Fall is on the way, and with it, a number of Peter Lorre movies on television and Turner Classic Movies during October, November, and December. 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 means Halloween and horror movies, and with Vincent Price as TCM’s “Star of the Month” on Thursdays, a few of the films Price made with Peter Lorre are included in the schedule.
Oct. 1 (Tues.), 11:35 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).
Oct. 1 (Tues.), 12:30 pm, Encore Suspense channel – Tales of Terror (1962). Peter stars in the second of the three Poe stories, as a man who “hated a cat – a black cat”.
Oct. 2 (Wed.), 9:30 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).
Oct. 4 (Fri.), 6:15 pm, Retro Movie channel – The Patsy (1964). Peter Lorre’s death on March 23, 1964, came three days after Peter finished work on this film.
Oct. 5 (Sat.), 8:05 am, Retro channel – The Patsy (1964).
Oct. 10 (Thurs.), 9:20 am and 4:30 pm, Retro channel – The Patsy (1964).
Oct. 12 (Sat.), 12:30 am, Turner Classic Movies channel – Crime and Punishment (1935). The theme is “Crisis of Conscience”, and Peter Lorre stars in his second American film as Roderick Raskolnikov, a student of crime who commits murder.
Oct. 13 (Sun.), 12:30 am, Antenna TV channel – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Man From the South". A scary tale suitable for Halloween about a bet involving fingers, a car – and a lighter that will light 10 times in a row without fail.
Oct. 14 (Mon.), 9 am, Antenna TV channel – The Face Behind the Mask (1941). Peter plays Janos Szabo, an Humgarian immigrant watch-maker whose face is horribly burned in a fire, turns to crime to finance a mask and then plastic surgery, but discovers love with a blind woman and a new life that unfortunately ends in tragedy.
Oct. 17 (Thurs.), 9 am, TCM – Beat the Devil (1954). The theme is “Americans Abroad”, and Peter co-stars with Humphrey Bogart in their final movie together as conmen bound for a uranium mine in South Africa.
Oct. 17 (Thurs.), 1:15 pm, Encore Suspense channel – Tales of Terror (1962).
Oct. 17 (Thurs), TCM – A Lorre double-feature with October star Vincent Price in The Story of Mankind (1957) at 9:45 pm and The Big Circus (1959) at 11:30 pm.
Oct. 20 (Sun.), 6:30 am, Antenna TV channel – The Face Behind the Mask (1941).
Oct. 20 (Sun.), 7:40 am, Encore Suspense channel – Tales of Terror (1962).
Oct. 25 (Fri.), 8:15 am, TCM – The Raven (1963). The Vincent Price festival continues with an entry in AIP’s Poe series. Peter Lorre and Vincent Price play 16th century sorcerers facing off against fellow sorcerer Boris Karloff.
Oct. 29 (Tues.), noon, THIS channel – The Raven (1963).
Oct. 30 (Wed.), 10:15 am, TCM – You’ll Find Out (1940). A day of “Thrills and Chills” includes this “old mansion” musical horror comedy with Peter, Karloff, and Bela Lugosi.
Oct. 31 (Thurs.), 10 am, THIS channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964). Spend Halloween with Peter and his friends Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and Basil Rathbone, in this horror-comedy about an undertaker (Price) and his assistant (Lorre) who are unable to dig up profitable business in the usual way and so decide on an unusual way – "creating" their own customers.
Burt Lancaster is November’s “Star of the Month” on Turner Classic Movies. Unfortunately, Rope of Sand (1949), the only film Lancaster made with Peter Lorre, is not on the schedule, but two Lorre / Bogart films are.
Nov. 1 (Fri.), 2:50 am, Antenna TV channel – The Jack Benny Show (Jan. 22, 1963).
Nov. 6 (Wed.), 2:50 am, Retro TV channel – Tales of Terror (1962).
Nov. 7 (Thurs.), 9:45 pm, Retro TV channel – Tales of Terror (1962).
Nov. 10 (Sun.), 4 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).
Nov. 14 (Thurs.), 1 pm, Fox Movie Channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).
Nov. 19 (Tues.), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The falcon statuette is among several famous movie props up for auction at Bonhams Auctioneers on Nov. 25, 2013, in New York City. Tonight, Dr. Catherine Williamson, Bonhams' Director of Entertainment Memorabilia, will join TCM host Robert Osborne for an evening of programming related to the auction.
Nov. 23 (Sat.), 9:30 am, Fox Movie Channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).
Nov. 29 (Fri.), 11:15 am and 9:30 pm, Retro TV channel – Tales of Terror (1962).
Nov. 29 (Fri.), 3 am, MeTV channel – Wagon Train, "The Alexander Portlass Story" (Mar. 16, 1960).
December’s “Star of the Month” on Turner Classic Movies is Fred Astaire, and on the schedule is Silk Stockings, the only movie Peter Lorre made with the classic dancer.
Dec. 6 (Fri.), 12 midnight, TCM – Casablanca (1942). Turner Classic Movies turns their Friday Night Spotlight on "The Hollywood Costume", and included in the line-up is costume designer Orry-Kelly (Orry George Kelly) and his work on Casablanca.
Dec. 11 (Wed.), 1:30 am, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957). Peter joins Jules Munshin, Joseph Buloff – and Fred Astaire – in this musical from MGM.
Dec. 24 (Tue.), 10:15 am, Fox Movie Channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).
Dec. 27 (Fri.), 2 pm, TCM – Three Strangers (1945). Peter joins Sydney Greenstreet in their eighth film together as two of the title characters who, with Geraldine Fitzgerald, make a wish on a statue of the Chinese goddess Kwan Yin.
Dec. 28 (Sat.), 1 pm and 4 am, Fox Movie Channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).
Dec. 29 (Sun.), 2 pm, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). Turner Classic Movies remembers Joan Fontaine, who passed at age 96 in mid-December, with an afternoon of movies, including The Constant Nymph, in which Peter romances her sister, played by Brenda Marshall.
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.