May 3, 2020

Spring into Summer with Lorre on TV

As spring becomes summer, Lorre fans have many movies to look forward to on the Turner Classic Movies channel, as well as other channels – especially in June, when TCM celebrates Peter’s birthday!

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.



May, 2020

A handful of Lorre movies are on hand in May.

May 3 (Sun), 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies – Hollywood Canteen (1944). May 3 is the birthday of original TCM host Robert Osborne, and in tribute, a 4-film selection of "Bob's Picks" will be shown, introduced by Osborne himself, including this "bob Pick" from 2009.

May 8 (Fri), 3:15 pm, TCM – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). The daytime theme on TCM is “Face the Music”, a day of music-themed movies, including this Warner Bros. horror film about a concert pianist (Victor Francen) whose piano-playing hand appears to live on after his death and terrorize the denizens of his Italian villa, including his personal librarian (Peter Lorre).

May 14 (Thurs), 8:15 am, TCM – All Through the Night (1942). The TCM daytime theme is “Vincent Sherman”, a day of movies directed by Vincent Sherman, including this Humphrey Bogart spy comedy, co-starring Peter Lorre as a Nazi gang’s assassin. For Vol. 2 of the Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection (2006), Vincent Sherman provided audio commentary for All Through the Night. The DVD box-set is available to purchase from Amazon.

May 19 (Tues), 11:45 am, TCM – Mad Love (1942). The daytime theme is “We’re All Mad Here!”, including Peter’s first American film, in which he plays a brilliant surgeon driven mad by his unrequited love of a theater actress (Yvonne Drake).

May 23 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The prime-time version of “The Essentials: Memorial Day edition” includes the classic war-time drama involving an ex-patriot American saloon keeper (Humphrey Bogart), his Parisian lover (Ingrid Bergman), a Czech freedom-fighter (Paul Henreid), and a black-market seller of exit visas (Peter Lorre).



June, 2020

June 26 is the 116th anniversary of Peter Lorre’s birth in 1904 in Hungary, and the highlight of the month is TCM’s celebration of the day with a morning and afternoon of Lorre movies.

June 25 (Thurs), 7 am, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964). Peter Lorre passed away on March 23, 1964. Screening in movie theaters was Muscle Beach Party, the second of the popular “Beach Party” movies, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.

June 26 (Friday), 6:30 am, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). The daytime theme is “Peter Lorre”, and TCM celebrates Peter’s birthday with a day of Lorre movies, beginning with a movie considered the first film noir.

June 26 (Friday), 8 am, TCM – You’ll Find Out (1940). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with the only film in which Peter co-starred with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, a musical “horror-romp” starring band-leader Kay Kyser and his group.

June 26 (Friday), 10 am, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with the first of two movies Peter made with Clark Gable.

June 26 (Friday), 12 noon, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with one of the many wartime dramas Peter made at Warner Bros.

June 26 (Friday), 2 pm, TCM – Scent of Mystery (1945). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with a film set in Spain, in which Peter plays a taxi driver who chauffeurs around a vacationing Englishman (Denholm Elliott) as he tries to prevent the murder of a young woman.

June 26 (Friday), 4 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1944). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with the first movie Peter made with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet – the classic mystery involving a fabulous golden jewel-encrusted statuette and the underworld figures scheming to get their hands on it.

June 26 (Friday), 6 pm, TCM – M (1931). Peter’s birthday tribute ends with his most famous movie – director Fritz Lang’s first sound movie about a murderer (Peter Lorre) of children in Berlin and the underworld’s efforts to capture him.



July, 2020

July bring a number of Lorre films to television – including Eddie Muller’s “Noir Alley”, Saturday night and Sunday morning.

July 18 (Sat), 6 am, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945).

July 18 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941).

July 18 (Sat), 12 midnight, TCM – Three Strangers (1946). Eddie Muller brings to “Noir Alley” this Warner Bros. film about three strangers (Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and Geraldine Fitzgerald) who meet at midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve and make a wish before a statuette of Kwan Yin, goddess of fortune and destiny.

July 19 (Sun), 10 am, TCM – Three Strangers (1946). Eddie Muller’s “Noir Alley” entry for midnight on Saturday is repeated Sunday morning.

July 19 (Sun), 2 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

July 30 (Thurs), 1 am, TCM – The Raven (1963).



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!

April 7, 2020

Lorre Films in Virtual TCM Film Fest

Originally scheduled for April 16-19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California, the 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival has been cancelled due to the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic.

However, Turner Classic Movies will host a virtual Classic Film Festival over the TCM channel. The “Special Home Edition” begins on Thursday, April 16, at 8 pm Eastern, and runs through the wee hours of Sunday, April 19, ending Monday morning, April 20, 2020.

Featuring movies and programs shown during TCM Film Festivals over the past eleven years, the virtual fest includes two Peter Lorre movies – Mad Love (1935) and Casablanca (1942).

