Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: October 2019

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Saturday, October 5, 11:15 AM

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 (Madeleine Caroll) who thinks he's a bad'un. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Saturday, October 5, 1:00 PM

M (1951): The American version of Fritz Lang's 1931 classic about a child murderer simultaneously hunted by the police and the underworld receives renewed impetus in the setting of Bunker Hill locations under the direction of Joe Losey. David Wayne turns in a bravura performance as the killer and is supported by a veritable character actor's Hall of Fame: Howard Da Silva, Luther Adler, Steve Brodie, Raymond Burr, Norman Lloyd, Walter Burke and Jim Backus. Dir. Joseph Losey


Saturday, October 5, 9:15 PM &
Sunday, October 6, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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 camerawork by DP Guy Roe. Restoration funded by the Film Noir Foundation and performed by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Dir. Richard Fleischer

Monday, October 7, 5:00 PM

SCARFACE (1932): This proto-noir helmed by Howard Hawks chronicles the rise and fall of gangster (Paul inspired by Al Capone and the Borgias. This film shot supporting player George Raft into stardo 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

Tuesday, October 8, 10:15 PM

DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995): Denzel Washington stars as "Easy" Rawlins, a WWII veteran in Los Angeles who picks up some freelance detective work searching for a mysterious white woman, Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), who's hiding out in the city's African American enclave. Before Easy knows what's hit him, he's up to his ears in crooked cops, cutthroat crooks, and corrupt politicians. Featuring spectacular supporting turns by Don Cheadle and Tom Sizemore, a terrific score by Elmer Bernstein, and vivid period cinematography by Tak Fujimoto. Dir. Carl Franklin

Thursday, Oct 10, 6:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Noir-Tinged Horror Double Feature

6:15 PM

CURSE OF THE DEMON (1957): An American psychologist (Dana Andrews) travels to England to discredit the occult beliefs of the "Demon Cult." He's aided by a feisty schoolteacher (Peggy Cummins) whose father may have been killed by the Satanists. This suggestive and suspenseful sojourn into the Black Arts is one of the most spellbinding horror films ever made. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

7:45 PM

THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943): A young woman (Kim Hunter) leaves school to investigate the disappearance of her beautiful and mysterious older sister (Jean Brooks). She finds out some interesting facts: one, her sister was married; and two, she was part of a satanic set. The husband (Hugh Beaumont), a poet (Erford Gage) and a psychiatrist (Tom Conway) aid her search for the truth about her sister. Produced by horror icon Val Lewton. Dir. Mark Robson

Saturday, October 12, 3:00 PM

THE FIRST DEADLY SIN (1980): New York police sergeant Edward Delaney (Frank Sinatra) tries to catch a serial killer while dealing with the worsening health of his wife (Faye Dunaway). Sinatra won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Delaney. Based on the novel by Lawrence Sanders. Dir. Brian G. Hutton


Saturday, October 12, 9:15 PM &
Sunday, October 13, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Sunday, October 13, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Gene Tierney Film Noir Double Feature

5:00 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

6:45 PM

NIGHT AND THE CITY (1950): Richard Widmark gives the performance of a lifetime as desperate small time hustler Harry Fabian. Stranded in London, he dreams of the big score that will deliver him out of the bush league. He attempts to break into professional wrestling as a promoter with tragic results. Gene Tierney plays, quite impressively, his long suffering girlfriend and chronic mark. Adapted from the novel by Gerald Kersh. Dir. Jules Dassin

Tuesday, Oct 15, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Thin Man Double Bill

10:30 AM

SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN (1941): Dashiell Hammett's hard drinking power couple Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) return for their fourth outing in MGM's sophisticated and witty whodunit series. This time, the pair investigates a murder at a racetrack with the help of their son Nick, Jr. and faithful wirehaired terrier Asta. Dir. W. S. Van Dyke II

12:30 PM

THE THIN MAN GOES HOME (1945): Nick Charles (William Powell) takes Nora (Myrna Loy) and Asta to his hometown of Sycamore Springs to visit his parents and celebrate his birthday. A murder and espionage soon disrupt their holiday and Nora's plans to buy Nick the perfect gift. Dir. Richard Thorpe

