December 26, 2016

Happy Birthday, Sydney Greenstreet – with Peter Lorre

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, marks the 137th birthday of character actor Sydney Greenstreet – and the Turner Classic Movies channel will celebrate the occasion with a day of Greenstreet movies, beginning at 6 am EST.

And as Greenstreet's frequent co-star, Peter Lorre will appear in five of the eight movies, beginning at 9:15 am with The Conspirators (1944).

Here's the full schedule ~
  • 6 am – Across The Pacific (1942)
  • 7:45 am – That Way With Women (1947)
  • 9:15 am – The Conspirators (1944)
  • 11 am – The Woman in White (1948)
  • 1 pm – Passage to Marseille (1944)
  • 3 pm – Background to Danger (1943)
  • 4:30 pm – Casablanca (1942)
  • 6:15 pm – The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Although the Sydney G. marathon ends with The Maltese Falcon, Lorre fans will have one more opportunity to enjoy Peter's work, when TCM turns the Spotlight on "The Golden Years" with a showing of Arsenic and Old Lace at 8 pm.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin discusses the on-screen partnership of Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet through their nine movies at Warner Bros., beginning with The Maltese Falcon in 1941 to The Verdict in 1946. Though they did not socialize outside of the studio, each appreciated the other actor's talent. Peter called Sydney G. "The Old Man". And Sydney called Peter L. "Puck".

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

December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays with Peter Lorre!

Holiday treats are in store for Lorre fans in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, area – special screenings of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) on Christmas Day and Casablanca (1942) over the New Year’s weekend at the Brattle Theatre.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will be shown on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at 4:30 pm, 7 pm, and 9:30 pm, as the Brattle celebrates Kirk Douglas’ 100th birthday.

Casablanca will be shown on Friday, Dec. 30, at 4:30 pm, 7 pm, and 9:30 pm, and on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, at 1:30 pm, 4 pm, 6:30 pm, and 9 pm.

The Brattle will screen 35mm prints of both films.

General admission tickets are $9 for shows starting before 5 pm and $11 for evening shows. Admission for military personnel (with valid ID), students (with valid ID), and Brattle members is $9 for any showing. Admission for children age 12 and under and seniors is $8 for any showing. Admission for Brattle members is $9 for any showing.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office, which opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. Tickets may be purchased on-line through the cinema’s website. From the “Calendar” drop-down menu or the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or Casablanca webpage, click the “Buy Tickets” button. A nominal fee 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 the building are the Algiers Café and the Alden and Harlow Restaurant. The cinema’s entrance is on the left side of the building – look for the sidewalk poster case and the marquee.

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

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

More information about parking and public transportation, as well as directions, is available on the Brattle Theatre website.

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

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea through interviews with art director Harper Goff and actor Kirk Douglas, and the filming of Casablanca through interviews with actor Dan Seymour and scriptwriter Julius J. Epstein.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available for Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook, as well as hardcover and soft-bound editions.

December 12, 2016

Iowa Library Film Series Includes Lorre

The Storm Lake Public Library, in Storm Lake, Iowa, continues their “Great Directors” series with a showing of The Maltese Falcon (1941) on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.

The movie begins at 1 pm. Light snacks will be served during the film.

Admission is free for everyone.

The Storm Lake Public Library is located at 609 Cayuga Street, in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Parking is available on Cayuga Street, in front of the library.

For more information, please call the library at 712-732-8026.

November 29, 2016

Library Film Program Includes Lorre

The Saranac Lake Free Library continues their “Great Films” program with a showing of Casablanca (1942) on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

The movie begins at 2 pm in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room.

Admission is free for everyone.

The Saranac Lake Free Library is located at 109 Main Street, in Saranac Lake, New York. For more information, please call the library at 518-891-4190.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin recounts the making of Casablanca, a film to which Peter attached little importance and later claimed he made more money playing the roulette wheel on the “Gambling Room” ser than he did acting before the cameras.

However, Casablanca did give Peter the opportunity to work for a third time with his off-screen buddy Humphrey Bogart, as well as earn him a contract with the Warner Bros. studio he is now so closely associated with.

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

November 13, 2016

Casablanca at Penn Cinemas

The “Monday Night” series of classic films returns to Penn Cinema locations in Lititz, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware, and Casablanca (1942) is on the schedule for Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.

The movie begins at 7 pm.

Admission is $11.50 for adults, $8.50 for children and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the box office. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the Penn Cinema website. Click the "Buy Tickets" button, select "November 14" from the calendar, and click on Casablanca from the drop-down list. A fee of $1 will be charged for each ticket purchased on-line.

The Penn Cinema in Lititz is located at 541 Airport Road, in Lititz, Pennsylvania. For more information, please call the theater at 717-626-7720.

The Penn Cinema in Wilmington is located at 401 South Madison Street, in Wilmington, Delaware. For more information, please call the theater at 302-656-4314.

The “Monday Night” series runs from November 7 to December 12, 2016. The complete schedule of movies is available on the Penn Cinema website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin recounts the making of Casablanca, a film to which Peter attached little importance but which led to his receiving a contract with Warner Bros. and continuing work in the wartime dramas and mysteries he became best known for at the studio.

