The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tough Guy Detectives on TCM Tuesday

Three great film noir detective stories air Tuesday on Turner Classic Movies.  Two feature different versions of Philip Marlow, two are shot from the main character's perspective, and two feature the ultimate tough-guy/babe combination of Bogey and Bacall.  All that in only three movies.  A special treat is Lauren Bacall singing "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine" in The Big Sleep

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 (All times Central)
5:30am - Lady In The Lake (1947) - Philip Marlowe searches for a missing woman in this mystery shot entirely from the detective's viewpoint.  Cast: Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Tom Tully Dir: Robert Montgomery BW-103 mins, TV-PG

1:00pm - The Big Sleep (1946) - 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

10:00pm - Dark Passage (1947) - A man falsely accused of his wife's murder escapes to search for the real killer.  Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead Dir: Delmer Daves BW-106 mins, TV-PG

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