April 5, 2014

Peter Lorre on TV This Spring

Spring and summer months bring many Peter Lorre movies on television and Turner Classic Movies. Although TCM has scheduled no Lorre films for May, the classic film channel more than makes up for this oversight with a special tribute to Peter’s 110th birthday in 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, 2014

Apr. 14 (Mon), Turner Classic Movies channel – A day of “The Best of TCM” with a showing of The Maltese Falcon (1941) at 7 am and Casablanca (1942) at 5 pm.

Apr. 21 (Mon), 11 am, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964). A salute to “Frankie and Annette” includes this entry in their Beach Party series of movies in the 1960s.

May, 2014

While the Turner Classic Movies channel currently has no Lorre films scheduled for May, Peter films can be seen on other channels.

May 18 (Sun), 6:25 pm, Retro channel – Tales of Terror (1962).

May 19 (Mon), 9:20 am, Retro channel – Tales of Terror (1962).

May 20 (Tues), 1:45 am, Retro channel – Tales of Terror (1962).

May 22 (Thurs), 8:35 pm, Encore Classic channel – The Patsy (1964).

May 23 (Fri), 3 pm, Retro channel – Tales of Terror (1962).

June, 2014

June brings a number of Lorre movies – and a TCM tribute to Peter’s 110th birthday on June 26.

June 4 (Wed), 6:15 am, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941). TCM celebrates Rosalind Russell's birthday with a morning of her movies, including the only film she made with Peter Lorre. Peter plays "Capt. Chang", who accepts Ms. Russell and her fellow jewel thief Clark Gable as passengers aboard his tramp steamer bound for Hong Kong.

June 10 (Thurs), 4 am, MeTV channel – Wagon Train, "The Alexander Portlass Story" (NBC, Mar. 16, 1960).

June 20 (Fri), 7:45 am, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). TCM salutes "True Detectives" with a morning of mystery films, including the classic on which Peter first worked with Humphrey Bogart – and with Sydney Greenstreet.

June 23 (Mon), 3:30 pm, TCM – The Story of Mankind (1957). TCM presents a morning of "Deals with the Devil", including this Irwin Allen movie pitting the Devil (Vincent Price) against the Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman).

June 26 (Thurs), 6:15 am, TCM – M (1931). This birthday tribute to Peter’s 110th begins with his first sound movie.

June 26 (Thurs), 8:15 am, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

June 26 (Thurs), 9:30 am, TCM – Background to Danger (1943).

June 26 (Thurs), 11 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). A romantic role for Peter, as he woos and weds Brenda Marshall, one of the Sanger sisters.

June 26 (Thurs), 1 pm, TCM – The Conspirators (1944). Peter has a small role as one of the title characters who works with Sydney Greenstreet in neutral Portugal.

June 26 (Thurs), 2:45 pm, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944). As the heroic Marius, who escapes from the penal colony in French Guiana, Peter appeared in his final Warner Bros. film with long-time friend Humphrey Bogart.

June 26 (Thurs), 4:45 pm, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945).

June 26 (Thurs), 6:30 pm, TCM – The Verdict (1946). In their final film together, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet investigate a friend's murder in this "locked room" mystery based on the novel The Big Bow Mystery.

July, 2014

July 2 (Wed), 4:30 am, TCM – The Raven (1963). Sorcerer Peter Lorre is transformed into a talking raven by sorcerer Boris Karloff – and returned to his rightful form by sorcerer Vincent Price – in this AIP comedy at the tail-end of an evening of "Talk to the Animals" films.

July 10 (Thurs), 7:30 pm, TCM – Screen Director’s Playhouse, “No. 5 Checked Out” (1956). Peter appeared with William Talman, Theresa Wright, and Ralph Moody in this episode of the NBC anthology series, originally broadcast Jan. 18, 1956.

July 12 (Sat), 7:15 am, TCM – My Favorite Brunette (1947).

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.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Peter’s movies, including interviews with many of the directors, writers, actors, and crew who worked with Peter. A complete list of Peter’s movies is available in the book’s Appendix. For more information on The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, please visit the book’s official website.

Happy viewing!

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