September 1, 2017

Buffalo Movie Expo Includes Lorre

Lorre fans attending the second annual Western New York Movie Expo this weekend in the Buffalo area of New York state are in for a treat – a screening of Mr. Moto’s Last Warning (1939) on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

The film will begin at 10:45 pm in the Main Screening Room.

The Movie Expo runs from Friday, Sept. 1, to Monday, Sept. 4, 2016.

Admission is $40 for the full weekend. Daily admission on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is $12 for general admission, and $10 for students with proper ID. On Monday, admission is $6 for everyone. More information about tickets is available on the Expo's website.

Admission includes two screening rooms, as well as a large dealers’ room filled with posters and autographs, records and magazines, cameras and projectors, and more. The full schedule of documentaries, silent and sound movies, short subjects, and special presentations is available on the Movie Expo’s website.

The Western New York Movie Expo will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Airport, located at 4201 Genesee Street, across from Buffalo Niagara Airport (BUF) in Cheektowaga, New York – and 10 miles from downtown Buffalo. Room discounts are available for Expo attendees staying at the hotel. More information about the hotel, as well as directions, is available on the Expo’s website.

Parking is available at the Hilton Garden Inn. Parking is free for both hotel guests and Expo attendees not staying at the hotel.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of the Mr. Moto series, including interviews with Norman Foster, who directed six of the eight Moto films; and Harvey Parry, veteran stuntman who doubled for Peter in the series, as well as Peter’s stint at Warner Bros.

Initially excited about playing the enigmatic Japanese character, Peter soon became bored as the series wore on, and 20th Century-Fox cast him in no other movies. As a guest on radio shows during 1937 to 1939, he was introduced as “Mr. Moto” and appeared in “Mr. Moto” sketches. He was soon heard to say, “I didn’t run away from home to become Mr. Moto.”

Long in public domain, Mr. Moto’s Last Warning was remastered, along with the other seven films, and released in two box-sets with many extra features, such as documentaries on the Moto series participants and original film trailers. Both box-sets are available to purchase through Amazon links on the website for The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre.

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

Labor Day with Lorre at the Stanford Theatre

The historic Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, California, salutes classic films of the Warner Bros. studio, including the Peter Lorre double-feature of The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Casablanca (1942) over Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Sept. 2, 3, and 4, 2017.

The Maltese Falcon will be shown at 5:40 pm and 9:30 pm on all three days.

Casablanca will be shown at these times ~
  • Saturday, Sept. 2 – 3:40 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Sept. 3 – 3:40 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Monday, Sept. 4 – 7:30 pm only
The Warner Bros. film fest runs from Sunday, July 2, to Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. The complete schedule is available on the cinema’s website.

Before and after the 7:30 pm showing of Casablanca, one of the Stanford’s “Masters of the Mighty Wurlitzer” will play the Wurlitzer theater organ during the intermission.

Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for youth (18 and under) and seniors (65 and over). Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of the show.

The Stanford Theatre is located at 221 University Avenue in Palo Alto, California. Look for the cinema’s large neon marquee – a landmark along University Avenue in the downtown area.

Parking is available at meters along the street in front of the cinema, as well as two parking garages within two blocks of the Stanford. The Bryant / Lytton Parking Garage is located at 445 Bryant Avenue, one block north of University Avenue. The High Street Parking Garage is located at 528 High Street, one block south of University Avenue.

For more information, please call the Stanford Theatre at 650-324-3700.

Opening in 1925, the Stanford Theatre was Palo Alto’s premier movie theater. Most of the classic films the cinema now plays – including many Lorre movies – appeared in this cinema on their initial run, when the program changed two or three times a week. On the venue’s website are the original weekly schedules from 1925 through to 1961. The Maltese Falcon opened at the Stanford on Jan. 29, 1942, for a 3-day run from Thursday to Saturday, on a double-bill with Design for Scandal.

Casablanca opened at the Stanford on Feb. 24, 1943, for a 4-day run from Thursday to Saturday, on a double-bill with The Hidden Hand, plus the Donald Duck cartoon, “Spirit of ‘43”.

In 1987, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation purchased and restored the cinema. Now owned by the Stanford Theatre Foundation, the cinema presents classic Hollywood movies.