May 3, 2020

Spring into Summer with Lorre on TV

As spring becomes summer, Lorre fans have many movies to look forward to on the Turner Classic Movies channel, as well as other channels – especially in June, when TCM celebrates Peter’s birthday!

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.

May, 2020

A handful of Lorre movies are on hand in May.

May 3 (Sun), 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies – Hollywood Canteen (1944). May 3 is the birthday of original TCM host Robert Osborne, and in tribute, a 4-film selection of "Bob's Picks" will be shown, introduced by Osborne himself, including this "bob Pick" from 2009.

May 8 (Fri), 3:15 pm, TCM – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). The daytime theme on TCM is “Face the Music”, a day of music-themed movies, including this Warner Bros. horror film about a concert pianist (Victor Francen) whose piano-playing hand appears to live on after his death and terrorize the denizens of his Italian villa, including his personal librarian (Peter Lorre).

May 14 (Thurs), 8:15 am, TCM – All Through the Night (1942). The TCM daytime theme is “Vincent Sherman”, a day of movies directed by Vincent Sherman, including this Humphrey Bogart spy comedy, co-starring Peter Lorre as a Nazi gang’s assassin. For Vol. 2 of the Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection (2006), Vincent Sherman provided audio commentary for All Through the Night. The DVD box-set is available to purchase from Amazon.

May 19 (Tues), 11:45 am, TCM – Mad Love (1942). The daytime theme is “We’re All Mad Here!”, including Peter’s first American film, in which he plays a brilliant surgeon driven mad by his unrequited love of a theater actress (Yvonne Drake).

May 23 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The prime-time version of “The Essentials: Memorial Day edition” includes the classic war-time drama involving an ex-patriot American saloon keeper (Humphrey Bogart), his Parisian lover (Ingrid Bergman), a Czech freedom-fighter (Paul Henreid), and a black-market seller of exit visas (Peter Lorre).

June, 2020

June 26 is the 116th anniversary of Peter Lorre’s birth in 1904 in Rosenberg, Hungary, and the highlight of the month is TCM’s celebration of the day with a morning and afternoon of Lorre movies.

June 2 (Tues), 1 pm, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

June 12 (Fri), 12:50 pm, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

June 17 (Wed), 5:55 pm, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

June 17 (Wed), 8 pm, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

June 22 (Mon), 8 pm, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

June 25 (Thurs), 7 am, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964). TCM's primetime theme is "History of the Swimsuit", subtitle "Couples Swim", and a popular "swimming" couple in the 1960s was Frankie and Annette. When Peter Lorre passed away on March 23, 1964, Muscle Beach Party, the second of their popular "Beach Party" movies, was playing in movie theaters.

June 26 (Friday), 6:30 am, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). TCM presents a birthday tribute to Peter Lorre with a day of Lorre movies, beginning with a movie considered the first film noir.

June 26 (Friday), 8 am, TCM – You’ll Find Out (1940). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with the only film in which Peter co-starred with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, a musical “horror-romp” starring band-leader Kay Kyser and his group.

June 26 (Fri), 8:35 am, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

June 26 (Friday), 10 am, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with the first of two movies Peter made with Clark Gable.

June 26 (Friday), 12 noon, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with one of the many wartime dramas Peter made at Warner Bros.

June 26 (Friday), 2 pm, TCM – Scent of Mystery (1945). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with a film set in Spain, in which Peter plays a taxi driver who chauffeurs around a vacationing Englishman (Denholm Elliott) as he tries to prevent the murder of a young woman.

June 26 (Friday), 4 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1944). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with the first movie Peter made with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet – the classic mystery involving a fabulous golden jewel-encrusted statuette and the underworld figures scheming to get their hands on it.

June 26 (Friday), 6 pm, TCM – M (1931). Peter’s birthday tribute ends with his most famous movie – director Fritz Lang’s first sound movie about a murderer (Peter Lorre) of children in Berlin and the underworld’s efforts to capture him.

July, 2020

July bring a number of Lorre films to television – including Eddie Muller’s “Noir Alley”, Saturday night and Sunday morning.

July 6 (Mon), 7:40 am, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

July 18 (Sat), 6 am, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945).

July 18 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). On this week's installment of "The Essentials", hosts Brad Bird and Ben Mankiewicz take a look at the classic mystery.

July 18 (Sat), 12 midnight, TCM – Three Strangers (1946). Eddie Muller brings to "Noir Alley" this Warner Bros. film about three strangers (Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and Geraldine Fitzgerald) who meet at midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve and make a wish before a statuette of Kwan Yin, goddess of fortune and destiny.

July 19 (Sun), 10 am, TCM – Three Strangers (1946). Eddie Muller’s "Noir Alley" entry for midnight on Saturday is repeated Sunday morning.

July 26 (Sun), 2 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

July 29 (Wed), 2:15 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). Every Wednesday in July, TCM turns the spotlight on "Feel-Good Films", hosted by all five TCM presenters: Dave Karger, Alicia Malone, Jacqueline Stewart, Eddie Muller, and Ben Mankiewicz. Tonight, Ben and Alicia Malone co-host an evening of "Good Time Crime", including this film about two elderly spinsters and their "charity" of helping lonely old gentlemen into a better world with a sip of very poisonous elderberry wine.

July 30 (Thurs), 1 am, TCM – The Raven (1963). The prime-time theme is "For the Birds", and the evening of "bird" movies continues with this entry from American International Pictures with Peter Lorre as the title character – a magician transformed into a raven by rival magician Boris Karloff and rescued by magician Vincent Price.

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!