May 3, 2017

Sacramento Museum Hosts Light and Noir Traveling Movie Exhibit

From May 16 to Oct. 15, 2017, the California Museum, located in Sacramento, California, will host the traveling exhibit “Light and Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950”, which highlights the history of émigrés who fled Europe and Hitler and found work in the American film industry.

Casablanca (1942) is one of sixteen movies discussed in the exhibit, including posters, costume and concept drawings, scripts, musical scores, lobby cards, and props from the “Rick’s Café” set.

While the plot of Casablanca deals with Europeans escaping from Hitler for the freedom of the United States, many of the actors in the cast were also European refugees who had come to America under similar circumstances – including Peter Lorre, whose black market character Ugarte sells exit visas to the desperate.

The traveling exhibit is organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the California Museum is $9 for adults 18 and over; $7.50 for students with identification and seniors age 65 and over; and $6.50 for youth between ages 6 and 17. Children 5 years and under are admitted free. Members of the Museum, North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM), and Time Traveler are also admitted free.

Museum members are also invited to kick off the exhibit with the “Light and Noir Premiere Party”, to be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Inspired by an evening at Rick’s Café Americain, festivities include live jazz, roulette and craps games, and complimentary refreshments. Attendees are encouraged to wear period attire from the 1930s and 1940s.

Interested in the party but not a California Museum member? Not a problem! Join by 5 pm on Friday, May 5, 2017, and receive an exclusive invitation to the event. More information about the premiere party is available on the museum’s website.

The California Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. The museum is closed on Monday. The museum is also closed on a number of federal holidays, including Independence Day, July 4.

More information about tickets and business hours is available on the museum’s website.

The California Museum is located at 1020 O Street, at the corner of 10th Street and O Street, in downtown Sacramento, California.

Parking is available in the public parking garage located at 1520 10th Street, directly across the street from the California Museum. The museum is also well-served by public transportation. Directions to the museum, as well as information about parking and public transportation, are available on the museum’s website.

For more information, please contact the California Museum at 916- 653-7524.

Wisconsin Library Film Series Includes Lorre

The Waupaca Area Public Library, in Waupaca, Wisconsin, concludes their “First Thursday Film Series” with a showing of Casablanca (1942) on Thursday, May 4, 2017 – in honor of veterans of all branches of the United States military.

The movie begins at 1:30 pm with a brief commentary by Dr. Jack Rhodes, who lectures in the Waupaca area on the rhetoric of film genres. Popcorn, soda, and theater treats will be served during the film.

Admission is free for everyone, and reservations are not necessary.

The Waupaca Area Public Library is located at 107 South Main Street, in Waupaca, Wisconsin.

Parking is available in the lot behind the library, as well as nearby streets.

For more information, please call the library at 715-258-4114.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin recounts the making of Casablanca, a film to which Peter attached little importance and later claimed he made more money playing the roulette wheel on the “Gambling Room” set than he did acting before the cameras.

However, Casablanca did give Peter the opportunity to work for a third time with his off-screen buddy Humphrey Bogart, as well as earn him a contract with the Warner Bros. studio he is now so closely associated with.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in soft-bound and hard-back editions, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

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April 28, 2017

Lorre Double-Feature at Castro Theatre

At the Castro Theatre, in San Francisco, California, it’s a “Double Bogie and Huston” night on Sunday, April 30, 2017 – but it’s also a “Double Lorre” night, with showings of The Maltese Falcon (1941) and the restored Beat the Devil (1954).

Beat the Devil begins at 5:05 pm and 8:55 pm.

The Maltese Falcon will be shown at 7 pm.

The newly-restored version of Beat the Devil was shown earlier this year at the Film Forum in New York City, Feb. 17 to 23, 2017, and discussed here on the Peter Lorre News blog. The restoration has gone back to the original 35mm camera negative, as well as other sources, to re-create the longer uncensored – and never seen – version to be shown at the Castro.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors age 62 and older, and $9 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the Castro box office.

The Castro Theatre is located at 429 Castro Street, in San Francisco, California.

Parking is available in two small lots and on the street near the cinema. The Castro is also well-served by both bus and street car. Public transportation options, as well as directions to the Castro, can be found on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please call the Castro at 415-621-6120.

