October 26, 2012

Three Strangers at the AFI Silver

Peter Lorre fans in the Silver Spring, MD, area will have an opportunity to catch the preserved print of Three Strangers (1946) at the Noir City film noir fest, presented at the AFI Silver in downtown Silver Spring.

The 35mm preserved print has been shown at Noir City festivals in several U.S. cities this year, including Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles.

Note: The arrival of hurricane Sandy in the Silver Spring area forced the AFI to cancel the screening for Monday, Oct. 29. Three Strangers has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, at 9:45 pm. Ticket prices for this showing are $11.50 general admission, $7 for children 12 and under, and $9 for seniors 65 and over.

The AFI Silver will show Three Strangers on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 pm, and on Monday, Oct. 29, at 5 pm.

On Sunday, Oct. 28, Film Noir Foundation board member Foster Hirsch will introduce Three Strangers.

Ticket prices for Sunday are $11.50 for general admission, $7 for children 12 and under, and $9 for seniors 65 and over.

Ticket prices for Monday’s matinee are $8.50 for general admission and seniors, and $7 for children. AFI member passes will be accepted; admission is $8.50.

AFI member passes will be accepted for all movies in the Noir City festival. Admission for AFI members is $8.50.

Tickets may be reserved on-line through the AFI Silver website. Click the “Buy Tickets” button and select Three Strangers and a show date and time. No booking fee will be charged, but tickets reserved on-line must be claimed at the box office with the same credit card used to make the reservation. The AFI Silver accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards.

Tickets may also be purchased at the AFI Silver box office, which opens 30 minutes before the first film of the day.

Noir City DC runs from October 20 to November 1, 2012. The full schedule can be found on the AFI Silver website.

The AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Road, at the intersection of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring, MD. Directions to the cinema may be found on the AFI Silver website.

Parking is available in several public parking decks close to the theater. Most convenient is the Wayne Avenue garage, located at 921 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Parking at the Wayne Avenue garage is free on weekends and after 8 pm on weekdays. More information on parking can be found on the AFI Silver website, under Parking.

For The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, author Stephen D. Youngkin interviewed both Geraldine Fitzgerald and Joan Lorring, who recounted their experiences working with Peter on Three Strangers. As one of the title characters, Ms. Fitzgerald described Peter’s advice in handling a stunt sequence. And Ms. Lorring confessed to a huge crush on Peter – which may have informed her portrayal of Johnny West’s loyal girlfriend, Icy Crane!

The Lost One is now available on both the Kindle and the Nook, as well as paperback and hardbound.

October 24, 2012

Celebrate Halloween with Peter Lorre

Only treats – no tricks – for Lorre fans this Halloween season, as theaters in Asheville, North Carolina, and Seattle, Washington, present a couple of classic comedy-murder films.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the Asheville Film Society will show You’ll Find Out (1940) at the Carolina Asheville Cinema Lounge.

The program will begin at 8 pm. Admission is free, however a $10 membership in the Asheville Film Society helps to support the AFS, as well as offering members invitations to special screenings and discounts on special events. Memberships will be available at the cinema.

The Carolina is located at 1640 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC. Parking is available at the cinema. For more information, please call (828) 274-9500.

From now until Thursday, Oct. 25, The Grand Illusion Cinema will be showing Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

The film begins at 6:45 pm.

Ticket prices are $8 for regular admission, and $5 for Grand Illusion members. Senior and Student tickets are available for $6. Tickets may be purchased at the box office. Credit cards are not accepted.

The Grand Illusion Cinema is located at 1403 NE 50th Street, Seattle, Washington. For more information, please call (206) 523-3935.

October 22, 2012

Lorre Films on TV This Fall

October, November, and December bring a number of Peter Lorre movies on 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.

October, 2012

Oct. 2 (Tues.), 6:15 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – The Story of Mankind (1957).

Oct. 8 (Mon.), 2:15 pm, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957).

Oct. 22 (Mon.), 11:30 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943).

Oct. 24 (Wed.), 8 pm, TCM – The Raven (1963). A night of horror films based on Edgar Allan Poe stories includes this American International Pictures entry in their Poe film series of the 1960s.

Oct. 28 (Sun.), 2:45 am, TCM – M (1931).

Oct. 28 (Sun.), 4:30 am, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945).

Oct. 31 (Wed.), 11:30 am, Antenna TV – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "The Diplomatic Corpse". A marathon of episodes from the anthology series includes this episode, which originally aired Dec. 8, 1957.

November, 2012

Nov. 3 (Sat.), 7:45 am, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

Nov. 7 (Wed.), 7 am, Antenna TV – Crime and Punishment (1935).

Nov. 9 (Fri.), 5 am, Antenna TV – Crime and Punishment (1935).

Nov. 9 (Fri.), 1:30 pm, TCM – The Conspirators (1944).

Nov. 10 (Sat.), 7 am, Antenna TV – Crime and Punishment (1935).

Nov. 14 (Wed.), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1944). An evening of Great Adaptations: Novel to Film includes this Dashiell Hammett mystery novel in the category "National Book Award Winners and Finalists".

Nov. 15 (Thurs.), 10 am, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). The salute to Great Adaptations: Novel to Film continues with the Eric Ambler mystery novel.

Nov. 18 (Sun.), 2 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Nov. 29 (Thurs.), 9:45 pm, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957).

Nov. 30 (Fri.), 6 pm, TCM – The Story of Mankind (1957). Peter plays Emperor Nero, who fiddles while Rome burns, and Mr. Scratch (Vincent Price) and the Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman) discuss whether or not mankind is worthy of redemption.

December, 2012

Dec. 6 (Thurs.), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). Jim Grant (pen-name Lee Child), author of the Jack Reacher series of adventure novels, is the guest co-host of an evening of his favorite movies – films that influenced his writing.

Dec. 10 (Mon.), 12 midnight, Antenna TV – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Man From the South". Peter Lorre plays Carlos, a South American gambler with an unusual wager.

Dec. 24 (Mon.), 3:20 pm, Encore Western – Wagon Train, "The Alexander Portlas Story". Peter Lorre plays Alexander Portlas, an archeologist hunting Incan treasure.

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

Happy viewing!