November 12, 2017

Fathom Events Presents Casablanca Nov. 12, 2017

On Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, Fathom Events joins the Turner Classic Movies channel with a special showing of Casablanca (1942), in celebration of the film’s 75th anniversary.

The program begins at 7 pm with an introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Some theaters will also have a matinee showing at 2 pm. Casablanca will also be shown on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 7 pm, and some cinemas will include a matinee show at 2 pm.

To locate a participating theater, enter a city or zip code on the Casablanca page and choose either Nov. 12 or Nov. 15.

Ticket prices are $12.50 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at each cinema’s box office, or in advance at the theater, as well as on-line through the Fathom Events website and Fandango. A nominal convenience fee will be added to tickets purchased on-line through either Fathom Events or Fandango.

In the small but pivotal role of black marketeer Ugarte, Peter Lorre sets in motion the film’s events by acquiring – through murder – a pair of valuable exit visas that he intends to sell to freedom fighter Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman).

It was a part to which Peter attached no importance. He later claimed he made more money playing the roulette wheel on the “Café Americain” set than he did in the four days he worked before the camera.

Casablanca did, however, give Peter the opportunity to work with his pal Humphrey Bogart. Not yet a contract player at Warner Bros., Peter was hired back for his third Bogart-starring movie, as the studio considered how he might fit in with their stable of actors. By the time he joined Bogart on Passage to Marseille (1944) in late 1943, Peter had appeared in several Warner Bros. films as a member of the Warners stock company.

The making of Casablanca and the on- and off-screen friendship of Bogie and Peter is discussed in the authorized Lorre biography The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (University Press of Kentucky, 2005), by Stephen D. Youngkin – now available on the Kindle and Nook, as well as paperback and hard-back.

November 10, 2017

Goethe-Institut in San Francisco Presents M

The Goethe-Institut, located in San Francisco, California, presents a “Fritz Lang Night”, including a showing of the German director’s – and Peter Lorre’s – first sound movie, M (1931), on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

M will begin at 8:30 pm, following a showing of the Lang biopic Fritz Lang at 6 pm.

Admission to the double-feature is $15. Individual tickets to either movie are $10 for adults, seniors, and students, and $8 for members of “Berlin and Beyond”.

The Goethe-Institut is located at 530 Bush Street, between Stockton Street and Grant Avenue, in San Francisco, California.

Metered parking is available on the streets near the venue. The Goethe-Institut is also served by both bus and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). More information about the Institut is available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please call the Goethe-Institut at 415-263-8760.

November 5, 2017

Holiday Time With Lorre on TV

The holiday season is here, and as 2017 becomes 2018, Lorre fans have much to celebrate with plenty of 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, 2017

Just a handful of Lorre films this month, as Casablanca (1942) celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Nov. 12 (Sun), 3:45 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Casablanca (1942). The daytime theme is “Veterans Day”, and TCM celebrates with the classic wartime drama that won Peter Lorre a contract at the Warner Brothers studios. And today, as well as Wednesday, Nov. 15, Fathom Events joins TCM in showings of Casablanca in many movie theaters.

Nov. 20 (Mon), 2 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). Today’s daytime theme on TCM is “Screwball Classics” with a showing of the dark comedy about two spinster sisters who poison lonely old men with a home-brew of elderberry wine, spiked with three kinds of poison.

Nov. 25 (Sat), 2:30 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Peter Lorre is one of many cameos in this all-star extravaganza about the Victorian London gentleman (David Niven) who bets he can circle the globe in 80 days.



December, 2017

A variety of Lorre movies this month on the Turner Classic Movies channel.

Dec. 1 (Fri), 10:15 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Dec. 2 (Sat), 11:15 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935).

Dec. 5 (Tue), 6 am, TCM – M (1931).

Dec. 8 (Fri), 11:45 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Dec. 11 (Mon), 4:45 pm, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943).

Dec. 14 (Thurs), 4:45 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Dec. 16 (Sat), 4 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Dec. 29 (Fri), 6:15 am, TCM – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). Peter’s final horror movie at Warner Bros. was originally released on Christmas Day in 1946.



January, 2018

January means a new year and new opportunities for Lorre movies on TV.

Jan. 11 (Thurs), 4:30 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943).

Jan. 14 (Sun), 2 pm, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944).

Jan. 16 (Tues), 5:45 pm, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957).

Jan. 18 (Thurs), 5:45 am, TCM – Confidential Agent (1945).



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.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

Happy viewing!

October 31, 2017

Halloween with Lorre at Woodmere Art Museum

Happy Halloween! A movie set at Halloween is always fun to watch on this holiday – and when the movie features Peter Lorre, it’s even better!

As part of their series “Movies at the Woodmere”, the Woodmere Art Museum, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will show Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

The Chestnut Hill Film Group will present the movie at 7:30 pm in the museum’s main gallery. A donation of $5 is suggested.

The Woodmere Art Museum is located at 9211 Germantown Avenue, at the corner of Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Directions to the Woodmere are available on the museum’s website.

Parking is available in the museum’s parking lot.

For more information, please call the Woodmere Art Museum at 215-247-0476.

Lorre Biographer Discusses Mad Love at The Projection Booth

Kicking off “Shocktober 2017” – a month-long look at horror films – with a discussion of Mad Love (1935), long-time filmfan and writer Mike White invited Stephen D. Youngkin, author of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), to The Projection Booth on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, for a discussion of Peter Lorre and his first American movie.

