May 1, 2019

Summertime with Lorre Movies on TV

As spring becomes summer, Lorre fans have many movies to look forward to on the Turner Classic Movies channel, as well as other channels.

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.

May, 2018

Mary brings a handful of Lorre movies on Turner Classic Movies, including some shown only occasionally on the channel.

May 5 (Sun), 6:30 am, Antenna TV – The Jack Benny Program (Jan. 22, 1963). Peter Lorre was a guest on Jack Benny’s radio show several times, but this episode is his first and only guest appearance on Jack’s television show, broadcast over CBS.

May 7 (Tues), 1:30 am, MeTV – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, “The Diplomatic Corpse” (Dec. 8, 1957). Peter Lorre makes the first of two appearances on this anthology series, broadcast over CBS.

May 14 (Tues), 4 pm, MeTV – Wagon Train, "The Alexander Portlass Story" (Mar. 16, 1960). Peter Lorre plays an archaeologist in search of Montezuma's treasure.

May 14 (Tues), 3:30 am, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941). The TCM primetime theme is “Meet Cute”, featuring movie couples who meet up in a “meet cute” situation. TCM celebrates the cinema "meet cutes" every Tuesday in May, including this “meet cute” between two jewel thieves (Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell) working against each other to steal a fabulous diamond pendant during the Empire Day celebration in Bombay, India. They also meet the equally cute Peter Lorre, who plays Capt. Chang, skipper of the freighter Lotus Lilly – and who agrees to take the escaping duo to Hong Kong, for a price.

May 16 (Thurs), 8 pm, TCM – Hollywood Canteen (1944). The primetime theme is "Women on the Homefront", tonight featuring movies celebrating :The War Effort". Like many actors during the war years in Hollywood, Peter happily volunteered his time at the famous Hollywood Canteen. Here, he teams with Sydney Greenstreet as themselves, playing off their sinister screen images as they help singer Patty Andrews escape from a hopeless dance partner. Lynne Olson, author and World War 2 historian, joins TCM host Ben Mankiewitz at the WW2 Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.

May 31 (Fri), 12:45 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935). The daytime theme is “30s Horrors”, including Peter Lorre’s first American film.

June, 2019

June brings only a couple of Lorre movies to the TCM schedule.

June 7 (Fri), 2:30 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The daytime theme is "Original and Remake" – not quite correct in this case, since the movie airing before The Maltese Falcon (1941) is itself a remake of the classic mystery novel – Satan Met a Lady (1936) at 1 pm, with Bette Davis and Warren William in a comic take on the detective film.

June 21 (Fri), 1:30 am, MeTV – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Man From the South" (Mar. 13, 1960).

June 24 (Mon), 6 am, TCM – The Big Circus (1959). TCM's daytime theme is "On the Road", and The Big Circus is the story of a traveling circus whose players contend with calamities as well as sabotage on the road.

July, 2019

July brings a handful of Lorre movies, including films shown frequently on the Turner Classic Movies channel.

July 3 (Wed), 1:30 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

July 11 (Thurs), 1:45 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The daytime theme is "Dressed by Orry-Kelly". Orry-Kelly was the professional name of Orry George Kelly, an Australian costume designer who dressed many Warner Bros. actresses between 1932 and 144, including Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca.

July 23 (Tues), 3:30 pm, TCM – The Big Circus (1959). TCM salutes Rhonda Fleming, including this Irwin Allen-directed movie set in a traveling 3-ring circus. Fleming plays a publicist trying to help keep the circus afloat, while Peter performs in and out of clown make-up.

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.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

Happy viewing!

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