Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: August 2019

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Thursday, August 1, 9:15 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

Thursday, August 1, 3:00 PM

THE WRONG MAN (1956): In this gritty documentary style noir, victims of a robbery misidentify a musician (Henry Fonda) for the culprit, destroying the lives of him and his wife (Vera Miles). This film was based on the true story of Manny Ballestro and used extensive locations shooting in New York City. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Wednesday, August 7, 3:00 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

Wednesday, August 7, 7:00 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

Thursday, August 8, 3:00 AM

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, August 8, 6:15 PM

THE KILLERS (1946): Expanded from the Hemmingway short story, two professional killers come to a small town looking for The Swede (Burt Lancaster). An insurance investigator (Edmond O'Brien) unravels the tangled skein of events that led up to the hit. Ava Gardner plays Kitty, the woman who led the Swede to his doom. Dir. Robert Siodmak

Saturday, August 10, 11:30 PM

MARLOWE (1969): Raymond Chandler's detective and knight errant, Philip Marlowe (James Garner) probes the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles in search of a woman's missing sister. The case leads Marlowe to an exotic dancer (Rita Moreno), a blackmailed television star (Gayle Hunnicutt) and a dangerous gangster (H. M. Wynant). Screen legend Bruce Lee has a memorable cameo. Dir. Paul Bogart

Sunday, August 11, 3:00 AM –
Monday, August 12, 3:00 AM

TCM Salutes Humphrey Bogart

Here are the noirs...

11:00 AM

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

IN A LONELY PLACE (1950): This heartbreaking noir revolves around an alcoholic screenwriter (Humphrey Bogart) and the woman who loves him but fears he may be a murder (Gloria Grahame). This film is both a bitter commentary on Hollywood and on the impossibility of romance. Very loosely based on Dorothy B. Hughes's novel—an intense thriller and examination of post-WWII misogyny. Dir. Nicholas Ray

9:15 PM

DARK PASSAGE (1947): Adapted from a story by David Goodis, this noir follows convicted wife murderer Vincent Parry's (Humphrey Bogart) escape from jail and subsequent hunt for the real killer of his wife. Sympathetic stranger Irene (Lauren Bacall) encounters him during his jail break and aids him. Agnes Moorehead steals the show as Irene's shrewish friend who knew Vincent and his wife prior to the murder. Dir. Delmer Daves

11:15 PM

THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (1940): Truck driver Joe Fabrini (George Raft) finds himself the victim of sexual harassment by his boss's amorous wife (Ida Lupino) in a movie stealing performance. When Joe refuses her advances, she murders her husband and then tries to frame him for it. Humphrey Bogart portrays Raft's brother and trucking partner. Dir. Raoul Walsh

1:00 AM

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

Monday, August 12, 2:00 PM–5:00 PM

Ann Sothern Film Noir Double Bill

2:00 PM

SHADOW ON THE WALL (1950): Six year old Susan is left mute by the sight of her stepmother Celia's murder. The police arrest her father (Zachary Scott) who can't remember what happened on the fateful night. His sister-in-law Dell (Ann Sothern) knows the truth and although tormented by guilt, will not speak out. A kindly psychiatrist (Nancy Davis) may be able to both bring back Susan's voice and discover what really happened to Celia. Dir. Patrick Jackson

3:30 PM

THE BLUE GARDENIA (1953): Based on a story by Vera Caspary, author of Laura, a telephone operator (Anne Baxter) believes that she has killed a creepy pick-up (Raymond Burr) in self-defense, but can't remember the details of the encounter. She is suitable terrified that the police will connect her to the crime. Her path soon crosses with that of an intrepid, and attractive) reporter (Richard Conte) determined to crack the case. Ann Sothern co-stars as her sympathetic roommate. Nat King Cole has a cameo as himself and who sings the movie's theme song. Dir. Fritz Lang

