January 2, 2021

Kick Off 2021 with Lorre on TV


January 2021 is the start of a new year filled with Peter Lorre films 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.


January, 2021

Jan. 4 (Mon), 11:23 am, Fox Movie Channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Jan. 5 (Tues), 9:23 am, Fox Movie Channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Jan. 5 (Tues), 10 pm, Turner Classic Movies – The Maltese Falcon (1941). Every Tuesday in January, TCM salutes the Hollywood studio system from the 1920s to the 1960s. The primetime theme tonight is “Warner Bros.”, with The Maltese Falcon, Peter Lorre’s first movie with the studio he became most associated with during his long career.

Jan. 8 (Fri), 12:45 am, ScreenPix Action channel – The Raven (1963). In this horror-comedy from American International Pictures, Peter Lorre plays the title character, a wizard turned into a raven by an evil sorcerer (Boris Karloff) and rescued by a good magician (Vincent Price).

Jan. 9 (Sat), 4 pm, ScreenPix Action channel – The Raven (1963).

Jan. 9 (Sat), 8 pm, MeTV channel – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). Horror film host Svengoolie presents the final movie Peter worked on at Warner Bros. – a Gothic horror set in the late 1880s at an Italian villa owned by a reclusive pianist (Victor Francen) who dies in an accident, but whose hand is apparently running loose and wreaking havoc on those who oppose the pianist’s last will and testament.


Sneak Peek at February, 2021

Feb. 1 (Mon), 6 pm, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940). The daytime theme celebrates the birthday of Clark Gable, including the first of two movies the actor made with Peter Lorre.

Feb. 12 (Fri), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1940). The primetime theme is “TCM Romantic Weekend Getaway”, and with Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday, Feb. 14, celebrate your "Lorre Love" with the movie that led to a Warner Bros. contract for Peter.





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 many brick-and-mortar shops, as well as these online merchants ~ Happy viewing!

December 23, 2020

Christmas with Lorre on SiriusXM


Every December, the satellite radio service SiriusXM airs Christmas-themed old-time radio episodes on the Radio Classics channel – channel 148 on the SiriusXM radio dial.

And among the offerings is Peter Lorre’s December 1943 Suspense episode, “Back for Christmas”.

During the week of Dec. 21 to 27, 2020, “Back for Christmas” will air these days and times ~

Tuesday, Dec. 22 ~
  • 1:30 am Pacific, 4:30 am Eastern

Thursday, Dec. 24 ~
  • 3:30 pm Pacific, 6:30 pm Eastern

Sunday, Dec. 27 ~
  • 3:30 am Pacific, 6:30 am Eastern


The full schedule of the week’s programming is available on Radio Classics host Greg Bell’s website.

This version of the John Collier story originally aired Dec. 23, 1943. “Back for Christmas” was Peter’s fourth of six appearances before the microphone of the anthology series, airing over CBS every Thursday night.

Peter plays Hubert Schumacher, a professor of botany who digs a Devil’s Garden as a bed for rare orchids in his cellar. While his overbearing wife Hermione plans their trip to America, Hubert makes plans of his own – involving a new Mrs. Schumacher and the disposal of Hermione.

Plans go awry . . . . on all fronts.

SiriusXM radio subscribers may also listen to Suspense, “Back for Christmas”, 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.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the radio career of Peter Lorre. A complete-to-date list of Peter’s radio credits may be found in the book’s appendix.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre makes an excellent Christmas gift for the Lorre fan on your shopping list and may be purchased from many brick-and-mortar shops, as well as these online merchants ~


Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

December 5, 2020

Ring in December Holidays with Lorre on TV

December brings Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve, and Lorre fans may look forward to a handful of movies 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.


December, 2020

Dec. 5 (Sat), 8 pm, Turner Classic Movies – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The primetime theme tonight is "Dashiell Hammett Double Feature", with The Maltese Falcon, followed by The Thin Man (1934). Brad Bird, host of TCM's Saturday night program The Essentials, joins Ben Mankiewicz for a discussion of The Maltese Falcon.

Dec. 15 (Tues), 10:10 pm, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Dec. 26 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The primetime theme is "Memorable Goodbyes", and during its 103-minute running time, Casablanca has several, including Peter Lorre’s Ugarte arrested and removed forcefully from Rick’s Café Americain. Ben Mankiewicz and Brad Bird co-host this installment of "The Essentials".

Sneak Peek at January, 2021

Jan. 5 (Tues), 10 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The primetime theme is “The Studio System – Warner Bros.”, including The Maltese Falcon, Peter Lorre’s first movie at the studio he would become most associated with during his career, and the hearts and minds of many Lorre fans.




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 many brick-and-mortar shops, as well as these online merchants ~ Happy viewing!

Gettysburg Classic Fest Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the historic Majestic Theater, located in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, has cancelled their classic film festival “95 Years of Majestic Movies”, originally scheduled for November and December, 2020.

Casablanca (1942) was to be shown Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6.

