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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar presents two top-notch [i]noirs[/i] tonight


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As many of you already know, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is TCM's Guest Programmer today, and I thought it was really awesome that he'd pick two of the most famous noirs ever for the first two time slots tonight:

 

*The Big Sleep* (1946) 8pm ET

Private eye Philip Marlowe investigates a society girl's involvement in the murder of a pornographer.

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers Dir: Howard Hawks BW-114 mins, TV-PG

 

*The Maltese Falcon* (1941) 10pm ET

Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue.

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre Dir: John Huston BW-101 mins, TV-PG

 

I think it'll be pretty interesting to hear what he has to say about the two movies and why he picked them.

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I enjoyed Kareem's intros more than I thought I would! :D

 

Particularly the intro to The Maltese Falcon, where he mentioned the "prequel" novel, Spade & Archer. I don't remember having heard about it before, but I looked it up and found this:

 

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/feb/09/entertainment/et-book9

 

Pretty interesting...

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