November 12, 2017

Fathom Events Presents Casablanca Nov. 12, 2017

On Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, Fathom Events joins the Turner Classic Movies channel with a special showing of Casablanca (1942), in celebration of the film’s 75th anniversary.

The program begins at 7 pm with an introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Some theaters will also have a matinee showing at 2 pm. Casablanca will also be shown on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 7 pm, and some cinemas will include a matinee show at 2 pm.

To locate a participating theater, enter a city or zip code on the Casablanca page and choose either Nov. 12 or Nov. 15.

Ticket prices are $12.50 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at each cinema’s box office, or in advance at the theater, as well as on-line through the Fathom Events website and Fandango. A nominal convenience fee will be added to tickets purchased on-line through either Fathom Events or Fandango.

In the small but pivotal role of black marketeer Ugarte, Peter Lorre sets in motion the film’s events by acquiring – through murder – a pair of valuable exit visas that he intends to sell to freedom fighter Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman).

It was a part to which Peter attached no importance. He later claimed he made more money playing the roulette wheel on the “Café Americain” set than he did in the four days he worked before the camera.

Casablanca did, however, give Peter the opportunity to work with his pal Humphrey Bogart. Not yet a contract player at Warner Bros., Peter was hired back for his third Bogart-starring movie, as the studio considered how he might fit in with their stable of actors. By the time he joined Bogart on Passage to Marseille (1944) in late 1943, Peter had appeared in several Warner Bros. films as a member of the Warners stock company.

The making of Casablanca and the on- and off-screen friendship of Bogie and Peter is discussed in the authorized Lorre biography The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (University Press of Kentucky, 2005), by Stephen D. Youngkin – now available on the Kindle and Nook, as well as paperback and hard-back.

November 10, 2017

Goethe-Institut in San Francisco Presents M

The Goethe-Institut, located in San Francisco, California, presents a “Fritz Lang Night”, including a showing of the German director’s – and Peter Lorre’s – first sound movie, M (1931), on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

M will begin at 8:30 pm, following a showing of the Lang biopic Fritz Lang at 6 pm.

Admission to the double-feature is $15. Individual tickets to either movie are $10 for adults, seniors, and students, and $8 for members of “Berlin and Beyond”.

The Goethe-Institut is located at 530 Bush Street, between Stockton Street and Grant Avenue, in San Francisco, California.

Metered parking is available on the streets near the venue. The Goethe-Institut is also served by both bus and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). More information about the Institut is available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please call the Goethe-Institut at 415-263-8760.

November 5, 2017

Holiday Time With Lorre on TV

The holiday season is here, and as 2017 becomes 2018, Lorre fans have much to celebrate with plenty of Lorre movies on television and Turner Classic Movies.

All times shown are Eastern Standard.

Peter Lorre's page on the TV Guide Channel website lists the Lorre films scheduled on various television channels over a 2-week period.

November, 2017

Just a handful of Lorre films this month, as Casablanca (1942) celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Nov. 12 (Sun), 3:45 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Casablanca (1942). The daytime theme is “Veterans Day”, and TCM celebrates with the classic wartime drama that won Peter Lorre a contract at the Warner Brothers studios. And today, as well as Wednesday, Nov. 15, Fathom Events joins TCM in showings of Casablanca in many movie theaters.

Nov. 20 (Mon), 2 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). Today’s daytime theme on TCM is “Screwball Classics” with a showing of the dark comedy about two spinster sisters who poison lonely old men with a home-brew of elderberry wine, spiked with three kinds of poison.

Nov. 25 (Sat), 2:30 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Peter Lorre is one of many cameos in this all-star extravaganza about the Victorian London gentleman (David Niven) who bets he can circle the globe in 80 days.

December, 2017

A variety of Lorre movies this month on the Turner Classic Movies channel.

Dec. 1 (Fri), 10:15 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Dec. 2 (Sat), 11:15 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935).

Dec. 5 (Tue), 6 am, TCM – M (1931).

