars as Joe Adams in the American remake of Marcel Carné's Le jour se lève (1939). This proto-noir opens with Joe wanted for murder and trapped by the police in his apartment. The film tells in flashback how he got there. Vincent Price gives a great supporting performance as his nemesis, dog act maestro Maximilian the Great. Dir. Anatole Litvak

Wednesday, July 8, 12:45 PM

THE BRIBE (1949): A sultry singer (Ava Gardner) tries to tempt a federal agent (Robert Taylor) from the straight-and-narrow while he investigates an arms surplus racket on a small South American island. Charles Laughton and Vincent Price menace him. Dir. Robert Z. Leonard

Thursday, July 9, 4:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The Falcon Marathon

4:30 AM

THE FALCON STRIKES BACK (1943): Tom Lawrence (Tom Conway) aka "The Falcon" is arrested for the theft of $250,000 in war bonds and the murder of a bank official. He escapes to find the real culprit. Helmed by the noir icon Edward Dmytryk whose credits include Murder, My Sweet (1944), Crossfire (1947) Cornered (1945), and The Sniper (1952). Dir. Edward Dmytryk

5:45 AM

THE FALCON IN DANGER (1943): The daughter of an industrialist appeals to "The Falcon" (Tom Conway) for help when her father is kidnapped. Dir. William Clemens

7:00 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

8:30 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

10:00 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

11:30 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

1:00 PM

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

2:30 PM

THE FACLON'S ALIBI (1946): The Falcon (Tom Conway) finds himself caught up in a high society jewel robbery. Look for Jane Greer in an early supporting role, playing a beautiful nightclub singer. Dir. Ray McCarey

3:45 PM

THE FALCON'S ADVENTURE (1946): The Falcon (Tom Conway) saves a socialite from being kidnapped, but soon finds himself framed for murder. Dir. William Berke


Saturday, July 11, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, July 12, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

BODYGUARD (1948): Hollywood's biggest badass is back! Legendary lawbreaker Lawrence Tierney is ironically cast as an insubordinate lawman who gets framed off the force and goes undercover to expose corruption and murder in the meat-packing industry! Perky Priscilla Lane provides spunky support. This early Richard Fleischer programmer moves at a breakneck pace with the story co-credited to...yes, that Robert Altman! Dir. Richard Fleischer

Tuesday, July 14, 7:15 AM &
Saturday, July 18 1:00 PM

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

Tuesday, July 14, 8:45 AM

PETE KELLY'S BLUES (1955): Ex-doughboy turned jazz musician Pet Kelly (Jack Webb) leads a quartet playing at a Kansas City speakeasy during the Roaring 20s. The quartet gets crossed up with a gangster (Edmond O'Brien) and his alcoholic girlfriend (Peggy Lee). Cynical Kelly finds that he must take a stand. Ella Fitzgerald makes a memorable cameo as singer Maggie Jacks. Look for Jayne Mansfield as a cigarette girl. Dir. Jack Webb

Tuesday, July 14, 3:15 PM

POINT BLANK (1967): Existential neo-noir at its best. Lee Marvin stars as a wraith like criminal out to get his share of the loot from a robbery after his partner shots him, leaves him for dead and absconds both with all the money and his wife. Angie Dickinson co-stars as his sympathetic sister-in-law who aids him. Dir. John Boorman

Saturday, July 18 11:00 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

Saturday, July 18, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Bogie 1941 Noir Double Bill

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

7:00 PM

HIGH SIERRA (1941): Humphrey Bogart plays Roy Earle, a hardened criminal with a heart of gold, who finds love, redemption, and a not so happy ending with the lovely and vulnerable Ida Lupino in this noir classic. This was one of three roles that George Raft refused that Bogart accepted, ironically the three roles that shot him into stardom after years of playing second bananas at Warner Brothers to among others, George Raft. Dir. Raoul Walsh


Saturday, July 18, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, July 19, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Tuesday, July 21, 12:30 PM

TRAPPED (1949): T-Men investigating a flood of phony $20s spring convicted counterfeiter Tris Stewart (Lloyd Bridges) from the joint to use as an undercover operative. But Tris is only stringing the feds along until he makes a score and scoots to Mexico with his red-hot squeeze, Meg (Barbara Payton). The double- and triple-crosses come fast and furious as no one's sure who's a crook and who's a copper. A hasty and hard-edged B from director Richard Fleischer, with exceptional camera work by DP Guy Roe. Restoration funded by the Film Noir Foundation and performed by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Dir. Richard Fleischer