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

November 10, 2016

Milwaukee Art Museum Exhibit Includes Lorre

At the Milwaukee Art Museum, the new exhibit "Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s" takes a look at the Expressionist films produced in Germany during the Weimar Republic, between 1918 and 1933, through production design drawings, photographs, posters, documents, equipment, and film clips from more than 20 films. A special film program of four movies from the period will accompany the exhibit, including Peter Lorre's first sound movie M (1931).

The exhibit will run from Friday, October 21, 2016, to Sunday, January 22, 2017, in the museum's Baker/Rowland Galleries.

M will be shown on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 2 pm in the Lubar Auditorium. Admission is free for everyone visiting the museum.

A complete list of all programs, discussions, gallery talks, and movies included with the "Haunted Screens" exhibit is available on the Milwaukee Art Museum website.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is located at 700 North Art Museum Drive, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. On Friday, the museum closes at 8 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Admission to the museum is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (65 and older) and students with ID. Admission is free for Art Museum members, children 12 and under, and Wisconsin K through 12 teachers (with valid school ID or paystub).

Parking is available in the museum’s underground parking garage, accessible from either Michigan Street or Lincoln Memorial Drive. Information about parking rates, as well as directions to the Milwaukee Art Museum, is available on the museum’s website.

For more information, please contact the museum at (414) 224-3200.

November 4, 2016

El Segundo Venue Presents The Maltese Falcon

Peter Lorre fans in the area of El Segundo and Los Angeles, California, can celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Maltese Falcon (1941) this weekend, when the Old Town Music Hall presents the classic mystery film Friday through Sunday, November 4 to 6, 2016.

The movie will be shown these dates and times ~
  • Friday – 8:15 pm
  • Saturday – 2:30 pm and 8:15 pm
  • Sunday – 2:30 pm
The program includes a selection of tunes on the venue’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ, an audience sing-along, and a comedy short. The feature movie will follow a 15-minute intermission.

Admission is $10 for adults and children and $8 for seniors age 62 and older. Tickets may be purchased at the box office, which opens 30 minutes before show time. Advance tickets are not available.

The Old Town Music Hall is located at 140 Richmond Street, near the Los Angeles International Airport, in El Segundo, California. Directions to the theater are available on the venue’s website.

Parking is available in the lot beside the Old Town Music Hall.

For more information, please contact the Old Town Music Hall at 310-322-2592.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of The Maltese Falcon, the first film Peter made with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet, his co-stars in several other mystery and wartime dramas at the Warner Bros. studio.

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

November 2, 2016

Imperial War Museum Exhibit Includes Lorre

From July 2016 until January 2017, the Imperial War Museum in London, England, presents the new exhibit “Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies”, a look at the ways filmmakers use the backdrop and drama of war to tell stories of tragedy and loss, fear and courage, including film clips, costumes, props, scripts, sketches, and designs from such films as Casablanca (1942), and War Horse (2011), among others.

A special film program of three wartime movies will accompany the exhibit, including Peter Lorre’s Casablanca (1942).

The exhibit will run until Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Casablanca will be shown on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 7 pm in the museum’s atrium on the traveling pop-up movie screen called The Nomad, below a Spitfire suspended from the museum’s ceiling.

Admission is £25 for everyone, which includes the film screening, entrance to the “Real to Reel” exhibit, and a complimentary drink. Tickets may be purchased through The Nomad Cinema website. A booking fee of £2.50 will be charged on all on-line purchases.

A complete list of all programs, discussions, gallery talks, and movies included with the “Real to Reel” exhibit is available on the Imperial War Museum website.

The Imperial War Museum is located on Lambeth Road, SE1, in London, England.

The museum is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm.

Admission to the museum is £10 for adults, £5 for children and Art Fund members, and £7 for concessions (seniors, students, and the unemployed). Admission is free for Imperial War Museum members.

The Imperial War Museum is well-served by public transportation options, such as the London underground and bus routes. The nearest tube stations are Waterloo and Elephant and Castle. Lambeth North, also close by and most convenient to the museum, is closed until mid-February, 2017.

More information on getting to the Imperial War Museum is available on the museum’s website.

For more information, please contact the museum at 020 7416 5000.

November 1, 2016

Holiday Season and New Year with Lorre on TV

As the days grow shorter and the holidays approach, Peter Lorre fans can find many 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, 2016

November offers two showings of Peter’s first English-speaking film, as well as some of his later movies.

Nov. 3 (Thurs), 2:45 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). The daytime theme is “Conspiracy Films”, and among them is Peter’s first English-speaking role and his first Alfred Hitchcock movie.

Nov. 5 (Sat), 11:30 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Nov. 6 (Sun), 6 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Nov. 21 (Mon), 6 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938).

Nov. 22 (Tues), 11:30 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Nov. 23 (Tues), 9:05 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Nov. 27 (Sun), 10 pm, TCM – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961). Today’s primetime theme is “Bon Voyage” – set sail aboard the Seaview for a voyage to save the earth in this Irwin Allen disaster movie.

