Friday, October 16, 2009

All of the Thriller, none of the Michael Jackson

TCM has been showing thrillers every Friday night in prime time in October. Tonight sees three more thrillers, two of which I've recommended before:

The wonderful The Narrow Margin, in which a police detective tries to shepherd a witness in a Mob trial on a cross-country train trip, kicks off the night at 8:00 PM ET.

At 10:30 PM, Lucille Ball is in danger in Lured, as a showgirl who may or may not be dating a killer.

The third movie is the 1944 version of The Lodger, a retelling of the Jack the Ripper story, with the Ripper character played here by Laird Cregar; it airs at 12:30 AM.

Perhaps more interesting, though, is a documentary on thrillers. TCM aired it two weeks ago, as a way to start the month-long festival, but they're showing it again tonight at 9:30 PM ET. A lot of it looks at the movies of Alfred Hitchcock, since he's probably the director most closely associated with the genre, but it's still not a bad little documentary. Note, however, that it's scheduled in a 60-minute slot, but with Robert Osborne's commentary before the showing, it might run over by a minute or two.

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