November 17, 2019

London Cinema Schedules Lorre Film

Peter Lorre fans in London, England, are in for a special treat on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, when the Prince Charles Cinema, located in the West End, celebrates the 65th anniversary of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) with a showing of a 35mm print of the Walt Disney classic.

The film will begin at 3:25 pm in the Upstairs screening room.

Admission prices are £7.50 for members of the cinema, £6 for children, and £10 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or online through the cinema’s website. More information about ticket prices and memberships is available on the cinema’s website.

The Prince Charles Cinema is located at 7 Leicester Place, in London, England. The nearest underground station is Leicester Square. Directions to the cinema, as well as information on public transportation, are available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please call the cinema at 020 7494 3654.

November 13, 2019

Guilford College Presents M

Guilford College German Club, through Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, continues their “Subtitle Cinema” movie series with a showing of Peter Lorre’s first sound film M (1931) on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

The movie begins at 7:30 pm in the Leak Room, in Duke Memorial Hall.

Admission is free for everyone.

The series “The Struggle for Justice: German Films of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933)” is shown every Wednesday throughout the Fall 2019 semester. Upcoming movies are listed in the Calendar of Events on the Guilford College website.

Duke Memorial Hall is located at George Fox Drive, near the west entrance of Guilford College near New Garden Road in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Parking is available along George Fox Drive. More information about Guilford College, including directions and a campus map, is available on the college website.

November 7, 2019

Date Night with Lorre on Tybee Island

Casablanca (1942) will be the “Date Night” feature at the historic Tybee Post Theater, located on Tybee Island in Georgia, on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.

The film begins at 7 pm.

Admission is $10 for all seats. A beverage, such as beer, wine, or soft drink, is Included with the price of admission.

Tickets may be purchased at the cinema’s box-office. Tickets may also be purchased online through the cinema’s website. Click the "Buy Tickets” link on the Casablanca page. A processing fee of $1 will be added to each ticket ordered online.

The Tybee Post Theater is located at 10 Van Horne Avenue in the heart of the Fort Screven Historic District, on Tybee Island in Georgia.

Metered parking is available in front of the theater along Van Horne Avenue, as well as nearby 2nd Avenue and in Jaycee Park. The theater encourages bike-riding to the venue – and a bike rack is provided in front of the Post Theater. More information about parking, as well as directions to the venue, is available on the Tybee Post Theater website.

For more information, please call the cinema at 912-472-4790.

Built in 1930, the Tybee Post Theater was the movie theater for the soldiers and their families stationed at Fort Screven, the Army base on Tybee Island. From 1897 to 1947, Fort Screven served as an important part of the United States’ Coastal Defense System, guarding the mouth of the Savannah River to the end of World War II.

In 1947, the fort was decommissioned and sold to the town of Tybee. Fort Screven soon became a popular tourist destination, with museums, historic attractions, restaurants, and lodging.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses Peter Lorre’s support of American soldiers during and following World War II. Peter often visited wounded soldiers in veterans’ hospitals and donated his time to the Armed Forces Radio Services (AFRS), which sent radio programs overseas to American bases for the entertainment of men and women in service.

For the AFRS, Peter hosted the radio series Mystery Playhouse, which offered specially-edited episodes of various mystery and suspense radio shows, such as The Whistler, Mr. and Mrs. North, and many others. Peter recorded opening and closing segments and invited listeners into the Green Room for a preview of the next episode.

And occasionally, Peter’s movies would be shown to soldiers ahead of release to American cinemas. This was the case with Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), filmed in 1941, but not seen in theaters until 1944, when the Broadway play ended its run. However, bases, hospital ships, and other military venues were able to enjoy Arsenic and Old Lace before 1944.

Perhaps the Tybee Post theater was one of those venues . . . .

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.

November 3, 2019

Holidays with Lorre on Television

As the holidays approach and 2019 comes to an end, 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.



November, 2019

November brings Thanksgiving and a handful of Lorre movies.

Nov. 2 (Sat), 2 am, Turner Classic Movies – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Nov. 6 (Wed), 8:45 am, Movies!Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Nov 6 (Wed), 8 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942). In November, TCM salutes American cinematographers with a daytime theme, and prime-time theme, “100th Anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers”.

Nov. 6 (Wed), 10:10 pm, Movies!Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Nov. 19 (Tues), 10:30 pm, Movies!Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Nov 23 (Sat), 12 noon, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). In November, TCM salutes American cinematographers with a daytime theme, and prime-time theme, “100th Anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers”.

Nov 30 (Sat), 12:15 am, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). Eddie Muller welcomes to “Noir Alley” this Warner Bros. thriller. Peter Lorre plans a Dutch mathematics professor turned mystery author who learns of the death of a notorious international criminal and decides to research his life for his next novel.



December, 2019

In December, TCM celebrates the birthday of Sydney Greenstreet, one of Peter Lorre’s best-known co-stars.

Dec. 1 (Sun), 10 am, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). Lorre fans who missed the midnight showing of this “Noir Alley” selection can catch up with it in mid-morning

Dec. 11 (Wed), 1:30 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). The daytime theme is “Eccentric Relations”, and included is this dark comedy in which a dramatic critic (Cary Grant) on his way to his honeymoon finds out his dear elderly aunts perform “mercy killings” on lonely old gentleman.

