September 30, 2016

Bogart Festival in Key Largo Includes Lorre

Lorre fans who have never attended the annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival may want to consider a trip to Key Largo, Florida, this October – Peter’s own Fedora hat will be among the items displayed in the Bogart family memorabilia collection, amongst Bogart’s stopwatch, suit, wedding ring, camera, and keys to his dressing room.

Held from Wednesday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, the Bogart Fest will also celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Maltese Falcon (1941) with special discussions, live radio play performances, and showings of the classic hard-boiled detective film. Casablanca (1942) will also be on the festival schedule.

Stephen Humphrey Bogart, son of Bogie and Lauren Bacall, will host the event, joined by Eddie Muller, the “Czar of Noir” and Master of Ceremonies Billy Corben. The many Bogart films on the schedule will be screened in a variety of locations, including the host hotel, movie theaters, and outdoor locations in Key Largo and Tavernier.

Lorre highlights include ~
  • A free one-hour discussion of Bogart and film noir, led by Eddie Muller
  • A round-table discussion of The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep (1945), including Stephen Bogart, Eddie Muller, and other special guests
  • Showings of The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca
  • The Maltese Falcon performed as a live radio play
  • Stephen Bogart hosts discussion of the Memorabilia Room

Other events during the festival include ~
  • The Sam Spade cocktail reception, including complimentary Bogart’s gin and vodka. The winner of the Bogie trivia contest will take home a Maltese Falcon statuette.
  • Bogie’s Harbor Party – Hosted by Stephen Bogart, this Martinique-inspired party features island cuisine, island music, and complimentary Bogart’s gin and vodka
  • Tours on-board the restored African Queen
  • Sunday morning brunch

Playa Largo Resort and Spa is the host hotel of the Bogart Film Festival, as well as the primary event venue. Guests attending the festival may receive special discounted rates at Playa Largo by calling the hotel directly at 305-853-1001, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. More information about discounted rates may be found on the festival website.

Playa Largo Resort and Spa is located at 97450 Overseas Highway, in Key Largo, Florida.

Other festival venues include ~

A full list of films and events is available on the Festival’s website.

Three types of passes are available. The Noir Pass at $100 covers showings of all movies at the festival, including both inside and outside venues. The Casablanca Pass at $250 includes the special events only, and no films. The Bogart Pass at $350 includes access to all special events and all films.

Passes may be purchased on-line through the Festival website. In addition to tickets, special Bogart Fest merchandise is also available.

Festival-goers may also choose one of these stylish items – in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Maltese FalconSpade and Archer Detective Agency!

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, author Stephen Youngkin chronicles Peter Lorre’s on- and off-screen friendship with Bogart. The two actors first worked together on The Maltese Falcon in the summer of 1941 and went on to make another four movies – three of them at Warner Bros. Their final movie, Beat the Devil (1954), reteamed them with John Huston, their Falcon director.

During his lifetime, Peter had few friends, but he counted Bogie as one of his two closest – the other being Bertolt Brecht, the German playwright with whom Peter worked as a young stage actor in Berlin during the 1920s.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in hard-bound and soft-bound editions, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

September 13, 2016

Free Lorre Film at the Cabot in Massachusetts

The historic Cabot Theater, in Beverly, Massachusetts, has teamed with Rockport’s The Film Detective for a series of free screenings of classic movies – beginning with a restored print of Beat the Devil (1953) on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.

The film will be shown at 1 pm and 7 pm. At the 1 pm screening, a small popcorn and soda combo will be available for $5. At 7 pm, the beer and wine bar at the Cabot will be open for refreshments, as well as the theater’s regular snack bar.

Admission to Beat the Devil is free for everyone, however, tickets must be obtained before the show. Tickets are available through the Cabot website. Select a showtime from the drop-down box. Tickets may also be obtained by calling Ovationtrix at 866-811-4111 Monday through Friday, 9 am to 9 pm, and weekends from 10 am to 6 pm. More information about tickets is available on the cinema’s website.

The Cabot Theater is located at 286 Cabot Street, at the corner of Cabot and Judson streets in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Parking is available at meters on the streets around the cinema. Parking is also available in the lots along Pond Street, at the corner of Cabot and Pond streets. More information about parking, as well as directions to the cinema, is available at the Cabot Theater website.

For more information, please contact the cinema at 978-927-3100.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin describes the making of Beat the Devil, the final movie Peter made with old friend Humphrey Bogart, who considered Peter a “good luck charm” and insisted he be added to the cast. For Peter, the film was a happy opportunity to work with both Bogie and director John Huston, with whom he had worked on his first Warner Bros. movie, The Maltese Falcon, more than 10 years earlier.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available on the Kindle and Nook, as well as soft-bound and hard-back editions.