Arthur Lyons Noir Fest Includes Lorre

Among the many film noir movies in Peter Lorre’s credits are two films adapted from Cornell Woolrich novels – Black Angel (1946) and The Chase (1946). Both are scheduled for this year’s Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, to be held in Palm Springs, California, from Thursday, May 11 to Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Founded in 2000 by the late mystery writer Arthur Lyons and now produced and hosted by film noir expert Alan K. Rode, the festival includes movies, events, special guests, and post-screening discussions. The full schedule is available on the festival’s website. Both Lorre films will be shown on Friday, May 12 ~
  • The Chase – 10 am
  • Black Angel – 7:30 pm
Following Black Angel will be an on-stage discussion with Richard Duryea, the son of Dan Duryea, who partners with June Vincent to find out who killed Duryea’s ex-wife, a murder that leads to the trial and conviction of Vincent’s husband.

Tickets for The Chase and Black Angel may be purchased for $13 each. A fee of $1.71 will be added for each ticket ordered on-line.

An All Access Pass may also be purchased for $125, with a fee of $7.87 added to each pass purchased through the festival’s website. The All Access Pass includes all screenings and events, as well as the Opening Night Party on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

More information about tickets is available on the festival’s website.

All movies will be shown at the Camelot Theatres, located in the parking lot of the Palm Springs Mall at 2300 E. Baristo Road, between Farrell Street and Sunrise Avenue, in Palm Springs, California. Parking is available in front of the cinema, in the mall parking lot. Directions to the cinema are available on the Camelot Theatres website.

As of this writing, April 28, 2017, the official hotel for the festival has not yet been announced.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Black Angel and The Chase, including interviews with June Vincent, who plays the female lead in Black Angel

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in paperback and hard-cover, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

April 5, 2017

TCM Film Fest 2017 Schedules More Lorre Films

Turner Classic Movies has announced the full schedule for their annual Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, California, over Thursday, April 6, to Sunday, April 9, 2017 – and Lorre fans attending the event will be treated to showings of five of Peter’s movies, including ~
  • Thurs., April 6 – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) – 9:30 pm, Egyptian Theatre
  • Fri., April 7 – The Maltese Falcon (1941) – 9 am, Chinese Multiplex House 1
  • Fri., April 7 – Beat the Devil (1954) – 11:15 am, Chinese Multiplex House 6
  • Sat., April 8 – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) – 9 am, Chinese Multiplex House 4
  • Sun., April 9 – Casablanca (1942) – 7:30 pm, TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX
"Make 'em Laugh: Comedy in the Movies" is this year’s theme, but the festival includes many other special showings, such as nitrate prints and movies numbered among the Essentials, as well as special guest speakers. The full schedule is available on the festival’s website.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) – Peter Lorre's first English-speaking role is among several movies to be shown at the festival in their original nitrate form. Director Martin Scorsese will host the showing, with special guest Deborah Stoiber, who has worked for most of her career to preserve nitrate prints.

The Maltese Falcon (1841) – Peter’s first movie with Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, and director John Huston is considered one of the "Essentials" on the Turner Classic Movies channel. Special guest Eddie Muller, the “Czar of Noir” and founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, will host the showing.

Beat the Devil (1954) – Peter’s final movie with Bogart and Huston is among the “Movie Spoofs” on the festival schedule. Special guests hosting the showing are Angela Allen, who worked on Beat the Devil on Continuity, and documentary filmmaker Cari Beauchamp.

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) – Peter’s second movie at Warner Bros. is among the films described as “Dark Comedy” on the festival schedule.

Casablanca (1943) – Considered one of the "Essentials" at TCM, this wartime classic celebrates its 75th anniversary at the festival. Peter’s performance as Ugarte, the racketeer who sells exit visas eager to leave Casablanca, won the actor a contract at Warner Bros., the studio he would become most associated with during his decades-long career.

Passes are still available in these three categories – The Palace, The Classic, and the Spotlight – but quantities are limited and may be purchased through the festival website.

Individual tickets may also be available for most films.

Venues for the various events include the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX (formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese), The Egyptian Theater, and the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres multiplex – all within an easy walking distance along Hollywood Blvd.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of these movies scheduled during the TCM festival, including interviews with many of the actors and crew who worked with Peter throughout his career. The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available for the Kindle and Nook, as well as hard-bound and soft-bound editions.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.