July 17, 2012

The Raven Under the Stars in Camden, Maine

Peter Lorre fans in Camden, Maine, will have an opportunity to enjoy an outdoor showing of The Raven (1963) when the Camden Public Library begins its summer series “Movies in the Amphitheater” on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, in addition to drinks and snacks. The library will serve cheese puffs – as a tribute to the “cheesy” special effects featured in the film, particularly in the final duel between magicians Vincent Price and Boris Karloff.

The program begins after sundown at 8:15 pm. In case of rain, The Raven will move indoors to the Picker Room in the library.

The Camden Public Library is located at 55 Main Street, in downtown Camden, Maine. Directions may be found on the library’s website. The Amphitheatre is located beside the library, along Atlantic Avenue. Parking is available on the streets near the library.

For more information, please contact the library at (207) 236-3440.

In the summer of 1974, Roger Corman reminisced with Lorre biographer Stephen Youngkin on directing Peter Lorre in The Raven, as well as Tales of Terror (1962). In failing health and unable to remember his lines, Peter preferred to ad-lib – to the frustration of the stage-trained Boris Karloff.

The three actors would work together only once more – in 1964’s The Comedy of Terrors – before Peter’s passing on March 23, 1964.

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