Sunday, March 04, 2007

Please Pass the Popcorn

Blogger Vince Keenan brings us the good news that Turner Classic Movies is making March “Watching the Detectives” month, broadcasting a total of 53 films on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. As he explains:

Things kick off next Tuesday, March 6, with the most famous gumshoes in their most famous cases: Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Philip Marlowe (The Big Sleep), Mike Hammer (Kiss Me Deadly). More obscure titles come to the fore on March 7, with the TCM premieres of four Lone Wolf films. I haven’t seen any of these movies starring Warren William as Louis Joseph Vance’s gentleman thief, Michael Lanyard. I assume that the keeper of the lot is 1939’s The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt, featuring Ida Lupino, Rita Hayworth and a script by novelist Jonathan Latimer. Later in March is an entire evening of Boston Blackie films starring Chester Morris that haven’t been seen on TV--or anywhere else, most likely--in ages. Fire up that DVR.

Also on TCM’s schedule: Chinatown, Marlowe, the original Shaft, Devil in a Blue Dress, The Saint in New York, The Thin Man, and Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon.

READ MORE:Mystery Movies on TCM in March,” by Steve Lewis (Mystery*File).

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