During the hour-long interview, Stephen Youngkin described Peter’s journey to Hollywood as a contract player with Columbia Pictures in 1934, his love of America and all things American, his dislike of the term “horror film”, and being labeled a horror movie actor after Mad Love. Having his head shaved for the role of the bald Dr. Gogol was not Peter’s idea, said Youngkin. He was sensitive about his appearance and went to visit Frances Drake, who played Yvonne Orlac, Dr. Gogol’s object of desire, to show her what he really looked like before work began on Mad Love.

Mike White also talked with film historian Greg Mank, whose book Hollywood Cauldron: Thirteen Horror Films from the Genre’s Golden Age (1994) includes a chapter on Mad Love and an interview with Frances Drake. Mank discusses scenes deleted from the finished print; the sad end of Colin Clive, who hated Mad Love and the other horror movies he made in the early 1930s; and Karl Freund’s approach to directing – which involved paying more attention to the movie’s cinematography than the performances of the actors. This suited Peter Lorre, said Mank, who could then do what he wanted to do with a part.

Using clips from the Mad Love dialogue track, Mike White and his guest co-host Samm Deighan explore the story, the characters, the cinematography, the direction, and the performances of the lead actors Peter Lorre, Colin Clive, and Frances Drake.

Episode 343, Oct. 3, 2017, marks Stephen Youngkin’s third visit to The Projection Booth. On May 24, 2017, Youngkin appeared in Episode 324 for a program about Der Verlorene (The Lost One, 1951), Peter Lorre’s only directorial effort. And on Nov. 22, 2016, Youngkin came on-board in Episode 298 for a discussion of Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

On Nov. 29, 2016, Episode 299, Mike White and his special co-hosts and guests discussed The Chase (1946).

All current and past podcasts of The Projection Booth are available on the program’s website.




And on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, Mad Love will be shown on Turner Classic Movies at 10 am EST and 7 am PST, as part of a day-long salute to horror movies.

Happy Halloween from Turner Classic Movies!

October 7, 2017

Bogart Fest Includes Lorre Films

Hurricane Irma paid a visit to Key Largo in September 2017, but the annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival carries on!

This year, the Bogart fest celebrates the 75th anniversary Casablanca (1942) with showings of the classic movie, as well as three of the five movies Peter made with Bogart – Passage to Marseille (1944), The Maltese Falcon (1941), and Beat the Devil (1954) – and special guests Monika Henreid, daughter of Paul Henreid, and Jessica Rains, daughter of Claude Rains, joining Stephen Bogart, son of Humphrey Bogart.

Running from Wednesday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, the festival includes special events, round-table discussions, a display of Bogart family memorabilia, a Saturday evening dinner, a closing Sunday brunch, and much more.

Stephen Humphrey Bogart, son of Bogie and Lauren Bacall, will host the event, joined by Illeana Douglas, granddaughter of actor Melvyn Douglas. The many Bogart films on the schedule will be screened at the host hotel and the Tavernier Cinemas.

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.

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

Lorre films and events include ~
  • Showings of The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), Passage to Marseille (1944), and Beat the Devil (1954) at various times and dates
  • Casablanca cocktail party and costume and trivia contest
  • Discussion of the life and career of Humphrey Bogart, led by Stephen Bogart and Ileana Douglas
  • The Bogart family memorabilia collection, hosted by Stephen and Ileana
  • Sunset Cocktail Party with live music and outdoor screening of To Have and Have Not
  • Roundtable discussion of Casablanca with Stephen, Ileana, Jessica Raines, and Monica Henreid
  • Playa Largo Main Event – Cocktail party, followed by Festival Awards Dinner and screening of Casablanca
  • Festival Closing Brunch
All movies will be screened at Tavernier Cinemas, located at 91298 Overseas Highway, in Tavernier, Florida. Outdoor screenings, as well as all the special events, will take place at the Playa Largo hotel.

The full schedule of films and events is available on the festival website.

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.

Lorre Film Scheduled for Castro Theatre Noir Fest

The Castro Theatre, located in San Francisco, continues its noir film festival, “I Wake Up Dreaming 2017: Sleep No More!”, with a showing of All Through the Night (1942), on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

All Through the Night will be shown at 7:15 only. Ministry of Fear (1944), also on the double-feature, will be shown at 5:30 pm and 9:20 pm.

The festival is running every Monday night in October, beginning Oct. 2, and ending oct. 30, 2017, with a double or triple feature. The complete schedule is available on the Castro Theatre website.

Admission for every double or triple feature is $12 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 (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin chronicles the making of All Through the Night. Continuing to freelance at Warner Bros, Peter was called back to the studio to appear in what would be his second movie with pal Humphrey Bogart – but his first and only movie with Kaaren Verne, who played Bogart’s love interest on-screen. The young actress became Peter’s love interest off-screen, a relationship that led to marriage as the second Mrs. Lorre.

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

September 29, 2017

Film Forum Warners Series Includes Lorre

As part of their series “Warner Bros: Tough Guys, Tough Dames . . . Tough Pictures”, the Film Forum, located in New York City, will present a 35mm double-feature of The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Key Largo (1948), on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

The movies will be shown at the following times ~
  • Key Largo – 12:50 pm, 4:50 pm, and 8:50 pm
  • The Maltese Falcon – 2:50 pm and 6:50 pm
Admission is $15 for adults, and $9 for children under the age of 12. Seniors age 65 and older attending shows before 5 pm, Monday to Friday, may purchase tickets for $9. Tickets for Film Forum members are $9 for all showings.

A double-feature ticket allows patrons to attend two consecutive showings for one price.