Nov. 28 (Mon), 1:10 pm, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Nov. 29 (Tues), 7:15 am, TCM – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). “Hitchcock-a-Thon” is today’s daytime theme, and a second showing of Peter’s first movie with Hitchcock directing kicks off a day of Hitchcock movies.

Nov. 29 (Tues), 10:50 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Nov. 30 (Wed), 6:30 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938).



December, 2016

Lorre fans, get set to open a big day of Lorre films on the Turner Classic Movies channel – just two days after Christmas!

Dec. 6 (Tues), 3:45 pm, TCM – Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956). TCM salutes Agnes Moorehead on her birthday with a day of Moorehead movies, including this Dan Daily and Cyd Charisse musical in which she plays Dailey's mother.

Dec. 17 (Sat), 10:45 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Dec. 18 (Sun), 7:35 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Dec. 20 (Tues), 11:10 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Dec. 21 (Wed), 9:45 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Dec. 27 (Tues), 9:15 am, TCM – The Conspirators (1944). Today, TCM salutes Sydney Greenstreet with a day of Greenstreet movies. And since Syd was Peter's co-star in nine movies at Warner Bros., five of the movies shown today also include Peter in the cast – starting with this World War II espionage movie in which Lorre and Greenstreet team up as Allied agents working together in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 1 pm, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944). "Greenstreet Day" continues with another World War II movie that teamed Peter with his best friend Humphrey Bogart a final time under Peter’s Warner Bros. contract. This time, Peter and Syd work against each other.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 3 pm, TCM – Background to Danger (1943). "Happy birthday, Sydney G." continues with another World War II espionage film, again with Peter and Sydney working against each other.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 4:30 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). Sydney's birthday celebration continues with a movie where Peter and Sydney had no scenes together – but Peter's performance won Lorre a contract with Warner Bros.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 6:15 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). "Sydney Greenstreet Day" ends with the movie that began his film career – as well as his on-screen partnership with Peter Lorre.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 8 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). TCM turns the spotlight on "The Golden Years", a look at aging and elderly characters in movies. In this case, a comedic look – a dark comedy about two elderly ladies and an extremely poisonous carafe of elderberry wine.

Dec. 28 (Wed), 11:20 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Dec. 29 (Thurs), 9:40 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).



January, 2017

A new year – and new opportunities to enjoy Peter Lorre films on television!

Jan. 2 (Mon), 11:30 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Jan. 3 (Tues), 8:35 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Jan. 7 (Sat), 8 am, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Jan. 7 (Sat), 12 noon, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Jan. 8 (Sun), 1:15 pm, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Jan. 9 (Mon), 11:40 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Jan. 18 (Wed), 9 am, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954). The Movies! Network celebrates "Hump Day" (Wednesday) with a full day of Humphrey Bogart movies, including the final film Bogie made with his old pal Peter Lorre and director John Huston.

Jan. 20 (Fri), 1:10 pm and 3 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Jan. 21 (Sat), 6 pm, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Jan. 26 (Thurs), 4:30 am, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Jan. 27 (Fri), 9:10 am and 3 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Jan. 28 (Sat), 11:30 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Jan. 29 (Sun), 9:55 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Jan. 30 (Mon), 12:30 pm, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945). TCM presents movies co-starring Helmut Dantine, and here in Hotel Berlin, he plays Martin Richter, whose scenes include an effective moment with Peter, playing Professor Johannes Koenig.

Jan. 30 (Mon), 3:45 pm, TCM – The Story of Mankind (1957). "Co-Starring Helmut Dantine" continues with this star-studded battle between Satan (Vincent Price) and the Spirit of Mankind (Ronald Coleman), directed by Irwin Allen, with Dantine as Marc Antony and Peter Lorre as Emperor Nero.

Jan. 30 (Mon), 8 pm, TCM – Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956). "Classic Las Vegas" is TCM's primetime theme.

Jan. 30 (Mon), 4 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).



February, 2017

Turner Classic Movies begins their annual "31 Days of Oscar" film festival on Wednesday, Feb. 1 – and this year, the schedule runs A to Z. Although Peter Lorre never won an Oscar, never was nominated for an Oscar, several of his movies were Oscar winners, and several will be shown this month.

Feb. 1 (Wed), 2:15 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Feb. 5 (Sun), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Feb. 6 (Mon), 6:45 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943).

Feb. 16 (Thurs), 6:15 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941).



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 and television credits 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!

October 28, 2016

Lorre at the Heurich House, Washington DC

Peter Lorre fans in the Washington DC are in for a special Halloween treat on Friday, October 28, 2016 – a showing of Peter’s first sound movie M (1931), followed by a special after-dark tour of the historic Heurich House Museum.

Doors open at 6 pm. M begins at 6:30 pm in the Conservatory. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets. Come in costume!

Following M, guests will be invited to tour all three floors of the home, from the basement boiler room to the doll collection in the second floor bedrooms. The Heurich House Museum, also known as the Brewmaster’s Castle, was the home of German immigrant Christian Heurich, his wife Amelia, and their children. Christian and Amelia Heurich were spiritualists who regularly attended séances. The Museum staff hopes there will be no “spirit activity” that night!

Guests must be 21 years or older to attend, as alcoholic refreshments will be served.

