August 22, 2011

Der Verlorene at the Tribeca, Aug. 23

As part of their “Overdue” series, movie critics Nick Pinkerton and Nic Rapold will introduce Peter Lorre’s only directorial effort Der Verlorene (1951) on Tuesday night, Aug. 23, 2011, at 92YTribeca in New York City.

The program begins at 7 pm.

Tickets may be purchased through the Tribeca website, by fax, by mail, or in person at the box office on Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, between 9 am and 5 pm. For more information, please call (212) 601-1000.

92YTribeca is located at 200 Hudson Street at Canal Street, convenient to city subway routes. Parking is available at the Varick Street Garage, located at 111 Varick Street, and the Central Parking Garage, 296 Hudson Street.

The making of Der Verlorene (The Lost One) is detailed in Chapter 8, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, in Stephen D. Youngkin’s authorized biography The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (University Press of Kentucky, 2005). In November of 2007, Kinowelt Home Entertainment released a 2-disc DVD of the movie, including many extras, available in Region 2 only.

August 21, 2011

Peter Lorre Movies in the Fall

September and October bring numerous treats to Peter Lorre fans this year – in particular, the Turner Classic Movies channel debut of The Constant Nymph (1943).

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, 2011

Sept. 11 (Sun.), 8 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Casablanca (1942). Guest programmers Patrick McNally and Vernon Webb were two of the many responders to the tragedy that Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. McNally selects Casablanca because he and wife Liz were married on Sept. 11 and “As Time Goes By” was their wedding song. For their 20th anniversary in 2001, they had planned a golf date – abruptly cancelled when McNally, Chief of Operations at the New York City Fire Department, got the emergency call to the Twin Towers.

Sept. 28 (Wed.), 8 pm, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). TCM salutes the film preservation work of the Library of Congress Film Archive with 13 movies and 6 shorts over 24 hours. Host Robert Osborne is joined by Dr. Patrick Loughney, Chief of Archive’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, located in Culpepper, Virginia.

October, 2011

Oct. 12 (Wed.), 10:30 am, TCM – Mr. Moto’s Last Warning (1939). The only entry in the 8-film mystery series in the public domain, Mr. Moto’s Last Warning was nonetheless remastered in 2007 and packaged in a DVD set with Mr. Moto’s Gamble, Danger Island, and Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation.

Oct. 15 (Sat.), 9:30 am, TCM – The Beast With Five Fingers (1946).

Oct. 20 (Thurs.), 8 pm, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). This first movie for actor Zachary Scott kicks off an evening of Scott-starring films.

Oct. 27 (Thurs.), 4:15 pm, TCM – “No. 5 Checked Out”. This episode of Screen Director’s Playhouse originally aired Jan. 18, 1956 over NBC. Ida Lupino directed Peter Lorre, William Talman, Theresa Wright, and Ralph Moody in this drama involving two crooks on the lam and hiding out in a cabin in a deaf woman’s remote mountain resort.

Oct. 30 (Sun.), 4 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). The final film on TCM's roster for "Star of the Month" Buster Keaton.

These films and many other Lorre movies are now available on DVD and VHS – 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!

"The flicker of a film is like a heartbeat. Movies are in my blood. They're part of who I am." That's the new opening for TCM weekend host Ben Mankiewicz – and among the film clips is a nice close-up of Peter Lorre as Ugarte in Casablanca!