Tickets may be purchased at the Film Forum box office. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the Film Forum website. Click the “Buy Tickets” button under The Maltese Falcon. On-line registration is required to purchase tickets through the venue’s website. More information on tickets is available on the Film Forum website.

The Film Forum is located at 209 West Houston Street, between 6th Avenue and Varick Street, in New York City, New York.

Parking, both metered and non-metered, is available on many of the streets close to the Film Forum. Parking on 6th Avenue, 7th Avenue, and Varick Street is metered.

The Film Forum is well-served by subway and bus lines. Directions to the theater, as well as parking and public transportation information, are available on the venue’s website.

Programmed by Bruce Goldstein, “Warner Bros.: Tough Guys, Tough Dames . . . Tough Pictures” will run from Friday, Sept. 22 through Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. The full schedule is available on the Film Forum website.

For more information, please call the Film Forum at 212-727-8110.

September 26, 2017

Saranak Lake Library Schedules Lorre Film

The Saranac Lake Free Library continues their “Great Films” movie series with a showing of The Maltese Falcon (1941) on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

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.

Parking is available in the library’s parking lot.

For more information, please call the library at 518-891-4190.

September 1, 2017

Buffalo Movie Expo Includes Lorre

Lorre fans attending the second annual Western New York Movie Expo this weekend in the Buffalo area of New York state are in for a treat – a screening of Mr. Moto’s Last Warning (1939) on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

The film will begin at 10:45 pm in the Main Screening Room.

The Movie Expo runs from Friday, Sept. 1, to Monday, Sept. 4, 2016.

Admission is $40 for the full weekend. Daily admission on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is $12 for general admission, and $10 for students with proper ID. On Monday, 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 Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Airport, located at 4201 Genesee Street, across from Buffalo Niagara Airport (BUF) in Cheektowaga, New York – and 10 miles from downtown Buffalo. 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 Hilton Garden Inn. Parking is free for both hotel guests and Expo attendees not staying at the hotel.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of the Mr. Moto series, including interviews with Norman Foster, who directed six of the eight Moto films; and Harvey Parry, veteran stuntman who doubled for Peter in the series, as well as Peter’s stint at Warner Bros.

Initially excited about playing the enigmatic Japanese character, Peter soon became bored as the series wore on, and 20th Century-Fox cast him in no other movies. As a guest on radio shows during 1937 to 1939, he was introduced as “Mr. Moto” and appeared in “Mr. Moto” sketches. He was soon heard to say, “I didn’t run away from home to become Mr. Moto.”

Long in public domain, Mr. Moto’s Last Warning was remastered, along with the other seven films, and released in two box-sets with many extra features, such as documentaries on the Moto series participants and original film trailers. Both box-sets are available to purchase through Amazon links on the website for The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre.

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

Labor Day with Lorre at the Stanford Theatre

The historic Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, California, salutes classic films of the Warner Bros. studio, including the Peter Lorre double-feature of The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Casablanca (1942) over Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Sept. 2, 3, and 4, 2017.

The Maltese Falcon will be shown at 5:40 pm and 9:30 pm on all three days.

Casablanca will be shown at these times ~
  • Saturday, Sept. 2 – 3:40 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Sept. 3 – 3:40 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Monday, Sept. 4 – 7:30 pm only
The Warner Bros. film fest runs from Sunday, July 2, to Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. The complete schedule is available on the cinema’s website.

Before and after the 7:30 pm showing of Casablanca, one of the Stanford’s “Masters of the Mighty Wurlitzer” will play the Wurlitzer theater organ during the intermission.

Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for youth (18 and under) and seniors (65 and over). Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of the show.

The Stanford Theatre is located at 221 University Avenue in Palo Alto, California. Look for the cinema’s large neon marquee – a landmark along University Avenue in the downtown area.

Parking is available at meters along the street in front of the cinema, as well as two parking garages within two blocks of the Stanford. The Bryant / Lytton Parking Garage is located at 445 Bryant Avenue, one block north of University Avenue. The High Street Parking Garage is located at 528 High Street, one block south of University Avenue.

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

Opening in 1925, the Stanford Theatre was Palo Alto’s premier movie theater. Most of the classic films the cinema now plays – including many Lorre movies – appeared in this cinema on their initial run, when the program changed two or three times a week. On the venue’s website are the original weekly schedules from 1925 through to 1961. The Maltese Falcon opened at the Stanford on Jan. 29, 1942, for a 3-day run from Thursday to Saturday, on a double-bill with Design for Scandal.

Casablanca opened at the Stanford on Feb. 24, 1943, for a 4-day run from Thursday to Saturday, on a double-bill with The Hidden Hand, plus the Donald Duck cartoon, “Spirit of ‘43”.

In 1987, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation purchased and restored the cinema. Now owned by the Stanford Theatre Foundation, the cinema presents classic Hollywood movies.

August 27, 2017

Casablanca at the Central Texas Film Society

On Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, the Central Texas Film Society will present a free showing of Casablanca (1942) at the Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center, in Temple, Texas. One Sunday every month, the Central Texas Film Society presents a free showing of a classic, best-loved movie at 2 pm.

The movie will be shown in the Frank W. Mayborn Auditorium, located in the Cultural Activities Center.

The program begins at 2 pm with commentary and historical content about Casablanca. The program ends with notes about the filming of Casablanca.

Admission is free for everyone. Refreshments will be available for purchase before the movie – popcorn for $2 a bag, and bottles of water and soda for $1 each.

The Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center is located at 3011 North 3rd Street, in Temple, Texas. Directions are available on the venue’s website.

Parking is available in the lot in front of the Cultural Activities Center.

