February 17, 2020

Carolina Theater Screens Lorre Noir Film

Peter Lorre fans in the area of Durham, North Carolina, can enjoy a special treat on Friday, February 21, 2020, when the Carolina Theatre screens Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) on a double-feature with Tyrone Power in Nightmare Alley (1947), as part of the cinema’s Friday night “Retro Film Series”.

The program will begin at 7 pm in Cinema One with Nightmare Alley, followed by Stranger on the Third Floor.

Tickets are $9.50 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Cinema Box Office, which opens 30 minutes before the first feature of the day. Tickets may also be purchased through the cinema’s website by clicking the “Buy Now” button. A nominal fee will be added to each ticket ordered online.

A Season Pass, good for admission to the entire Retro Film Series, is also available for $80.

The Retro Film Festival continues through June 26, 2020. The complete schedule is available on the theater’s website.

The Carolina Theatre is located at 309 West Morgan Street in Durham, North Carolina.

Parking is available in the Durham Center Parking Garage, located at the corner of West Morgan Street and Foster Street, directly across from the Carolina Theatre.

More information about parking, as well as directions to the Carolina Theatre, are available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please call the cinema at 919-560-3030.

February 2, 2020

Springtime for Lorre on TV

As winter becomes spring, Lorre fans have many movies to look forward to on the Turner Classic Movies channel, as well as other channels.

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.

February, 2020

Throughout February and the first few days in March, the Turner Classic Movies channel presents their annual “31 Days of Oscar”, including a few Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated movies in Peter’s filmography.

Feb. 2 (Sun), 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies – The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Feb. 15 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Feb. 19 (Wed), 12 midnight, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

March, 2020

TCM’s "31 Days of Oscar" ends on March 2, 2020, and a handful of Peter’s movies fill out the rest of the month. And the Movies! Network is now screening many Warner Bros. movies, including those starring or co-starring Peter Lorre, with Three Strangers a highlight this month.

Mar. 5 (Thurs), 6 am, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 5 (Thurs), 3:50 pm, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

Mar. 6 (Fri), 10 pm, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964). Peter Lorre passed away on March 23, 1964. Screening in movie theaters was Muscle Beach Party, the second of the popular "Beach Party" movies, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.

Mar. 8 (Sun), 8 pm, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 10 (Tues), 1:30 am, MeTV channel – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "The Diplomatic Corpse" (originally broadcast CBS, Dec. 8, 1957). The first of Peter's two appearances on this anthology series finds Peter in the role of a Mexican detective, trying to locate a dead body for two American tourists (George Peppard and Mary Scott).

Mar. 12 (Thurs), 10:05 pm, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 19 (Thurs), 10:10 am, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 22 (Sun), 12:05 am, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 25 (Wed), 4 am, TCM – The Comedy of Terrors (1964). Joe E. Brown is TCM’s “Star of the Month”, and in this horror-comedy about an undertaker (Vincent Price) who “digs up” customers, aided by his criminal assistant (Peter Lorre), Joe E. Brown appears in a cameo as the cemetery keeper.

Mar. 25 (Wed), 5:30 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

April, 2020

April brings a handful of Lorre movies to television – and a chance to attend the "Special Home Edition" of the 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival, with the regular film festival cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 11 (Sat), 2:30 am, TCM – The Jack Benny Show (Jan. 22, 1963). Peter Lorre was the guest on this installment of the popular comedian Jack Benny's TV show.

April 18 (Sat), 8 am, TCM – Mad Love (1935). Peter's first American film was introduced last year at the 2019 festival by Bill Hader. Actress Cora Sue Collins, who as a child played Dr. Gogol's lame patient, was in the audience.

April 18 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). Director Peter Bogdanovich hosts the showing of this TCM favorite, which has been included three times in past TCM Film Fests.

April 26 (Sun), 11:30 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Many of these and other Lorre movies and television programs are now available on DVD and Blu-Ray – many 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 and television credits is available in the book’s Appendix.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

Happy viewing!