November 18, 2014

Peter Lorre on TV in November and December, 2014

In the final months of 2014, Peter Lorre fans have many movies to look forward to on television and Turner Classic Movies.

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.

November, 2014
The highlight of November is the "There's No Place Like Hollywood" auction at Bonham's in New York City, featuring a number of famous props from Casablanca (1942) – including the letters of transit Ugarte (Peter Lorre) plans to sell to freedom-fighter Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid) and the piano in Rick's Cafe Americain where Rick (Humphrey Bogart) hides the documents Ugarte leaves with Rick for safekeeping until his clients arrive.

Nov. 4 (Tues), 11 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – My Favorite Brunette (1947). An evening of Bob Hope movies includes Hope as a baby photographer who dreams of being a hard-boiled detective like his neighbor Sam McCloud (Alan Ladd). Published in November is Richard Zoglin's book Hope: Entertainer of the Century (Nov. 4, 2014).

Nov. 8 (Sat), 8:15 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Nov. 18 (Tues), 6 am, MGM channel – The Raven (1963).

Nov. 18 (Tues), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). A salute to Bonham's upcoming auction of movie props and costumes begins with Casablanca. Joining Robert Osborne in introducing the movie will be Dr. Gary Milan, current owner of the letters of transit and Sam's piano, two of the many items featured in the auction. Dr. Milan is also the former owner of the Maltese Falcon prop statuette, consigned in the November 2013 Hollywood auction at Bonham's.

Nov. 19 (Wed), 2:15 am, MGM channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

Nov. 22 (Sat), 8:15 am, Encore Classic channel – The Patsy (1964).

Nov. 29 (Sat), 4:50 am, Encore Classic channel – The Patsy (1964).

December, 2014
December brings a variety of Lorre movies – horror, comedy, adventure.

Dec. 13 (Sat), 4:15 am, TCM – The Beast With Five Fingers (1946). One of Peter's final movies at Warner Bros. was a horror movie about a murderous severed hand on the loose in an isolated Italian villa.

Dec. 16 (Tues), 2:15 pm, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). "May / December Romance" is the daytime theme, as Joan Fontaine romances the older Charles Boyer – and Peter Lorre romances Brenda Marshall.

Dec. 30 (Tues), 8:30 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). Cary Grant is the December "Star of the Month" on the Turner Classic Movies channel, including this comedy classic as theater critic Grant discovers his two charming aunts have been carrying out mercy killings in their Brooklyn mansion – and burying their victims in the cellar.

Dec. 31 (Wed), 2:15 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). "Jules Verne Journeys" is the daytime theme and includes this all-star extravaganza as star David Niven travels around the Victorian world to win a bet. Ring out the old year with Peter as a Japanese steward – and a sword-wielding samurai warrior in the movie’s animated closing credits.

Many of these and 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 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 is available in the book’s Appendix. For more information on The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, please visit the book’s official website.

Happy viewing!

November 17, 2014

Peter Lorre at Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center

The Skirball Cultural Center, in Los Angeles, California, features Lorre films Casablanca (1942) items on display and The Conspirators (1944) on-screen.

The exhibition “Light and Noir: Exiles and Emigres in Hollywood, 1933-1950” discusses those European actors, directors, writers, cinematographers, and more who escaped Adolf Hitler and the Nazis when they came to power and journeyed to Hollywood.

A major feature of the exhibit is Casablanca, whose cast is largely comprised of émigré actors – Peter Lorre, Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt, Helmut Dantine, S.Z. Sakall, Marcel Dalio, and Madeleine LeBeau, among many others – as well as the director, Hungarian-born Michael Curtiz. Included are a variety of costumes, props from Rick’s Café Americain, film clips, and lobby cards and reviews published on the film’s release in November, 1942.

The exhibit runs from Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, to Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015.

Complimenting the “Light and Noir” exhibit will be lectures, seminars, courses, and salons. From November, 2014, to February, 2015, the Skirball’s free “Classic Film” series will feature the work of emigres.

On the Skirball schedule will be The Conspirators (1944), Peter’s sixth movie with Sydney Greenstreet, and starring Paul Henreid, Hedy Lamarr, and Victor Francen. The Conspirators will be shown on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at 1:30 pm.

Admission to the Skirball, including the exhibit “Light and Noir”, is $10 for adults; $7 for seniors 65 and older, as well as full-time students; and $5 for children ages 2 to 12. Admission is free for Skirball members, as well as children younger than 2 years old. On Thursdays, the Skirball is free for everyone.

Admission to The Conspirators, as well as any movie in the "Classic Film" series, is free for everyone.

The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California.

Parking is available on-site in the North Lot, the northern underground parking garage located at the end of the Skirball’s main driveway. Parking is also available nearby in the East Lot, the eastern underground parking garage, located across Sepulveda Boulevard.

More information about parking and ticket prices, as well as directions, may be found on the Skirball website.

The Skirball Cultural Center may also be reached at (310) 440-4500.

November 14, 2014

Goethe-Institut Presents Lorre’s Der Verlorene

Peter Lorre’s first and only directorial effort Der Verlorene (1951) will be on-screen at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City on Friday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The screening is co-presented by the Goethe-Institut New York as part of the series “The Climate of Vienna – The Austrian Film Museum at Fifty”.

Der Verlorene will be shown at 9 pm on Friday, Nov. 14, and at 3 pm, on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Der Verlorene will be preceded by These Are the Men (1943) an 11-minute film by Alan Osbiston and Dylan Thomas; and Eigruber-Audienz 1940 (1940), a 3-minute movie.

The “Climate of Vienna – The Austrian Film Museum at Fifty” will run from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16, 2014. Other films on the schedule are available on the Anthology Film Archives website.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $8 for students and seniors.

The Anthology Film Archives is located at 32 Second Avenue, in New York City, New York.

The archive is served by both subways and buses. Directions, as well as public transportation information, may be found on the archive’s website.

For more information, please call (212) 439-8700.

More information parking and ticket prices, as well as hours, may be found on the Goethe-Institut website.

In his book The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the troubled making of Der Verlorene (1951) in a full chapter, including interviews with actors and crew before and behind the cameras.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available for the Kindle and Nook, in addition to hard-bound and soft-bound editions.