June 14, 2014

Peter Lorre Event on Coney Island, June 14

On Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Phantom Creep Theatre, on Coney Island, will celebrate Peter Lorre with a double-feature film event, plus a live horror-filled stage show.

The event gets underway at 8 pm and includes showings of M (1931) and Peter’s Studio 57 episode, “Young Couples Only”, both in 16mm prints. The Mighty Moloch, Isadora Spivey, Ek the Ghoul, and more will also on-hand for the festivities.

The program will be presented at the Coney Island Museum. Popcorn is free.

Admission is $10 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased on-line through the Coney Island website, at no extra charge. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Tickets purchased on-line will be marked “Will Call”.

The Coney Island Museum is located at 1208 Surf Avenue, in Brooklyn, New York.

Coney Island is well-served by public transportation, including trains and buses. Parking is available at meters along most streets. Commercial parking lots are located on West 17th Street at MCU Park, West 12th Street between Mermaid and Surf, West 15th Street between the Boardwalk and Surf, and on Neptune Avenue between West 12th and Stillwell Avenue. More information on public transportation may be found on the Coney Island website.

Lorre fans might want to make a note to return to Coney Island on Saturday, September 6, 2014 – when the Coney Island Film Society will present Quicksand (1950). The movie will begin at 8:30 pm, in the Coney Island Museum. Admission is $6 for everyone. Tickets may be purchased on-line, as well as at the door.

Studio 57 was one of the many anthology series airing on television throughout the 1950s. Broadcast over the DuMont network, Studio 57 was sponsored by Heinz 57. The copyright date of “Young Couples Only”, in which Peter played Mr. Grober, the janitor, is Sept. 3, 1955 – but for reasons unknown, the episode never aired.

Maybe the DuMont executives felt the idea of a janitor with a third eye in the back of his head would be too much for audiences to handle. Peter’s Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode “Man From the South” was originally scheduled to air on Jan. 3, 1960 – but postponed until March 13, 1960, because of its content. The story of a man who will have his little finger hacked off with a cleaver if his lighter fails to light 10 times in a row, it was decided, was hardly festive viewing during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season . . . .

A full list of Peter’s film and television work, in addition to his stage and radio credits, are listed in the Appendix of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, by Stephen D. Youngkin. The Lost One is available in soft-bound and hard-back, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

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