Admission is $20 for all seats and includes the film, refreshments, and tours of the house. Reservations may be made on-line through the Heurich House website. For more information, please call the Heurich House at 202-429-1894.

The Heurich House Museum is located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW, one block south of Dupont Circle at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue, 20th Street, and Sunderland Place NW, in Washington, DC.

The museum is easily reached by public transportation, including the Metro system and buses. The museum does not have its own parking, however, several public parking garages are available nearby. More information about public transportation and parking is available on the museum’s website.

The “Heurich Halloween” event is presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, located in Washington, DC, at 1990 K Street NW, Suite 03.

October 25, 2016

Spend Halloween Weekend with Lorre

Halloween is the season for horror stories – and what better way to celebrate than with Peter Lorre and movies adapted from Edgar Allan Poe stories and poems?

Lorre fans in Sault Sainte Marie and Detroit, Michigan, will have two opportunities on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

And Peter Lorre films are also scheduled for television this Halloween weekend!



Soo Theatre – Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan ~

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Big Read” program, the Soo Film Festival will present Tales of Terror (1962) on a double-bill with Peter’s colleagues Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in The Raven (1935), at the Soo Theatre, in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

Tales of Terror will be shown at 3:30 and 8:30 pm. The Raven will be shown at 2 and 7 pm.

Tickets for each showing are $5 for everyone.

Popcorn and soft drinks will be available at the cinema. A drawing will be held for prizes at the venue the day of the show. And save your ticket! It’s good for a discount at the Soo Brewing Company, located at 223 West Portage Avenue, in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

The Soo Theatre is located at 534 Ashmun Street, in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. For more information, please call the theater at (906) 632-1930.

Parking is available in the parking lot behind the cinema, on Oaka Street in Sault Sainte Marie.



Redford Theatre – Detroit, Michigan ~

In celebration of Halloween, the Redford Theater will host a “Halloween Spooktacular” on Saturday, October 29, with a program of Halloween-themed cartoons and short subjects, some in 3D, followed by Peter Lorre’s 1963 movie The Raven, co-starring Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and a young Jack Nicholson.

Admission is $5 for everyone. Tickets may be purchased at the box office before the show or on-line through the “Buy Tickets” button on the Raven page. If purchased on-line, a $1 processing fee will be added to the order.

The Redford Theatre is located at 17360 Lahser Road, just north of Grand River Avenue, in Detroit, Michigan.

Parking is available in several lots surrounding the north end of the theatre building. Signs and parking attendants will be on hand to direct cinemagoers to the parking lots.



Can’t make it to a Michigan cinema this weekend? The TV channels GetTV and the MGM HD channel have scheduled Peter Lorre films and a documentary over Halloween weekend.

Saturday, October 29 ~
  • The Face Behind the Mask (1941) – 7:10 am, GetTV

Monday, October 31 ~
  • Peter Lorre: The Master of Menace (1996) – 6 am, GetTV
  • The Raven (1963) – 1:30 pm, MGM HD
  • The Face Behind the Mask (1941) – 4 am, GetTV



In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin describes the final years of Peter’s life and the making of the Edgar Allan Poe films at American International Pictures, including interviews with director Roger Corman and Peter’s co-star in five movies, actor Vincent Price.

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

October 15, 2016

Noir City Fest Includes M

On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, Peter Lorre fans in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area will have the opportunity to catch a special double-bill at the annual “Noir City” film noir festival at the AFI Silver Theatre – the American premiere of the German film Fritz Lang (2016), which explores the making of Lang’s first sound movie M (1931), followed by Peter Lorre in M.

The program, introduced by Noir City host and "The Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller, will begin at 5 pm in the AFI Silver 1 auditorium. Eddie Muller is the author of the book The Art of Noir: The Posters and Graphics from the Classic Era of Film Noir.

Tickets for the double-feature are $13 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $9.50 for 2-star and up AFI members, and $8 for children age 12 and under.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the AFI Silver Theatre website. Click the button "Select a Film" and search for "Double Feature" for Fritz Lang and M. 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 open 30 minutes before the first film of the day.

The Noir Big Combo Card, good for six admissions to the festival, is available for $60. Purchase the Card on-line through the Gift Shop for pick up at the box-office.

The “Noir City” festival will begin on Saturday, Oct. 15, and run until Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. The complete schedule for the fest is available on the venue’s website.

The AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Road, at the intersection of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Parking is available in several public parking decks close to the cinema. Most convenient is the Wayne Avenue garage, located at 921 Wayne Avenue, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Parking at the Wayne Avenue garage is free on weekends and after 7 pm on weekdays. More information on parking, as well as directions to the AFI Silver, are available on the theater’s website.

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

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youungkin discusses the making of M, including interviews with director Fritz Lang, Peter Lorre’s first wife Celia Lovsky, and his brother Andrew Lorre, who visited the set.

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

October 3, 2016

Brattle Salutes The Maltese Falcon Anniversary

Seventy-five years ago on Oct. 3, 1941, Peter Lorre fans were treated to the release of what became Peter’s first movie at the Warner Bros. studio – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The classic mystery also introduced Peter to Sydney Greenstreet, with whom he would team up for another eight movies at the studio. And to Humphrey Bogart, who became one of Peter’s two closest friends, the other being German playwright Bertolt Brecht, who arrived in Los Angeles in the fall of 1941.

