December 26, 2015

Happy Holidays from Peter Lorre!

This holiday season, Lorre fans on both the West and East coasts can spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve with Peter when San Francisco’s Roxie Theater, Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre, and Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre present Casablanca (1942).



The Roxie, San Francisco ~

At the Roxie Theater, Casablanca will be on a special holiday double feature with the French film Bob the Gambler (1956) on Saturday, Dec. 26.

Casablanca will be shown at 3 pm and 7 pm.

Ticket prices are $7.50 for the matinee and $10 for the evening show. Seniors 65 and older pay $7.50 at all times.

The Roxie Theater is located at 3117 16th Street, between Valencia and Guerrero streets, in San Francisco, California.

Parking is available at the 16th and Hoff garage, located at 42 Hoff Street in San Francisco. The Roxie is also well served by public transportation, both bus and BART. More information about public transportation, as well as directions to the cinema, is available on the Roxie website.



The Colonial, Phoenixville ~

The historic Colonial Theatre, in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, will present Casablanca on Sunday, Dec. 27, as part of its Sunday afternoon series of classic films.

The movie will begin at 2 pm.

Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62 and older) and students, and $5 children (under age 13) and Colonial Theatre members. Tickets may be purchased on-line through the Colonial’s website. On the Casablanca page, click the button “Buy Tickets”. Tickets may also be purchased at the Colonial’s box office.

The Colonial Theatre is located at 227 Bridge Street, in the heart of the historic business section of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

Free 2-hour parking is available on the streets near the Colonial Theatre. The 2-hour limit is strictly enforced. Metered parking is available in nearby lots. Closest to the Colonial is Parking Lot #3, located at the corner of Main Street, along Taylor Alley. More information about parking, as well as directions, may be found on the Colonial’s website.



The Brattle, Cambridge ~

Lorre fans in Cambridge can ring out 2015 with Peter and Casablanca at the Brattle Theatre on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31.

Show times are 4:30 pm, 7 pm, and 9:30 pm.

General Admission tickets are $9 for the 4:30 pm matinee and $11 for the evening shows. Tickets for students (with student ID) and Brattle members are $9, and $8 for seniors and children (under age 12).

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the Brattle Theatre website. From the “Calendar” drop-down menu, or the Casablanca webpage, click the “Buy Tickets” button. A nominal fee will be added to all on-line purchases.

The Brattle Theatre is located in Brattle Hall at 40 Brattle Street, a block from Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The cinema’s entrance is on the left side of the building – look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.

Parking is available at meters around Harvard Square, as well as both validated and non-validated parking garages. The Brattle Theatre box office will validate parking tickets at the Charles Square Garage and the University Place Garage.

The Brattle is also well-served by public transportation, including MBTA bus routes and the subway.

More information about parking, as well as directions, is available on the Brattle’s website.



In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin recounts the making of Casablanca. Although Peter considered the movie unimportant, his performance in Casablanca led to the offer of a long-term contract at Warner Bros.

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

December 23, 2015

Peter Lorre at the Bean Tonight in Savannah

The Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah will host a screening of Beat the Devil (1954) at The Sentient Bean in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

Seating is at 7:30 pm. Beat the Devil begins at 8 pm.

Admission is $7 for everyone, however, Beat the Devil is considered for Mature Audiences only.

The Psychotronic Film Society will also raffle off free movie passes, as well as rare and unusual prizes from their archives, before the show. Until 9 pm, the Sentient Bean will offer special discounts on both Craft Beer and Organic Wine for anyone 21 and older, as well as their vegetarian dishes, desserts, and Fair-Trade coffee and tea.

The Sentient Bean is located at 13 E. Park Avenue, at the corner of E. Park Avenue and Bull Street, in Savannah, Georgia. Directions to the Bean are available on the coffee shop’s website.

Parking is available along E. Park Avenue in front of The Bean, as well as a nearby parking lot.

For more information, please call The Bean at 912-232-4447.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin discusses the making of Beat the Devil, the final movie Peter Lorre made with his old friend Humphrey Bogart and his first Warner Bros. director John Huston.

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

November 10, 2015

Lorre at the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis, OR

Peter Lorre fans in the Corvallis, Oregon, area will enjoy a rare opportunity on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 – a free screening of Double Confession (1950) at the Darkside Cinema, Corvallis’ only independent movie theater. It’s this week’s feature at the venue’s Community Movie Night, held every Tuesday.

Introduced by curator Ygal Kaufman, who is a fan of Peter's and classic movies, the program begins at 7 pm and includes short subjects, cartoons, newsreels, and commercials originally shown when the feature was first released.

Admission is free for everyone. Donations are accepted – and benefit the renovations to the Darkside Cinema. Movie snacks are available for purchase.

The Darkside Cinema is located at 215 Southwest 4th Street in Corvallis, Oregon.

Parking is available on the street in front of the cinema.

For more information, please call the Darkside Cinema at (415) 994-2188.

Long thought lost, Double Confession was for many years on the British Film Institute’s list of “The 75 Most Wanted” movies. But in 2013, Renown Pictures Ltd released the movie to all-regions DVD from a pristine 35mm print.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin recounts the making of Double Confession, including an interview with the film’s director Ken Annakin.

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

November 7, 2015

VFF Includes Lorre Film on Nov. 7

Peter Lorre fans attending the annual Virginia Film Festival in historic Charlottesville, Virginia, will be in for a special treat – The Maltese Falcon (1941) introduced by famed film historian Leonard Maltin.

The program will begin at 3:30 pm on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in the Culbreth Theatre.

Admission is $10 for adults. University of Virginia students may be admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the U.VA. Arts Box Office, located in the U.VA. Drama Building. Tickets may also be purchased online through the VFF website. On the page for The Maltese Falcon, click the “Buy Tickets” button.

More information about tickets may be found on the VFF website.

The Culbreth Theatre is in the U.VA. Drama Building, located at 109 Culbreth Road, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Parking is available in the Culbreth Road Garage. Patrons may park for free in the garage weekdays after 4:30 pm and anytime on Saturday and Sunday. More information about parking may be found on the festival website.

The Virginia Film Festival will be held this year from Thursday, Nov. 5 to Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. The full schedule may be found on the festival website.

November 6, 2015

Join Lorre for Tea and Murder in Durham, NC, Nov. 6

Lorre fans in the Durham, N. Carolina, area will have a chance to catch Peter on the big screen when the Carolina Theatre presents Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) on Friday, November 6, 2015, as part of their RetroClassics Film Series.

The evening theme of “Murder and a Cup of Tea” begins at 7 pm with Arsenic and Old Lace, followed by Murder, He Says (1945). Both movies will be shown in Cinema One.

