May 26, 2009

An Interview with Stephen Youngkin

Peter Lorre’s biographer, Stephen Youngkin, will appear May 26, 2009, on the internet radio program Dave White Presents, broadcasting over KSAV through their website Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the West coast, and 10:30 to midnight on the East coast.

Dr. Wesley Britton, author of four books on fictional espionage and co-host of Dave White Presents, will talk with Stephen about his book The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (University Press of Kentucky, 2005).

Other guests on the show include – singer/songwriter Lindsay Rush, author Steve Cox (One Fine Stooge), musical group The FUMP, and The Dave White Singers.

Past installments of Dave White Presents are available through the archive at the Audio Entertainment Group website. Click on the Past Programs link, in the menu on the left side of the screen. All programs are also available to download as MP3 files.

May 4, 2009

Spend an Evening with Peter Lorre

On Monday, May 4, 2009, the Turner Classic Movies channel will be showing back-to-back four of Peter’s best and most interesting films. They’re part of an evening of TCM host Robert Osborne’s Picks.

11:15 p.m. – Crime and Punishment (1935)

1:15 a.m. – Three Strangers (1946)

3:00 a.m. – The Verdict (1946)

Island of Doomed Men (1940) follows at 4:30 a.m.

Robert Osborne’s Picks begins at 8 p.m. with Payment Deferred and The Big Clock.

Other Lorre films in May include:

  • May 26, 8 a.m. – Hollywood Canteen (1944)

  • May 28, 2 p.m. – Silk Stockings (1957)

All times are Eastern Standard.

May 3, 2009

Casbah at the Hammer Museum, May 3, 2009

Casbah (Universal, 1948) will be shown on Sunday, May 3, 2009, at the Billy Wilder Theater, located on the Courtyard level of the Hammer Museum in the Westwood area of Los Angeles.

On a double-bill with The Woman I Stole (Columbia, 1933), Casbah is the musical renake of Algiers (1938) and stars singer Tony Martin as the gentleman jewel thief Pepe le Moko and Martin Toren as Gaby, the French tourist whose love lures Pepe from the safety of the Casbah and into the arms of the police – Peter Lorre as Inspector Slimane.

As Slimane, Peter enjoyed playing the pursuer, instead of the pursued, and received numerous excellent notices for his work.

The Hammer Museum is located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd., on the northeast corner of Westwood and Wilshire boulevards in the Westwood Village area of Los Angeles.

Parking is available under the Museum. After 6 p.m., there is a flat rate of $3. During the Museum’s operating hours, rates are $3 for the first three hours with a Museum stamp, and $1.50 for each additional 20 minutes.

Admission is free. The program begins at 7 p.m., with The Woman I Stole, followed by Casbah.

The program is an installment in the film series “From Casablanca to Sahara: Hollywood’s North Africa”, running from May 1 to June 29. The complete schedule is available here. Peter Lorre’s film Casablanca will be shown on Saturday, June 6.

Note: Several dealers on eBay are offering Algiers on DVD – and listing Peter Lorre as one of the cast. This is incorrect. Algiers stars Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, and Joseph Calleia in the key roles – not Peter Lorre.