September 19, 2010

Bogart Film Festival Includes 3 Lorre Films

The Cinéma du Parc in Montreal, Canada, presents a Humphrey Bogart film festival during the month of September.

On the schedule of classic Bogart films are three films co-starring Peter Lorre: The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), and Beat the Devil (1954):
  • Sept. 10, Fri. – The Maltese Falcon, 7 pm
  • Sept. 11, Sat. – The Maltese Falcon, 3 pm
  • Sept. 15, Wed. – The Maltese Falcon , 7 pm
  • Sept. 20, Mon. – The Maltese Falcon, 9 pm
  • Sept. 26, Sun. – Casablanca, 7 pm
  • Sept. 27, Mon. – Beat the Devil, 7 pm, and Casablanca, 9 pm
  • Sept. 28, Tues. – Casablanca, 9 pm
  • Sept. 29, Wed. – Beat the Devil, 7 pm, and Casablanca, 9 pm
  • Sept. 30, Thurs. – Casablanca, 7 pm, and Beat the Devil, 9 pm
The full schedule is available on the cinema’s website.

Ticket prices are $11 for General Admission (after 6 pm, weekends and holidays), $8 for seniors and children. On Tuesdays, all seats are $8. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the cinema’s website.

The Cinéma du Parc is located at 3575 Ave du Parc, in Montreal, Canada. For more information, please call (514) 281-1900.

Parking is available near the cinema. Enter the indoor parking structure through either Park Avenue or Jeanne-Mance Street. To get three hours’ parking for only $2, ask for your parking stub at the box office when you purchase your movie ticket.

Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre appeared in a total of five movies together. They began with The Maltese Falcon, continued with All Through the Night (1942), Casablanca, and Passage to Marseille (1944) all at Warner Bros., and ended with the independent film Beat the Devil, directed by John Huston, their director on Falcon.

In his book The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin details the many stories about the two actors’ antics and practical jokes both on- and off-set.

Peter counted Bogie as one of his two closest friends – the other being German playwright Bertolt Brecht – and they remained friends to Bogie’s passing in 1957.

September 8, 2010

The Carolina Screens The Comedy of Terrors, Sept. 9, 2010

This Thursday, September 9, 2010, the Carolina Asheville Theater will screen The Comedy of Terrors (1964), as part of the series The Thursday Horror Picture Show.

Showtime is at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge. Admission to the Thursday Horror Picture Show is free.

The Carolina is located at 1640 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC. Parking is available at the cinema. For more information, please call (828) 274-9500.

The Comedy of Terrors was Peter Lorre’s final film at American International Pictures before his passing in March of 1964. The role of Felix Gillie, unwilling assistant to undertaker Waldo Trumbull (Vincent Price) and his scheme to get “customers” by killing elderly citizens in their small New England town, called for a fair amount of physical activity – which the ailing Lorre was not up to. In stepped Harvey Parry, Peter’s long-time stunt double since the Mr. Moto series of the late 1930s. Padded to match Peter’s weight and wearing a “Peter Lorre mask”, Harvey Parry performed the burial in the film’s opening moments and the sword fight at the climax.

Lorre biographer Stephen D. Youngkin details the filming of The Comedy of Terrors in his book The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (University Press of Kentucky, 2005). Images from the film set can be found in the Photo Gallery on the official website for The Lost One.

September 2, 2010

Peter Lorre on TV This Fall

The Turner Classic Movies channel has scheduled a number of Lorre films this September, October, November, and December – many old favorites, as well as some new movies. All times 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.

September, 2010

Sept. 3 (Fri.), 12:30 pm, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941).

Sept. 6 (Mon), 9:30 pm, FLIX – The Patsy (1964).

Sept. 6 (Mon), 5:10 am, Cinemax – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Sept. 9 (Thurs), 7:35 am, FLIX – The Patsy (1964).

Sept. 12 (Sun), 6 am, FLIX – The Patsy (1964).

Sept. 12 (Sun), 3:25 pm, FLIX – The Patsy (1964).

Sept. 17 (Fri), 8:10 am, FLIX – The Patsy (1964).

Sept. 25 (Sat), 4:50 pm, FLIX – The Patsy (1964).

October, 2010

October means horror films on TCM, and a couple Lorre movies are part of the Halloween weekend horror fest this month.

Oct. 4 (Mon.), 7:30 am, The Movie Channel – The Patsy (1964).

Oct. 8 (Fri.), 6 pm – Silk Stockings (1957).

Oct. 9 (Sat.), 6:40 am, The Movie Channel – The Patsy (1964).

Oct. 15 (Fri.), 10:30 am, The Movie Channel – The Patsy (1964).

Oct. 20 (Wed.), 11:45 am – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Oct 20 (Wed.), 12:30 am – All Through the Night (1942). Lou Lumenick, film critic for the New York Post, has selected this film for TCM’s Critic’s Choice Night.

Oct. 21 (Thurs.), 8 am – Passage to Marseille (1944).

Oct. 26 (Tues.), 9:30 am, The Movie Channel – The Patsy (1964).

Oct. 30 (Sat.), 12:45 am – Mad Love (1935).

Oct. 31 (Sun.), 7 am, The Movie Channel – The Patsy (1964).

Oct. 31 (Sun), 1:30 pm – The Raven (1943).

November, 2010

Nov. 7 (Sun.), 2 am – M (1931). Peter Lorre's first sound film will be shown during an evening of films directed by Fritz Lang.

Nov. 10 (Wed.), 6 pm – Passage to Marseille (1944).

Nov. 13 (Sat.), 4:45 pm – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Nov. 23 (Tues.), 10:45 am – You’ll Find Out (1940).

Nov. 25 (Thurs.), 6:30 pm – My Favorite Brunette (1947).

Nov. 29 (Mon.), 9 pm – Casablanca (1942). Casablanca is one of several films tonight representing the 1940s during TCM's The History of Hollywood series in November.

Nov. 29 (Mon.), 4:30 am – Hollywood Canteen (1944).

December, 2010

Dec. 5 (Sun.), 6 pm – Casablanca (1942).

Dec. 9 (Thurs.), 6:30 pm – Quicksand (1950).

Dec. 31 (Fri.), 1:45 pm – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

These films and many other Lorre movies are now available on VHS and DVD – some remastered and packaged with extra features. For more information on the films of Peter Lorre released to home video, head to the DVD — VHS section of The Lost One website.

Happy viewing!