Tickets are $9 for all seats and may be purchased at the Cinema Box Office 30 minutes before the first movie of the day. Tickets may also be purchased online from TicketMaster through the Carolina Theatre website. On the Arsenic and Old Lace and Murder, He Says screen, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Buy Now" button. TicketMaster charges a small fee for online purchases.

The Carolina Theatre is located at 309 W. Morgan Street in Durham, N. Carolina.

Parking is available at the Durham Center Parking Garage, located directly across the street from the Carolina Theatre. More information about parking is available on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please contact the Carolina Theatre at (919) 560-3030.

November 1, 2015

Peter Lorre on TV in Winter, 2015

Lorre fans move into the holiday season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah with many Peter Lorre movies on television and Turner Classic Movies.

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, 2015

November begins with one of Peter’s favorite movies and continues with Lorre films on the MGM HD channel and the Fox Movie Channel.

Nov. 1 (Sun), 2:30 pm, MGM HD channel – Tales of Terror (1962). The MGM HD channel salutes the Day of the Dead with a film festival of horror movies adapted from or inspired by Edgar Allan Poe stories and directed by Roger Corman.

Nov. 1 (Sun), 8 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Crime and Punishment (1935). A “Dostoyevsky Double Feature” includes Peter’s second American film, a movie he later called one of his favorites.

Nov. 1 (Sun), 2:40 am, MGM HD channel – The Raven (1963). The “Day of the Dead” festival continues with this horror-comedy starring Peter with Vincent Price and Boris Karloff, as well as a young Jack Nicholson.

Nov. 10 (Tues), 7:20 am, Fox Movie Channel – I Was an Adventuress (1940). Peter Lorre plays Polo, the kleptomaniac partner of a trio of jewel thieves operating on the French Riviera.

Nov. 10 (Tues), 5:40 am, Movies! Network – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Nov. 15 (Sun), 8 am, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944). As Marius, the clever pickpocket and safecracker imprisoned in the French penal colony at Cayenne, Peter made his final movie with Humphrey Bogart while under contract to Warner Bros.



December, 2015

The year 2015 ends with a couple of Peter Lorre movies on the Turner Classic Movies schedule.

Dec. 15 (Tues), 6 am, TCM – The Big Circus (1959). "Under the Big Top" is the daytime theme today, and a day of movies with a circus setting includes this Irwin Allen film, featuring Peter Lorre as a clown called “Skeeter”.

Dec. 16 (Wed), 8:45 am, Turner Classic Movies channel – Crime and Punishment (1935). The daytime theme today is "Crime and Punishment", including Peter's second American movie, adapted from Dostoyevsky's novel of the same name.



Many of these and other Lorre movies 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 is available in the book’s Appendix. The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in hard-back and soft-bound editions, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

Happy viewing!

September 6, 2015

Lorre and Greenstreet Double Feature in Los Angeles

Peter Lorre fans in the Los Angeles are in for a treat over the Labor Day weekend – the New Beverly Cinema will present a double feature pairing Peter with his onscreen partner-in-crime Sydney Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon (1941) and The Mask of Dimitrios (1944), on Sunday, Sept. 6, and Monday, Sept. 7, 2015.

On Sunday, The Mask of Dimitrios will be shown twice, at 5:20 pm and 9:35 pm, and The Maltese Falcon will be shown once, at 7:30 pm.

On Monday, each movie will be shown one time only – The Maltese Falcon at 7:30 pm and The Mask of Dimitrios at 9:35 pm.

Both movies will be shown as 35mm prints.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for seniors over 62 and children under 12, and admission is both movies on the double bill, although you may stay for one movie only, if you wish. Tickets may be purchased at the New Beverly box office. The box office opens at least 30 minutes before the first movie on the double bill. Tickets may also be purchased online through the New Beverly Cinema website. A small service fee will be included with tickets purchased online.

The New Beverly Cinema is located at 7165 Beverly Boulevard, one block west of La Brea Avenue, in Los Angeles, California.

Parking is available on Beverly Boulevard and Formosa Avenue. The New Beverly is also served by public transportation. More information on parking and MTA lines may be found on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please contact the New Beverly at (323) 938-4038.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin details the onscreen team of Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. The Maltese Falcon was their first movie together, as well as at Warner Bros. Supporting roles in three more movies followed until mid-1944 when they were paired as the lead players in The Mask of Dimitrios. For the next two years, Lorre and Greenstreet appeared in four more films, two as the leads, two in support. All nine of their movies are available on DVD.

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

Lorre Sings, Dances in Palo Alto

Lorre fans in the Palo Alto, California area, can catch a singing and dancing Peter Lorre over the Labor Day weekend when the Stanford Theatre presents the Fred Astaire MGM musical Silk Stockings (1957) on a double bill with Anastasia (1956), September 5 through 8, Saturday through Tuesday.

Silk Stockings will be shown each day at 5:20 pm and 9:25 pm. Anastasia will be shown at 7:30 pm, with a matinee at 3:25 on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for Seniors (65 and older) and Youth (18 and younger). Tickets may be purchased with cash only at the Stanford box office on the day of the show.

The Stanford Theatre is located at 221 University Avenue, in Palo Alto, California.

Parking is available on the street in front of the Stanford. Parking is also available in two large public parking decks within two blocks of the Stanford. The Bryant Street Garage is located at 445 Bryant Street, north of University Avenue. The High Street Parking Garage is located at 528 High Street, south of University Avenue. More information about parking is available on the Stanford Theatre website.

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

August 28, 2015

Chicago Noir Fest Includes The Chase

Noir City 7, the Film Noir Foundation’s annual film noir festival, will include a 35mm restored print of Peter Lorre’s The Chase (1946) at the Music Box Theater in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.

The movie will begin at 4:15 pm.

Noir City 7 will be held at the Music Box from Friday, Aug. 28, to Thursday, Sept. 3. The full schedule is available on the venue’s website.

Tickets for individual films are available for $12 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased online through the Music Box website. From the Chase page, click the button “Tickets”. A booking fee of $1.25 will be charged for each ticket purchased online.

A Full Festival Pass, which includes admission to every movie on the Noir City 7 schedule, is also available for $75. The Pass may also be purchased online through the cinema’s website. Click the link “Purchase a Noir City Festival Pass” on the Noir City 7 schedule page. No booking fee will be charged for this online purchase.

The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 N. Southport Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois.

Parking near the Music Box Theatre is limited. A parking lot is available at nearby Blaine Elementary School. Valet parking is available at the Mercury Theatre and Deleece Restaurant. Meters are available along N. Southport Avenue. More information on parking is available on the Music Box website.

For more information, please contact the cinema at (773) 871-6604.

The Film Noir Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of American noir movies. Their annual festivals are held in many U.S. cities coast to coast – and often include Lorre movies in the schedule.

