What time is it? It’s time for Noirvember 2022!

It’s November 1st, y’all, and you know what that means: it’s the start of Noirvember!

The brainchild of Marya over at Cinema Fanatic, Noirvember is a month-long celebration of all things noir. And here at Shadows and Satin, I celebrate by posting every day of the month. This is my ninth consecutive year participating in Noirvember in this fashion, and I hope you’ll join me!

To kick off this year’s event, I’m offering up my recommendations for film noir viewing on TCM throughout the month. Tune in to see some first-rate noir features – you can’t go wrong with a single one.

November 1st

Thief (1981). This neo-noir stars James Caan as a cracker-jack jewel thief who plans one last big score so that he can settle down with his girlfriend (Tuesday Weld).

— The Window: November 6th.

November 6th

The Window (1949). Bobby Driscoll stars as a little boy who witnesses a murder but, because of his previous “Little Boy Who Cried Wolf” antics, can’t get anyone to believe him.

November 8th

Kiss Me Deadly (1955). Private dick Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) becomes involved in an intriguing and deadly case when he picks up a hitch-hiker (Cloris Leachman), who winds up dead.

Crossfire (1947). When a Jewish serviceman is murdered, a homicide captain (Robert Young) centers his investigation on a group of soldiers who were with the victim the night before his death.

The Set-Up (1949). An aging boxer, Stoker Thompson (Robert Ryan) is determined to stay in the game, despite the growing anxiety of his wife (Audrey Totter) and a manager (George Tobias) who dosesn’t have his best interests at heart.

On Dangerous Ground (1952). Robert Ryan is Jim Wilson, a big city cop whose over-aggression gets him sent to a snowy mountain town to help solve a murder case.

— On Dangerous Ground: November 8th

November 13th

Tension (1950). Mild-mannered pharmacist (Richard Basehart) turns to thoughts of murder when his money-grubbing wife (Audrey Totter) steps out on him with a local liquor salesman.

November 14th

Murder, My Sweet (1944). Private detective Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) finds himself in a complex world of stolen gemstones, kidnapping, and murder when he’s hired to find the former girlfriend of an ex-con.

Touch of Evil (1958). Two police officers – one American (Orson Welles) and one Mexican (Charlton Heston) – clash in their efforts to solve a murder in a seedy Set in a seedy Mexican/American border town.

November 25th

Odd Man Out (1947). When an Irish freedom fighter (James Mason) is wounded during a botched robbery, he spends a night running from the police who are hunting him while being sought by the woman who loves him.

— Odd Man Out: November 25th

November 29th

Brute Force (1947). Four cellmates (Burt Lancaster, Howard Duff, John Hoyt, and Jeff Corey), suffering under the control of a sadistic guard, unite to carry out a daring prison escape.

November 30th

White Heat (1949). James Cagney stars as Cody Jarrett, a ruthless gangleader with serious Mommy issues.

Mark your calendar to check out these outstanding noirs on TCM! And join me tomorrow for Day 2 of Noirvember.

You only owe it to yourself.

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 1, 2022.

8 Responses to “What time is it? It’s time for Noirvember 2022!”

  1. I’m a first time poster, but I’ve been a fan of your Noirvember posts since I first found your blog through Danny at Pre-Code.com several years ago. (FWIW, I totally agree that no one serves coffee like Norma Shearer. No one.)
    After reading your rundown of TCM November Noir offerings, I want to re-watch every last one, but I’m most looking forward to Murder, My Sweet. I try to work the phrase “cute as lace pants” into casual conversation as much as possible.
    Your blog is life-giving. Thanks for all the happy hours of reading you’ve given us all!

    • Thank you so much for your lovely, lovely words, Maudie! I can’t tell you what they mean to me. I hope you’ll enjoy Murder, My Sweet — and the rest of Noirvember! Thank you again. 🙂

      • The pleasure is all mine!

        Your writing about satin and shadows has been a light in my life during some dark times. I anticipate your Noirvember blog posts with the unfettered glee of a child opening an advent calendar door!

        The Caftan Woman’s witty replies were a big part of the fun — in our house we call Susan Hayward “Susie Baby,” thanks to her! I was so moved by the all memorial blogs the classic film community wrote in her memory, but I was especially touched by your words of gratitude for her enthusiastic support during Noirvember.

        Since this will be your first Noirvember without her, I’m going to try and post every day to honor her.

        I owe it to her. And to you.

  2. Karen, I’m going to be binge-reading you tonight, and I can’t wait to delve into all this noir goodness. (Just warning you in case you see a zillion notifications from me the next time you log in…)

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