For more information, please call the venue at 254-773-9926.

August 14, 2017

Fall into Fall With Lorre on TV

As the days grow shorter and summer moves into 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, 2017

August means “Summer Under the Stars” on the Turner Classic Movies channel, but this year, only one actor in the spotlight includes Lorre movies.

Aug. 9 (Wed), 4:30 am, Movies! Network channel – Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938). An early entry in the popular movies series.

Aug. 17 (Thurs), 1:30 pm, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941). Today is Rosalind Russell Day, and the Russell films today include the only movie she made with Peter.



September, 2017

A handful of Lorre movies continues this month on the Turner Classic Movies channel.

Sept. 1 (Fri), 10 pm, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964). TCM throws an "End of Summer Beach Party' as summer unofficially ends and fall begins. Peter Lorre’s only appearance in American International Pictures’ successful "Beach Party" movie series was playing in theaters at the time newspapers were running Peter’s obituary on his passing at age 59 on March 23, 1964, and his funeral two days later.

Sept. 3 (Sun), 5 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939).

Sept. 12 (Tues), 3:45 am, TCM – Beat the Devil (1954). TCM salutes Jennifer Jones as September's "Star of the Month" with this comic take-off on The Maltese Falcon (1941). Jones takes the Mary Astor role, a woman who tends to lie rather than tell the truth – until the very end.

Sept. 12 (Tues), 4 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939).

Sept. 13 (Sun), 4:30 am, Movies! Network – Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939).

Sept. 14 (Thurs), 6:15 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942). TCM's daytime theme is "A Good Cry" – and Lorre fans may well feel like a good cry as his character Ugarte is dragged from Rick's cafe, under arrest for murder.

Sept. 18 (Mon), 4 am, MeTV – 77 Sunset Strip, "5" (originally broadcast Sept. 20, 1963). The 1963 season of this mystery adventure series opened with a 5-part episode titled "5" and featured many top stars as guests. Peter Lorre appeared in Part 1, as "The Gypsy". MeTV will broadcast all five episodes this week – Part 2, Sept. 19 (Tues); Part 3, Sept. 20 (Wed); Part 4, Sept. 21 (Thurs), and Part 5, Sept. 22 (Fri), each at 4 am.

Sept. 19 (Tues), 1 am, MeTV – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Man from the South" (originally broadcast Mar. 13, 1960).



October, 2017

October brings Halloween, and Halloween brings Peter’s first horror movie in the United States.

Oct. 2 (Mon), 2 pm, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). The daytime theme is "Joan Monday", with a day of films starring or featuring an actress named "Joan", including Joan Fontaine in her first film with Peter Lorre. Years later, the two would work together in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Oct. 9 (Mon), 2 pm, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957). TCM's daytime theme "Cole Porter" includes this musical remake of Ninotchka (1939), with a singing and dancing role for Peter Lorre, as one of a trio of Soviet commissars seduced by the charms of Paris.

Oct. 12 (Thurs), 7 am, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945). TCM's daytime theme "Hotel Happenings" begins with this Warner Bros. film set in a fine hotel in Berlin in the final days of World War II.

Oct. 17 (Tues), 4 pm, THIS TV channel – Tales of Terror (1962). Peter Lorre appears in "The Black Cat", the second of three stories adapted from Poe, and each starring Vincent Price.

Oct. 21 (Sat), 8:30 am, 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. 22 (Sun), 4 pm, TCM – All Through the Night (1942).

Oct. 25 (Wed), 8 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). TCM's daytime theme is "Joan Fontaine".

Oct. 29 (Sun), 2 pm, THIS TV channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

Oct. 29 (Sun), 12 midnight, THIS TV channel – Tales of Terror (1962).

Oct. 31 (Tues), 10 am, TCM – Mad Love (1935). Happy Halloween! TCM celebrates Halloween with a full day of horror movies. MGM introduced Peter Lorre to American audiences in 1935 in this horror film about a brilliant Parisian doctor (Lorre) whose love for actress Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake) leads him to perform a daring operation to save her concert pianist husband Stephen’s (Colin Clive) hands – with disastrous results.



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.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

Happy viewing!

August 5, 2017

Vancouver Noir Fest Includes Lorres

From August 3 to 24, 2017, The Cinemateque in Vancouver, British Columbia, celebrates film noir with showings of classic noir, including Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon (1941).

The Maltese Falcon will be shown on these dates and times –
  • Aug. 5, Saturday – 6:30 pm – with Double Indemnity and The Glass Key
  • Aug. 6, Sunday – 8:35 pm – with The Glass Key and Double Indemnity
  • Aug. 7, Monday – 4:30 pm – The Glass Key and The Night Editor
Tickets for The Maltese Falcon may be purchased through the Cinemateque website. On-line tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

Double and triple bill tickets are also available.

An annual membership of $3 is also required for attendees 15 and older.

The full schedule for the film noir fest is available on the Cinemateque’s website.

The Cinemateque is located at 1131 Howe Street, between Helmoken and Davie streets, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Parking is available on the streets near the Cinemateque. Parking is also available at the Holiday Inn, located at 1110 Howe Street, across the street from the Cinemateque.

The venue is also well-served by public transit, including several bus lines. More information about public transportation and parking is available on the Cinemateque website.

For more information, please contact the cinema by calling 1-604-688-8202.

July 12, 2017

Lorre Classic at the Memphis Orpheum

As part of their summer movie series, the historic Orpheum, in Memphis, Tennessee, will present The Maltese Falcon (1941) on Friday, July 14, 2017.