The Brattle Theatre, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will celebrate the 75th anniversary with showings of a 35mm print of The Maltese Falcon on Monday through Thursday, Oct. 3, 4, 5, and 6, 2016.

Show times are 4:30 pm, 7 pm, and 9:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday, Oct. 6, the film will be shown at 8:30 pm only.

General admission tickets are $9 for shows starting before 5 pm and $11 for evening shows. Admission for military personnel (with valid ID), students (with valid ID), and Brattle members is $9 for any showing. Admission for children age 12 and under and seniors is $8 for any showing.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the cinema’s website. From the “Calendar” drop-down menu or the Maltese Falcon webpage, click the “Buy Tickets” button. A nominal fee 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 the building are the Algiers Café and the Alden and Harlow Restaurant. The cinema’s entrance is on the left side of the building – look for the sidewalk poster case and the marquee.

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

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

More information about parking and public transportation, as well as directions, is available on the Brattle Theatre website.

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

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 director John Huston. While the film’s success led to a Warner Bros. contract for Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre continued to be hired by the studio on a picture-by-picture basis. From the fall of 1941 to the spring of 1943, Peter appeared in Arsenic and Old Lace (released in 1944), All Through the Night (1942), and Casablanca (1942).

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

September 30, 2016

Bogart Festival in Key Largo Includes Lorre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other festival venues include ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 13, 2016

Free Lorre Film at the Cabot in Massachusetts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 9, 2016

Buffalo Film Fest Includes Lorre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 13, 2016

Tampa Summer Classics Series Includes Three Lorre Films

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 12, 2016

Lorre at the Victoria in Dayton, Ohio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 6, 2016

Swiss Festival Includes Lorre-Directed Film

Peter Lorre fans in the Locarno, Switzerland, area may enjoy a special treat at the Festival del Film Locarno this year – two showings of Der Verlorene (1951), the only film Peter directed, co-wrote and co-produced.

Der Verlorene, subtitled in English, will be shown at the Cinema Ex*Rex on Saturday, August 6 at 11:30 pm (23.30) and on Friday, August 12 at 11 am.

Tickets for daytime film showings may be purchased at the Cinema Ex*Rex box office. Information about tickets is available on the festival website.

The Cinema Ex*Rex is located at Piazzo Grande 28, in Locarno, Switzerland.

The complete schedule for the Festival del Film Locarno is available on the event’s website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin recounts the troubled making of Der Verlorene (The Lost One) in a full chapter, including interviews with actors and crew before and behind the cameras.

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

Disappointed in the movie’s reception in 1951, Peter Lorre considered the experience a closed chapter in his life, as he returned to the United States to resume his career in American movies, television and radio programs. No doubt he would be very pleased at the attention his only directorial effort has received since his passing in 1964.

August 5, 2016

Pensacola Classic Film Series Includes Lorre

Lorre fans in the Pensacola, Florida, area will have the opportunity to enjoy Peter on-screen when the Saenger Theatre continues their classic movie series with The Maltese Falcon (1941) on Saturday, August 6, 2016.

The film begins at 7 pm.

Admission is $5 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the cinema's box office within an hour before the show, or in advance. The box office is located around the corner from the Saenger at 22 East Intendencia Street, between Palafox and Jefferson streets.

The complete schedule for the classic film series is available on the Saenger website.

The Saenger Theatre is located at 118 South Palafox Place, in Pensacola, Florida.

Parking is available in several parking decks and lots near the cinema. A map of all parking facilities, as well as directions to the Saenger Theatre, is available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please call the theater at (850) 595-3880.

August 3, 2016

Lorre Film Included in San Francisco Noir Fest

Elliot Lavine kicks off the final installment of his annual film noir fest “I Wake Up Dreaming” with a 35mm print of Peter Lorre’s Black Angel (1946), on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

Black Angel will be shown at 6 pm and 9:50 pm. Nightmare Alley (1947), also on the double-feature, will begin at 7:45 pm.

The festival will run every Wednesday for five weeks, beginning August 3 and ending August 31, with a double or triple feature each Wednesday. All films but one will be shown in 35mm prints. The complete schedule is available on the Castro Theatre website.

Admission for every double or triple feature is $13 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the box office.

The Castro Theatre is located at 429 Castro Street, in San Francisco, California.

Parking is available in two small lots and on the street near the cinema. The Castro is also well-served by both bus and street car. Public transportation options, as well as directions to the Castro, can be found on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please call the Castro at (415) 621-6120.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Black Angel, including an interview with June Vincent, who teams up with Dan Duryea to investigate nightclub owner Peter Lorre of murder.

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

July 30, 2016

Lorre Film at the AFI in Maryland

As part of their salute to production designer Ken Adams, the American Film Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, will present a showing of Around the World in 80 Days (1956) on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Around the World in 80 Days begins at 2 pm in AFI Silver Auditorium 1. The 35mm print includes an intermission, as when the film was originally shown in theaters.