Patrons who bought movie tickets in advance will be contacted by the Box Office to process refunds.

For more information, please call the Majestic at (717) 337-8200.

The Majestic Theater is located at 25 Carlisle Street in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Metered parking is available on the street in front of the theater, with a parking garage located in Race Horse Alley, directly behind the theater.

Opening in 1925, the historic Majestic Theater has shown Peter Lorre films from the 1930s onward, as well as during its annual classic film festivals, held every summer. Here’s hoping the Majestic will be able to return to its regular schedule in 2021!

November 7, 2020

Gettysburg Classic Fest Includes Lorre


In November and December, 2020, the historic Majestic Theater, located in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, celebrates "95 Years of Majestic Movies" with a series of classic films, including Casablanca (1942), starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, and an international supporting cast with Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet among others.

Casablanca will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 pm.

Tickets are $8.50 for all seats.

Seating is limited to 100 for each showing. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Majestic website. A nominal booking fee will be added to each ticket purchased online. The historic outdoor box office will open at 12 noon the day of each movie showing.

Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times, including during the film showings. Refreshments will not be sold at the Majestic, and no outside food or drink is permitted. Physically distant seating will also be in effect. More information on COVID-19 health and safety policies is available on the Majestic website.

The film festival begins on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, and runs until Sunday, Dec. 20. The complete schedule is available on the Majestic website.

The Majestic Theater is located at 25 Carlisle Street in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Metered parking is available on the street in front of the theater, with a parking garage located in Race Horse Alley, directly behind the theater. More information about parking, as well as directions to the cinema, is available on the Majestic website.

For more information, please call (717) 337-8200.

The Majestic Theatre opened on Saturday, November 14, 1925, with a showing of the silent movie The Road to Yesterday (1925), directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Originally built as an annex to the Gettysburg Hotel, the Majestic was in 1925 the largest vaudeville and silent movie theater in south-central Pennsylvania.

And from the 1930s onward, many Peter Lorre films played at the Majestic, too, including Casablanca (1942).

November 5, 2020

November with Lorre on TV


November means the start of the holidays, and Lorre fans can look forward to several movies 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, 2020

Nov. 7 (Sat), 12:15 am, Turner Classic Movies – The Big Circus (1959). In November, every Friday evening into the wee hours of Saturday morning, the TCM primetime theme is “Under the Big Top”. The series of circus movies includes this 1959 movie with Peter Lorre as “Skeeter the Clown”, one of the many performers in a traveling big-top show run by Hank Whirling (Victor Mature), with Vincent Price as Hans Hagenfeld, the ringmaster.

Nov. 7 (Sat), 6 am, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945).

Nov. 10 (Tues), 3:45 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). TCM salutes Claude Rains’ birthday with a morning and afternoon line-up of Rains’ movies, including one of his most famous – Casablanca.

Nov. 13 (Fri), 11:30 am, TCM – You’ll Find Out (1940). The daytime theme is “Mystery Mansions”, and the setting for You’ll Find Out is an estate with hidden passageways, secret rooms, sliding panels, regular séances – and Kay Kyser and his band playing for the 21st birthday party of a young woman about to inherit a fortune.

Nov. 17 (Tues), 1 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The daytime theme is “Humphrey Bogart”, including this classic hard-boiled mystery that began a friendship between Peter Lorre and Bogie, and teamed Peter with Sydney Greenstreet for the first time.

Nov. 25 (Wed), 6 am, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954>

Nov. 29 (Sun), 8 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943).


Sneak Peek at December, 2020

Dec. 5 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The primetime theme is a “Dashiell Hammett Double Feature”, including The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man (1934).



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 20, 2020

Halloween with Lorre Over SiriusXM

Lorre fans, begin your Halloween celebration a week early when Peter’s Inner Sanctum Mysteries episode “Death is a Joker” kicks off a 2-hour “Halloween Teaser Block” on the Radio Classics channel on SiriusXM the week of October 19, 2020.

The spooky old-time radio tales include ~
  • Inner Sanctum Mysteries, “Death is a Joker” (June 10, 1944)
  • Inner Sanctum Mysteries, “Dead Man’s Vengeance” (Oct. 7, 1944)
  • The Witch’s Tale, “Graveyard Mansion” (Mar. 6, 1933)
  • The Witch’s Tale, “Devil’s Number” (Dec. 12, 1935)
“Death is a Joker” will air on the following dates and times ~

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 –
9 pm Pacific

Wednesday, Oct. 21 –
12 midnight Eastern

Friday, Oct. 23 –
11 am Pacific
2 pm Eastern

Sunday, Oct. 25 –
1 am Pacific
4 am Eastern

The full schedule for the week is available through the Radio Classics website.

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.

Though originally broadcast on Inner Sanctum Mysteries, “Death is a Joker” now survives only as an episode of the Armed Forces Radio Services (AFRS) program Mystery Playhouse – and hosted by Peter Lorre, who has the unique opportunity to introduce himself in his own program!

Happy Halloween!