Film Noir and Neo Noir on TCM: March 2018

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Thursday, March 1, 8:15 AM

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944): Barbara Stanwyck—in a platinum blonde wig—plays Phyllis Dietrichson—the consummate femme fatale who lures insurance salesman and all around chump Walter Neff (Fred McMurray) into a plot involving murder and insurance fraud. His friend, and insurance adjuster, Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) smells a rat. Nominated for seven Oscars: Best Actress in a Leading Role; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Director; Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture; Best Picture; Best Sound, Recording; and Best Writing, Screenplay. Dir. Billy Wilder

Friday, March 2, 12:00 PM

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (1940): An American reporter (Joel McCrea) covering the war in Europe gets mixed up in the assassination of a Dutch diplomat which leads to his uncovering a political conspiracy with the aid of the daughter (Laraine Day) of a prominent politician (Herbert Marshall) and a chap named ffolliott "with two small 'f's" (George Sanders), his rival for the girl's affection. This tremendously entertaining film features several vintage Hitchcock set pieces. The film was nominated for six Oscars. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock


Sunday, March 4, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

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

Tuesday, March 6, 2:00 PM

CAUSE FOR ALARM! (1951): A mentally ill husband (Barry Sullivan) tries to prove his innocent wife (Loretta Young) guilty of plotting to murder him in a letter. After she mails it for him, he reveals the content to her and promptly dies, can she intercept the letter in time to clear herself? Dir. Tay Garnett

Wednesday, March 7, 1:30 AM

SHOCK CORRIDOR (1963): A reporter (Peter Breck) fakes insanity to crack a murder committed in an asylum. While there he meets a variety of inmates including a black man who's a white supremacist. He also finds himself at one point at the mercy of a group of nymphomaniacs. Dir. Samuel Fuller

Wednesday, March 7, 7:45 PM

DILLINGER (1945): Noir tough guy Lawrence Tierney stars as Depression era bank robber John Dillinger. The film traces his life from petty thief to Public Enemy Number One and a bad end. Dir. Max Nosseck Dir. Alfred E. Green

Thursday, March 8, 12:30 AM

STEP BY STEP (1946): Secretary Evelyn Smith (Anne Jeffreys) meets former Marine sergeant Johnny Christopher (Lawrence Tierney) by chance on the beach. Good thing, too, since she winds up kidnapped by Nazi's and he's the only that realizes that she's gone missing. He finds her quickly, but the pair are soon on the lam from the Nazis and the FBI since the former tricked the latter into thinking the pair had stolen secret government plans. Dir. Phil Rosen

Saturday, March 10, 5:00 PM—9:00 PM

John Payne Film Noir Double Bill

5:00 PM

KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (1952): Ex-con and floral delivery man Joe Rolfe (John Payne), journeys to Mexico to hunt down the gang of thieves that framed him for robbery and murder. The trio of supporting baddies is superb: Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam. Dir. Phil Karlson

7:00 PM

THE CROOKED WAY (1949): A war hero (John Payne) with amnesia finds himself paying for his forgotten sins as a gangster. Along the way, he meets the ex-wife (Nina Martin) that he previously brutalized. Can he outwit his old criminal associates, one of whom is trying to kill him? More importantly, is it too late for him to redeem himself? Shot by the legendary cinematographer John Alton. Dir. Robert Florey


Saturday, March 10, 9:00 PM & Sunday, March 11, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR (1940): Peter Lorre is the Stranger, haunting a reporter (John McGuire) whose testimony sentenced a possibly innocent man (Elisha Cook Jr.) to death. Can the writer's girlfriend (Margaret Tallichet) uncover the truth in time? A revelatory burst of hallucinatory cinema, featuring a prolonged dream sequence that was the initial injection of noir expressionism into Hollywood's bloodstream. Dir. Boris Ingster


Saturday, March 17, 9:00 PM & Sunday, March 18, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

CROSSFIRE (1947): In this seminal noir, an upright district attorney (Robert Young) investigates a seemingly motiveless murder. As he digs further the prime suspect (George Cooper) seems less and less likely to have done it and an ugly motivation begins to appear. Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan play a couple of GIs caught up in the case, one trying to clear the suspect and the other trying to frame him. Gloria Grahame earned a best supporting actress nomination for her role as an embittered taxi dancer. The film scored four more Oscar nods: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Robert Ryan; Best Director, Edward Dmytryk; and Best Writing, Screenplay, John Paxton. Dir. Edward Dmytryk

Saturday, March 17, 10:45 PM

BLOOD SIMPLE (1984): In the Coen brother's debut, a paranoid Texan bar (Dan Hedaya) owner hires a private detective (M. Emmett Walsh) to investigate his younger wife (Frances McDormand) and his employee (John Getz) whom he believes to be having an affair. Murder and madness follows. Dir. Joel Coen

Sunday, March 18, 9:00 AM

GUN CRAZY (1949): In this justly famous noir, a gun obsessed reform school graduate (John Dall) meets the girl of his dreams, a circus sharp shooter (Peggy Cummins). They get married in a fever, but she gets fed up living without the finer things of life. The two go on a crime spree, but her blood lust had fatal consequences. Dir. Joseph H. Lewis

Monday, March 19, 1:00 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

Monday, March 19, 5:00 PM — 8:45 PM

Great Movie Endings Double Bill Noir Edition

5:00 PM

BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967): In this critically acclaimed and deeply influential classic, the legendary bank robbers and lovers (Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway) embark on a crime spree during the Depression era Dust Bowl of the 1930s and become folk heroes. The film won two Oscars, Estelle Parsons for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Burnett Guffey for Best Cinematography, an additional eight nominations. Dir. Arthur Penn