In 1946, Peter Lorre appeared in two film adaptations of Cornell Woolrich novels. After leaving Warner Bros., Peter played Sunset Strip nightclub owner Mr. Marko in Black Angel, starring Dan Duryea and June Vincent. The Chase followed, with Peter as Gino, bodyguard to Miami gangster Steve Cochran.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses both film through interviews with Black Angel female lead June Vincent and Robert Cummings, who worked with Peter in The Chase.

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

August 26, 2015

The Maltese Falcon After Dark in Albany

The outdoor movie series “Capitol Park After Dark” presents The Maltese Falcon (1941) in West Capitol Park in Albany, New York, on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

The program will begin at dusk, at approximately 8 pm.

Admission is free and open to everyone.

The movie will be shown in the West Capitol Park section of the Albany Capitol complex. West Capitol Park is bounded by State Street and Washington Avenue in Albany, New York.

Free parking is available in the East Garage, located at the corners of Madison Avenue, Eagle Street, and Philip Street. Enter the East Garage from any of those streets.

More information on parking, as well as directions to the West Capitol Park, may be found on the “Summer ’15 at the Plaza” website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of The Maltese Falcon, Peter’s first movie at the Warner Bros. studio, his first movie with Humphrey Bogart, who became his life-long friend, and his first movie with Sydney Greenstreet, with whom Peter would make an additional 8 movies.

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

August 22, 2015

Casablanca On-Screen in Tampa Classic Film Series

As the Tampa Theatre’s annual Summer Classics Movie Series draws to a close this month, Casablanca (1942) will be shown this weekend on Saturday, Aug. 22, and Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.

Casablanca will be shown at 7:30 pm on Saturday, Aug. 22. On Sunday, Aug. 23, the movie begins at 3 pm.

Admission for Casablanca and other Summer Classic films is $10 for General Admission and $8 for Tampa Theatre members. Children under 2 years old are admitted free. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. Tickets may also be purchased online through the cinema’s website. A $2 charge will be added to all tickets purchased online.

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

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 venue’s website.

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

August 16, 2015

Dallas Sunset Movie Series Includes The Maltese Falcon

The Dallas Film Society, partnering with the ATandT Performing Arts Center, will present The Maltese Falcon (1941) as the penultimate feature in their annual “Sunset Screenings” film series, which this year takes a look at classic 1940s directors. The movie will be shown at the Dallas City Performance Hall on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015.

The Maltese Falcon will begin at 3 pm.

Admission is free, but reservations are requested. Tickets may be reserved online through the ATandT Performing Arts Center website. To reserve tickets, click the button “RSVP” on the Sunset Screenings page. Parking in the Lexus Silver Parking Facility may be purchased at the same time. The self-parking fee for one car is $15.

The Dallas City Performance Hall is located at 2520 Flora Street, in Dallas, Texas.

Parking at the Hall is available in the Lexus Silver Parking facility, located below the Dallas City Performance Hall. Parking may be purchased online through the ATandT Performing Arts Center website when movie tickets are reserved. To enter the Lexus Silver, take Ross Avenue to Jack Evans Street. More information on parking is available through the Center’s website.

For more information, please contact the venue at (214) 880-0202.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of The Maltese Falcon through interviews with the film’s director John Huston. Working on the movie in the summer of 1941 introduced Peter Lorre to the Warner Bros. studio, Sydney Greenstreet (with whom Peter would work in eight more movies), and Humphrey Bogart, who became one of Peter’s two closest friends.

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

August 8, 2015

Peter Lorre on TV in Fall 2015

Summer becomes fall – and many Peter Lorre movies on television and Turner Classic Movies.

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.



August, 2015

August brings the TCM’s annual “Summer Under the Stars” festival – a full day devoted to the movies of one particular actor or actress. Although Peter Lorre does not have a “Day” of his own this year, many of his co-stars do. In addition, more Mr. Moto films on the Movies! Network and another classic Lorre from the Fox Movie Channel.

Aug. 5 (Wed), 2 am, Turner Classic Movies channel – Silk Stockings (1957). It’s “Fred Astaire Day”, and TCM includes the only time Peter joined Fred in singing and dancing in this musical remake of Ninotchka.

Aug. 8 (Sat), 6:20 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto’s Last Warning (1939). The Japanese detective stops conspirators from starting a war between France and England.

Aug. 8 (Sat), 5:45 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). “Raymond Massey Day” includes the first of two movies Peter made with Raymond Massey.

Aug. 10 (Mon), 6 pm, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940). In this entry on “Joan Crawford Day”, Peter plays the stool pigeon M’sieu Pig, who loves Julie (Crawford) and tries to help her leave the French prison colony.

Aug. 13 (Thurs), 6:25 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto’s Gamble (1938). Mr. Moto gets involved in the murder of a boxer in this series entry that originally began as Charlie Chan at the Ringside.

Aug. 14 (Fri), 4 am, TCM – The Story of Mankind (1957). It’s “Groucho Marx Day”, and Groucho and Peter are among the many cameos in this star-studded journey through man’s history.

Aug. 16 (Sun), 6 am, Fox Movie Channel – I Was an Adventuress (1940). Peter Lorre plays Polo, the kleptomaniac partner of a trio of jewel thieves operating on the French Riviera.

Aug. 22 (Sat), 6 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1957). It’s “Marlene Dietrich Day”, and Marlene and Peter are among the many cameos in this star-studded journey around the world of the 1800s.

Aug. 28 (Fri), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). On “Ingrid Bergman Day”, Peter plays Ugarte, a black marketer plans to sell two valuable exit visas to Ilsa (Bergman) and her freedom-fighter husband Victor (Paul Henreid). Aug. 29 is the 100th anniversary of Bergman’s birth.



September, 2015

In September, summer becomes fall, with currently only one Lorre movie on the schedule.

Sept. 28 (Mon), 6 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). In this dark comedy about two sweet little old ladies who consider one of their charities as helping lonely old men to find happiness by serving them a glass of poison-laced elderberry wine, Peter Lorre plays Dr. Einstein, personal plastic surgeon to an international serial killer.



October, 2015

October means Halloween and horror movies, including a double-feature of Peter Lorre’s only two horror films on TCM.

Oct. 9 (Fri), TCM – A Lorre double-feature of Mad Love (1936), Peter’s first American movie, at 8 pm, and The Beast with Five Fingers (1946), Peter’s final movie at Warner Bros. under his mid-1940s contract.

Oct. 18 (Sun), 8 am, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957).

Oct. 19 (Mon), 8 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).



Many of these and other Lorre movies are now available on DVD and VHS – some 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 is available in the book’s Appendix. The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in hard-back and soft-bound editions, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

Happy viewing!

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at the Prytania, New Orleans

New Orelans’ historic cinema the Prytania Theatre will present Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) on August 7, 8, 9, and 12, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday, as part of the “Prytania Kids Series”.