Both films are scheduled for Saturday, April 19, 2020 ~
  • Mad Love ~ 8 am – Bill Hader introduced Peter Lorre’s first American movie last year at the 2019 festival, with actress Cora Sue Collins, who played one of Dr. Gogol’s young patients, in the audience.
  • Casablanca ~ 8 pm – Director Peter Bogdanovich hosts this screening of the TCM favorite, which has been shown at three festivals.
The full schedule for the virtual film festival is available on the TCM website.

Pop some popcorn, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy this special “Home Edition” of the annual TCM Classic Film Festival from the comfort of your own home screening room!

April 5, 2020

Lorre Radio Co-Star Harry Morgan Birthday Block on SiriusXM

During the week of April 6 to 12, 2020, actor Harry Morgan (born April 10, 1915) gets the birthday star treatment from old-time radio host Greg Bell when the SiriusXM Radio channel Radio Classics airs a two-hour block of Morgan radio appearances, including two episodes of Peter Lorre’s 1947 series Mystery in the Air.

The four programs include – Mystery in the Air, “The Queen of Spades” (Sept. 11, 1947) and “The Horla” (Aug. 21, 1947); This is Your FBI, “Backstage Shakedown” (Nov. 10, 1950); and Broadway is My Beat, “Johnny Clark” (Nov. 29, 1952).

The Morgan tribute will air these dates and times –

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 ~
7 am Pacific
10 am Eastern

Friday, April 10, 2020 ~
7 pm Pacific
10 pm Eastern

Sunday, April 12, 2020 ~
11 am Pacific
2 pm Eastern

Satellite radio provider SiriusXM airs Radio Classics over channel 148. Subscribers may also listen to the programs over the internet. Log-in with your User ID and password. Not a subscriber? A free 30-day trial is also available through the SiriusXM radio website.

As “The Voice of Mystery”, Harry Morgan acted as narrator on Peter Lorre’s radio series Mystery in the Air, a replacement series for The Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Show in the summer of 1947.

Mystery in the Air presented tales of suspense “culled from the four corners of world literature”, adapted from such famous tales as Alexander Pushkin’s “The Queen of Spades” and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat”, as well as original radio dramas.

Morgan hosted all 13 episodes, beginning with “The Tell-Tale Heart” on July 3 and continuing to the final program, “Crime and Punishment”, adapted from Peter’s 1935 Columbia Studios film, on Sept. 25, 1947.

In the image above, Morgan (in black suit) stands, looking over Hans Conried’s shoulder at his script, with Peter Lorre at the microphone.

On March 14, 1979, author Stephen Youngkin took an interview with Harry Morgan for his Lorre biography, The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, published in September, 2005, through University Press of Kentucky. Morgan recalled working with Lorre on Mystery in the Air, describing the intensity of Peter’s performances as he played to the microphone, not the studio audience.

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.

Click on any of these links, and the order page will open.

March 7, 2020

Noir Fest at the Egyptian Includes Lorre

Lorre fans attending the Noir City festival of film noir in Los Angeles, California, this week can enjoy a rare treat at the Egyptian Theatre – the opportunity to watch three versions of the classic film M, on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

The program begins at 5 pm with a screening of the 1931 original M, starring Peter Lorre as the tortured child murderer, and directed by Fritz Lang.

The 1951 remake of M follows, with David Wayne stepping into Peter’s role.

The evening ends with El Vampiro Negro (The Black Vampire, 1953), a reimagined version of M from Argentina.

Admission for the triple feature is $13 for American Cinematheque members, and $15 non-members of all ages. Tickets may be purchased on-line through Fandango or by calling Fandango at (800) FANDANGO and entering the Egyptian’s theater code – 2206 – when prompted. A processing fee will be added to any tickets purchased on-line.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Egyptian’s box office, which opens 90 minutes before the first feature of the day.

Eddie Muller, known as the “Czar of Noir” and host of the Turner Classic Movie channel’s series Noir Alley, will join Alan K. Rode, of the Film Noir Foundation, in hosting all Noir City screenings.

Now in its 22nd year, the Noir City festival begins on Friday, March 6, and runs for 10 nights to Sunday, March 15, 2020. The full schedule is available on the American Cinemateque website.

The Egyptian is located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, between Las Palmas and McCadden, in Hollywood, California.

Parking is available at the Hollywood and Highland parking complex. The Egyptian is also a short walk from the Hollywood and Highland metro station. More information about parking is available on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please call the Egyptian at 323-466-3456.

February 17, 2020

Carolina Theater Screens Lorre Noir Film

Peter Lorre fans in the area of Durham, North Carolina, can enjoy a special treat on Friday, February 21, 2020, when the Carolina Theatre screens Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) on a double-feature with Tyrone Power in Nightmare Alley (1947), as part of the cinema’s Friday night “Retro Film Series”.

