December 31, 2010

New Year – New Peter Lorre TV Schedule

Peter Lorre fans, ring out the old year of 2010 with a viewing of Arsenic and Old Lace on Turner Classic Movies – Friday, Dec. 31, 1:45 pm EST.

And then get set for a new year of Lorre on television – and a number of rare Lorre films, as well as some special treats.

Peter Lorre's page on the TV Guide Channel website lists the Lorre films scheduled on various television channels over a 2-week period.

January, 2011

Jan. 3 (Mon.), 9:30 am, Fox Movie Channel – I Was an Adventuress (1940): Peter’s contract with 20th Century-Fox had ended, but he went back to the studio for this picture, in which he plays a charming pickpocket and one-third of a trio of con artists operating in the French Riviera.

Jan. 3 (Mon), 11:15 pm, TCM – Crime and Punishment (1935): Peter’s second American film is shown in an evening of films directed by Josef von Sternberg.

Jan. 4 (Tues), 10:30 am, Hallmark Movie Channel – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954).

Jan. 18 (Tues), 10 pm, TCM – Screen Director’s Playhouse, “No. 5 Checked Out” (1956): Turner Classic Movies’ salute to the Hal Roach Studios continues with a number of episodes from this NBC anthology TV series, including “No. 5 Checked Out”, directed by Ida Lupino, starring Peter Lorre, William Talman, Theresa Wright, and Ralph Moody and originally broadcast this date in 1956.

Jan. 21 (Fri), 9 am, TCM – The Beast With Five Fingers (1946).

February, 2011

Turner Classic Movies’ annual 31-day salute to the Academy Awards includes a couple of Peter Lorre staples . . .

Feb. 14 (Mon.), 10 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). Tonight's theme is "All in the Family", referring to members of the same family participating in a film and winning (or receiving nominations for) the Academy Award. For Casablanca, it was the Epstein brothers, Julius J. and Philip G., winning the "Best Writing, Screenplay" Oscar, along with their co-writer, Howard Koch.

Feb. 26 (Sat.), 3:30 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). "On Second Thought" is the theme tonight – sometimes the second remake is the one that wins the Oscar. The Maltese Falcon was the third time the Dashiell Hammett novel had been filmed.

March, 2011

TCM ends their salute to Oscar into the first few days of March with another Lorre award-winner and includes a Lorre film new to the channel.

Mar. 2 (Wed.), 10 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956): As a Japanese steward on a ship bound for Yokohama, Peter Lorre joined dozens of Hollywood actors in this all-star extravaganza filmed around the world. He also appeared in the animated closing credits – as a sword-wielding samurai warrior.

Mar. 4 (Fri.), 6 am, Hallmark Movie Channel – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Mar. 8 (Tues.), 7:30 am, Fox Movie Channel – I Was an Adventuress (1940)

Mar. 9 (Wed.), 8:30 am, Hallmark Movie Channel – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Mar. 10 (Thurs.), 4:15 pm, Flix East – The Patsy (1964): Peter's final movie. He died three days after completing work on the film.

Mar. 13 (Sun.), 3:15 am, TCM – The Story of Mankind (1957): As Mr. Scratch (Vincent Price) and the Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman) argue over mankind’s worth, Peter Lorre plays Emperor Nero, who fiddles while Rome burns.

Mar. 14 (Mon.), 9 am, TCM – The Cross of Lorraine (1943).

Mar. 16 (Wed.), 8 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944): The Museum of Modern Art's Film Archive includes more than 22,000 and regularly hosts screenings in New York City. This day-long salute to the Archive includes several classic films from the MoMA collection.

Mar. 16 (Wed.), 10:05 am, Flix East – The Patsy (1964).

Mar. 16 (Wed.), 4 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Mar. 24 (Thurs.), 6 pm, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940).

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!

December 18, 2010

Peter Lorre Films in Burbank on Jan. 15, 2011

Long a favorite of cartoon animators and artists, Peter Lorre will be the subject of the next meeting of the Creative League at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive.

On Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, the Creative League will present a Lorre double-feature of Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) and M (1931).

The program begins at 7 p.m.

Attendance at Creative League meetings is by invitation only, and this event is limited to twelve people. To request a reservation to attend, contact the League at their eMail address:

The ASIFA-Hollywood is located at 2114 W. Burbank Blvd, in Burbank, California.

According to their website, the Creative League considers Peter Lorre “one of the greatest actors of all time”. His acting style and facial expressions are “a great model to study for animators looking to improve their acting chops.” And with Pixar and Walt Disney Studios among the ASFIA-Hollywood members and sponsors, perhaps an animated Lorre character will make an appearance in an upcoming film. . . . . . .

December 4, 2010

Lorre Films at New York’s Museum of Modern Art

Peter Lorre fans in the New York City area are in for a rare treat this week – a showing of Die Koffer des Herrn O.F. (The Trunks of Mr. O.F., 1931) at the Museum of Modern Art.

From Nov. 17, 2010, to Mar. 7, 2011, MOMA will host Weimar Cinema, 1919-1933: Daydreams and Nightmares, a festival of 75 full-length and six short German films, along with a gallery exhibition of film posters and stills from the Weimar era.

Lorre films on the schedule will be shown in Theater 1 – the Roy and Niuta Titus Theater – and include:

Dec. 4 (Sat), 2010 – Die Koffer des Herrn O.F. (1931), 8 p.m.
Dec. 8 (Wed), 2010 – Die Koffer des Herrn O.F. (1931), 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 (Thurs), 2010 – M (1931), 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 (Sat), 2010 – M (1931), 5 p.m.

Tickets for Theater 1 programs are available at the lobby information desk and the film desk. The lobby information desk opens at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The film desk opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors (65 and over, with I.D.), $6 for full-time students. MOMA members and children 16 and under are free, but a ticket is required.

Advance tickets are also available, but no more than one week in advance of a film. The service charge is $1 for MOMA members and $1.50 for all others. Tickets may also be purchased online through the MOMA website. For more information, please call (212) 708-9400.

The Museum of Modern Art is located at 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th avenues in midtown Manhattan, and is easily reached by both subway and bus. If arriving by car, MOMA visitors and members can receive discounted parking at nearby garages. More information, including rates, can be found under Parking on the MOMA website.

As Stix the newspaper editor in Die Koffer des Hernn O.F., Peter Lorre enjoyed a romantic role as loving husband and father in a light musical comedy. It was a part he seldom got the opportunity to play in a career dominated by films of suspense, mystery and murder.