The movie will begin at 10 am each morning, introduced by Rene Brunet, owner of the historic Prytania. Brunet is acknowledged as an expert on film, as well as a New Orleans theater historian – and instantly recognizable in his "movie necktie".

Ticket prices are $5.75 for all ages for the matinee screening. Tickets may be purchased at the cinema box office. Tickets may also be purchased online through the Prytania website. A nominal fee will be charged for online purchases.

The Prytania Theatre is located at 5339 Prytania Street, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Parking is available on the streets near the cinema.

For more information, please call (504) 891-2787.

In late 1944, Peter Lorre went on a “house act” tour of the east coast. For two months, he appeared on the stages of the largest downtown movie theaters and performed a dramatic spot titled “The Man with the Head of Glass”, written specially for him by Frank Wilson. During the week of Oct. 12, the St. Charles in New Orleans was his penultimate stop.

In the lobby of the Prytania, which opened in 1914 and recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, are photos of many New Orleans movie theaters. The St. Charles may be among them. And if not, perhaps Mr. Brunet has a story or two to tell about that cinema. . . .

August 7, 2015

Casablanca in Durham, NC, Aug. 7

Lorre fans in the Durham, N. Carolina, area will have a chance to catch Peter on the big screen when the Carolina Theatre presents Casablanca (1942) on Friday, August 7, 2015, as part of their RetroClassics Film Series.

The evening salute to Ingrid Bergman begins at 7 pm with Casablanca, followed by The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945). Both movies will be shown in Cinema One.

Tickets are $9 for all seats and may be purchased at the Cinema Box Office 30 minutes before the first movie of the day. Tickets may also be purchased online from TicketMaster through the Carolina Theatre website. On the Casablanca and Bells of St. Mary's screen, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Buy Now" button. TicketMaster charges a small fee for online purchases.

The Carolina Theatre is located at 309 W. Morgan Street in Durham, N. Carolina.

Parking is available at the Durham Center Parking Garage, located directly across the street from the Carolina Theatre. More information about parking is available on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please contact the Carolina Theatre at (919) 560-3030.

And Lorre fans, mark your calendars! Peter returns on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, when the Carolina Theatre presents a double bill of Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and Murder, He Says (1945). It’s “Murder and a Cup of Tea” at the RetroClassics Film Series. The show begins at 7 pm, and all seats are $9. Tickets may be purchased on-line through the Carolina Theatre website.

July 13, 2015

Christmas in July with Lorre

The Radio Classics channel, airing over Channel 82 on the Sirius XM dial, celebrates Christmas in July the week of July 13, 2015, with a number of Christmas-themed episodes from various old-time radio series – including Peter Lorre’s Suspense episode, “Back for Christmas”.

The full schedule is available on the Radio Classics channel website.

“Back for Christmas” will air these dates and times:

Monday, July 13:
1 pm Eastern, 11 am Pacific

Wednesday, July 15:
1 pm Eastern, 11 am Pacific

Friday, July 17:
1 pm Eastern, 11 am Pacific

Maggie Linton, whose The Maggie Linton Show airs on Sirius XM’s Urban View channel, fills in for Greg Bell, taking his Radio Classics hosting duties to the high seas of Alaska the week of July 10 aboard the Jewel of the Seas for the annual Radio Spirits cruise.

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.

XM and Sirius 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 XM 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.

“Back for Christmas” is available for purchase in the Radio section of the Lost One website.

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

July 4, 2015

Ingrid Bergman Centennial Includes Lorre

Peter Lorre fans in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, will have an opportunity to catch Casablanca (1942) on the big screen when the American Film Institute and the Brattle Theatre celebrate the 100th anniversary of star Ingrid Bergman’s birth.



Beginning Thursday, July 2, and ending Sunday, Sept. 13, the AFI Silver will present an extensive retrospective of Ingrid Bergman’s work. The complete schedule is available on the venue’s website.

Casablanca will be shown on the following dates and times:

Thursday, July 2 – 11:30 am and 1:45 pm
Friday, July 3 – 1:45 pm
Saturday, July 4 – 1:45 pm
Sunday, July 5 – 1:45 pm
Monday, July 6 – 3:20 pm
Tuesday, July 7 – 3:20 pm
Wednesday, July 8 – 3:20 pm and 7:15 pm
Thursday, July 9 – 3:20 pm

Admission for all matinee shows is $9 for general admission, $7 for children age 12 and under, and $8.50 for AFI members Two-star level and higher. Admission for evening shows is $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, military and students $7 for children age 12 and under, and $8.50 for AFI members Two-star level and higher.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the AFI Silver Theatre website. Click a show day and time. Tickets purchased on-line must be claimed at the box office with the same credit card used to make the purchase. The AFI Silver accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards.

Tickets may also be purchased at the AFI Silver box office, which opens 30 minutes before the first film of the day.

The AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Road, at the intersection of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Directions to the cinema may be found on the AFI Silver website.

Parking is available in several public parking decks close to the theater. Most convenient is the Wayne Avenue garage, located at 921 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Parking at the Wayne Avenue garage is free on weekends and after 8 pm on weekdays. More information on parking can be found on the AFI Silver website.

For more information, please call the cinema at (301) 495-6700.



On Monday, July 13, and Tuesday, July 14, the Brattle Theatre will present a special Ingrid Bergman double-feature – Casablanca and Gaslight (1944).

Both films will be shown in 35mm prints on the following dates and times.

Monday, July 13:
Casablanca – 4:45 pm
Gaslight – 7 pm

Tuesday, July 14:
Casablanca – 7 pm
Gaslight – 4:30 pm and 9:15 pm

Matinee prices are $9 for general admission, students, and Brattle members; and $8 for children and seniors. Evening prices are $11 for general admission; $9 for students and Brattle members; and $8 for children and seniors. Double-feature tickets are also available – click the earliest consecutive show time and select the Multi-Feature ticket option.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the Brattle Theatre website. From the “Calendar” drop-down menu, or the Casablanca webpage, click the “Buy Tickets” button. A nominal fee will be added to all on-line purchases. The Brattle Theatre is located in Brattle Hall at 40 Brattle Street, a block from Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Also located in Brattle Hall are Algiers Cafe, Casablanca Restaurant, and Harvard Square Optical. The cinema’s entrance is on the left side of the building – look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.

The cinema is well-served by public transportation – MBTA bus routes and the subway.

Parking is available at meters around Harvard Square, as well as both validated and non-validated parking garages. The Brattle Theatre box office will validate parking tickets at the Charles Square Garage and the University Place Garage. More information on getting to the Brattle, as well as parking, is available on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please call the cinema at (617) 876-6837.