Wednesday, October 16, 5:00 PM – Thursday, October 17, 6:30 AM

Film Noir Marathon

Time to grab some bennies…

5:00 PM

DETOUR (1946): A hitchhiker (Tom Neal) takes on a dead man's identity only to face blackmail by an unscrupulous woman (Ann Savage)—possibly the meanest woman in the history of cinema. Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer

6:30 PM

THE SET-UP (1949): An aging boxer (Robert Ryan) defies the gangsters who've ordered him to throw his last fight, believing that he can still be a champ. Audrey Totter plays his devoted wife who begs him to retire from boxing before he's destroyed. Dir. Robert Wise

8:00 PM

THE BIG STEAL (1950): Seduction and murder follow the theft of an Army payroll. An army lieutenant (Robert Mitchum) accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's ex-girlfriend (Jane Greer). Dir. Don Siegel

9:30 PM

KID GLOVE KILLER (1942): It's CSI: Hollywood, 1942 in this ultra-rarity, as the delightful and delectable Marsha Hunt plays a police forensics expert caught between cop Van Heflin and gangster Lee Bowman. Dir. Fred Zinneman

11:00 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

12:15 AM

THE HOODLUM (1951): An unrelentingly bleak and nasty B programmer (mercifully, it's only 61 minutes!) that stands as a backhanded tribute to its ornery star, the irascible Lawrence Tierney, aka The Meanest Man in the Movies. Six years after making a huge splash as the star of the Oscar-nominated Dillinger, Tierney's meteoric career was in a nosedive as a result of his notoriously drunken, belligerent behavior. The producers of this no-budget wonder reunited the volatile actor with Dillinger director Max Nossek for an even darker plunge into the sordid life of an unrepentant criminal. Dir. Max Nosseck

1:30 AM

THE THREAT (1949): Charles McGraw, the toughest man in noir, runs wild as a vengeful ex-con who breaks out of prison and kidnaps everyone who's ever done him wrong in this brutal, violent thriller. With Virginia Grey and Michael O'Shea. Dir. Felix Feist

2:45 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 & Orson Welles (uncred.)

Saturday, October 19, 5:28 AM

ESCAPE FROM CRIME (1942): Parolee Red O'Hara (Richard Travis) tries to go straight when he visits his wife and discovers that he's now a father. He becomes a crime photographer and ironically has to return to prison undercover to fulfill an assignment. Will he be able to get out? Watch for Jackie Gleason as one of the cons! Dir. D. Ross Lederman


Saturday, October 19, 9:15 PM &
Sunday, October 20, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

THIS GUN FOR HIRE (1942): In the film that made him a star, Alan Ladd plays a sociopathic hit man named Raven. When the traitorous munitions manufacturer who hired him pays him with marked bills from an armed robbery, Raven goes on the lam. While on the train to L. A. to avenge himself on the men who betrayed him, he kidnaps the fiancé of a cop, Ellen (Veronica Ladd). Screenwriter W. R. Burnett adapted the script from Graham Greene's novel A Gun for Sale. Dir. Frank Tuttle

Sunday, October 20, 12:45 PM

THE NANNY (1965): Before the studio exploded on the world cinematic stage with its legendary cycle of horror films mostly starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, Hammer Studios produced a series of excellent, low budget thrillers, often featuring American stars on the wane. This is one of the best. Bette Davis plays the title character, an aging nanny now taking care of the children of her old charge. To be more accurate, looking after the one remaining child, Bobby, recently released from a home for disturbed children, who claims Nanny was responsible for his sister's drowning two years ago. Too bad no one believes him. Dir. Seth Holt

Monday, October 21, 1:15 PM

THE STRANGER (1946): A small-town schoolteacher (Loretta Young) encounters a determined investigator (Edward G. Robinson) who suspects her new husband (Orson Welles) may be an escaped Nazi war criminal. Can he convince her before it's too late? Dir. Orson Welles

Saturday, October 26, 11:00 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


Saturday, October 26, 9:00 PM &
Sunday, October 27, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

FORCE OF EVIL (1948): A crooked lawyer (John Garfield) tries to protect his numbers running brother (Thomas Gomex) from a ruthless crime boss (Roy Roberts), only to be destroyed by a citywide system of graft and corruption. Noir siren Marie Windsor spices up the proceeding as the racketeer's flirtatious wife. Dir. Abraham Polonsky