The program will begin at 7 pm in Cinema One with Nightmare Alley, followed by Stranger on the Third Floor.

Tickets are $9.50 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Cinema Box Office, which opens 30 minutes before the first feature of the day. Tickets may also be purchased through the cinema’s website by clicking the “Buy Now” button. A nominal fee will be added to each ticket ordered online.

A Season Pass, good for admission to the entire Retro Film Series, is also available for $80.

The Retro Film Festival continues through June 26, 2020. The complete schedule is available on the theater’s website.

The Carolina Theatre is located at 309 West Morgan Street in Durham, North Carolina.

Parking is available in the Durham Center Parking Garage, located at the corner of West Morgan Street and Foster Street, directly across from the Carolina Theatre.

More information about parking, as well as directions to the Carolina Theatre, are available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please call the cinema at 919-560-3030.

February 2, 2020

Springtime for Lorre on TV

As winter becomes spring, Lorre fans have many movies to look forward to on 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.



February, 2020

Throughout February and the first few days in March, the Turner Classic Movies channel presents their annual “31 Days of Oscar”, including a few Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated movies in Peter’s filmography.

Feb. 2 (Sun), 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies – The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Feb. 15 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Feb. 19 (Wed), 12 midnight, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).



March, 2020

TCM’s "31 Days of Oscar" ends on March 2, 2020, and a handful of Peter’s movies fill out the rest of the month. And the Movies! Network is now screening many Warner Bros. movies, including those starring or co-starring Peter Lorre, with Three Strangers a highlight this month.

Mar. 5 (Thurs), 6 am, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 5 (Thurs), 3:50 pm, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

Mar. 6 (Fri), 10 pm, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964). Peter Lorre passed away on March 23, 1964. Screening in movie theaters was Muscle Beach Party, the second of the popular "Beach Party" movies, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.

Mar. 8 (Sun), 8 pm, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 10 (Tues), 1:30 am, MeTV channel – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "The Diplomatic Corpse" (originally broadcast CBS, Dec. 8, 1957). The first of Peter's two appearances on this anthology series finds Peter in the role of a Mexican detective, trying to locate a dead body for two American tourists (George Peppard and Mary Scott).

Mar. 12 (Thurs), 10:05 pm, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 19 (Thurs), 10:10 am, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 22 (Sun), 12:05 am, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 25 (Wed), 4 am, TCM – The Comedy of Terrors (1964). Joe E. Brown is TCM’s “Star of the Month”, and in this horror-comedy about an undertaker (Vincent Price) who “digs up” customers, aided by his criminal assistant (Peter Lorre), Joe E. Brown appears in a cameo as the cemetery keeper.

Mar. 25 (Wed), 5:30 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).



April, 2020

April brings a handful of Lorre movies to television – and a chance to attend the "Special Home Edition" of the 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival, with the regular film festival cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 11 (Sat), 2:30 am, TCM – The Jack Benny Show (Jan. 22, 1963). Peter Lorre was the guest on this installment of the popular comedian Jack Benny's TV show.

April 18 (Sat), 8 am, TCM – Mad Love (1935). Peter's first American film was introduced last year at the 2019 festival by Bill Hader. Actress Cora Sue Collins, who as a child played Dr. Gogol's lame patient, was in the audience.

April 18 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). Director Peter Bogdanovich hosts the showing of this TCM favorite, which has been included three times in past TCM Film Fests.

April 26 (Sun), 11:30 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942).



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!

January 30, 2020

Lorre Double-Feature at Palo Alto Cinema

The historic Stanford Theatre, located in Palo Alto, California, offers a Bogart and Lorre double-feature of The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Casablanca (1942) the weekend of January 31 to February 2, 2020.

The movies will be shown on these dates and times ~

Friday, January 31 ~
The Maltese Falcon – 5:40 pm, 9:25 pm
Casablanca – 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 1 ~
Casablanca – 3:45 pm, 7:30 pm
The Maltese Falcon – 5:40 pm, 9:25 pm

Sunday, February 2 ~
Casablanca – 3:45 pm, 7:30 pm
The Maltese Falcon – 5:40 pm, 9:25 pm

Before and after the 7:30 pm showings of Casablanca, one of the Stanford’s “Masters of the Mighty Wurlitzer” will play the Wurlitzer theater organ during the intermission.

Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for youth (18 and under) and seniors (65 and over). Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of the show.

The Stanford Theatre is located at 221 University Avenue in Palo Alto, California. Look for the cinema’s large neon marquee – a landmark along University Avenue in the downtown area.

Parking is available at meters along the street in front of the cinema, as well as two parking garages within two blocks of the Stanford. The Bryant / Lytton Parking Garage is located at 445 Bryant Avenue, one block north of University Avenue. The High Street Parking Garage is located at 528 High Street, one block south of University Avenue. More information about parking is available on the Stanford Theatre's website.

For more information, please call the Stanford Theatre at 650-324-3700.