Ingrid Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 29, 1915. As Ilsa Lund, wife of escaping freedom-fighter Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), she had no scenes in Casablanca with Peter Lorre, who played the black-market racketeer Ugarte, selling the exit visas they’ll need to travel to Lisbon and then America. Casablanca was a movie neither actor considered very important. In fact, Peter said he made more money playing the roulette wheel on the “Rick’s Gambling Room” set between takes than he did working before the cameras.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin recounts the making of Casablanca through interviews with writer Julius J. Epstein and actor Dan Seymour.

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

June 22, 2015

Happy Birthday, Peter Lorre!

Friday, June 26, 2015, is Peter Lorre’s 111th birthday, and the celebration begins on Sunday, June 21, as Radio Classics channel host Greg Bell salutes “Love for Lorre”, his annual birthday tribute to Peter.

For two hours, Lorre fans can enjoy four of Peter’s old-time radio performances – two episodes from Peter’s own 13-week summer series Mystery in the Air, “The Mask of Medusa” (Sept. 4, 1947) and “The Queen of Spades” (Sept. 11, 1947); an episode of the anthology series Suspense, “Of Maestro and Man” (July 20, 1944), and finally, a guest appearance on Jack Benny’s show The Lucky Strike Program, “I Stand Condemned” (Mar. 24, 1946).

The Lorre tribute will air these dates and times:

Sunday, June 21:
9 am Pacific, 12 noon Eastern

Wednesday, June 24:
3 am Pacific, 6 am Eastern

Friday, June 26:
7 pm Pacific, 10 pm Eastern

Satellite radio providers XM and Sirius air Radio Classics over channel 82. 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 XM radio website.

The party continues on television where two cable TV channels will show Lorre movies on Friday, June 26.

On the Turner Classic Movies channel, the “Summer of Darkness” film noir festival continues with The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) at 8 pm, hosted by Eddie Muller, who presents the “Noir City” film festivals in various U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

The GetTV channel presents a Lorre triple feature – Beat the Devil (1954) at 7 pm; The Face Behind the Mask (1941) at 9:05 pm; and finally Island of Doomed Men (1940) at 10:40 pm.

The life and career of Peter Lorre is chronicled in the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre by Stephen D. Youngkin, who interviewed two of Peter’s brothers, his first wife Celia Lovsky, his sister-in-law through his second wife Karen Verne, his daughter Catherine Lorre, friends, fellow actors, and the directors, producers and crew who worked with him throughout his career.

The Appendix of The Lost One includes the most complete list available of Peter’s credits – radio, film, stage, and television.

The Lorre radio programs airing this week in honor of Peter’s birthday are available through many merchants, including Radio Showcase. Many of Peter’s movies, as well as some of his television appearances, are available on DVD.

Published in 2005 through University Press of Kentucky, The Lost One is available in hard-cover, soft-cover, Amazon’s Kindle, and Barnes and Noble’s Nook.

June 10, 2015

Summer Classic Film Fests Include Casablanca

Summer months bring festivals of classic movies to many historic movie theaters, and this year, Peter Lorre fans can enjoy Casablanca (1942) on the big screen.

Take a look at these!

Kentucky Theater; Lexington, Kentucky – Wednesday, June 10
Orpheum Theater; Memphis, Tennessee – Friday, June 12
Indianapolis Museum of Art; Indianapolis, Indiana – Friday, June 19



Kentucky Theater – Lexington, Kentucky

Opening in 1922, the landmark Kentucky Theater will present Casablanca as the “Classic of the Week” on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

Show times are at 1:30 pm and 7:15 pm.

Before 6 pm, all tickets are $6. After 6 pm, tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for children 13 and under, and $6 for seniors age 60 and over. Tickets may be purchased on-line through the Kentucky Theater website, as well as at the cinema’s box office.

The Kentucky Theater is located at 214 East Main Street, in Lexington, Kentucky. Directions, as well as parking information may be found on the theater’s website.

For more information, please contact the cinema at (859) 231-7924.



Orpheum Theater – Memphis, Tennessee

As part of their annual Summer Movie Series, the Orpheum Theater will present Casablanca on Friday, June 12, 2015. Now in its 4th year, the series is hosted the Orion Federal Credit Union, and will run from Thursday, June 4, to Friday, August 28. The full schedule is available on the cinema’s website.

Casablanca will begin at 7 pm. Doors at the Orpheum open at 6 pm, with on-stage trivia, drink specials, and pre-movie activities in the lobby before the show.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Orpheum box office or on-line through the cinema’s website for a nominal fee.

The Orpheum Theater is located at 203 South Main Street, in Memphis, Tennessee. Directions to the cinema, as well as information about parking, is available on the Orpheum’s website.

For more information, please contact the Orpheum at (901) 525-3000.



National Bank of Indianapolis – Indianapolis, Indiana

The National Bank of Indianapolis marks its 40th season of “Summer Nights Film Series” with a showing of Casablanca at the outdoor amphitheater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Friday, June 19. The series will run every Friday evening from June 5 to August 28.

The movie will begin at dusk, but come at 7 pm for the special pre-show fun, including Humphrey Bogart impressions and classic movie trivia.

Tickets are $12 for the public and $6 for members of the IMA. And IMA members who show their National Bank of Indianapolis ATM, Debit, or Credit Card may receive an additional $1 off admission.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the IMA website. Tickets may also be reserved by calling the ticket line at (317) 955-2339.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is located at 4000 Michigan Road, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Directions to the IMA, as well as parking information, is available on the IMA website.



In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin recounts the making of Casablanca, from its beginnings as a stage play to classic movie. Working only two days, with a total of eight minutes on-screen, Peter Lorre did not consider Casablanca an important movie and said later he made more money playing the roulette wheel on the “Gambling Room” set than he did before the cameras.

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

June 3, 2015

Students! Free Film Noir Class Online

Every Friday in June, 2015, the Turner Classic Movies channel turns their Friday Night Spotlight on the world of film noir with “Summer of Darkness” – a series of noir movies hosted by Eddie Muller, who presents the “Noir City” film festivals in various U.S. cities, such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

This year, in conjunction with TCM’s “Summer of Darkness”, Ball State University presents a free, flexible on-line course on the film noir genre through the Canvas Network.

The online class will begin on Monday, June 1, and run for nine weeks until Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Enrollment is open until Sunday, July 19, 2015.

The class will be taught by film noir expert Richard Edwards and includes a special video series “The Case of Film Noir”, podcasts, and other materials, as well as opportunities for social sharing. On Tuesday, August 4, the course will conclude with a live video conference with Richard Edwards and Eddie Muller. Class participants who complete all assignments will receive a customized certificate of completion.

The intent of the course is to deepen viewers’ “understanding of the film nor phenomenon – from the earliest noir precursors to recent experiments in neo-noir”, as well as to post their opinions online and test their knowledge of film with an international community of film noir fans.

A description of the class, including “Course Outcomes” and “Frequently Asked Questions”, is available on the Canvas Network website.

To enroll in the free class, click on the blue “Enroll” button, located on the webpage “TCM Presents Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir”.

