December 26, 2016

Happy Birthday, Sydney Greenstreet – with Peter Lorre

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, marks the 137th birthday of character actor Sydney Greenstreet – and the Turner Classic Movies channel will celebrate the occasion with a day of Greenstreet movies, beginning at 6 am EST.

And as Greenstreet's frequent co-star, Peter Lorre will appear in five of the eight movies, beginning at 9:15 am with The Conspirators (1944).

Here's the full schedule ~
  • 6 am – Across The Pacific (1942)
  • 7:45 am – That Way With Women (1947)
  • 9:15 am – The Conspirators (1944)
  • 11 am – The Woman in White (1948)
  • 1 pm – Passage to Marseille (1944)
  • 3 pm – Background to Danger (1943)
  • 4:30 pm – Casablanca (1942)
  • 6:15 pm – The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Although the Sydney G. marathon ends with The Maltese Falcon, Lorre fans will have one more opportunity to enjoy Peter's work, when TCM turns the Spotlight on "The Golden Years" with a showing of Arsenic and Old Lace at 8 pm.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin discusses the on-screen partnership of Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet through their nine movies at Warner Bros., beginning with The Maltese Falcon in 1941 to The Verdict in 1946. Though they did not socialize outside of the studio, each appreciated the other actor's talent. Peter called Sydney G. "The Old Man". And Sydney called Peter L. "Puck".

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

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