March 23, 2017

Spring into Spring and Summer with Lorre on TV

As the days grow longer and spring moves into summer, Peter Lorre fans can find many 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.

March, 2017

Eddie Muller, “The Czar of Noir” and president of the Film Noir Foundation, kicks off in March a special series of film noir movies to be shown every Sunday at 10 am on the Turner Classic Movies channel. And TCM turns the spotlight on “March Malice” with a week-long series of dramas, a different theme each day.

Mar. 5 (Sun), 10 am, Turner Classic Movies channel – The Maltese Falcon (1941). Eddie Muller introduces his film noir series “Noir Alley” with the classic hard-boiled detective movie, Peter’s first film at Warner Bros.

Mar 12 (Sun), 8 am, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941).

Mar. 15 (Wed), 11 am, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The daytime theme is “Femme Fatales”, and no “femme” is more “fatale” than Mary Astor’s Brigid O’Shaughnessy, who works against her former associates Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre) and Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet) to obtained the fabulous jewel-encrusted statuette.

Mar. 21 (Tues), 11 am, TCM – M (1931). “March Malice”, and the theme today is “Serial Killers”. Peter Lorre attracted attention in his first sound movie as Hans Beckert, the child murderer of Berlin.

Mar. 21 (Tues), 6 am, GetTV channel – Mrs. G. Goes to College, “First Test”. Originally broadcast Oct. 11, 1961, “First Test” is the first of two episodes in which Peter appeared as Dr. Kestner, science instructor at an unnamed university.

Mar. 23 (Thurs), 6 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). “March Malice” continues and today’s theme is “Nazis”. Although Peter played Nazis in movies during the 1940s, Conrad Veidt is the Nazi in question this time – while Peter’s character Ugarte gets the action going when he leaves two valuable exit visas with saloon owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart).

Mar. 29 (Wed), 4 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1961).

Mar. 30 (Thurs), 6 am, GetTV channel – Mrs. G. Goes to College, “The Trouble with Crayton”. Originally broadcast Dec. 6, 1961, this episode was the second and final appearance of Peter Lorre as Dr. Kestner, Mrs. G.’s science instructor at an unnamed university.

Mar. 30 (Thurs), 9:25 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1961).

April, 2017

This month, Lorre fans can enjoy one of Peter’s TV episodes, in addition to a handful of movies.

April 15 (Sat), 6:15 am, TCM – Hollywood Canteen (1944).

April 17 (Mon), 5:30 am, TCM – Screen Director’s Playhouse, “No. 5 Checked Out”. Originally broadcast over NBC on Jan. 18, 1956.

April 18 (Tues), 6 am, TCM – M (1931). The daytime theme of “The Madness Within” begins with Peter Lorre in his first sound movie as Hans Beckert, a man tortured by his inner demons to murder children in Berlin.

April 24 (Mon), 11 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). TCM wishes Shirley MacLaine a happy birthday with a day of her movies, including this all-star extravaganza with Peter Lorre as a Japanese steward aboard a ship bound for Yokohama.

May, 2017

Clark Gable is the Star of the Month on the Turner Classic Movies channel, and the line-up includes both of the movies he made with Peter Lorre.

May 9 (Tues), 9:30 pm, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940).

May 10 (Wed), 1:45 pm, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941).

May 21 (Sun), 2 pm, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964). Peter Lorre’s only appearance in American International Pictures’ successful “Beach Party” movie series was playing in theaters at the time newspapers were running Peter’s obituary on his passing at age 59 on March 23, 1964, and his funeral two days later.

May 23 (Tues), 12:30 pm, TCM – The Verdict (1946).

May 28 (Sun), 2:30 pm, TCM – Hotel Berlin (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!

March 16, 2017

Mrs. G. Goes to College Comes to GetTV, March 2017

Lorre fans with access to the GetTV channel can look forward to something new from Peter’s television credits when Mrs. G. Goes to College joins the station’s line-up in late March, 2017.

The one-season TV comedy series – broadcast over CBS on Wednesday nights at 9:30 pm in the early 1960s – tells the story of Mrs. Sarah Green (Gertrude Berg), an older widow who decides to attend an unnamed university and live in a boarding house among her fellow students.

Also in the cast are Sir Cedric Hardwicke, as Prof. Crayton, her English instructor; Mary Wickes, as her landlady; Skip Ward, as her classmate Joe Caldwell; and a young Marion Ross (who later appeared on Happy Days in the 1980s), as Susan Green, Mrs. Green’s daughter.