Doors open at 6 pm. Before the movie begins at 7 pm, patrons are invited to test their Maltese Falcon knowledge with a trivia contest in the lobby, enjoy a drink special, pose for photos in the photo booth with special movie-themed props and quotes, and enjoy a performance by the cinema’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and younger. A 10-pack of tickets for any film may also be purchased for $60. Tickets may be purchased at the Orpheum box office or through the Orpheum website by clicking the “Buy Tickets” button.

The Orpheum is located at 203 South Main Street, at the corner of Beale and South Main streets, in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

Parking is available at 51 Peabody Place, a public parking lot across the street from the Orpheum. More information about this public lot is available on the Downtown Memphis website.

More information about parking, as well as directions to the cinema, may be found on the Orpheum website.

For more information, please call the Orpheum at 901-525-3000.

July 8, 2017

Louisville Cinema Filmfest Includes Lorre Films

Lorre fans in the Louisville, Kentucky, area will have two opportunities to enjoy seeing Peter in an historic cinema this summer – the Louisville Palace will present Mad Love on Saturday, July 8, and Arsenic and Old Lace on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

Both movies will begin at 8 pm, with the theater doors opening at 7 pm.

Tickets are $5 for all seats. A Season Pass for the summer film festival is also available for $40. And on Saturdays, attendees can purchase a pre-show buffet for $15.

The festival will run from Friday, July 7, to Saturday, August 5. The full schedule is available on the Palace website.

The Louisville Palace is located at 625 South 4th Street, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Parking is available in several covered lots near the theater. Closest to the Palace is the Fifth Street Garage, located at 630 South 4th Avenue. More information about parking, as well as directions to the Palace, is available on the venue’s website.

June 2, 2017

Lorre Film at the Stanford Theatre This Weekend

As part of their salute to “Classic Comedy”, the historic Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, California, will show Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) this weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 2, 3, and 4, on a double-feature with Harvey (1950).

Arsenic and Old Lace will be shown at these times ~
  • Friday, June 2 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 3 – 3:25 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 4 – 3:25 pm and 7:30 pm
Before and after the 7:30 show, one of the Stanford’s “Masters of the Mighty Wurlitzer” will play the Wurlitzer theater organ during the intermission.

Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for youth (18 and under) and seniors (65 and over). Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of the show.

The Stanford Theatre is located at 221 University Avenue in Palo Alto, California. Look for the cinema’s large neon marquee – a landmark along University Avenue in the downtown area.

Parking is available at meters along the street in front of the cinema, as well as two parking garages within two blocks of the Stanford. The Bryant / Lytton Parking Garage is located at 445 Bryant Avenue, one block north of University Avenue. The High Street Parking Garage is located at 528 High Street, one block south of University Avenue.

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

Opening in 1925, the Stanford Theatre was Palo Alto’s premier movie theater. Most of the classic films the cinema now plays – including many Lorre movies – appeared in this cinema on their initial run, when the program changed two or three times a week. On the venue’s website are the original weekly schedules from 1925 through to 1961.

Arsenic and Old Lace opened at the Stanford on November 5, 1944, for a 4-day run of Sunday through Wednesday.

In 1987, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation purchased and restored the cinema. Now owned by the Stanford Theatre Foundation, the cinema presents classic Hollywood movies.

May 3, 2017

Sacramento Museum Hosts Light and Noir Traveling Movie Exhibit

From May 16 to Oct. 15, 2017, the California Museum, located in Sacramento, California, will host the traveling exhibit “Light and Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950”, which highlights the history of émigrés who fled Europe and Hitler and found work in the American film industry.

Casablanca (1942) is one of sixteen movies discussed in the exhibit, including posters, costume and concept drawings, scripts, musical scores, lobby cards, and props from the “Rick’s Café” set.

While the plot of Casablanca deals with Europeans escaping from Hitler for the freedom of the United States, many of the actors in the cast were also European refugees who had come to America under similar circumstances – including Peter Lorre, whose black market character Ugarte sells exit visas to the desperate.

The traveling exhibit is organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the California Museum is $9 for adults 18 and over; $7.50 for students with identification and seniors age 65 and over; and $6.50 for youth between ages 6 and 17. Children 5 years and under are admitted free. Members of the Museum, North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM), and Time Traveler are also admitted free.

Museum members are also invited to kick off the exhibit with the “Light and Noir Premiere Party”, to be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Inspired by an evening at Rick’s Café Americain, festivities include live jazz, roulette and craps games, and complimentary refreshments. Attendees are encouraged to wear period attire from the 1930s and 1940s.

Interested in the party but not a California Museum member? Not a problem! Join by 5 pm on Friday, May 5, 2017, and receive an exclusive invitation to the event. More information about the premiere party is available on the museum’s website.

The California Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. The museum is closed on Monday. The museum is also closed on a number of federal holidays, including Independence Day, July 4.

More information about tickets and business hours is available on the museum’s website.

The California Museum is located at 1020 O Street, at the corner of 10th Street and O Street, in downtown Sacramento, California.

Parking is available in the public parking garage located at 1520 10th Street, directly across the street from the California Museum. The museum is also well-served by public transportation. Directions to the museum, as well as information about parking and public transportation, are available on the museum’s website.

For more information, please contact the California Museum at 916- 653-7524.

Wisconsin Library Film Series Includes Lorre

The Waupaca Area Public Library, in Waupaca, Wisconsin, concludes their “First Thursday Film Series” with a showing of Casablanca (1942) on Thursday, May 4, 2017 – in honor of veterans of all branches of the United States military.

