August 15, 2013

Stanford Theatre Screens Beat the Devil Aug. 17 to 20

The historic Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, California, will show a Humphrey Bogart double-feature of Beat the Devil (1954) and The African Queen (1951) over this weekend, beginning Saturday, August 17, 2013, and ending Tuesday, August 20.

Beat the Devil will be shown at 5:50 and 9:25 pm. The African Queen will be shown at 7:30 pm, with additional showings at 3:55 pm on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18. Before and after the 7:30 show, one of the Stanford’s “Masters of the Mighty Wurlitzer” will play the Wurlitzer theater organ during the intermission.

Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for youth (18 and under) and seniors (65 and over). Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of the show.

The Stanford Theatre is located at 221 University Avenue in Palo Alto, California. Look for the cinema’s large neon marquee – a landmark along University Avenue in the downtown area. For more information, please call

Parking is available at meters along the street in front of the cinema, as well as two parking garages within two blocks of the Stanford. The Bryant / Lytton Parking Garage is located at 445 Bryant Avenue, one block north of University Avenue. The High Street Parking Garage is located at 528 High Street, one block south of University Avenue.

Opening in 1925, the Stanford Theatre was Palo Alto’s premier movie theater. Most of the classic films the Stanford now plays – including many Lorre movies – appeared in this cinema on their initial run, when the program changed two or three times a week. In 1987, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation purchased and restored the cinema.

Now owned by the Stanford Theatre Foundation, the cinema presents classic Hollywood movies. The full schedule is located on the theatre’s website.

In the pages of his book The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Beat the Devil. Shot in location in Italy, it was the final on-screen collaboration of Peter, his long-time pal Humphrey Bogart, and John Huston, who directed the two actors in 1941 in their first film together, The Maltese Falcon.

The Lost One is now available in soft-bound and hard-back, as well as eBook editions on the Nook and Kindle.

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