Peter Lorre fans attending the annual “Noir City” film festivals are frequently treated to screenings of Three Strangers (1945), The Chase (1946), Black Angel (1947), among other Lorre films.

Peter’s Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) is considered the first true film noir.

TCM’s “Summer of Darkness” festival will kick off on Friday, June 5, with a showing of M (1931) at 6 am, Eastern Standard Time, and will continue with Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) at 11:30 am and The Maltese Falcon (1941) at 2:30 pm.

On Friday, June 26, Peter’s 111th birthday, “Summer of Darkness” continues with The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) at 8 pm.

Although no textbook has been selected for the class, an excellent choice would be The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, for which author Stephen D. Youngkin interviewed many of the actors and directors who worked with Peter – Fritz Lang, John Huston, Jean Negulesco, Margaret Tallichet, Geraldine Fitzgerald, and Robert Cummings, among others.

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

See you in class!

May 9, 2015

Austin Noir Fest Includes Lorre

For a second year, the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz will host the Noir City film noir festival in Austin, Texas, the weekend of May 8-10, 2015 – and this year, the festival will highlight movies adapted from the work of suspense writer Cornell Woolrich, including Peter Lorre’s Black Angel (1946) on Saturday, May 9.

The festival is in cooperation with the Film Noir Foundation, which hosts annual Noir City festivals all across the United States.

Black Angel will begin at 3:30 pm in Theater 1.

Tickets are $8.25 for Reserved and $36.50 for the Balcony Package. The Balcony Package includes two tickets in the balcony section, plus a free parking voucher for the St. David’s parking garage, located at 710 Trinity Street, near 8th Street.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz website. Select the date of May 9, 2015, from the drop-down box in the “Showtimes” section. Tickets may also be purchased from the Black Angel page.

The complete schedule for the film noir fest is available on the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz website.

The Ritz box office opens 45 minutes before all scheduled show times. Patrons are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before their movie begins and to enjoy drinks and appetizers, as well as the pre-show program of vintage cartoons and shorts. Latecomers will not be seated.

The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz is located at 320 E. 6th Street, in Austin, Texas.

Parking is available in the St. David’s parking garage, located at 710 Trinity Street, near 8th Street. A free parking voucher for this garage is included in the Balcony Package. Metered parking is also available near the Ritz. Parking meters are free on Sundays, as well as after 6 pm Monday through Wednesday, and after midnight Thursday through Saturday. More information about parking, as well as directions to the Ritz, can be found on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please call the Ritz at (512) 861-7020.

The making of Black Angel is recounted in the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, written by Stephen D. Youngkin, through interviews with actress June Vincent. The Lost One is available in soft-bound and hard-back editions, as well as electronic versions for the Kindle and Nook.

April 23, 2015

Mr. Moto Author Marquand Honored in Newburyport, Mass.

Known more for its maritime history than a literary past, the Massachusetts town of Newburyport will salute its own home-town author John Phillips Marquand at high tea at the Custom House Maritime Museum on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

The “High Tea in the Marquand Library” will end the weekend’s annual Literary Festival, held in Newburyport over April 24, 25, and 26, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, in a variety of venues.

Featured at the tea will be David Adams, associate acquisitions editor at Open Road Integrated Media, who will discuss the upcoming digital revival of 14 books written by Marquand.

The event begins at 4 pm and runs until 5:30 pm.

The tea is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited.

The Custom House Maritime Museum is located at 25 Water Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Parking is available in lots beside and behind the Custom House. Directions to the museum, as well as information on hours and parking, are available on the Custom House website.

The full schedule of the Literary Festival, which began in 2005, is available on the Festival’s website.

Born in 1893, John Philips Marquand graduated from Newburyport High School, as well as Harvard. His family was prominent in trade and later with the abolitionist movement. The room dedicated to him at the Custom House Maritime Museum includes his black Royale portable typewriter, as well as pages of his manuscripts.

But Marquand is best known among Peter Lorre fans as the creator of Mr. I.A. Moto, whose adventures Marquand first published in the Saturday Evening Post and later sold to 20th Century-Fox, where the Japanese detective became Kentaro Moto in a series of eight movies starring Peter from 1937 to 1939.

Marquand also visited the set of the Moto films, where he discussed the character with Peter.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin details the making of the Mr. Moto movies, including interviews with Norman Foster, who directed six of the eight films, co-stars Leon Ames and Chick Chandler, and stuntman Harvey Parry, who doubled Peter in all the judo and fight sequences.

Considering Moto a welcome change from the villain roles he was usually assigned, Peter initially loved playing the diminutive hero – but his interest disappeared as the series wore on, and he found himself appearing as Moto and no one else, including Moto sketches on several radio shows of the period.

All eight of the Mr. Moto movies have been remastered and released in two box-sets, which include several documentaries on the series, the Moto character, and Peter Lorre. More information about ordering the Moto films may be found in the DVD-VHS section of The Lost One website.

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

Eureka Theater Presents Casablanca April 24

Peter Lorre fans in the Eureka area of Northern California will be able to enjoy a special screening of Casablanca (1942), complete with themed cocktails before the screening, at the historic Eureka Theater on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Presented by Wallace and Hintz, makers of fine custom bars, the “Fourth Friday Flix” event begins at 6:30 pm with a Casablanca cocktail hour in the cinema’s Art Deco lobby, as well as the recently restored upper lobby.

At 7:30 pm, the party moves to the auditorium, where the Eureka Theater owners plan to give the audience a true vintage cinema experience with old movie trailers, a newsreel, a short subject, and cartoons, followed by Casablanca.

Patrons are encouraged to dress in 1930s and 1940s period attire.

Advance tickets are available at $7.50 for all ages and may be purchased on-line. A small service charge will be added to all on-line ticket purchases.

Advance tickets may also be purchased at Annex 39, located at 610 F. Street, next door to the Eureka Theater.

Tickets purchased at the door the night of the event will be $10 for all seats.

The Eureka Theater is located at 612 F Street in Eureka, California.

Parking is available in the lot across the street from the Eureka.

For more information, please contact the cinema at (707) 442-2970.

April 12, 2015

It’s Rondo Time Again!

Named after 1940s actor Rondo Hatton, whose facial disfigurement by the disease Acromegaly led to a career in Hollywood horror films, the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards are the annual award where ordinary fans of science-fiction, horror, and fantasy vote for their favorites among the categories Movies, TV, DVDs, Restorations, Books, Magazines, Magazine Cover Artwork, Websites, Blogs, Fan Events, and more.

Now in its 13th year, the Rondo will wrap up at midnight on Saturday, April 18, 2015, Eastern Standard Time – but there’s still plenty of time to vote.

In 2006, Stephen D. Youngkin won the Best Book of 2005 Rondo for The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (University Press of Kentucky).