Ticket prices are $13 general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for children age 12 and under, and $9.50 for AFI members at Two-star level and higher.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the AFI Silver Theatre website. 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.

AFI’s complete schedule for the Ken Adam retrospective is available on the cinema’s website.

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, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Parking at the Wayne Avenue garage is free on weekends and after 7 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.

In the role of a Japanese steward aboard a ship bound for Yokohama, Peter Lorre is one of the many Hollywood stars making a cameo appearance in the classic adventure of Phileas Fogg (David Niven), who makes a bet with his friends at the Reform Club that he can circle the world in 80 days.

The life and career of Peter Lorre is discussed in the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005) by Stephen D. Youngkin. The Lost One is available for purchase in soft-bound and hard-back, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

July 29, 2016

Coweta Public Library Hosts Lorre Film

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Coweta Public Library’s Classic Movie Club will host a free showing of the Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre classic The Maltese Falcon (1941) at the library in Coweta, Oklahoma.

The program will begin at 12 noon.

Admission is free for everyone. Filmgoers are invited to bring their lunch to the library to enjoy during the movie.

The Coweta Public Library is located at 120 East Sycamore Street, in Coweta, Oklahoma. Parking is available on the street near the library.

For more information, please call the library at (918) 486-6532.

July 23, 2016

Albuquerque Noir Fest Includes Lorre

For its thirteenth annual “Festival of Film Noir”, the Guild Cinema focuses on classic and modern noir from 1941 to 1981, including a double-feature of “Peter Lorre Noir” – The Face Behind the Mask (1941) and The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) – Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26 and 27, 2016.

The Face Behind the Mask will be shown at 5 pm and 8:30 pm both nights. The Mask of Dimitrios will be shown at 6:30 pm both nights.

The film noir festival runs from Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 31, 2016 – five double-features over 10 nights, reports Guild Cinema owner Kief Henley, with “heavyweight actors and actresses”, including Peter Lorre. The full schedule is available on the venue’s website.

Tickets for each movie are $8 general admission and $5 for seniors (age 60 and older), kids (12 and under), and students with valid I.D. Members of the Harwood Art Center may get $1 off the general admission when they show their membership card. Admission may vary for special events.

Tickets may be purchased at the Guild Cinema box office, which opens 15 minutes before the first show of the day. For special events, the cinema may offer advance ticket sales. Enquire at the box office. More information about tickets is available on the Guild's website.

The Guild Cinema is located at 3405 Central Avenue NE, in the Nob Hill section of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Parking is available on the street along Tulare Drive NE, around the corner from the Guild Cinema. Parking is also available along Campus Boulevard NE. Do not park in the Red Wing Shoes parking lot – your car will be towed. More information on parking is available on the Guild Cinema website.

For more information, please contact the theater at 505-255-1848.

Summer into Fall with Lorre on TV

As summer becomes fall, Peter Lorre fans can find many 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, 2016

In August, Turner Classic Movies presents their annual "Summer Under the Stars" festival, and although Peter Lorre does not have a day of his own, many of his co-stars do – Humphrey Bogart, Hedy Lamarr, Cyd Charisse, and Charles Boyer.

Aug. 3 (Wed), 11:30 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Aug. 7 (Sun), 4:10 am, MGM channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

Aug. 9 (Tues), 5:30 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939).

Aug. 10 (Wed), 6 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – The Conspirators (1944). It’s "Hedy Lamarr Day" on Turner Classic Movies, and the line-up includes this spy film featuring Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet as agents working together in Lisbon, Portugal.

Aug. 10 (Wed), 4 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Aug. 12 (Fri), 1:10 pm, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Aug. 14 (Sun), 8 am, TCM – Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956). "Cyd Charisse Day" on TCM includes this first of two MGM musicals with appearances by Peter Lorre. Watch for Peter in a cameo as a blackjack player.

Aug. 14 (Sun), 6 pm, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957). "Cyd Charisse Day" continues with a singing and dancing Peter Lorre as a Russian commissar in this Fred Astaire musical, costarring Charisse.

Aug. 17 (Wed), 4:10 am, MGM channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

Aug. 19 (Fri), 4 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Aug. 20 (Sat), noon, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944). TCM presents "Humphrey Bogart Day", including the final movie Peter made with his off-screen pal Bogie while under contract to Warner Bros.

Aug. 20 (Sat), 1:15 pm, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Aug. 20 (Sat), 2 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). "Humphrey Bogart Day" continues with the film that won Peter an offer from Warner Bros.

Aug. 20 (Sat), 2 am, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). "Humphrey Bogart Day" continues with Peter’s first appearance with Bogie – and with Sydney Greenstreet, with whom Peter would co-star in another eight movies in the 1940s.

Aug. 21 (Sun), 1:10 pm and 4 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Aug. 21 (Sun), 3:10 am, Antenna TV channel – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Man From the South".

Aug. 28 (Sun), 6 am, MGM channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

Aug. 29 (Mon), 6 am, TCM – Confidential Agent (1941). "Charles Boyer Day" begins with Boyer and Peter Lorre on opposite sides in this spy drama set in London.