Sunday, Oct 27, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Sociopathic Noir Double Bill

10:30 AM

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

12:30 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

Sunday, October 27, 7:00 PM

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

Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 PM

THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943): A young woman (Kim Hunter) leaves school to investigate the disappearance of her beautiful and mysterious older sister (Jean Brooks). She finds out some interesting facts: one, her sister was married; and two, she was part of a satanic set. The husband (Hugh Beaumont), a poet (Erford Gage) and a psychiatrist (Tom Conway) aid her search for the truth about her sister. Produced by horror icon Val Lewton. Dir. Mark Robson

Tuesday, Oct 29, 4:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Film Noir Quadruple Bill

4:15 AM

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


THE RED HOUSE (1947): In this Southern Gothic noir, young and innocent Meg (Allene Roberts) lives with her Uncle Pete (Edward G. Robinson) and Aunt Ellen (Judtih Anderson) on an isolated farm. When Meg asks her friend Nath to help Pete on the farm, she unwittingly stirs up a tragic past that centers on a mysterious "red house" hidden on her uncle's property. Miklós Rózsa's haunting score contributes much to this disturbing thriller. Based on the novel by George Agnew Chamberlain. Dir. Delmer Daves

7:30 AM

CRY WOLF (1947): A woman (Barbara Stanwyck) visits her late husband's family to claim her inheritance and soon finds herself in conflict with her scientist brother-in-law (Errol Flynn). Things take a gothic twist when she discovers agonizing cries coming from his secret laboratory. Richard Basehart, as always, raises the film out of its slightly silly story with his supporting performance. Dir. Peter Godfrey

9:00 AM

BORN TO KILL (1947): This utterly bizarre film noir details the torrid affair between a killer (Lawrence Tierney) and the narcissistic woman (Claire Trevor) who witnessed his crime. He marries her sister and things really heat up between the amoral pair. Dir. Robert Wise

Tuesday, October 29, 12:00 PM

THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943): A young woman (Kim Hunter) leaves school to investigate the disappearance of her beautiful and mysterious older sister (Jean Brooks). She finds out some interesting facts: one, her sister was married; and two, she was part of a satanic set. The husband (Hugh Beaumont), a poet (Erford Gage) and a psychiatrist (Tom Conway) aid her search for the truth about her sister. Produced by horror icon Val Lewton. Dir. Mark Robson

Tuesday, October 29, 3:00 PM

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

Madeleine Carroll and Robert Donat in Hitchcock's The 39 Steps on October 5

Joseph Losey's M on October 5

Eddie Muller presents Trapped on NOIR ALLEY October 5 and 6

Devil in a Blue Dress starring Denzel Washington screens October 8

Dana Andrews in Curse of the Demon on October 10

Jean Brooks in Val Lewton's haunting The Seventh Victims screens October 10, 27 and 29

Eddie Muller presents Clash by Night on NOIR ALLEY October 12 and 13, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Ryan

Richard Widmark stars in Jules Dassin's Night and the City on October 13

Myrna Loy and William Powell reunite in Shadow of the Thin Man on October 15

Tom Neal and Ann Savage in Detour October 16

Robert Ryan in The Set-up screening October 16

Marsha Hunt and Van Heflin star in Kid Glove Killer on October 16

Marie Windsor in The Narrow Margin on October 16

Lawrence Tierney is The Hoodlum on October 17

Charles McGraw is The Threat on October 17

Eddie Muller presents This Gun for Hire on NOIR ALLEY October 19 and 20, starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake

Bette Davis and William Dix in The Nanny screening October 20

Orson Welles is The Stranger on October 21

Ingrid Bergman stars in George Cukor's Gaslight on October 26

Eddie Muller presents Force of Evil starring John Garfield on NOIR ALLEY October 26 and 27

Robert Wagner stars in A Kiss before Dying on October 27

Robert Mitchum and Polly Bergen in Cape Fear on October 27

Marilyin Monroe in Niagara on October 27

George Raft in Nocturne on October 29

Edward G. Robertson stars in The Red House on October 29

Barbara Stanwyck and Errol Flynn in Cry Wolf on October 29

Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney and Audrey Long in Born To Kill on October 29

Bette Davis goes double in Dead Ringer on October 29

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