August 8, 2015

Peter Lorre on TV in Fall 2015

Summer becomes fall – and many Peter 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.

August, 2015

August brings the TCM’s annual “Summer Under the Stars” festival – a full day devoted to the movies of one particular actor or actress. Although Peter Lorre does not have a “Day” of his own this year, many of his co-stars do. In addition, more Mr. Moto films on the Movies! Network and another classic Lorre from the Fox Movie Channel.

Aug. 5 (Wed), 2 am, Turner Classic Movies channel – Silk Stockings (1957). It’s “Fred Astaire Day”, and TCM includes the only time Peter joined Fred in singing and dancing in this musical remake of Ninotchka.

Aug. 8 (Sat), 6:20 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto’s Last Warning (1939). The Japanese detective stops conspirators from starting a war between France and England.

Aug. 8 (Sat), 5:45 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). “Raymond Massey Day” includes the first of two movies Peter made with Raymond Massey.

Aug. 10 (Mon), 6 pm, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940). In this entry on “Joan Crawford Day”, Peter plays the stool pigeon M’sieu Pig, who loves Julie (Crawford) and tries to help her leave the French prison colony.

Aug. 13 (Thurs), 6:25 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto’s Gamble (1938). Mr. Moto gets involved in the murder of a boxer in this series entry that originally began as Charlie Chan at the Ringside.

Aug. 14 (Fri), 4 am, TCM – The Story of Mankind (1957). It’s “Groucho Marx Day”, and Groucho and Peter are among the many cameos in this star-studded journey through man’s history.

Aug. 16 (Sun), 6 am, Fox Movie Channel – I Was an Adventuress (1940). Peter Lorre plays Polo, the kleptomaniac partner of a trio of jewel thieves operating on the French Riviera.

Aug. 22 (Sat), 6 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1957). It’s “Marlene Dietrich Day”, and Marlene and Peter are among the many cameos in this star-studded journey around the world of the 1800s.

Aug. 28 (Fri), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). On “Ingrid Bergman Day”, Peter plays Ugarte, a black marketer plans to sell two valuable exit visas to Ilsa (Bergman) and her freedom-fighter husband Victor (Paul Henreid). Aug. 29 is the 100th anniversary of Bergman’s birth.

September, 2015

In September, summer becomes fall, with currently only one Lorre movie on the schedule.

Sept. 28 (Mon), 6 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). In this dark comedy about two sweet little old ladies who consider one of their charities as helping lonely old men to find happiness by serving them a glass of poison-laced elderberry wine, Peter Lorre plays Dr. Einstein, personal plastic surgeon to an international serial killer.

October, 2015

October means Halloween and horror movies, including a double-feature of Peter Lorre’s only two horror films on TCM.

Oct. 9 (Fri), TCM – A Lorre double-feature of Mad Love (1936), Peter’s first American movie, at 8 pm, and The Beast with Five Fingers (1946), Peter’s final movie at Warner Bros. under his mid-1940s contract.

Oct. 18 (Sun), 8 am, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957).

Oct. 19 (Mon), 8 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

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

Happy viewing!

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