April 16, 2021

April Showers and Lorre Films

Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic this year, the Academy Awards were bumped from February to Sunday, April 25, 2021. And the Turner Classic Movies channel holds its annual “31 Days of Oscar” film fest from April 1 to May 1, including a few Lorre films. This month, all movies are shown in alphabetical order.

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.

April, 2021

Apr. 2 (Fri), 6:45 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). 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 won 5 Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score. The film was nominated for three awards – Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design.

Apr. 16 (Fri), 9:05 am, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Apr. 16 (Fri), 6 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). Peter Lorre’s first movie with Warner Bros, the studio he would become most identified with, received three Oscar nominations – Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Sydney Greenstreet.

Apr. 17 (Sat), 6:30 am, TCM – Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956). Peter Lorre makes a cameo appearance as a blackjack player in this musical, which received one Oscar nomination – Scoring of Musical for George Stoll and Johnny Green.

Sneak Peek at May, 2021

TCM’s annual "31 Days of Oscar" film fest concludes on May 1. Lorre movies in May include ~

May 5 (Wed), 1:30 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). The daytime theme is “How to Get Rid of a Body”, and in this classic 1940s comedy, Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, and Raymond Massey all have bodies to dispose of.

May 13 (Thurs), 9:15 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). The daytime theme is “I Miss . . . Travel”. Lorre fans can take a virtual journey around the Victorian world with Phileas Fogg (David Niven) and Passepartout (Cantinflas), including Peter Lorre as a Japanese steward.

May 14 (Fri), 2:15 pm, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941). The daytime theme is “Silly Schemers”, including Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell as jewel thieves working against each other to get hold of a fabulous diamond pendant, before hitching a ride with Peter Lorre aboard his tramp steamer bound for Hong Kong.

May 15 (Sat), 3:45 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

May 27 (Thurs), 10 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). Guest programmer Frank Langella joins regular TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.

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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