Edgar G. Ulmer had a long, eclectic career in Hollywood, from the 1930s to the 1960s, making horror movies, noir films, science-fiction, comedies, and melodramas, with the unifying factor being that most of them were made cheaply, and were largely ignored at the time they came out. That obscurity gave Ulmer a rare freedom for filmmakers of his generation, allowing him to direct movies that were a little tougher and stranger than other B-pictures. Tonight, at 9:15 p.m. Eastern and again at 5 a.m., Turner Classic Movies will be showing the 2004 documentary Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen, which looks at Ulmer’s influence on the low-budget and genre filmmakers that followed (including Joe Dante, Peter Bogdanovich, and Roger Corman). And TCM will be surrounding the doc with an eclectic slate of Ulmer films, listed below. The one not to miss is Detour, a clipped, raw 1945 noir that’s one of the best of its era—and all the moreso because it sported a Poverty Row budget.
Her Sister’s Secret, 8 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, 10:45 p.m.
Murder Is My Beat, 1:15 a.m.
Detour, 2:45 a.m.
The Amazing Transparent Man, 4 a.m.