August 3, 2014

Peter Lorre on TV This Fall

As summer turns to fall, Peter Lorre fans have much to look forward to on television and Turner Classic Movies, including the annual "Summer Under the Stars" festival and Halloween.

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.

August, 2014

August brings TCM’s annual “Summer Under the Stars” festival – a full day of movies featuring a particular actor. Although Peter Lorre is not one of the Stars this year, some of his co-workers are so honored.

Aug. 2 (Sat), 10 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). “David Niven Day” includes this Best Picture Oscar winner about a Victorian gentleman (Niven) and his gentlemen’s gentleman (Cantinflas) and their trip around the world to win a wager. Peter plays a Japanese steward – and he is also a delight in the film’s closing animated credits.

Aug. 12 (Tues), midnight, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). On “Alexis Smith Day”, Alexis Smith romances star Charles Boyer – and Peter Lorre romances Brenda Marshall.

Aug. 13 (Wed), 2:45 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). “Cary Grant Day” includes this dark comedy involving two sweet little old ladies and their “charity” of helping lonely old gentlemen to find peace – by serving them a glass of very poisonous elderberry wine. Among their house guests – a murderer (Raymond Massey) on the run from police, and his personal plastic surgeon, Dr. Einstein (Peter Lorre).

Aug. 20 (Wed), 2:30 am, Antenna TV channel – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Man From the South" (Mar. 30, 1960).

Aug. 24 (Sun), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). “Gladys George Day” includes this Humphrey Bogart film noir classic, with Gladys George as Iva Archer, Bogart’s lover and wife of his partner Miles Archer. Many “firsts” for Peter Lrore – first movie at Warner Bros., first of five movies with pal Bogart, and first of nine movies with Sydney Greenstreet.

September, 2014

September brings a a couple of Lorre movies – a musical and an adventure. Two other Lorre films originally on the schedule – Background to Danger (1943) and Confidential Agent – have been removed for a day-long tribute to Lauren Bacall, who passed on Aug. 12, 2014, at the age of 89.

Sept. 3 (Wed), noon, TCM – Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956). The daytime theme is “September Romance”, and in this romance between a ballerina (Cyd Charisse) and a rancher (Dan Dailey), Peter has a cameo role as a blackjack player.

Sept. 8 (Mon), 4 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). A day of Beatrice Lillie movies ends with her cameo as the leader of a group of London Revivalists in this all-star extravaganza, which includes Peter as a Japanese steward.

Sept. 19 (Fri), 11:40 am and 9:35 pm, Retro Channel – Tales of Terror (1962).

Sept. 20 (Sat), 9:50 am and 4:35 pm, Multiplex Channel – The Patsy (1964).

October, 2014

October means Halloween – and although Peter Lorre made only two straight horror movies in his career, one of them will be shown this month, along with several other Lorre movies, including four of the five films he made with Humphrey Bogart.

Oct. 3 (Fri), TCM – Turner Classic Movies shines the Friday Night Spotlight on movies set in Africa with this "sub-theme" – Bogart in Africa – and a Bogart-Lorre double-feature of Beat the Devil (1953) at midnight, followed by Casablanca (1942) at 2 am.

Oct. 6 (Mon), 3 am, ME-TV – Route 66, "Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing" (Oct. 26, 1962). A Halloween episode with Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney playing themselves.

Oct. 7 (Tues), 7:30 am, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The Bogart-Lorre fest continues with their first movie together, directed by John Huston, who also directed their final movie together, Beat the Devil. The daytime theme is "Fatal Attractions".

Oct. 11 (Sat), 11 am, Antenna TV channel – The Jack Benny Program (Jan. 22, 1963). In the 1940s, Peter guest-starred several times on Jack Benny's radio show, but this is his first and only appearance on Jack's TV show.

Oct. 14 (Tues), 2:20 pm, Retro channel – The Patsy (1964).

Oct. 15 (Wed), 7:15 am, Retro channel – The Patsy (1964).

Oct. 23 (Thurs), 9 am, TCM – All Through the Night (1942). Bogie and Peter team up again, though working against each other, in this comic spy film from Warner Bros – in a daytime theme of "Spies Like Us".

Oct. 24 (Fri), 7:45 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). "May-December Romance" is the daytime theme, with this story of Joan Fontaine in love with Charles Boyer – while her sister Brenda Marshall is loved and romanced by Peter Lorre.

Oct. 25 (Sat), 4:30 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935). Peter Lorre made his American film debut with this horror movie from MGM about a brilliant surgeon driven made by the unrequited love he feels for a theater actress (Frances Drake) married to a concert pianist and composer (Colin Clive).

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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