Aug. 29 (Mon), 8 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). "Charles Boyer Day" continues with Lorre and Boyer as best friends in a romantic drama set in London.
Aug. 29 (Mon), 6 pm, THIS channel – Muscle Beach Party (1964).




September, 2016

September brings a handful of Peter Lorre films on the Turner Classic Movies channel, including movies shown frequently and movies shown infrequently.

Sept. 5 (Mon), 6 am, THIS TV channel – Muscle Beach Party (1964).

Sept. 6 (Tues), 6 am, Movies! Network channel – Danger Island (1939).

Sept. 7 (Wed), 3 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Sept. 8 (Thurs), 1:15 pm, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Sept. 11 (Sun), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). Guest programmer Thomas Bruno, a former New York City policeman and fireman who served during the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, joins host Ben Mankiewicz for an evening of Mr. Bruno's favorite movies, beginning with Casablanca.

Sept. 19 (Mon), 11:30 pm, TCM – Background to Danger (1943). "Featuring the Gettysburg Address" is tonight's Primetime Theme on Turner Classic Movies, and included is this Lorre / Greenstreet spy film, starring George Raft and Brenda Marshall.

Sept. 20 (Tues), 9:15 am, TCM – The Conspirators (1944). "WWII Spy Stories" is the daytime theme on Turner Classic movies, including this Lorre / Greenstreet spy film, starring Paul Henreid and Hedy Lamarr.

Sept. 22 (Thurs), 1:15 pm, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Sept. 22 (Thurs), 8 pm, THIS TV channel – Muscle Beach Party (1964).

Sept. 23 (Fri), 11 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Sept. 25 (Sun), 4:30 pm, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1963).



October, 2016

Cool nights, Halloween, horror movies – and Peter Lorre in October!

Oct. 2 (Sun), 2:20 am, GetTV – The Face Behind the Mask (1941).

Oct. 4 (Tues), 1:10 pm, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Oct. 5 (Wed), 6 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Oct. 8 (Sat), 7:30 am, TCM – Mad Love (1935). Peter Lorre’s first film in Hollywood was a horror movie in which he plays a brilliant surgeon in Paris who loves a stage actress (Frances Drake) and who performs an operation on her husband’s (Colin Clive) crushed hands to win her love.

Oct. 9 (Sun), 10 pm, GetTV – Peter Lorre: The Master of Menace (1996). originally shown on the Arts and Entertainment channel's series Biography, this one-hour documentary features interviews with Stephen D. Youngkin, author of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), and many actors and directors who worked with Peter throughout his career.

Oct. 9 (Sun), 11 pm, GetTV – The Face Behind the Mask (1941).

Oct. 11 (Tues), 8 pm, TCM – Hollywood Canteen (1944). TCM turns the spotlight on "Trailblazing Women – Actresses Who Made a Difference" with a pair of movies tonight. First off, Bette Davis, founder (with Warner Bros. actor John Garfield) of the famed war-time Hollywood Canteen open to all servicemen and women. Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet wrote their sketch in this all-star extravaganza set at the Canteen.

Oct. 11 (Tues), 2:30 am, TCM – The Conspirators (1944). Hedy Lamarr is the featured actress in this TCM Spotlight movie, "Trailblazing Women – Actresses Who Made a Difference". Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet appear again as spies working together in war-torn Lisbon, Portugal, with Lamarr and Paul Henreid.

Oct. 13 (Sun), 2:16 am, GetTV – The Face Behind the Mask (1941).

Oct. 15 (Sat), 1:45 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Oct. 29 (Sat), 7:10 am, GetTV – The Face Behind the Mask (1941).

Oct. 29 (Sat), 8 am, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Oct. 31 (Mon), 6 am, GetTV – Peter Lorre: The Master of Menace (1996). An encore showing of this documentary on the life and career of Peter Lorre, featuring interviews with Stephen D. Youngkin, author of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), and many actors and directors who worked with Peter throughout his career.

Oct. 31 (Mon), 1:30 pm, MGM HD channel – The Raven (1963). One of several AIP movies Peter made with Vincent Price, in a day of Vincent Price movies on the MGM channel.

Oct. 31 (Mon), 4 am, GetTV – The Face Behind the Mask (1941).



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 and television credits 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!

July 21, 2016

Lorre Film Opens Noir Fest in Seattle

The Peter Lorre classic Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) opens the week-long annual event "Noir City" film noir festival at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian Theatre in Seattle, Washington, on Friday, July 23, 2016.

The theme this year is "Film Noir from A to B", and each night, a double-feature will be presented in the style of moviegoing of the 1940s – an "A" picture, high-budget movie with a top-drawer cast, and a "B" picture, made on low budget with a talented but less-expensive cast.

On Friday, July 23, the “A” feature I Wake Up Screaming (1941) will begin the program at 7 pm, followed by the “B” feature Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) at 9 pm.

Eddie Muller, the “Czar of Noir”, will present each movie, which will be shown on 35mm film.

The festival runs from Friday, July 23, to Thursday, July 28. The full schedule is available on the venue’s website.