This year, there are a few Lorre items on the ballot for the Best of 2014:

#4 – Best DVD / Blu-Ray Collection – Among the nominees is The Vincent Price Collection Vol. 2, including The Raven (1963) and Comedy of Terrors (1964)

#5 – Best Restoration or Upgrade – Among the nominees is The Red Skelton Show: The Early Years, which includes the 1955 episode in which Peter Lorre plays hearse-driver Ralph Kramden to Red’s Ed Norton

#18 – Best Website – Among the nominees is the Film Noir Foundation, which includes many Lorre noir movies in its annual Noir City film festival and was instrumental in the restoration of Three Strangers (1946)

The official ballot is available on the Rondo Awards website.

Voting is done by eMail. To vote, simply cut and paste the ballot into an eMail, mark your choices, include your name, and send the eMail to David at:

taraco@aol.com

Ballots will be accepted until midnight on Saturday, April 18, Eastern Standard Time.

More information on the Rondos, including the ballot and instructions, the history of the award, and past winners, may be found on the Rondo website.

Winners will be announced on the Rondo website as well as the Classic Horror Film Board, in the folder “Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards”.

Happy voting!

April 10, 2015

Hollywood Film Noir Fest Includes Lorre Film

Peter Lorre fans attending the 17th annual Noir City film noir festival in Hollywood will have the opportunity to catch a restored 35mm print of the 1946 thriller The Chase at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, April 10, 2015. Based on the Cornell Woolrich novel The Black Path of Fear, The Chase is the first on a Woolrich double-feature, followed by The Leopard Man (1943).

The program will begin at 7:30 pm with an introduction by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.

Admission is $7 for American Cinematheque members, and $11 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.

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.

The Noir City film festival, which opened on Friday, April 3, will continue through Sunday, April 19. The full schedule is available on the Egyptian Theatre website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the filming of The Chase through interviews with lead actor Robert Cummings.

The Lost One is available on the Kindle and Nook, as well as hard-back and soft-bound editions.

April 8, 2015

Fresno County Libraries Screen The Maltese Falcon

As part of several “Big Read” events in Fresno County, CA, The Maltese Falcon (1941) will be shown at the Fowler Branch Library on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

The program will begin at 4 pm with a discussion of the Dashiell Hammett novel. The movie will follow at 5 pm. Both events will be held in the Fowler Meeting Room

The Fowler Branch of the Fresno County Public Library is located at 306 South 7th Street, in Fowler, California. For more information, please call the library at (559) 600-9281.

Parking is available in the lot beside the library, as well as in front of the library.

The screening of Peter Lorre’s The Maltese Falcon is among the many Big Read events scheduled through Fresno Country branch libraries.

On Thursday, April 9, at the Sunnyside Regional Library, Paul Kaser will lead a discussion of film noir, including clips from many classic noir movies. The program will begin at 6:30 pm.

On Sunday, April 12, a walking tour of Dashiell Hammett’s life and characters is the highlight of a full day in San Francisco. Led by Don Herron, the tour includes the famous alley where the murder of Miles Archer takes place. The bus will depart from the Central Library at 8 am and return at 8:30 pm. The cost is $45 per person and reservations must be made in advance by calling the library at (559) 600-6227.

On Wednesday, April 22, Professor David Borofka is lead the discussion “Beyond Hard-Boiled: Politics, Sociology and Myth in The Maltese Falcon”, on how the novel reflected the social and political realities of its time while using classic literary and mythic conventions. The event will be held at 7 pm at the Fresno City College Old Administration Building, in Room 251, located at 1101 E. University Ave in Fresno, California.

The full schedule of these and other events is available through The Big Read website.

On his website, tour guide Don Herron mentions Peter Lorre in several blog entries, including:
In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, author Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of The Maltese Falcon through interviews with director John Huston. The Lost One is available for the Nook and Kindle, as well as hard-back and soft-bound editions.

April 3, 2015

Peter Lorre on TV in Spring 2015

Spring is here, and with it, many Peter Lorre movies on television and Turner Classic Movies.

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.



April, 2015

April brings several Lorre movies, some shown frequently on the Turner Classic Movies channel and some Mr. Moto films on the new cable channel "Movies! Network".

Apr. 2 (Thurs), 8 am, Fox Movie Channel – I Was an Adventuress (1940). Peter returned to 20th Century-Fox at the end of his contract to play Polo, a charming pickpocket con-man working the French Riviera with two other con artists, who make money selling and stealing the same diamond pendant.

Apr. 7 (Tues), Turner Classic Movies channel – The daytime theme “Directed by Michael Curtiz” includes two Lorre films: Casablanca (1942) at 11:45 am and Passage to Marseille (1944) at 4 pm.

Apr. 10 (Fri), 7:30 am, Fox Movie Channel – I Was an Adventuress (1940).

Apr. 11 (Sat), 8 am, TCM – The Story of Mankind (1957). While the Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman) and the Devil (Vincent Price) debate the value of humans, Peter appears on the debit side of history as Emperor Nero, who laughs maniacally while Rome burns.

Apr. 12 (Sun), 5:15 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938).

Apr. 12 (Sun), 12:50 pm, Movies! Network – Danger Island (1939). The final Moto movie filmed, but the next-to-final Moto film released finds Mr. Moto in Puerto Rico in search of diamond smugglers.

Apr. 17 (Fri), 8 pm and 11:55 pm, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954). Peter's final movie with old friend Humphrey Bogart, as well as director John Huston.

Apr. 19 (Sun), Movies! Network – A "Mr. Moto" double feature, with Danger Island (1939) at 5 am, followed by Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938) at 6:35 am.

Apr. 27 (Mon), 9:55 am, Movies! Network – Danger Island (1939).



May, 2015

A handful of Lorre films are scheduled for May.

May 16 (Sat), 6 am, Fox Movie Channel – I Was an Adventuress (1940).

May 17 (Sun), 2 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

May 18 (Mon), 5:45 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). TCM salutes director Frank Capra's birthday with seven movies, including this dark comedy about two sweet little old ladies who consider one of their charities as helping lonely old men to find happiness by serving them a glass of poison-laced elderberry wine, Peter Lorre plays Dr. Einstein, personal plastic surgeon to Jonathan Brewster (Raymond Massey), one of the aunts' nephews – and an international serial killer.



June, 2015

Every Friday in June, Eddie Muller will host TCM's "Summer of Darkness" festival of film noir films, including several Peter Lorre movies. Called the "Czar of Noir", Eddie Muller also co-hosts, with Alan K. Rode, the annual "Noir City" film noir festival, held in several American cities. And on June 26, Peter's 111th birthday, TCM marks the occasion with one of Peter's best.

June 5 (Fri), TCM – The "Summer of Darkness" festival with three Peter Lorre suspense films – M (1931) at 6 am, Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) at 11;30 am, and The Maltese Falcon (1941) at 2:30 pm.