Dec. 23 (Mon), 11 am, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Dec. 27 (Fri), 6 am, TCM – The Verdict (1946). TCM salutes the birthday of Sydney Greenstreet, who appeared in a total of nine movies with Peter Lorre. The Greenstreet fest begins with their final movie together – a locked-room mystery set in Victorian London.

Dec. 27 (Fri), 7:30 am, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944). TCM continues the birthday salute to Sydney Greenstreet with this war-time drama.

Dec. 27 (Fri), 9:30 am, TCM – Background to Danger (1943). TCM continues the birthday salute to Sydney Greenstreet with this espionage thriller based on a novel by Eric Ambler.

Dec. 27 (Fri), 6:15 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). TCM ends the birthday salute to Sydney Greenstreet with this wartime drama, in which Peter and Sydney have no scenes together.



January, 2020

A new year on the calendar – and a new year of Peter Lorre movies!

Jan. 1 (Thurs), 1 am, TCM – My Favorite Brunette (1947).

Jan. 22 (Wed), 4 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Jan. 22 (Wed), 6 pm, TCM – All Through the Night (1942).

Jan. 23 (Thurs), 11 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941).



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!

October 30, 2019

Halloween with Lorre at Indiana Library

Spend Halloween night with Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff when the Bartholomew County Public Library, located in Columbus, Indiana, offers a free showing of the spooky comedy The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) on Thursday, October 31, 2019.

The movie begins at 6 pm in the Red Room.

Admission is free for everyone.

The Bartholomew County Public Library is located at 536 5th Street, between Franklin Street and Lafayette Avenue, in downtown Columbus, Indiana.

Parking is available in the lot beside the library. Enter the parking lot from either Franklin Street or 7th Street.

For more information, please contact the library at 812-379-1255.

Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff worked together in a total of four movies. They began with You’ll Find Out (1940), another horror-comedy in which they were joined by Bela Lugosi. After The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942), they did not work together again until the horror-comedies at American International Pictures in the early 1960s, including The Raven (1963) and The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

Although Boris Karloff was known as a serious horror film actor, Peter was not. The movies they made together were more funny than frightening.

October 17, 2019

NCMA Film Event Includes Lorre

Halloween is the season of horror movies, and on Friday, October 18, 2019, the North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raleigh, North Carolina, continues its “Indoor Movies” film series with Mad Love (1935) one of the few horror films Peter Lorre appeared in during his long film career.

Shown in 35mm, Mad Love will begin at 8 pm in the SECU Auditorium, located in the East Building of the Art Museum. NCMA film curator Laura Boyes will introduce the film.

Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for MCMA members, children age 7 to 18, and college students with ID.

Tickets may be purchased online through the Museum of Art website. Click the “Tickets” button on the Mad Love page of the venue website. Tickets purchased online may be printed at home or left for “will call” at the auditorium. Sales tax and transaction fees will be added to each online order.

The North Carolina Museum of Art is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Parking is available in the Blue Ridge lot, located on the right after entering the Museum complex. Additional parking is available behind the West Building, located on the left after entering the Museum complex. More information about parking, as well as directions to the museum and public transportation, is available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please call the North Carolina Museum of Art at 919-839-6262.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Mad Love through interviews with Frances Drake, who played Yvonne Orlac, the object of Dr. Gogol’s (Lorre) desire.

Produced by MGM, Mad Love was Peter Lorre’s first American movie – but Peter agreed to be loaned to the studio only if Columbia Pictures, with whom he was under contract, would make Crime and Punishment (1935), a movie Peter was most interested in.

To play the brilliant surgeon Dr. Gogol, who cures wounded soldiers and deformed children, Peter Lorre allowed his head to be shaved bald. Images of the studio barber at work can be viewed in the “Photo Album” section of The Lost One website.

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.

October 12, 2019

Lorre Films at the Harvard Film Archive

Peter Lorre fans in the area of Cambridge, Massachusetts, can enjoy a rare treat in October and November – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) and The Face Behind the Mask (1941) onscreen at the Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque.

Stranger on the Third Floor will be shown on Saturday, October 12, 2019, on a double-bill with Blind Alley (1939).

The Face Behind the Mask will be shown on Friday, November 8, 2019.

Each program begins at 7 pm.

These films are part of the series “The B-Film – Low-Budget Hollywood Cinema 1935-1959”, which began Friday, September 13, and ends on Monday, November 25, 2019. The full schedule is available on the Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque website.

Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for non-Harvard students, Harvard Faculty and Staff, and senior citizens. Admission is free for Harvard students with a valid photo ID. Tickets may be purchased 45 minutes before show time on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. More information about tickets is available on the venue’s website.

The Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque is located at 24 Quincy Street, in the lower level of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Metered parking on Broadway and Harvard streets is free after 8 pm. The archive is also well-served by public transportation, including the MBTA Red Line. More information about parking, as well as directions to the Archive, is available on the venue’s website.