August 15, 2020

Summer into Fall with Lorre on TV

The annual "Summer Under the Stars" fest, fall, and Halloween bring many Lorre films to 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.

August, 2020

Every August, TCM presents their "Summer Under the Stars" festival, with each day in the month devoted to a different star. This year, several of Peter's co-stars are featured.

Aug. 16 (Sun), 3:45 pm, Turner Classic Movies – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). TCM salutes Cary Grant, including this classic comedy, starring Grant as theater critic Mortimer Brewstar, who finds out his aunts have an interesting "charity" – serving lonely old gentlemen a toxic mix of poison and elderberry wine and then burying them in the cellar.

Aug. 24 (Mon), 8 am, TCM – Background to Danger (1943). It's "George Raft Day" on "Summer Under the Stars", including a spy drama based on the Eric Ambler novel Uncommon Danger, with Peter Lorre as the Russian spy Nikolai Zaleshoff and Brenda Marshall as his sister, Tamara.

Aug. 28 (Fri), 12 midnight, TCM – Casablanca (1942). TCM salutes Paul Henreid with both of the movies Henreid made with Peter Lorre. First up, Casablanca.

Aug 28 (Fri), 4 am, TCM – The Conspirators (1944). The salute to Paul Henreid ends with his second film with Peter Lorre.

September, 2020

September brings only one Lorre movie to TCM.

Sept. 22 (Tues), 6:30 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). The daytime theme is "Noel Coward", and Coward is one of the dozens of stars appearing in cameo roles in this Oscar-winning classic, including Peter Lorre as the Japanese steward aboard a ship bound for Yokohama.

October, 2020

October means Halloween and horror movies, and TCM includes several of Peter's horror and horror-comedy films!

Oct. 2 (Fri), 6 pm, TCM – The Story of Mankind (1957). TCM celebrates the birthday of Grouch Marx with a day of Marx Brothers movies, including this Irwin Allen all-star extravaganza, in which Peter Lorre plays Emperor Nero, who strums a lyre while Rome burns.

Oct. 8 (Thurs), 12:05 am, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

Oct. 15 (Thurs), 4 pm, MeTV – Wagon Train, "The Alexander Portlass Story" (originally broadcast Mar. 16, 1960)

Oct. 16 (Fri), 3:15 pm, TCM – The Raven (1963). TCM's daytime theme is "'60s Horrors", including this horror-comedy directed by Roger Corman. Peter plays the title role – a magician transformed into a raven by Boris Karloff and rescued by Vincent Price.

Oct. 25 (Sun), 2:15 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Oct. 26 (Mon), 6 am, TCM – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). TCM's daytime theme is "Murderous Monday", and the "murderer" in this 1940s horror film is apparently the hand of a dead concert pianist (Victor Francen).

Oct. 29 (Thurs), 8 pm, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

Oct. 30 (Fri), 4:15 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935). TCM's daytime theme is "'30s Horror", including Peter's first American film.

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!