June 8 (Mon), 12:45 pm, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). A day marking Alexis Smith's birthday includes a purely romantic role for Peter, who romances and marries Brenda Marshall.

June 20 (Sat), 1 am, TCM – The Face Behind the Mask (1941). An evening of movies starring Evelyn Keyes includes another romantic role for Peter, but no happily-ever-after ending here.

June 26 (Fri), 8 pm, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). TCM continues their "Summer of Darkness" festival. Though he’s billed fourth, behind Sydney Greenstreet, Faye Emerson, and Zachary Scott, Peter Lorre plays the lead in this movie from a novel by Eric Ambler, one of Peter’s favorite authors – a Dutch professor of mathematics turned mystery novelist who gets more than he bargained for when he begins investigating the sordid life and career of an international criminal (Scott).



Many of these and other Lorre movies are now available on DVD and VHS – some 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 is available in the book’s Appendix. The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in hard-back and soft-bound editions, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

Happy viewing!

March 23, 2015

Tour Peter Lorre’s Final Resting Place

For more than 10 years, film historian Karie Bible has conducted tours of the Hollywood Forever cemetery, usually on Saturday mornings at 10 am. Her "Cemetery of the Stars" tour includes the graves of Peter Lorre, Cecil B DeMille, Marion Davies, Tyrone Power, Rudolph Valentino, director John Huston, Carl Switzer, and William Desmond Taylor, among others.

But Lorre fans in the Los Angeles area might be especially interested in joining her on Wednesday, March 25 – the 51st anniversary of Peter’s interment at Hollywood Forever.

Tickets are $15. Reservations are not required. Tour dates and times can be confirmed by calling (818) 517-5988.

The tour begins at 10 am at the flower shop, located near the cemetery entrance.

Karie Bible offers three different tours of Hollywood Forever – "The Cemetery of the Stars Tour", "The Jewish Heritage Tour", and "The Hidden Hollywood Tour". Tour times and dates are listed on her website.

Hollywood Forever is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California, 90038.

Parking is available in the lot inside the cemetery gates.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin recounts Peter’s final days, his death on Mar. 23, 1964, and his funeral on Mar. 25.

In the midst of divorce procedures from his third wife Annemarie, Peter was found in his nightclothes, lying on the floor near the window of his small apartment off Hollywood Boulevard. He had suffered a massive stroke. Two days later, his body was prepared for burial at Pierce Brothers, then located directly across the street from the Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, the cemetery now known as Hollywood Forever.

Vincent Price, Peter's co-star on five movies, including three at American International Pictures, delivered the eulogy, the text of which is printed in full in The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre. The eulogy is a moving tribute to Peter – and to all actors.

Peter was cremated and his ashes inurned privately. His niche is in Corridor C of the Alcove of Reverence, in the Abbey of the Psalms, located in the corner of the cemetery closest to Paramount Studios, where he once worked on the 1947 movie My Favorite Brunette, with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. His third wife Annemarie shares the niche – but their ashes are not co-mingled.

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

Rest in peace, Peter Lorre. "In the hearts of those who love you, you will live on."

March 19, 2015

All Hamptons’ Big Read Includes The Maltese Falcon

Peter Lorre fans in the Hamptons communities of Massachusetts – Northampton, Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton – can enjoy a double dose of The Maltese Falcon in March and April when the Forbes Library offers discussions of the Dashiell Hammett novel and the Academy of Music Theatre presents the 1941 Warner Bros. film onscreen.

The All Hamptons Big Read has selected the 1929 novel for its Afternoon Book Discussion, held on the third Friday of every month in the Watson Room at the Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts.

The novel discussion is scheduled for the following dates and times:

March 20, Friday, 1 to 2 pm – Discussion will be held in the Watson Room of the Forbes Library, located at 20 West Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. Pre-registration is not required. Drop-ins are welcome. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, April 14, 6 to 7:30 pm – The book discussion moves off-site to “The Library Room” of Packard’s, located at 14 Masonic Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Attendees may order from the Packard’s menu.

On Sunday, April 19, the Academy of Music Theatre will present a special showing of the 1941 movie The Maltese Falcon in conjunction with the All Hamptons Big Read.

The program will begin at 4 pm with a brief introduction by Dean Flower, Smith College film studies professor. Admission is $5 for all seats – but free for anyone who attended the Forbes Library event.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office between 3 and 6 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the Academy at (413) 584-9032, extension 105, or on-line through the Academy website. Services fees will be applied to these purchases.

The Academy of Music Theatre is located at 274 Main Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. Parking is available in several lots around the Academy. Information about parking, as well as directions to the Academy, is available on the Academy’s website.

The Forbes Library is located 20 West Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. Metered parking is available behind the library. You may also purchase a day pass at the library’s circulation desk and Children’s desk. All money deposited in the meters go to the Forbes’ book fund. Information about parking, as well as directions to the library, is available on the Forbes’ website.

Packard’s is located at 14 Masonic Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. Directions are available on Packard’s website.

The Maltese Falcon was the first book in the National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read" program in October of 2003. The Big Read offers a Reader’s Guide, a Teacher’s Guide, and an Audio Guide.

March 13, 2015

5th Avenue Cinema Runs The Maltese Falcon in Portland

The 5th Avenue Cinema, Oregon’s only student-run movie theater, will show a 35mm print of The Maltese Falcon (1941) this weekend on March 13, 14, and 15, 2015.

On Friday and Saturday, Mar. 13 and 14, the movie will begin at 7 and 9:30 pm.

On Sunday, Mar. 15, the movie will begin at 3 pm.

Admission is free for Portland State University students, faculty, staff, and alumni with ID. For all other students and seniors, admission is $3. General admission is $4. The theater takes cash only.

And free popcorn is offered at every show!

The 5th Avenue Cinema is located at 510 SW Hall Street in Portland, Oregon.

Parking is available on the streets near the cinema, as well as several Portland State University parking decks.

For more information, please call the cinema at (503) 725-3551.

Portland State University purchased the theater in the 1980s. In 1989, a group of students formed the PSU Film Committee and opened the former Cini-Mini as the 5th Avenue Cinema, with the intention of providing a fun venue for PSU students interested in film, as well as for the general public.

The Maltese Falcon introduced Peter Lorre to Humphrey Bogart, with whom he became lifelong friends and appeared in an additional four movies, three at Warner Bros. The movie also introduced Peter Lorre to Sydney Greenstreet, his partner-in-crime; the two actors – popularly known as the Abbott and Costello of Crime – went on to entertain audiences in eight more movies at Warner Bros. and also appeared on radio together.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the friendship of Peter and Bogie, as well as the nine movies of Lorre and Greenstreet. The book is available in hard-back, soft-bound, Kindle, and Nook editions.