The movie begins at 1:30 pm with a brief commentary by Dr. Jack Rhodes, who lectures in the Waupaca area on the rhetoric of film genres. Popcorn, soda, and theater treats will be served during the film.

Admission is free for everyone, and reservations are not necessary.

The Waupaca Area Public Library is located at 107 South Main Street, in Waupaca, Wisconsin.

Parking is available in the lot behind the library, as well as nearby streets.

For more information, please call the library at 715-258-4114.

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” set 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.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

April 28, 2017

Lorre Double-Feature at Castro Theatre

At the Castro Theatre, in San Francisco, California, it’s a “Double Bogie and Huston” night on Sunday, April 30, 2017 – but it’s also a “Double Lorre” night, with showings of The Maltese Falcon (1941) and the restored Beat the Devil (1954).

Beat the Devil begins at 5:05 pm and 8:55 pm.

The Maltese Falcon will be shown at 7 pm.

The newly-restored version of Beat the Devil was shown earlier this year at the Film Forum in New York City, Feb. 17 to 23, 2017, and discussed here on the Peter Lorre News blog. The restoration has gone back to the original 35mm camera negative, as well as other sources, to re-create the longer uncensored – and never seen – version to be shown at the Castro.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors age 62 and older, and $9 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the Castro 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.

Arthur Lyons Noir Fest Includes Lorre

Among the many film noir movies in Peter Lorre’s credits are two films adapted from Cornell Woolrich novels – Black Angel (1946) and The Chase (1946). Both are scheduled for this year’s Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, to be held in Palm Springs, California, from Thursday, May 11 to Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Founded in 2000 by the late mystery writer Arthur Lyons and now produced and hosted by film noir expert Alan K. Rode, the festival includes movies, events, special guests, and post-screening discussions. The full schedule is available on the festival’s website. Both Lorre films will be shown on Friday, May 12 ~
  • The Chase – 10 am
  • Black Angel – 7:30 pm
Following Black Angel will be an on-stage discussion with Richard Duryea, the son of Dan Duryea, who partners with June Vincent to find out who killed Duryea’s ex-wife, a murder that leads to the trial and conviction of Vincent’s husband.

Tickets for The Chase and Black Angel may be purchased for $13 each. A fee of $1.71 will be added for each ticket ordered on-line.

An All Access Pass may also be purchased for $125, with a fee of $7.87 added to each pass purchased through the festival’s website. The All Access Pass includes all screenings and events, as well as the Opening Night Party on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

More information about tickets is available on the festival’s website.

All movies will be shown at the Camelot Theatres, located in the parking lot of the Palm Springs Mall at 2300 E. Baristo Road, between Farrell Street and Sunrise Avenue, in Palm Springs, California. Parking is available in front of the cinema, in the mall parking lot. Directions to the cinema are available on the Camelot Theatres website.

As of this writing, April 28, 2017, the official hotel for the festival has not yet been announced.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Black Angel and The Chase, including interviews with June Vincent, who plays the female lead in Black Angel

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

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

April 5, 2017

TCM Film Fest 2017 Schedules More Lorre Films

Turner Classic Movies has announced the full schedule for their annual Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, California, over Thursday, April 6, to Sunday, April 9, 2017 – and Lorre fans attending the event will be treated to showings of five of Peter’s movies, including ~
  • Thurs., April 6 – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) – 9:30 pm, Egyptian Theatre
  • Fri., April 7 – The Maltese Falcon (1941) – 9 am, Chinese Multiplex House 1
  • Fri., April 7 – Beat the Devil (1954) – 11:15 am, Chinese Multiplex House 6
  • Sat., April 8 – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) – 9 am, Chinese Multiplex House 4
  • Sun., April 9 – Casablanca (1942) – 7:30 pm, TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX
"Make 'em Laugh: Comedy in the Movies" is this year’s theme, but the festival includes many other special showings, such as nitrate prints and movies numbered among the Essentials, as well as special guest speakers. The full schedule is available on the festival’s website.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) – Peter Lorre's first English-speaking role is among several movies to be shown at the festival in their original nitrate form. Director Martin Scorsese will host the showing, with special guest Deborah Stoiber, who has worked for most of her career to preserve nitrate prints.

The Maltese Falcon (1841) – Peter’s first movie with Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, and director John Huston is considered one of the "Essentials" on the Turner Classic Movies channel. Special guest Eddie Muller, the “Czar of Noir” and founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, will host the showing.

Beat the Devil (1954) – Peter’s final movie with Bogart and Huston is among the “Movie Spoofs” on the festival schedule. Special guests hosting the showing are Angela Allen, who worked on Beat the Devil on Continuity, and documentary filmmaker Cari Beauchamp.

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) – Peter’s second movie at Warner Bros. is among the films described as “Dark Comedy” on the festival schedule.

Casablanca (1943) – Considered one of the "Essentials" at TCM, this wartime classic celebrates its 75th anniversary at the festival. Peter’s performance as Ugarte, the racketeer who sells exit visas eager to leave Casablanca, won the actor a contract at Warner Bros., the studio he would become most associated with during his decades-long career.

Passes are still available in these three categories – The Palace, The Classic, and the Spotlight – but quantities are limited and may be purchased through the festival website.

Individual tickets may also be available for most films.

Venues for the various events include the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX (formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese), The Egyptian Theater, and the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres multiplex – all within an easy walking distance along Hollywood Blvd.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of these movies scheduled during the TCM festival, including interviews with many of the actors and crew who worked with Peter throughout his career. The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available for the Kindle and Nook, as well as hard-bound and soft-bound editions.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

April 2, 2017

Kirk Douglas Centennial Includes Lorre

In honor of actor Kirk Douglas’ 100th birthday in 2016, the American Film Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, continues its Douglas film fest with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

The movie will begin at 12:30 pm in the AFI Silver 1 theater.

