January 2, 2015

Peter Lorre on TV in Winter 2015

Happy New Year, from Peter Lorre! January 2015 begins another year of Lorre movies on television and Turner Classic Movies.

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.

January, 2015
January bring some Lorre films shown frequently on the Turner Classic Movies channel – and some shown not so frequently.

Jan. 2 (Fri), 3:40 am, Retro Movie channel – The Patsy (1964).

Jan. 3 (Sat), 6:30 am, Turner Classic Movies channel – Hollywood Canteen (1944). The brief scene with Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, playing themselves in their 7th movie together, is considered a highlight in this musical-comedy about a G.I. on leave visiting the Hollywood Canteen and falling in love with his favorite actress Joan Leslie.

Jan. 3 (Sat), 6:15 pm, Retro Movie channel – The Patsy (1964).

Jan. 6 (Tues), 9:15 am and 4:30 pm, Retro Movie channel – The Patsy (1964).

Jan. 7 (Wed), 5 am, Retro Movie channel – The Patsy (1964).

Jan. 7 (Wed), 10:45 pm, TCM – Crime and Punishment (1935). TCM presents an evening of movies based on novels by the Russian writer Feodor Dostoyevsky, including Peter’s version of Crime and Punishment.

Jan. 11 (Sun), 12 noon, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Jan. 26 (Mon), 6 am, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957). “Let’s Go to Paris!” is the daytime theme on TCM, featuring a number of movies set in Paris, including the Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse musical-comedy – which gave Peter a chance to sing and dance along with Astaire.

February, 2015
February brings TCM’s annual “31 Days of Oscar”, running from Feb. 1 to Mar. 2, 2015. Included will be several Oscar-winning Lorre movies.

Feb. 1 (Sun), 5 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). "Adventure" is today's theme, including this Best Picture Oscar winner from 1956 about the Victorian gentleman (David Niven) who bets his club friends he can travel around the world in 80 days. Along the way, he – or his valet (Cantinflas) – meet many famous actors in cameo parts, among them Peter Lorre as a Japanese steward.

Feb. 8 (Sun), 10 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). Tonight's theme is Best Picture Oscar winners of 1942 to 1944, including Casablanca, Best Picture of 1943. The movie's official release date is January, 1943.

Feb. 15 (Sun), 4:15 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). Today's theme is "Film Noir", including The Maltese Falcon, with no Oscars, but plenty of nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Sydney Greenstreet, making his screen debut – and his first movie with Peter Lorre, with whom he went on to appear in eight more movies, all at Warner Bros.

March, 2015
In March, Peter Lorre fans will have an opportunity to catch a couple of Lorre films not shown often on TCM.

Mar. 7 (Sat), 10 pm, MeTV – Invisible Agent (1942). Ghoulish horror movie host Svengoolie presents Peter Lorre's installment in the Invisible Man series.

Mar. 8 (Sun), 3 am, Antenna TV – The Jack Benny Program (CBS, Jan. 22, 1963). Peter Lorre is Jack's guest on this comedy-variety program.

Mar. 16 (Mon), 11:15 pm, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941). TCM evening host Robert Osborne selects five movies from the TCM vault tonight, among them this Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell MGM comedy adventure, with Peter Lorre as Capt. Chang, who sees a monetary opportunity in taking the two leads aboard his tramp steamer bound for Hong Kong.

Mar. 24 (Tues), 12:15 pm, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957). The daytime theme "Cole Porter" includes this Fred Astaire musical from MGM – which also gave Peter a chance to sing and dance.

Mar. 29 (Sun), 10 pm, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945). The evening theme "Based on Vicki Baum", includes this all-star tale of a grand hotel in Berlin in the final days of World War II.

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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