7:00 PM

LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948): An Irish sailor (Orson Welles) gets caught between a corrupt tycoon (Everett Sloane) and his voluptuous wife (Rita Hayworth) and their plans to eliminate one another in this wonderfully convoluted noir. Pointless trivia: the sailboat used in the film belonged to Errol Flynn. Dir. Orson Welles

Tuesday, March 20, 2:30 AM

WHITE HEAT (1949): "Top of the world, Ma!" a G-man (Edmond O'Brien) infiltrates a gang run by a mother-fixated psychotic Cody Jarrett, James Cagney in a stand out performance. The gang plans a daring payroll heist that is undermined by Jarrett's mental instability. 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. Journalist Virginia Kellogg received an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Motion Picture. Pointless trivia: Naked Gun 33 1/3 borrowed the plot. Dir. Raoul Walsh

Tuesday, March 20, 8:15 AM — 1:30 PM

Blackmail Noir Double Bill

8:15 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 has to determine if her sister (Lauren Bacall) is helping or hindering him. Dir. Howard Hawks

10:15 AM

VICTIM (1961): Brit noir meets social consciousness in this fine drama. Closeted and married barrister Melville Farr (Dirk Bogarde) risks both his career and personal life to expose the blackmailers who prey on gay men afraid of England's criminal prosecution of homosexuals and who drove his friend to suicide. Dir. Basil Dearden

Thursday, March 22, 5:00 PM

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950): Film Noir meets Hollywood Gothic meets biting satire in this piece of perfection. A failed, and drowned, screenwriter, William Holden, tells us how he fell into a mercenary romance with a faded silent-film star, Gloria Swanson who probably would have told us a rather different story. Admirable support provided Erich von Stroheim as Max, her devoted butler and chauffer. Dir. Billy Wilder

Friday, March 23, 9:45 AM

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, March 23, 5:00 PM — 9:15 PM

Great Movie Editions 2nd Noir Edition

5:00 PM

THE THIRD MAN (1949): This fantastic film about a naive American, Joseph Cotten, investigating the death of his friend, Orson Welles, in post-World War II Vienna never loses its impact no matter how many times you watch it. "Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock". Director of Photography Robert Krasker won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White for the film. The film also garnered Oscar nominations, Carol Reed for Best Director and Oswald Hafenrichter for Best Film Editing. Dir. Carol Reed

7:00 PM

DIABOLIQUE (1955): In this twisting and turning French thriller, the wife (Vera Clouzot) and lover (Simone Signoret) of a sadistic headmaster (Paul Meurisse) plot to kill him. When American producer and schlock-master William Castle saw kids standing in line in the pouring rain to watch this film, he decided that making thrillers was the direction in which to take his independent film production career. Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot

Saturday, March 24, 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


Saturday, March 24, 9:00 PM & Sunday, March 25, 7:00 AM

FNF Prez Eddie Muller presents

NO QUESTONS ASKED (1951): A young lawyer (Barry Sullivan) secretly arranges the return of some stolen property with "no questions asked" to the insurance company he works for. They pay out less to the thieves than they would for the claim and he makes a fast buck. However, he finds himself in over his head when mobsters decide that he should broker a series of similar deals for them. Arlene Dahl co-stars. Dir. Harold F. Kress

Friday, March 30, 5:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Diana Dors Double Bill

5:00 PM

YIELD TO THE NIGHT In this Brit Noir, as Mary Hilton (Diana Dors) awaits execution for the murder of a socialite, she recalls, in flashback, the events that led to the tragedy that landed her in jail. Dir. J. Lee Thompson

7:00 PM

THE LONG HAUL (1957) No sooner has Harry (Victor Mature) left the army and taken a job as a truck driver than his shifty boss tries to involve him in a smuggling operation, throwing his own mistress (Diana Dors) into the ex-GI's arms. Harry succumbs and his slide into corruption accelerates until he is brought up short when his young son Butch has an accident. Dir. Ken Hughes

March noir begins with Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity

Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent on March 2

Glenn Ford and Glordia Grahame in The Big Heat on March 4

Loretta Young in Cause for Alarm on March 6

Peter Breck stars in Samuel Fuller's Shock Corridor on March 7

Lawrence Tierney stars in Dillinger on March 8

Lawrence Tierney and Anne Jeffreys in the rarely screened Step by Step on March 8

John Payne tangles with Jack Elan in Kansas City Confidential on March 10

Percy Helton + cat in The Crooked Way on March 10

Peter Lorre stars in Stranger on the Third Floor on March 10

Robert Ryan stars in Edward Dmytryk's Crossfire on March 17

Frances McDormand in Blood Simple on March 17

Peggy Cummins and John Dall in noir classic Gun Crazy on March 18

Raoul Walsh's They Drive by Night on March 19

Rita Hayward in The Lady from Shanghai on March 19

James Cagney and Virginia Mayo in White Heat on March 20

Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep on March 20

Briti noir, Victim, stars Dirk Bogarde on March 20

Gloria Swanson awaits a visitor in Sunset Boulevard screening March 22

Joan Crawford in This Woman Is Dangerous March 23

Hitchcock's The Wrong Man on March 24

Barry Sullivan and Arlene Dahl in No Questions Asked on March 25

Diana Dors stars in Yield to the Night on March 30

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