June 12, 2014

Background to Danger at the AFI Silver in June

Peter Lorre fans in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area will have the opportunity to catch Background to Danger (1943) on the big screen this weekend at the AFI Silver Theatre.

The movie is included in the American Film Institute series Action! The Films of Raoul Walsh, Part 2, which began on April 27 and will run to Wednesday, July 2, 2014. The full schedule of movies, all directed by Walsh, may be found on the AFI website.

Background to Danger will be shown on the following dates and times:
  • Friday, June 13 – 3 pm
  • Monday, June 16 – 9:45 pm
  • Wednesday, June 18 – 7:20 pm
Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors 65 years and older, students, and the military (with proper ID); and $7 for children 12 and under. For AFI members Two-Star level and higher, admission is $8.50. AFI Member Passes will be accepted for all movies in the Raoul Walsh series.

Tickets may be reserved on-line through the AFI Silver website. Click the “Buy Tickets” button, then scroll to the title Background to Danger, click the link and select a show date and time. 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 credit cards.

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

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.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin chronicles the making of Background to Danger, including an interview with Harvey Parry, Peter’s stunt double from the days of the Mr. Moto series at 20th Century-Fox in the late 1930s. Parry described what really happened on the set when lead actor George Raft, who during the filming of one scene became fed up with Peter’s scene-stealing and punched the actor. Said Harvey Parry of Peter Lorre – “Peter was a little character and he knew exactly what he was doing when he was in a scene.”

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available on the Kindle and Nook, as well as hard-back and soft-bound.

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