Wednesday, August 13, 2008

“You despise me, don't you?”

In about fifteen minutes, TCM is going to kick off another day in its Summer of Stars festival…and since today’s featured film personality is the one and only Peter Lorre, that’s why I’m up at the Butt Crack of Dawn* to watch Hotel Berlin (1945; which I’ve never seen) and Confidential Agent (1945; which I have, but am interested in having another look).

Here’s the lineup for Monsieur Lorre:

06:00 Hotel Berlin
08:00 Confidential Agent
10:00 All Through the Night
12:00 Arsenic and Old Lace
02:00 My Favorite Brunette
03:30 Background to Danger
05:00 Quicksand
06:30 The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
08:00 Mad Love
09:15 Stranger on the Third Floor
10:30 The Maltese Falcon
12:15 The Mask of Dimitrios
02:00 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
04:15 Muscle Beach Party

The ones in bold are must-see Lorre pictures—the others are recommended, although if you’re busy doing laundry or other such things I certainly won’t expect you to drop everything to sit down and watch. (Some of you might be curious as to why I’ve bolded My Favorite Brunette; truth be told, it is one of Bob Hope’s best pictures and in addition to the villainy of Lorre you get Lon Chaney, Jr.—in a hilarious riff on his “Lennie-of-Of Mice and Men” persona—plus two Paramount stars who contribute falling-down funny cameos.)

I also hope to catch Background to Danger (1943) this afternoon since it has managed to escape my attention over the years…and I’ll be featuring a review of Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) soon in a coming-soon attraction to TDOY called “Region 2 Cinema.”

(Clearing throat)

“You... you bungled it…you and your stupid attempt to buy it…Kemedov found out how valuable it was, no wonder we had such an easy time stealing it…you... you imbecile…you bloated idiot…you stupid fat-head you…”

Oh, yeah…I’m all set.

*courtesy of Elisson Enterprises

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