May 1, 2018

Summer Fun with Lorre on TV

Summer brings many Lorre movies to television and Turner Classic Movies – with a special treat for Lorre fans in June.

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.

May, 2018

A handful of Lorre films for May, plus one of his many television appearances.

May 3 (Thurs), 2 pm, Starz Westerns channel – Wagon Train, “The Alexander Portlass Story” (originally broadcast over CBS, Jan. 22, 1963).

May 6 (Sun), 10:20 pm, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

May 12 (Sat), 1 am, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

May 21 (Mon), 10:15 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Casablanca (1942). TCM’s primetime theme is “The Four Freedoms” with a series of five movies, including this wartime classic.

May 27 (Sun), 7:45 am, TCM – Hollywood Canteen (1944). Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet appear as themselves in this star-studded extravaganza about the famed servicemen’s canteen.

May 29 (Tues), 7:45 am, TCM – My Favorite Brunette (1947). TCM salutes Bob Hope’s birthday with the only movie Bob made with Peter – a comic take-off on mystery and suspense movies.

June, 2018

June 26 is the 114th anniversary of Peter Lorre’s birth – June 26, 1904 – and for Lorre fans, June brings many Lorre movies on the Turner Classic Movies channel.

June 2 (Sat), 2 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

June 2 (Sat), 2 pm, TCM – Three Strangers (1946). The primetime theme is “Stranger Danger”, with a double-feature of movies involving strangers. Peter joins Sydney Greenstreet and Geraldine Fitzgerald as the title characters, who make a wish on a Chinese statue with unfortunate results.

June 4 (Mon), 6:15, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941). TCM wishes Rosalind Russell a happy birthday with a morning and afternoon of her films, including the only movie she made with Peter, who plays the Chinese skipper of a tramp steamer bound for Hong Kong and who takes the escaping jewel thieves Rosalind Russell and Clark Gable as passengers – for a price.

June 8 (Fri), 11:30 am, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945). Check in to TCM’s daytime theme of “Five Star Hotels”.

June 14 (Thurs), 2 am, TCM – Hollywood Canteen (1944).

June 18 (Mon), 9:15 am, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964).

June 19 (Tues), 12 noon, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957).

June 29 (Fri), 9 am, TCM – M (1931). A day of Lorre movies on Turner Classic Movies begins with Peter’s first sound film.

June 29 (Fri), 11 am, TCM – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). “Lorre Day” continues with Peter’s first English-language film.

June 29 (Fri), 12:30 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935). “Lorre Day” continues with Peter’s first American film.

June 29 (Fri), 1:45 pm, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). “Lorre Day” continues with the film considered the first film noir.

June 29 (Fri), 3 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). “Lorre Day” continues with Peter’s first film at the Warner Bros. studio.

June 29 (Fri), 4:45 pm, TCM – The Conspirators (1944). “Lorre Day” continues with Peter teaming up with Sydney Greenstreet as Allied agents working in Lisbon.

June 29 (Fri), 6:30 pm, TCM – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). “Lorre Day” concludes with Peter’s final movie at Warner Bros.

June 30 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944).

July, 2018

July brings just a couple of Lorre movies.

July 15 (Sun), 11:30 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

July 22 (Sun), 12 noon, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

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.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

Happy viewing!

April 28, 2018

The Maltese Falcon on SiriusXM Radio Classics

The Radio Classics channel will air the Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater episode “The Maltese Falcon” during the week of April 29 to May 5, 2018, Sunday to Saturday.

The program will air on the following dates and times –

Tuesday, May 1 ~
2 pm Pacific, 5 pm Eastern

Thursday, May 3 ~
6 am Pacific, 9 am Eastern

Friday, May 4 ~
12 midnight Pacific

Saturday, May 5 ~
3 am Eastern

Satellite radio provider SiriusXM airs Radio Classics over channel 148. Subscribers may also listen to the programs over the internet. Log-in with your User ID and password. Not a subscriber? A free 30-day trial is also available through the SirusXM radio website.