September 9, 2016

Buffalo Film Fest Includes Lorre

Lorre fans in the Buffalo, New York, area will have a treat this weekend – a showing of The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) at the first annual Western New York Movie Expo on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

The film will begin at 12:15 pm in the Main Screening Room.

The Expo runs from Thursday, Sept. 8 to Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.

Admission is $40 for the full weekend. Daily admission on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is $12 for general admission, and $10 for students with proper ID. On Sunday, admission is $6 for everyone. More information about tickets is available on the Expo's website.

Admission includes two screening rooms, as well as a large dealers’ room, filled with posters and autographs, records and magazines, cameras and projectors, and more. The full schedule of documentaries, silent and sound movies, short subjects, and special presentations is available on the Movie Expo’s website.

The Western New York Movie Expo will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Event Center, located at 120 Church Street, in Buffalo, New York. Room discounts are available for Expo attendees staying at the hotel. More information about the hotel, as well as directions, is available on the Expo’s website.

Parking is available at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. A parking fee of $10 per day will be charged.

August 13, 2016

Tampa Summer Classics Series Includes Three Lorre Films

The Tampa Theatre’s annual Summer Classics Movie Series continues with a showing of M (1931) on Sunday, August 14, 2016. And stay tuned at the Tampa Theatre – as The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Casablanca (1942) join the line-up later in August and September.

Peter Lorre’s movies will be shown on the following dates and times ~
  • M – Sunday, Aug. 14 – 3 pm
  • The Maltese Falcon – Sunday, Aug. 28 – 3 pm
  • Casablanca – Sunday, Sept. 18 – 3 pm
Casablanca brings the series to a close on a very special note – the Tampa Theatre’s 15th annual WineFest. The cinema’s biggest fundraising event, the three-day WineFest called "Caskablanca" will take place over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 16, 17, and 18, 2016, including wine-tastings, a wine-pairing dinner, and finally, the showing of Casablanca on Sunday, followed by local newspaper film critics Steve Persall and Bob Ross taking the stage for Film Talk, a 45-minute discussion of Casablanca and audience Q and A session.

Admission for any film in the Classic Series films is $10 for all General Admission seats, and $8 for Tampa Theatre members. Tickets may be purchased at the box office 30 minutes before the first show of the day. Tickets may also be purchased online through the Tampa Theatre website. Click the “Buy Tickets” button beside each film. A $2 convenience fee will be added to any online ticket purchase.

Special ticketing is available for the WineFest weekend. More information for this event is available on the Tampa Theatre’s website.

The Tampa Theatre is located at 711 Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, Florida.

Parking is available in the lot beside the cinema, as well as meters along the street. More information on parking, as well as directions to the Tampa Theatre, are available on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please call the Tampa Theatre at (813) 274-8286.

The Summer Classic Movies series is presented at the Tampa Theatre by the Bank of America, with media support from WEDU-PBS.

August 12, 2016

Lorre at the Victoria in Dayton, Ohio

In the 1940s, Dayton's Victoria Theatre was a first-run Warner Brothers theater, showing the newest movies from that studio. This summer, in celebration of its 150th anniversary (opening in 1866 as an opera house), the Victoria presents its annual "Cool Films Series" with some of Hollywood's greatest hits – including Casablanca (1942), on-screen Friday, August 12, through Sunday, August 14, 2016.

The program includes live piano music, a trivia contest with prizes, and a classic cartoon. Free popcorn and soda will be available in the Victoria's lobby an hour before the program begins.

On Friday and Saturday, the show will begin at 7 pm. On Sunday, the program will begin at 3 pm.

Admission is $6 for all seats. Tickets are available at the Victoria box office, beginning one hour before showtime.

The full schedule of movies in the "Cool Films Series" is available on the Victoria’s website.

The Victoria Theatre is located at 138 North Main Street, at the corner of Main and First streets in Dayton, Ohio.

The Victoria recommends parking at the Arts Garage, located at 107 N. Ludlow Street, at the corner of Ludlow and Second streets. Parking fees at the Arts Garage help to support the arts venues used by all the arts organizations. More information on parking, as well as directions to the Victoria, are available on the theater’s website.

Casablanca originally opened at the cinema – then called the Victory – on Friday, January 22, 1943, and ended its run on Wednesday, February 17.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin describes the making of Casablanca, a role to which Peter Lorre attached little importance. Peter later claimed that during the day and a half he worked on the film, he made more money playing the roulette wheel on the "Rick's Café Americain" set between takes than he did before the cameras for about 6 minutes of screen-time. The Warner Bros. front office felt differently, however, and Peter was offered a contract with the studio, leading to the most productive period of Peter’s career, with classic films, radio appearances, and a "House Act" tour at downtown theaters in large cities.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in soft-bound and hard-back editions, as well as the Kindle and Nook.