April 3, 2015

Peter Lorre on TV in Spring 2015

Spring is here, and with it, many Peter Lorre movies 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.

April, 2015

April brings several Lorre movies, some shown frequently on the Turner Classic Movies channel and some Mr. Moto films on the new cable channel "Movies! Network".

Apr. 2 (Thurs), 8 am, Fox Movie Channel – I Was an Adventuress (1940). Peter returned to 20th Century-Fox at the end of his contract to play Polo, a charming pickpocket con-man working the French Riviera with two other con artists, who make money selling and stealing the same diamond pendant.

Apr. 7 (Tues), Turner Classic Movies channel – The daytime theme “Directed by Michael Curtiz” includes two Lorre films: Casablanca (1942) at 11:45 am and Passage to Marseille (1944) at 4 pm.

Apr. 10 (Fri), 7:30 am, Fox Movie Channel – I Was an Adventuress (1940).

Apr. 11 (Sat), 8 am, TCM – The Story of Mankind (1957). While the Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman) and the Devil (Vincent Price) debate the value of humans, Peter appears on the debit side of history as Emperor Nero, who laughs maniacally while Rome burns.

Apr. 12 (Sun), 5:15 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938).

Apr. 12 (Sun), 12:50 pm, Movies! Network – Danger Island (1939). The final Moto movie filmed, but the next-to-final Moto film released finds Mr. Moto in Puerto Rico in search of diamond smugglers.

Apr. 17 (Fri), 8 pm and 11:55 pm, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954). Peter's final movie with old friend Humphrey Bogart, as well as director John Huston.

Apr. 19 (Sun), Movies! Network – A "Mr. Moto" double feature, with Danger Island (1939) at 5 am, followed by Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938) at 6:35 am.

Apr. 27 (Mon), 9:55 am, Movies! Network – Danger Island (1939).

May, 2015

A handful of Lorre films are scheduled for May.

May 16 (Sat), 6 am, Fox Movie Channel – I Was an Adventuress (1940).

May 17 (Sun), 2 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

May 18 (Mon), 5:45 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). TCM salutes director Frank Capra's birthday with seven movies, including this dark comedy about two sweet little old ladies who consider one of their charities as helping lonely old men to find happiness by serving them a glass of poison-laced elderberry wine, Peter Lorre plays Dr. Einstein, personal plastic surgeon to Jonathan Brewster (Raymond Massey), one of the aunts' nephews – and an international serial killer.

June, 2015

Every Friday in June, Eddie Muller will host TCM's "Summer of Darkness" festival of film noir films, including several Peter Lorre movies. Called the "Czar of Noir", Eddie Muller also co-hosts, with Alan K. Rode, the annual "Noir City" film noir festival, held in several American cities. And on June 26, Peter's 111th birthday, TCM marks the occasion with one of Peter's best.

June 5 (Fri), TCM – The "Summer of Darkness" festival with three Peter Lorre suspense films – M (1931) at 6 am, Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) at 11;30 am, and The Maltese Falcon (1941) at 2:30 pm.

June 8 (Mon), 12:45 pm, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). A day marking Alexis Smith's birthday includes a purely romantic role for Peter, who romances and marries Brenda Marshall.

June 20 (Sat), 1 am, TCM – The Face Behind the Mask (1941). An evening of movies starring Evelyn Keyes includes another romantic role for Peter, but no happily-ever-after ending here.

June 26 (Fri), 8 pm, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). TCM continues their "Summer of Darkness" festival. Though he’s billed fourth, behind Sydney Greenstreet, Faye Emerson, and Zachary Scott, Peter Lorre plays the lead in this movie from a novel by Eric Ambler, one of Peter’s favorite authors – a Dutch professor of mathematics turned mystery novelist who gets more than he bargained for when he begins investigating the sordid life and career of an international criminal (Scott).

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. The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in hard-back and soft-bound editions, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

Happy viewing!

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