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TCMU: Criminology Department - 2/16/09


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Next Monday, Feb. 16th will be the "Criminology Department" day as part of "31 Days of Oscar". Much of it will be of interest to noir fans.

 

The curriculum is divided as follows:

 

_JUVENILE DELINQUENCY_

*They Shall Have Music* (1939)

A runaway tries to help the students at a school for musical prodigies.

Cast: Jascha Heifetz, Andrea Leeds, Joel McCrea, Gene Reynolds Dir: Archie Mayo BW-102 mins, TV-G

 

*Boys' Town* (1938)

True story of Father Flanagan's fight to build a home for orphaned boys.

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton Dir: Norman Taurog BW-93 mins, TV-G

 

*Angels With Dirty Faces* (1938)

Childhood friends on opposite sides of the law fight over the future of a street gang.

Cast: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan Dir: Michael Curtiz BW-97 mins, TV-G

 

 

_HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION_

*Boomerang!* (1947)

A prosecutor fights to prove the defendant in a scandalous murder case is innocent.

Cast: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Cara Williams Dir: Elia Kazan BW-88 mins, TV-PG

 

*Naked City* (1948)

A step-by-step look at a murder investigation on the streets of New York.

Cast: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor Dir: Jules Dassin BW-96 mins, TV-14

 

*Double Indemnity* (1944)

An insurance salesman gets seduced into plotting a client's death.

Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall Dir: Billy Wilder BW-108 mins, TV-PG

 

*In Cold Blood* (1967)

Two vagrants try to outrun the police after committing a savage crime in this real-life shocker.

Cast: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart Dir: Richard Brooks BW-134 mins, TV-14

 

_GANGS AND GANG BEHAVIOUR_

*Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid* (1969)

Two free-spirited bank robbers flee railroad detectives and head for Bolivia.

Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin Dir: George Roy Hill C-110 mins, TV-14

 

*Some Like It Hot* (1959)

Two musicians on the run from gangsters masquerade as members of an all-girl band.

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft Dir: Billy Wilder BW-121 mins, TV-PG

 

*Bugsy* (1991)

The famed gangster running the mobs in Los Angeles tries to turn Las Vegas into a vacation paradise.

Cast: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley Dir: Barry Levinson C-136 mins, TV-MA

 

*Shaft* (1971)

A slick black detective enlists gangsters and African nationals to fight the mob.

Cast: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John Dir: Gordon Parks C-100 mins, TV-MA

 

*The Public Enemy* (1931)

An Irish-American street punk tries to make it big in the world of organized crime.

Cast: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell Dir: William A. Wellman BW-84 mins, TV-PG

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