This Week on TCM: BORN TO KILL


DIAL M FOR MURDER is on today at 8pm-- you already know this is one of Hitchcock's best, even though its a bit stagey (probably because its based on a stage play) and at 145pm is NICK CARTER MASTER DETECTIVE (1939) which is directed by Jacques Tourner and features a great cast-- Leonard Maltin's review says it starts out great but quickly slows to a crawl-- but it still might be good so I'm going to give it a shot.
PHANTOM RAIDERS (1940) is another Nick Carter film, and it might be better and its on at 245 followed by SKY MURDER at 4pm which you guessed it is also a Nick Carter Film.

Jacques Tourner is the director of all of them but the real gem from him is at 515pm in THE LEOPARD MAN (1943) which is a really good thriller.  Picture The Wolf Man directed by a real artistic director.

Wednesday you've got a Triple Feature that is the Must See Pics Pick of the Week starting at 615pm with BORN TO KILL (1947) featuring real life tough guy Lawrence Tierney as a sadistic killer in this tough film noir by Robert Wise.  It's followed by THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) at 8 and THE BIG SLEEP (1946) at 10pm-- both Bogie classics.

THE KENNEL MURDER CASE (1933) is on at 630am on Thursday, William Powell is detective Philo Vance back in the days when detectives were often society fellows named Philo.  It's still pretty good.
GREEN FOR DANGER (1946) is a great little whodunnit at Noon and THE POSTMAN ALWAY RINGS TWICE (1946) is on a 2pm-- a corny film noir when you look at it today, a steaming story of lust and revenge when it first screened in the 40s.
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951) is on at 6pm and it's a minor Hitchcock masterpiece.

If you've got nothing to do on Friday night LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) is on at 8pm and it goes until Midnight-- so make sure you've got comfortable pants on.  It's a lavish epic and great if you're in the mood for it.

Saturday they have THE SAINT IN LONDON (1939) which is another George Sanders programmer, but the Saint films as well as The Falcon films, are fun little B films.

The Essentials this week is ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (1974) which is from that magical era of Hollywood where gritty realism was the norm-- no thanks-- I like my movies to be escapes into places I'd rather be and I don't have the time or inclination to hang with Alice and company.