Turner Classic Movies (TCM) once again is putting on an exciting, original project that began June 1 and ends July 31 – presenting over 100 film noir movies every Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you are a true film noir aficionado, take off on Fridays and watch these classic crime dramas for 24 hours! You’ll be exhausted watching these felonious plots!
Many of the pictures have been on TCM before but never shown in this capacity. And best of all, you never get tired of them. Film noir movies (French term meaning black film) are filled with violence, death, wantonness, deceit, killings, suspense, crime and mystery. It deals with stories of suckered men taken by femme fatales, killers who betray and stop at nothing to get what they want, and those trapped in situations they can’t get out of. There’s never a dull moment or happy ending; always filled with frustration, perhaps a lesson learned of vindication, or tragedy that leaves one killed or convicted.
Characters are portrayed as policemen, detectives, businessmen, grifters, gangsters, doctors, lawyers, molls and ordinary citizens.
Whatever suits your fancy, these movies are not boring and depending on the plot, will keep you searching for answers or wondering what’s going to happen next.
Film noir films started in the 1930s in Hollywood but reached its peak in the 1940s and 1950s.
TCM is presenting a course in film noir during the series called “Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir,” that began June 1. The nine-week course is free and open globally to film noir fans.
TCM also presented during its festival the movie classic “Double Indemnity” (1944) at select theaters nationwide on July 19 and 20th. The film stars Barbara Stanwyck, Fred McMurray and Edward G. Robinson. Billy Wilder directed the film.
Films presented on Friday night beginning at 8 on July 24 are “The Narrow Margin” (1952) with actors Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor; “His Kind of Woman” (1951) with actors Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell; “The Locket” (1941) with actors Loraine Day and Robert Mitchum; and “Angel Face” (1952) with actors Jean Simmons and Robert Mitchum.
If you noticed, Mitchum seems to be in most of the films presented above and was a popular actor in film noir’s heyday. He is also known in film noir movies such as Undercurrent (1946), Out of the Past (1947), and Where Danger Lives (1950).
Eddie Muller, who is president of the Film Noir Foundation, gives his expertise on the films each Friday evening beginning at 8.
More information on the film noir festival which also includes gift shopping on products and DVDs can be seen at www.summerofdarkness.tcm.com.