Saturday, July 25, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, July 26, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Tuesday, July 28, 3:00 AM &
Wednesday, July 29, 5:00 PM

THE THIN MAN (1934): Dashiell Hammett's urbane but fun loving sleuths Nick and Nora Charles, along with their pup Asta, investigate the disappearance of an inventor in this classic blend of laughs and suspense. Shot in just two weeks by director Woody "One-Shot'' Van Dyke and cinematographer James Wong Howe, this gem set the gold standard for the sophisticated comedy—inspiring five sequels as well as countless inferior imitations. Van Dyke previously directed Myrna Loy and William Powell in Manhattan Melodrama and spotted the terrific chemistry of their off screen banter between takes. He insisted on casting the pair as Hammett's hard-drinking super-couple and the glamorous pair became one of the movies' great romantic teams. Shot by the legendary cinematographer James Wong Howe. The film garnered four Oscar nominations, Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Powell, Best Director for W.S. Van Dyke, Best Writing, Adaptation for Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Dir. Woody Van Dyke

Thursday, July 30, 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

Tuesday, July 28, 7:00 PM – Wednesday, July 29, 2:30 AM

Lizabeth Scott Noir Marathon

5:00 PM

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 Flicker Alley. Dir. Byron Haskin

7:00 PM

DEAD RECKONING (1947): A tough veteran (Humphrey Bogart) sets out to solve his war buddy's murder. During his investigation he encounters his friend's best girl, Lizabeth Scott in easily the best performance of her career. Dir. John Cromwell

9:00 PM

PITFALL (1948): This independently produced gem is one of the most realistic explorations of adultery produced in 1940s. Bored suburbanite insurance salesman (Dick Powell) drifts into a dalliance with an anti-femme fatale, hard-luck model Mona (Lizabeth Scott), only to find his life and family threatened by an obsessive private eye (Raymond Burr) and a jealous ex-con. Director de Toth had the gifted Bill Bowers rewrite the script. The result is truly believable noir—a wrenching tale of repressed lust and suburban ennui. Dir Andre de Toth

10:45 PM

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

12:30 AM

THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946): Years after a murder drove them apart, an heiress (Barbara Stanwyck) tries to win back her lost love, Sam Masterson (Van Heflin). Her scion husband (Kirk Douglas), a four-star sot, objects. Lizbeth Scott plays the down on her luck girl that falls for Sam and further complicates things. Dir. Lewis Milestone

Robert Ryan and Barbara Stanwyck in Clash by Night on July 3 and 24

Eddie Muller presents Sign of the Ram on NOIR ALLEY July 4 and 5

Robert Walker and Farley Granger in Strangers on a Train screens July 5 and 22

James Cagney and George Raft in Each Dawn I Die on July 6

Director Anthony Mann's The Tall Target on July 7

Ingrid Bergman stars in Gaslight and July 7

Director Sam Fuller's Pickup on South Street on July 7

Robert Stack in House of Bamboo on June 7

Cliff Robertson stars in Underworld, U.S.A. on July 7

Vincent Price in The Long Night on July 8

Robert Taylor and Ava Gardner star in The Bribe on July 8

Tom Conway stars in The Falcon Strikes Back on July 9

The Falcon in Hollywood screens July 9

The Falcon in San Francisco on July 9

Jane Greer and Tom Conway in The Falcon's Alibi on July 9

Eddie Muller presents Bodyguard on NOIR ALLEY on July 11 and 12

Spencer Tracy still-spry in Bad Day at Black rock on July 14 and 18

Ella Fitzgerald on the set of Pete Kelly's Blues screening July 14

Point Blank starring Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson in San Francisco on July 14

Dick Powell goes noir in Murder, My Sweet on July 18

Director John Huston's classic The Maltese Falcon airs July 18

Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino in Raoul Walsh's High Sierra on July 18

Eddie Muller presents Three Strangers on NOIR ALLEY July 18 and 19

Barbara Payton and Lloyd Bridges in Trapped on July 21

Eddie Muller presents The Breaking Point starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal on NOIR ALLEY July 25 and 26

Myrna Loy and Asta in The Thin Man on July 28 and 29

Val Lewton's The Leopard Man screens July 30

Dan Duryea and Lizabeth Scott in Too Late for Tears on July 28 and 29

Humphrey Bogart and Lizabeth Scott in Dead Reckoning on July 28

Lizabeth Scott and Raymond Burr in Pitfall on July 28

Kirk Douglas, Van Heflin and Barbara Stanwyck in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers on July 29

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