April 9, 2013

Lorre on TV This Spring

Spring arrives with a number of Peter Lorre movies on television and Turner Classic Movies during April, May, and 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.



April, 2013

Apr. 9 (Tues.), 2:30 am, Antenna TV channel – The Jack Benny Show. Peter Lorre is Jack’s special guest on this program, which originally aired over CBS on Jan. 22, 1963.

Apr. 9 (Tues.), 2:30 am, Turner Classic Movies channel – Three Strangers (1946). TCM host Robert Osborne ends an evening of his personal film picks with this story of three strangers who gather before a statuette of the Chinese goddess Kwan Yin at midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve and make a combined wish – which brings enlightenment for one and disaster for two.

Apr. 9 (Tues.), 4:15 am, TCM – The Verdict (1946). Peter Lorre’s final movie with Sydney Greenstreet follows Three Strangers.

Apr. 11 (Thurs.), 8:25 am and 6:15 pm, Retroplex channel – The Patsy (1964). Peter’s final movie, released after his passing in 1964, airs twice on the Retroplex movie channel.

Apr. 22 (Mon.), 8:35 am and 4:15 pm, Retroplex channel – The Patsy (1964).

Apr. 22 (Mon.), 1:10 pm and 4 am, Fox Movie Channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Apr. 25 (Thurs.), 4:15 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). This all-star cameo film ends an evening of movies about “Amazing Races”.



May, 2013

May 1 (Wed.), 1 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). An evening of movies starring actress Priscilla Lane includes the comedy about two dear old Brooklyn ladies who are running an unusual “charity” from their home – they dispatch lonely elderly gentlemen with a potent glass of elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide.

May 7 (Tues.), 12 pm, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940).

May 10 (Fri.), 7:45 am, Fox Movie Channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

May 11 (Sat.), 9:15 am, TCM – Crime and Punishment (1935). Peter’s second American movie, and the only one he made under the contract he signed with Columbia studios while he was still in London, filming The Man Who Knew Too Much.

May 12 (Sun.), 12:45 pm and 4:20 am, Retroplex channel – The Patsy (1964).

May 16 (Thurs.), midnight, Antenna TV channel – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, “Man From the South” (Mar. 13, 1960).

May 17 (Fri.), 1 pm, Retroplex channel – The Patsy (1964).

May 18 (Sat.), 6:50 am, Retroplex channel – The Patsy (1964).

May 22 (Wed.), 11:45 am, TCM – The Story of Mankind (1957).



June, 2013

June 26 is Peter Lorre’s 109th birthday, and although there is no birthday salute from TCM, Lorre fans will find plenty of Lorre movies this month.

June 4 (Tues.), 6:30 am, TCM – Hollywood Canteen (1944) – June’s Star of the Month is Eleanor Parker, and a day of her Warner Bros. films ends with this star-filled musical salute to the famous World War 2 servicemen’s canteen in Los Angeles.

June 4 (Tues.), 6:30 am, TCM – Hollywood Canteen (1944) – June’s Star of the Month is Eleanor Parker, and a day of her Warner Bros. films ends with this star-filled musical salute to the famous World War 2 servicemen’s canteen in Los Angeles.

June 4 (Tues.), noon, Fox Movie Channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

June 4 (Tues.), 4 am, TCM – Background to Danger (1943).

June 7 (Fri.), 11:15 am, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

June 7 (Fri.), 2:30 am, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941) – The Friday Night Spotlight takes aim at Noir Writers with an evening of adaptations of Dashiell Hammett novels, including one of the most famous and the film that introduced the screen teams of Peter and Bogie, and Lorre and Greenstreet.

June 18 (Wed.), 8 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). Before offering a contract, Warner Bros. tested Peter’s appeal as a romantic actor in the small role of Fritz Bercovy, who loves and marries one of the Sanger sisters.

June 20 (Thurs.), 2 am, Antenna TV channel – The Jack Benny Show (Jan. 22, 1963).

June 26 (Wed.) – Celebrate Peter’s birthday with three movies on TCM: Quicksand (1950) at 10:45 am, Casablanca (1942) at 3 am, and All Through the Night (1942) at 5 am. Casablanca was selected by guest programmer Joseph Abboud, famous menswear designer and author, whose interest in clothes and fashion was inspired by movie costumes.




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 on over to the DVD — VHS section of The Lost One website.

Happy viewing!

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