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!

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