Ticket prices for this special engagement are $15 per film, $14 for seniors and youth, and $10 for SIFF members. Passes for the festival are also available at $150 for non-members and $100 for SIFF members. Tickets may be purchased at the box office, which opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the SIFF Cinema Egyptian website. Click the “Buy” button to be taken to the purchase screen. A fee of $1.25 will be added to all on-line purchases. Festival passes may be purchased on-line through the Passes page.

The SIFF Cinema Egyptian Theatre is located at 805 East Pine Street in the Capitol Hill section of Seattle, Washington.

Parking is available in the parking garage at Seattle Central College, located at 1609 Harvard Avenue in Seattle. The parking garage is located across the street from the Egyptian. The cinema is also served by Metro buses. More information on parking, as well as public transport to the Egyptian, is available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please call the Egyptian at 206-324-9996.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin recounts the making of Stranger on the Third Floor, including an interview with the movie’s female lead Margaret Tallichet, who recalled Peter Lorre’s penchant for enjoying a midnight snack of beer and smelly cheese during the film’s night shoots.

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

July 17, 2016

Celebrate Christmas in July with Peter Lorre

The Radio Classics channel, airing over Channel 148 on the Sirius XM dial, celebrates Christmas in July the week of July 17, 2016, with a number of Christmas-themed episodes from various old-time radio series – including Peter Lorre’s Suspense episode, “Back for Christmas”.

The annual event runs from Sunday, July 17, to Saturday, July 23.

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

Sunday, July 17 ~
11 am Eastern, 8 am Pacific
11 pm Eastern, 8 pm Pacific

Tuesday, July 19 ~
10 pm Pacific

Wednesday, July 20 ~
1 am Eastern
11 am Eastern, 8 am Pacific

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

Regular channel host Greg Bell takes his Radio Classics hosting duties to the high seas of Mexico and Honduras the week of July 17 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas for the fourth annual Radio Spirits cruise.

In his place will be five hosts, including Maggie Linton from Urban View (channel 126), Ron Ross from The Pulse (channel 15), Kyle Cantrell from Bluegrass Junction (channel 61), Mike Ross, from Canada 360 (channel 172), and Mary Sue Twohy from The Village (channel 741).

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, including an interview with Harry Morgan, who hosted Peter’s own radio series Mystery in the Air during the summer of 1947. 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 is available on both the Kindle and Nook, as well as hard-bound and soft-bound editions.

July 9, 2016

Moto Films at Sarasota’s Ringling Museum

Peter Lorre fans in the Sarasota, Florida, area are in for a special treat on Saturday, July 9, 2016 – a Mr. Moto double-feature at the Ringling Museum of Art.

The program begins at 1:30 pm with Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937), the second in the Moto series of the late 1930s, and Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938), released third. A discussion of the films and their role in presenting Asian images in American culture will follow.

Admission is $5 for all seats. Ringling Museum members will be admitted free of charge.

The Ringling Museum is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road, in Sarasota, Florida. Directions to the museum are available on the Ringling website.

The two Mr. Moto movies will be shown in the Chao Lecture Hall.

“Suiting you?”, as the intrepid Japanese detective would say . . . .

June 26, 2016

Sirius XM Radio Wishes Peter Lorre a Happy Birthday!

One hundred and twelve years ago, on June 26, 1904, Alois and Elvira Loewenstein welcomed the birth of their son László, in Rozsahegy, Hungary.

Today, László Loewenstein is known as Peter Lorre, a European and American actor who enjoyed a decades-long career, beginning with the stage and moving on to radio, screen, and finally television from the 1920s up to his death on March 23, 1964.

Beginning Sunday, June 26, 2016, and continuing throughout the week, Radio Classics channel host Greg Bell salutes Peter with his annual “Love for Lorre” birthday tribute.

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 26 ~
7 pm Pacific, 10 pm Eastern

Tuesday, June 28 ~
1 am Pacific, 4 am Eastern

Thursday, June 30 ~
1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern

Satellite radio providers XM and Sirius air 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 XM radio website.

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 began his research in the 1970s and interviewed Peter’s brothers Andrew and Francis, his first wife Celia Lovsky, his sister-in-law Barbara 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.

These interviews shed light on Peter’s childhood, his early days in theater, his career on film, radio, and television, and his sad final days.

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. 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 15, 2016

Dallas Outdoor Film Series Includes Peter Lorre

The South Alley Film Series, held at the West Village shopping complex in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, will continue its outdoor summer film series with Casablanca (1942) on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Live entertainment will begin at 7 pm, with Casablanca beginning at 8:30 pm, around sundown.

Admission is free for everyone. Bring chairs and blankets. Food and drinks may be purchased from restaurants at West Village, but please do not bring your own refreshments.

Films in the South Alley Film Series are shown in the outdoor plaza in South Alley, located between the Magnolia Theatre and Mi Cocina Tex-Mex restaurant, at 3699 McKinney Avenue in Dallas, Texas.

Parking closest to South Alley is Parking Garage 1, located along Center Drive, within the West Village shopping complex. Center Drive may be reached by enterting the shopping complex from the McKinney Avenue entrance into West Village.

A map of the shopping complex is available on the West Village website.

Films in the South Alley Film Series will be shown the third Wednesday of every month until October. The full schedule is available on the West Village website.