As Dr. Kestner, Mrs. Green’s science instructor, Peter Lorre made two guest appearances on the program.

In “First Test”, originally shown on Oct. 11, 1961, Dr. Kestner makes a bet with his friend Prof. Crayton that Mrs. G. and her lab partner Joe Caldwell will fail their first exam in the Doctor’s class.

In “The Trouble with Crayton”, broadcast Dec. 6, 1961, Dr. Kestner conspires with Mrs. G. to help Prof. Crayton get some much-needed rest.

GetTV will first air these episodes on the following days and times ~
  • ”First Test” – Tues., Mar. 21 – 6 am
  • ”The Trouble with Crayton” – Thurs., Mar. 30 – 6 am
With the series added to the channel’s regular line-up, GetTV will air these episodes on future dates and times, as listed on the GetTV schedule.

Although not available commercially, Mrs. G. Goes to College may be purchased through Thomas Film Classics.

In the Appendix of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Lorre fans will find a complete-to-date list of Peter’s television credits, as well as lists of his radio work, his movies, and his stage and theater appearances.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased through Amazon.

Heritage House Shows Beat the Devil, Mar. 16, 2017

As part of their “Film Noir” series, held on the third Thursday of every month, the Heritage House Arts and Civic Center presents Beat the Devil (1954) – Peter Lorre’s final movie with pal Humphrey Bogart and director John Huston – on Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017.

The film will be shown at 2 pm and 7 pm.

Admission is free for everyone. Free popcorn will be served during each showing.

The Heritage House is located at 1428 Jenkins Road, on the grounds of Heritage Park, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Parking is available near the Heritage House.

Follow the Heritage House on Facebook to find out more about House events.

February 22, 2017

Ohio Library Schedules Classic Lorre Film

As part of its “Classic Movie Afternoon” series, the Sylvania Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library system in Ohio presents The Maltese Falcon (1941) on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

The program will begin at 2 pm in the Meeting Room. Refreshments will be provided.

Admission is free for everyone.

The full schedule for the “Classic Movie Afternoon” series, from January to May, is available on the branch library’s website.

The Sylvania branch is located at 6749 Monroe Street in Sylvania, Ohio. Directions to the library are available on the branch's website.

Parking is available in the library’s parking lot.

For more information, please contact the library at 419-882-2089.

February 17, 2017

Restored Beat the Devil at New York City’s Film Forum

In an interview, Peter Lorre recalled Beat the Devil (1954) as “a delicious sardonic comedy” that was “a flop first in New York” because the studio opened it with “a blood-and-thunder campaign”. Hastily re-edited by director John Huston before its release, with a tacked-on opening voice-over by lead actor Humphrey Bogart and four minutes trimmed from its running time, the movie fell into public domain years ago and has been seen only in this form – until now.

A new restoration has gone back to the original 35mm camera negative, as well as other sources, to re-create the longer version. And the Film Forum, located in New York City, will screen the uncensored and unseen version of Beat the Devil, from Friday, Feb. 17, to Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

Beat the Devil will be shown on the following dates and times ~
  • Friday, Feb. 17 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 7 pm, and 9:10 pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 18 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 7 pm, and 9:10 pm
  • Sunday, Feb. 19 – 2:10 pm, 6:40 pm, and 8:40 pm
  • Monday, Feb. 20 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, and 8:20 pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 7 pm, and 9:10 pm
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 7 pm, and 9:10 pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 23 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 7 pm, and 9:10 pm
Admission is $14 for adults, and $8 for children under the age of 12. Seniors age 65 and older attending shows before 5 pm, Monday to Friday, may purchase tickets for $8. Tickets for Film Forum members are $8 for all showings.

Tickets may be purchased at the Film Forum box office. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the Film Forum website. Click the “Buy Tickets” button on the Beat the Devil page. On-line registration is required to purchase tickets through the venue’s website. More information on tickets is available on the Film Forum website.

The Film Forum is located at 209 West Houston Street, between 6th Avenue and Varick Street, in New York City, New York.

Parking, both metered and non-metered, is available on many of the streets close to the Film Forum. Parking on 6th Avenue, 7th Avenue, and Varick Street is metered.

The Film Forum is well-served by subway and bus lines. Directions to the theater, as well as parking and public transportation information, are available on the venue’s website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the chaotic making of Beat the Devil, the fifth and final movie Peter made with his old pal, Humphrey Bogart. Working on location in Italy, the two pranksters welcomed celebrity visitors such as George Sanders to the set, played practical jokes on cast-mates, and enjoyed the ping-playing form of co-star Gina Lollabrigida.

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

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