August 27, 2017

Casablanca at the Central Texas Film Society

On Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, the Central Texas Film Society will present a free showing of Casablanca (1942) at the Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center, in Temple, Texas. One Sunday every month, the Central Texas Film Society presents a free showing of a classic, best-loved movie at 2 pm.

The movie will be shown in the Frank W. Mayborn Auditorium, located in the Cultural Activities Center.

The program begins at 2 pm with commentary and historical content about Casablanca. The program ends with notes about the filming of Casablanca.

Admission is free for everyone. Refreshments will be available for purchase before the movie – popcorn for $2 a bag, and bottles of water and soda for $1 each.

The Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center is located at 3011 North 3rd Street, in Temple, Texas. Directions are available on the venue’s website.

Parking is available in the lot in front of the Cultural Activities Center.

For more information, please call the venue at 254-773-9926.

August 14, 2017

Fall into Fall With Lorre on TV

As the days grow shorter and summer moves into fall, Peter Lorre fans can find many 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, 2017

August means “Summer Under the Stars” on the Turner Classic Movies channel, but this year, only one actor in the spotlight includes Lorre movies.

Aug. 9 (Wed), 4:30 am, Movies! Network channel – Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938). An early entry in the popular movies series.

Aug. 17 (Thurs), 1:30 pm, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941). Today is Rosalind Russell Day, and the Russell films today include the only movie she made with Peter.

September, 2017

A handful of Lorre movies continues this month on the Turner Classic Movies channel.

Sept. 1 (Fri), 10 pm, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964). TCM throws an "End of Summer Beach Party' as summer unofficially ends and fall begins. Peter Lorre’s only appearance in American International Pictures’ successful "Beach Party" movie series was playing in theaters at the time newspapers were running Peter’s obituary on his passing at age 59 on March 23, 1964, and his funeral two days later.

Sept. 3 (Sun), 5 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939).

Sept. 12 (Tues), 3:45 am, TCM – Beat the Devil (1954). TCM salutes Jennifer Jones as September's "Star of the Month" with this comic take-off on The Maltese Falcon (1941). Jones takes the Mary Astor role, a woman who tends to lie rather than tell the truth – until the very end.

Sept. 12 (Tues), 4 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939).

Sept. 13 (Sun), 4:30 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939).

Sept. 14 (Thurs), 6:15 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942). TCM's daytime theme is "A Good Cry" – and Lorre fans may well feel like a good cry as his character Ugarte is dragged from Rick's cafe, under arrest for murder.

Sept. 18 (Mon), 4 am, MeTV – 77 Sunset Strip, "5" (originally broadcast Sept. 20, 1963). The 1963 season of this mystery adventure series opened with a 5-part episode titled "5" and featured many top stars as guests. Peter Lorre appeared in Part 1, as "The Gypsy". MeTV will broadcast all five episodes this week – Part 2, Sept. 19 (Tues); Part 3, Sept. 20 (Wed); Part 4, Sept. 21 (Thurs), and Part 5, Sept. 22 (Fri), each at 4 am.

Sept. 19 (Tues), 1 am, MeTV – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Man from the South" (originally broadcast Mar. 13, 1960).

October, 2017

October brings Halloween, and Halloween brings Peter’s first horror movie in the United States.

Oct. 2 (Mon), 2 pm, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). The daytime theme is "Joan Monday", with a day of films starring or featuring an actress named "Joan", including Joan Fontaine in her first film with Peter Lorre. Years later, the two would work together in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Oct. 9 (Mon), 2 pm, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957). TCM's daytime theme "Cole Porter" includes this musical remake of Ninotchka (1939), with a singing and dancing role for Peter Lorre, as one of a trio of Soviet commissars seduced by the charms of Paris.

Oct. 12 (Thurs), 7 am, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945). TCM's daytime theme "Hotel Happenings" begins with this Warner Bros. film set in a fine hotel in Berlin in the final days of World War II.

Oct. 17 (Tues), 4 pm, THIS TV channel – Tales of Terror (1962). Peter Lorre appears in "The Black Cat", the second of three stories adapted from Poe, and each starring Vincent Price.

Oct. 21 (Sat), 8:30 am, GetTV – Peter Lorre: The Master of Menace (1996). Originally shown on the Arts and Entertainment channel's series Biography, this one-hour documentary features interviews with Stephen D. Youngkin, author of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), and many actors and directors who worked with Peter throughout his career.

Oct. 22 (Sun), 4 pm, TCM – All Through the Night (1942).

Oct. 25 (Wed), 8 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). TCM's daytime theme is "Joan Fontaine".

Oct. 29 (Sun), 2 pm, THIS TV channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

Oct. 29 (Sun), 12 midnight, THIS TV channel – Tales of Terror (1962).

Oct. 31 (Tues), 10 am, TCM – Mad Love (1935). Happy Halloween! TCM celebrates Halloween with a full day of horror movies. MGM introduced Peter Lorre to American audiences in 1935 in this horror film about a brilliant Parisian doctor (Lorre) whose love for actress Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake) leads him to perform a daring operation to save her concert pianist husband Stephen’s (Colin Clive) hands – with disastrous results.

Many of these and other Lorre movies are now available on DVD and Blu-Ray – many 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 and television credits is available in the book’s Appendix.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

Happy viewing!

August 5, 2017

Vancouver Noir Fest Includes Lorres

From August 3 to 24, 2017, The Cinemateque in Vancouver, British Columbia, celebrates film noir with showings of classic noir, including Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon (1941).

The Maltese Falcon will be shown on these dates and times –
  • Aug. 5, Saturday – 6:30 pm – with Double Indemnity and The Glass Key
  • Aug. 6, Sunday – 8:35 pm – with The Glass Key and Double Indemnity
  • Aug. 7, Monday – 4:30 pm – The Glass Key and The Night Editor
Tickets for The Maltese Falcon may be purchased through the Cinemateque website. On-line tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

Double and triple bill tickets are also available.

An annual membership of $3 is also required for attendees 15 and older.

The full schedule for the film noir fest is available on the Cinemateque’s website.

The Cinemateque is located at 1131 Howe Street, between Helmoken and Davie streets, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Parking is available on the streets near the Cinemateque. Parking is also available at the Holiday Inn, located at 1110 Howe Street, across the street from the Cinemateque.

The venue is also well-served by public transit, including several bus lines. More information about public transportation and parking is available on the Cinemateque website.

For more information, please contact the cinema by calling 1-604-688-8202.