Originally airing over CBS on Sept. 20, 1943, this episode reunited the cast of the classic 1941 movie The Maltese Falcon in their original roles – Humphrey Bogart as detective Sam Spade, Mary Astor as his client Brigid O’Shaughnessy, Sydney Greenstreet as “the Fat Man” Kasper Gutman, and Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin discusses the radio career of Peter Lorre. A natural for the medium, Peter loved performing on radio and unlike many other actors, played to the microphone rather than the studio audience and gave what co-star Harry Morgan ("The Voice of Mystery", Mystery in the Air) described as a “great vocal performance”.

A complete-to-date list of Peter’s radio credits, along with his theater, film, and television credits, is available in the Appendix of The Lost One.

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

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

April 22, 2018

Have a Drink with Lorre in Brooklyn Tonight

In Casablanca (1942), everybody comes to Rick’s for drinks, music, and roulette, with a side order of plotting to escape the North African town. And in the small but pivotal role of Ugarte, Peter Lorre is one who makes escape possible by selling exit visas on the black market.

Saturday night, April 22, 2018, Lorre fans in the Brooklyn, New York, area will have the opportunity to enjoy a French 75 cocktail and a showing of Casablanca at the Videology Bar and Cinema as part of the venue’s regular series “Classic Films, Classic Cocktails”.

The film will be shown at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm. At 5:30 pm, Noah Isenberg, author of We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, will host a question-and-answer period following the movie. At 8:30 pm, Isenberg will introduce the film.

Admission is $24 for everyone. Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning 30 minutes for showtime. Tickets may also be purchased online through the cinema’s website. Each ticket includes a French 75 cocktail. Because alcohol is served, the Videology has strict rules about who may attend the showings. More information about tickets is available on the venue’s website.

The Videology Bar and Cinema is located at 308 Bedford Avenue, at the corner of Bedford Avenue and South 1st Street, in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, New York.

Parking is available on the streets near the cinema.

For more information, please contact the Videology at 718-782-3468.

April 21, 2018

German Film Series at Harvard Includes Lorre

As part of their series on German films from 1945 to 1957, the Harvard Film Archive presents the only movie Peter Lorre ever directed – Der Verlorene (1951) – on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

The film begins at 9:15 pm. The print is in German, with English subtitles.

Tickets are available at the Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque 45 minutes before show time. More information about tickets is available on the archive’s website.

The Harvard Film Archive is located in the lower level of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, located at 24 Quincy Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Metered parking on Broadway and Harvard streets is free after 8 pm. The archive is also well-served by public transportation, including the MBTA Red Line. More information about parking and public transportation, as well as directions to the archive, is available on the venue’s website.

Der Verlorene is shown as part of the film series "The Management of Shattered Identity: German Films, 1945 – 1957", which began Friday, April 20, and will run until Monday, April 23, 2018. The schedule is available on the archive website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin devotes a full chapter to a discussion of the making of the film, including interviews with actors and crew. Der Verlorene, which Peter Lorre translated to The Lost One, was the only film Peter directed, co-produced, co-wrote, and starred in.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

April 20, 2018

Denver Midnight Madness With Lorre

The Maltese Falcon (1941) is on the schedule this weekend – Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, 2018 – in the “Midnight Madness” series of movies at the Esquire Theatre in Denver, Colorado.

The movie will begin at 11:59 pm each night.

Admission is $9.50 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the Esquire’s website. A nominal fee of $1 will be added to each ticket purchased on-line.

The historic Esquire Theatre, now one of the Landmark chain of cinemas, is located at 590 Downing Street, at the corner of Downing Street and East 6th Avenue in the Capitol Hill area of Denver, Colorado.

Parking is available in the lot adjoining the cinema. Parking is also available on the streets after 6 pm. More information, as well as directions to the Esquire, is available on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please contact the theater at 303-733-0148.