Tickets are $13 for general admission; $10 for seniors 65 and older, students, and the military (with proper ID), and $8 for children 12 and under. For AFI members Two-Star level and higher, admission is $9.50.

Tickets may be reserved on-line through the AFI Silver website. Click the show time of 12:30 pm on the page for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Tickets reserved on-line must be claimed at the box office with the same credit card used to make the reservation. The AFI Silver accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards. A nominal fee will be charged for all tickets reserved on-line.

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

The Kirk Douglas Centennial festival, which began Friday, March 10, continues until Sunday, April 23, 2017. The complete schedule is available on the AFI website.

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

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.

Directions to the cinema, as well as information about parking and public transportation, may be found on the AFI Silver website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin discusses the making of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea through interviews with Kirk Douglas and art director Harper Goff, who had Peter in mind for the role of Conseil, apprentice to Professor Aronnax (Paul Lukas), while reading the Jules Verne novel.

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

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

March 27, 2017

Syracuse Cinephile Society Fest Includes Lorre

The Syracuse Cinephile Society, of Syracuse, New York, continues their spring 2017 season of Monday Night classic movies with a mystery double-feature of The Whistler (1944) and Mr. Moto’s Last Warning (1939) on Monday, March 27, 2017.

All films in the series will be shown at the Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant, located at 689 North Clinton Street in Syracuse, New York. Parking is available in the lot beside the restaurant.

Directions to the Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant are available on the Cinephile Society's website.

The program will begin at 7:30 pm, but attendees who plan to come for dinner are recommended to arrive no later than 6:15 pm, in order to finish by 7:30 pm.

Admission to the Syracuse Cinephile Society event is $3 for Cinephile members, $3.50 for non-members.

The full schedule for the Monday Night Series is available on the Society’s website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of the Mr. Moto series, including interviews with Norman Foster, who directed Mr. Moto’s Last Warning and five other Moto films.

Although initially interested in playing the intrepid – and globe-trotting – Japanese importer for whom detecting is a hobby, Peter soon grew of the character. Continually addressed as “Mr. Moto” by the public, playing Mr. Moto in sketches on the radio variety series of the late 1930s, and getting few opportunities to appear in non-Moto projects at 20th Centuryi-Fox all added to Peter’s disappointment with the series.

In 2006 and 2007, 20th Century-Fox remastered and restored all eight of the Moto films, hired John Cork and his production company Cloverland to produce a unique documentary – including interviews with Stephen Youngkin – for each movie, and released the series in two DVD box-sets with additional extras.

Purchase Mr. Moto, Volume 1, from Amazon.

Purchase Mr. Moto, Volume 2, from Amazon.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

March 23, 2017

Spring into Spring and Summer with Lorre on TV

As the days grow longer and spring moves into summer, 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.



March, 2017

Eddie Muller, “The Czar of Noir” and president of the Film Noir Foundation, kicks off in March a special series of film noir movies to be shown every Sunday at 10 am on the Turner Classic Movies channel. And TCM turns the spotlight on “March Malice” with a week-long series of dramas, a different theme each day.

Mar. 5 (Sun), 10 am, Turner Classic Movies channel – The Maltese Falcon (1941). Eddie Muller introduces his film noir series “Noir Alley” with the classic hard-boiled detective movie, Peter’s first film at Warner Bros.

Mar 12 (Sun), 8 am, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941).

Mar. 15 (Wed), 11 am, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The daytime theme is “Femme Fatales”, and no “femme” is more “fatale” than Mary Astor’s Brigid O’Shaughnessy, who works against her former associates Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre) and Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet) to obtain the fabulous jewel-encrusted statuette.

Mar. 21 (Tues), 11 am, TCM – M (1931). “March Malice”, and the theme today is “Serial Killers”. Peter Lorre attracted attention in his first sound movie as Hans Beckert, the child murderer of Berlin.

Mar. 21 (Tues), 6 am, GetTV channel – Mrs. G. Goes to College, “First Test”. Originally broadcast Oct. 11, 1961, “First Test” is the first of two episodes in which Peter appeared as Dr. Kestner, science instructor at an unnamed university.

Mar. 23 (Thurs), 6 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). “March Malice” continues and today’s theme is “Nazis”. Although Peter played Nazis in movies during the 1940s, Conrad Veidt is the Nazi in question this time – while Peter’s character Ugarte gets the action going when he leaves two valuable exit visas with saloon owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart).

Mar. 29 (Wed), 4 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1961).

Mar. 30 (Thurs), 6 am, GetTV channel – Mrs. G. Goes to College, “The Trouble with Crayton”. Originally broadcast Dec. 6, 1961, this episode was the second and final appearance of Peter Lorre as Dr. Kestner, Mrs. G.’s science instructor at an unnamed university.

Mar. 30 (Thurs), 9:25 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1961).



April, 2017

This month, Lorre fans can enjoy one of Peter's TV episodes, in addition to several movies.

April 8 (Sat), 11 am, MeTV channel – Wagon Train, "The Alexander Portlass Story". Originally broadcast March 16, 1060.

April 12 (Wed), 11:05 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1961).

April 15 (Sat), 6:15 am, TCM – Hollywood Canteen (1944).

