Tonight, first of all…Hollywood Canteen was based on an actual place setup for military servicefolks where they could get in for free by wearing their uniform. The film came out in 1944 and the two cameos you have here are the tip of the iceberg. But seeing these two together again is, of course, priceless.
It occurred to me we hadn’t had any full-on sci-fi mayhem this year, so we’re going to go Beyond the Time Barrier in just a bit. But first, back to two different versions of the classic panel show (yes, we did have them over here), I’ve Got a Secret. Here are two full episodes. The first features Peter Lorre and is from 1954. The second features Vincent Price and is from 1973. They are full episodes so if you want to skip ahead to the gist I won’t blame you, but classic shows like this are hellacious fun, so you should really treat yourself.
No, I’m not kidding. That is an actual movie and not only is Boris Karloff in it but Peter Lorre is as well. But more on that in a moment. It’s the time of year for turning pumpkins into decoration and pies. So don’t start your own project without watching this informative video from a world-renowned expert.
(As this tenth year of 32 Days of Halloween runs its course like a zombie plague, I wanted to throw the mic one last time to that Halloween researcher extraordinaire, Rox of Spazhouse, and let her handle the first bit of our final night. –Widge)
Peter Lorre and Vampira on The Red Skelton Show (January 8, 1955)
First tonight, we have a word from our sponsor. And this proves that Peter Lorre was just inherently sinister…but he could work that to his advantage for comedic purposes. Here he is as…The Destroyer.