Tuesday, August 13, 12:00 PM–3:30 PM

Brian Donlevy Noir Double Feature

12:00 PM

IMPACT (1949): A woman's (Helen Walker) plot to kill her wealthy husband (Brian Donlevy) goes awry and her lover is killed instead and the body misidentified as the husbands. So hubby goes into hiding, so that she'll fry for murder. Things get complicated when he falls for a sweet and beautiful widow (Ella Raines).Dir. Arthur Lubin

2:00 PM

A CRY IN THE NIGHT (1956): A police captain's (Edmond O'Brien) emotions get in the way when his daughter (Natalie Wood) is kidnapped by a madman (Raymond Burr who else?). Brain Donlevy co-stars as the night shift Captain who tries to find her. Dir. Frank Tuttle

Tuesday, August 13, 8:45 PM

THE GLASS KEY (1942): This well-made adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett novel unwinds a tale of murder and political corruption, involving Ned (Alan Ladd), his boss and best friend, Paul (Brian Donlevy) and the woman (Veronica Lake) who comes between them. Dir. Stuart Heisler

Thursday, Aug 15, 3:00 AM – 3:00 PM

TCM Salutes Rod Steiger

Here are the noirs...

5:00 AM

CRY TERROR! (1958): James Mason stars in this nerve-wracking thriller about a married couple forced to assist in the insane schemes of a criminal mastermind. (Rod Steiger) into making a bomb. He soon finds himself embroiled in a blackmail plot and his family held hostage by psychopaths including a ruthless moll played to perfection by Angie Dickinson. Dir. Andrew L. Stone

9:00 AM

THE UNHOLY WIFE (1957): Wealthy vintner Paul Hochen (Rod Steiger) meets call girl Phyllis (Diana Dors) in a bar and seemingly impulsively marries her. Winds up Paul only wed her so he could adopt her son, a war wound left him incapable of having any of his own. Evidently this "wound" prevents him from loving her physically or mentally. She soon finds solace with rodeo rider San (Tom Tyron). Her thoughts soon turn to murder. A rare Hollywood outing for Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe, Marie Windsor has a small role as her co-hooker and friend. Dir. John Farrow

3:00 PM

AL CAPONE (1959): Rod Steiger stars as Al Capone in this depiction of the rise and fall of Prohibition Era Chicago's most notorious racketeer. Dir. Richard Wilson

5:00 PM

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

9:30 PM

THE BIG KNIFE (1955): An unscrupulous movie producer blackmails a self-centered star (Jack Palance- oddly the one being menaced this time) into signing a new contract. Ida Lupino plays his long suffering wife who begs him not to sign it. Stand out performance by Shelly Winters as a put upon contract actress. Dir. Robert Aldrich

11:30 PM

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

Sunday, August 18, 1:15 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

Monday, August 19, 1:00 AM

WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967): A commercial artist unknowingly brings a stash of heroin into his home. A trio of bad guys (Richard Crenna, Jack Weston and Alan Arkin) trace the dope to him. They trick him into leaving the house, but, unfortunately, his blind wife (Audrey Hepburn) is there alone. They proceed to first try to trick and then to terrorize her while she tries to figure out how to turn the tables on her unknown assailants. Hepburn earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her remarkable performance. Adapted from the Broadway hit written by Fredrick Knott and directed by Arthur Penn. Dir. Terence Young

Monday, August 26, 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

Tuesday, August 27, 1:15 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

Thursday, August 29, 3:30 PM

DEADLINE AT DAWN (1946): In this adaptation of the Cornell Woolrich novel, a taxi dancer June (Susan Hayward) helps an amnesiac sailor Alex (Bill Williams), that she believes to be innocent, try to track down the real killer of a woman whom Alex apparently robbed earlier in the evening, after she helped fleece him in a card game. A friendly cabbie (Paul Lukas) aids them in their search for the murderer. Dir. Harold Clurman

Thursday, Aug 29, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Paul Lukas Dark Double Shot

