March 1, 2021

Spring into March 2021 with Lorre

March brings Peter Lorre films a’plenty on the Turner Classic Movies channel, as well as other channels – highlighted by a “Lorre and Greenstreet” film festival!

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.

March, 2021

Mar. 1 (Mon), 4:43 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). TCM salutes the birthday of David Niven, who plays Philleas Fogg in this all-star extravaganza about a Victorian gentleman who makes a bet with his fellow Club members that he can travel around the world in 80 days.

Mar. 3 (Wed), 6 am, TCM – Quicksand (1950). “Growing Up On Screen” is the daytime theme on TCM, and the day opens with the only movie Mickey Rooney starred with Peter Lorre.

Mar. 5 (Fri), 1:30 am, MeTV – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, “The Diplomatic Corpse” (Dec. 8, 1957).

Mar. 6 (Sat), 12 noon, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). Peter Lorre plays mystery writer Cornelius Latimer Leyden, who decides to research the life of an international criminal Dimitrios (Zachary Scott) for a novel and finds himself mixed up in a blackmail scheme with one of Dimitrios’ past associates (Sydney Greenstreet).

Mar. 10 (Wed), 11:20 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Mar. 11 (Thurs), 4:30 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Mar. 12 (Fri), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The primetime theme is "Movie MacGuffins, Part 2". TCM hosts Ben Mankiewicz and film noir expert Eddie Muller take a look at several movies dependent on this plot device, including a Lorre double-feature beginning with this classic mystery involving a fabulous jewel-encrusted statuette.

Mar. 12 (Fri), 10 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The "Movie MacGuffins" theme continues with this classic wartime drama involving a pair of letters of transit promising safe passage out of Casablanca.

Mar. 14 (Sun), 11:45 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). A Lorre double-feature begins with the only film Peter made with Cary Grant.

Mar. 14 (Sun), 2 pm, TCM – My Favorite Brunette (1947). The Lorre double-feature continues with the only film Peter made with Bob Hope.

Mar. 22 (Mon), 7:15 am, FXM – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Mar. 23 (Tues), 3:05 am, FXM – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Mar. 24 (Wed), 8 pm, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). The primetime theme is "Greenstreet and Lorre" – a film fest of eight of the nine movies Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet appeared in together. The fest begins with three films in which they co-starred as the lead actors, followed by the movies in which they supported a lead actor, such as Humphrey Bogart, Paul Henreid, or George Raft. Running from Wednesday evening, through the wee hours of Thursday, to early Thursday morning, the schedule includes ~
  • The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) – 8 pm, Mar. 24 (Wed)
  • The Verdict (1944) – 9:45 pm, Mar. 24 (Wed)
  • Three Strangers (1946) – 11:30 pm, Mar. 24 (Wed)
  • Passage to Marseille (1944) – 1:15 am, Mar. 25 (Thurs)
  • The Conspirators (1944) – 3:15 am, Mar. 25 (Thurs)
  • Background to Danger (1943) – 5 am, Mar. 25 (Thurs)
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941) – 6:30 am, Mar. 25 (Thurs)
  • Casablanca (1942) – 8:30 am, Mar. 25 (Thurs)
Mar. 26 (Fri), 2:30 am, Movies! Network channel – Quicksand (1950).

Sneak Peek at April, 2021

Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic this year, the Academy Awards were bumped from February to Sunday, April 25, 2021. And TCM holds its annual "31 Days of Oscar" film fest from April 1 to May 1, including a few Lorre films.

Apr. 2 (Fri), 6:45 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Apr. 16 (Fri), 6 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Apr. 17 (Sat), 6:30 am, TCM – Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956).

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 many brick-and-mortar shops, as well as these online merchants ~ Happy viewing!

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