October 31, 2014

Lorre Lovers, Spend Halloween with Peter

Peter Lorre fans will have an opportunity to catch Lorre comedy-horror films on screens large and small this Halloween season.

Tales of Terror at Richmond’s Poe Museum

The Poe Museum, in Richmond, Virginia, will kick off a Vincent Price weekend on Halloween night with a showing of Tales of Terror (1962).

Hosted by the actor’s daughter Victoria Price, “Pop Goes to the Movies” begins at 6 pm with a costume contest and a Poe Look-Alike Contest, both judged by Ms. Price and a panel of special guests. Tales of Terror will follow the contests, introduced by Ms. Price.

Admission for the evening is $20. The proceeds will benefit the Poe Museum’s education programming.

The Poe Museum is located at 1914-16 East Main Street, in the Shockoe Bottom district of Richmond, Virginia. Opened in The Old Stone House in 1922, the museum is just blocks from Edgar Allan Poe’s first home in Richmond, as well as his first job, the Southern Literary Messenger.

Free parking is available in the museum’s lot, as well as surrounding neighborhood streets.

Vincent Price Marathon on MGM-HD Television Channel

On Halloween, the cable TV channel MGM-HD will present “The Price of Fear”, a marathon of nine Vincent Price horror movies, including two films co-starring Peter Lorre and more comedy than horror – The Raven (1963) and The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

The festival begins at 11 am on Oct. 31 and includes the following movies:
  • 11 am – Theater of Blood
  • 1 pm – The Abominable Dr. Phibes
  • 3 pm – Dr. Phibes Rises Again
  • 4:50 pm – The Raven
  • 6:35 pm – The Pit and the Pendulum
  • 8:15 pm – The Haunted Palace
  • 10 pm – The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Midnight – The Masque of the Red Death
  • 2 am – The Comedy of Terrors

The cable television channel ME-TV will show Peter Lorre’s Route 66 episode, “Lizard’s Leg and Owlet’s Wing” at 3 am (EST) on Oct. 31.

Playing himself, Peter joined Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr in the episode.

When Peter Lorre died suddenly at age 59 on Mar. 23, 1964, Vincent Price was asked to deliver the eulogy at Peter’s memorial service, held at the Pierce Brothers Mortuary two days later on Mar. 25. As co-star with Peter on a total of five movies, beginning in the late 1950s, Price agreed.

The eulogy is printed in full in the final chapter of the Lorre biography The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, written by Stephen D. Youngkin.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available on the Kindle and Nook, as well as paperback and hard-cover editions.

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