7:00 PM

THE LADY VANISHES (1938): A young bride-to-be Iris (Margaret Lockwood), traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster Miss Froy (Dame May Whitty), who then disappears into thin air. When no believes Miss Froy even existed outside Iris' imagination, including Dr. Hartz (Paul Lukas), a brain surgeon, she turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure. A young musicologist (Michael Redgrave) helps her with her quest. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

9:00 PM

EXPERIMENT PERILOUS (1944): A chance meeting on a train with a stranger leads psychiatrist Huntington "Hunt" Brailey (George Brent) into the orbit of a beautiful married woman (Hedy Lamarr) whom he believes is in danger and whose husband (Paul Lukas) claims that she's insane. Dir. Jacques Tourneur

Friday, Aug 30, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Susan Hayward Double Bill

11:30 AM

THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME (1947): Robert Young is brilliantly cast against type as a married Lothario whose sexual antics lead to tragedy. Director Irving Pichel elicits superb, nuanced performances from Susan Hayward (his latest lover), Jane Greer (his former lover) and Rita Johnson (his beleaguered wife), all full-blooded characters in Jonathan Latimer's sharp-edged screenplay. Produced by Hitchcock protégé Joan Harrison. Dir. Irving Pichel

1:00 PM

THE LUSTY MEN (1952): In this Nicholas Ray helmed Western noir, a faded rodeo star (Robert Mitchum) mentors a younger rider to help him raise the money he needs to buy his dream ranch through rodeo competition (Arthur Kennedy) and then falls for his wife, Susan Hayward. As one would expect, complications ensue. Dir. Nicholas Ray

Friday, Aug 30, 7:15 PM

HOUSE OF STRANGERS (1949): Max Monetti (Richard Conte) contemplates vengeance against his brothers after their betrayal of his father Gino (Edward G. Robinson). Will the tempering influence of his lady love (Susan Hayward) stop him? Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Saturday, Aug 31, 3:00 AM – 7:00 AM

Double Shot of Kirk Douglas

3:00 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

5:00 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

Eddie Muller presents NOIR ALLEY

NOIR ALLEY on Vacation

NOIR ALLEY presented by FNF Prez Eddie Muller will be on its annual hiatus this month due to TCM's SUMMER UNDER THE STARS. Eddie will be back on September 9th with John Farrow's The Big Clock (1948).

Vincent Price in The Long Night on August 1

Robert Taylor and Charles Laughton in The Bribe on August 8

Bruce Lee and James Garner in Marlowe on August 10

Gloria Grahame and Humphrey Bogart are In a Lonely Place on August 11

Bacall & Bogie in San Francisco—Dark Passage on August 11

Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino and George Raft in They Drive by Night on August 11

Zachary Scott stars in Shadow on the Wall on August 12

Fritz Lang's The Blue Gardenia screens August 12

Brian Donlevy and Ella Raines in Impact on August 13

Brian Donlevy in A Cry in the Night on August 13

Brian Donlevy, Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in The Glass Key on August 13

Angie Dickinson in Cry Terror! on August 15

Marie Windsor and Diana Dors in The Unholy Wife on August 15

5-Oscar-winner In the Heat of the Night on August 15

Boxing noir, The Harder They Fall, on August 17

Barbara Stanwyck and Errol Flynn in Cry Wolf on August 18

Alan Arkin menaces in Wait until Dark on August 19

The 1941 John Houston-directed version of The Maltese Falcon on August 19

A Kiss before Dying screens August 27

On the train—or not? The Lady Vanishes August 29

Robert Young and Susan Hayward in They Won't Believe Me on August 20

Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward in The Lusty Men on August 30

Richard Conte and Susan Hayward in House of Strangers on August 30

Barbara Stanwyck stars in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers on August 31

Doris Day, Kirk Douglas, and Lauren Bacall in Michael Curtiz-directed Young Man with a Horn on August 31

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