Dec. 8 (Fri), 11:45 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Dec. 11 (Mon), 4:45 pm, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943).

Dec. 14 (Thurs), 4:45 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Dec. 16 (Sat), 4 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Dec. 29 (Fri), 6:15 am, TCM – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). Peter’s final horror movie at Warner Bros. was originally released on Christmas Day in 1946.

January, 2018

January means a new year and new opportunities for Lorre movies on TV.

Jan. 11 (Thurs), 4:30 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943).

Jan. 14 (Sun), 2 pm, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944).

Jan. 16 (Tues), 5:45 pm, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957).

Jan. 18 (Thurs), 5:45 am, TCM – Confidential Agent (1945).

Many of these and other Lorre movies are now available on DVD and Blu-Ray – many remastered and packaged with extra features. For more information on the films of Peter Lorre released to home video, head on over to the DVD – VHS section of The Lost One website.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Peter’s movies, including interviews with many of the directors, writers, actors, and crew who worked with Peter.

A complete list of Peter’s movies and television credits is available in the book’s Appendix.

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

Happy viewing!

October 31, 2017

Halloween with Lorre at Woodmere Art Museum

Happy Halloween! A movie set at Halloween is always fun to watch on this holiday – and when the movie features Peter Lorre, it’s even better!

As part of their series “Movies at the Woodmere”, the Woodmere Art Museum, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will show Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

The Chestnut Hill Film Group will present the movie at 7:30 pm in the museum’s main gallery. A donation of $5 is suggested.

The Woodmere Art Museum is located at 9211 Germantown Avenue, at the corner of Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Directions to the Woodmere are available on the museum’s website.

Parking is available in the museum’s parking lot.

For more information, please call the Woodmere Art Museum at 215-247-0476.

Lorre Biographer Discusses Mad Love at The Projection Booth

Kicking off “Shocktober 2017” – a month-long look at horror films – with a discussion of Mad Love (1935), long-time filmfan and writer Mike White invited Stephen D. Youngkin, author of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), to The Projection Booth on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, for a discussion of Peter Lorre and his first American movie.

During the hour-long interview, Stephen Youngkin described Peter’s journey to Hollywood as a contract player with Columbia Pictures in 1934, his love of America and all things American, his dislike of the term “horror film”, and being labeled a horror movie actor after Mad Love. Having his head shaved for the role of the bald Dr. Gogol was not Peter’s idea, said Youngkin. He was sensitive about his appearance and went to visit Frances Drake, who played Yvonne Orlac, Dr. Gogol’s object of desire, to show her what he really looked like before work began on Mad Love.

Mike White also talked with film historian Greg Mank, whose book Hollywood Cauldron: Thirteen Horror Films from the Genre’s Golden Age (1994) includes a chapter on Mad Love and an interview with Frances Drake. Mank discusses scenes deleted from the finished print; the sad end of Colin Clive, who hated Mad Love and the other horror movies he made in the early 1930s; and Karl Freund’s approach to directing – which involved paying more attention to the movie’s cinematography than the performances of the actors. This suited Peter Lorre, said Mank, who could then do what he wanted to do with a part.

Using clips from the Mad Love dialogue track, Mike White and his guest co-host Samm Deighan explore the story, the characters, the cinematography, the direction, and the performances of the lead actors Peter Lorre, Colin Clive, and Frances Drake.

Episode 343, Oct. 3, 2017, marks Stephen Youngkin’s third visit to The Projection Booth. On May 24, 2017, Youngkin appeared in Episode 324 for a program about Der Verlorene (The Lost One, 1951), Peter Lorre’s only directorial effort. And on Nov. 22, 2016, Youngkin came on-board in Episode 298 for a discussion of Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

On Nov. 29, 2016, Episode 299, Mike White and his special co-hosts and guests discussed The Chase (1946).

All current and past podcasts of The Projection Booth are available on the program’s website.

And on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, Mad Love will be shown on Turner Classic Movies at 10 am EST and 7 am PST, as part of a day-long salute to horror movies.

Happy Halloween from Turner Classic Movies!