April 15 (Sat), 9:40 am, MGM HD channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964). The MGM channel presents a day of Vincent Price movies, "Death and Taxes: Vincent Price Movie Marathon", in honor of the day Americans' income taxes are due.

April 15 (Sat), 11:20 am, MGM HD channel – The Raven (1963). The Vincent Price marathon continues with this comic adaptation of the poem by Edgar Allan Poe.

April 17 (Mon), 5:30 am, TCM – Screen Director’s Playhouse, "No. 5 Checked Out". Originally broadcast over NBC on Jan. 18, 1956.

April 18 (Tues), 6 am, TCM – M (1931). The daytime theme of "The Madness Within" begins with Peter Lorre in his first sound movie as Hans Beckert, a man tortured by his inner demons to murder children in Berlin.

April 19 (Wed), 1:15 pm, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

April 21 (Fri), 6 am, Get TV – Mrs. G. Goes to College, "First Test". Originally broadcast Oct. 11, 1961.

April 24 (Mon), 9:20 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

April 24 (Mon), 11 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). TCM wishes Shirley MacLaine a happy birthday with a day of her movies, including this all-star extravaganza with Peter Lorre as a Japanese steward aboard a ship bound for Yokohama.

April 25 (Tues), 8:15 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

April 26 (Wed), 7:35 am, MGM HD channel – The Raven (1963). The MGM channel features a morning of movies starring Vincent Price, who co-starred with Peter in five movies in the mid-1950s to early 1960s.

April 27 (Thurs), 4:20 am, MGM HD channel – The Raven (1963). The MGM channel features a morning of movies starring Vincent Price, who co-starred with Peter in five movies in the mid-1950s to early 1960s.

April 30 (Sun), 6 am, MGM HD channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

April 30 (Sun), 11:05 am, Fox Movie channel – Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).



May, 2017

Clark Gable is the Star of the Month on the Turner Classic Movies channel, and the line-up includes both of the movies he made with Peter Lorre.

May 2 (Tues), 6 am, Get TV channel – Mrs. G. Goes to College, "The Trouble with Crayton", originally broadcast Dec. 6, 1961.

May 8 (Mon), 9 am, MGM HD channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

May 9 (Tues), 9:30 pm, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940). An evening of movies with TCM "Star of the Month" Clark Gable and frequent leading lady Joan Crawford, includes the first movie Peter Lorre made with Gable.

May 10 (Wed), 1:45 pm, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941). Movies starring Clark Gable continues, including the second and final film Peter made with TCM's "Star of the Month".

May 21 (Sun), 2 pm, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964). Peter Lorre’s only appearance in American International Pictures’ successful “Beach Party” movie series was playing in theaters at the time newspapers were running Peter’s obituary on his passing at age 59 on March 23, 1964, and his funeral two days later.

May 23 (Tues), 12:30 pm, TCM – The Verdict (1946). "Revenge" is the daytime theme on TCM. In this locked-room murder mystery, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet made their final film appearance together.

May 25 (Thurs), 11 am, MGM HD channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

May 28 (Sun), 2:30 pm, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945). Over the three-day Memorial Day weekend holiday, TCM salutes war-time movies. Today's daytime theme is "Spy Movie Classics".



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.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

Happy viewing!

March 16, 2017

Mrs. G. Goes to College Comes to GetTV, March 2017

Lorre fans with access to the GetTV channel can look forward to something new from Peter’s television credits when Mrs. G. Goes to College joins the station’s line-up in late March, 2017.

The one-season TV comedy series – broadcast over CBS on Wednesday nights at 9:30 pm in the early 1960s – tells the story of Mrs. Sarah Green (Gertrude Berg), an older widow who decides to attend an unnamed university and live in a boarding house among her fellow students.

Also in the cast are Sir Cedric Hardwicke, as Prof. Crayton, her English instructor; Mary Wickes, as her landlady; Skip Ward, as her classmate Joe Caldwell; and a young Marion Ross (who later appeared on Happy Days in the 1980s), as Susan Green, Mrs. Green’s daughter.

As Dr. Kestner, Mrs. Green’s science instructor, Peter Lorre made two guest appearances on the program.

In “First Test”, originally shown on Oct. 11, 1961, Dr. Kestner makes a bet with his friend Prof. Crayton that Mrs. G. and her lab partner Joe Caldwell will fail their first exam in the Doctor’s class.

In “The Trouble with Crayton”, broadcast Dec. 6, 1961, Dr. Kestner conspires with Mrs. G. to help Prof. Crayton get some much-needed rest.

GetTV will first air these episodes on the following days and times ~
  • ”First Test” – Tues., Mar. 21 – 6 am
  • ”The Trouble with Crayton” – Thurs., Mar. 30 – 6 am
With the series added to the channel’s regular line-up, GetTV will air these episodes on future dates and times, as listed on the GetTV schedule.

Although not available commercially, Mrs. G. Goes to College may be purchased through Thomas Film Classics.

In the Appendix of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Lorre fans will find a complete-to-date list of Peter’s television credits, as well as lists of his radio work, his movies, and his stage and theater appearances.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased through Amazon.

Heritage House Shows Beat the Devil, Mar. 16, 2017

As part of their “Film Noir” series, held on the third Thursday of every month, the Heritage House Arts and Civic Center presents Beat the Devil (1954) – Peter Lorre’s final movie with pal Humphrey Bogart and director John Huston – on Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017.

The film will be shown at 2 pm and 7 pm.

Admission is free for everyone. Free popcorn will be served during each showing.

The Heritage House is located at 1428 Jenkins Road, on the grounds of Heritage Park, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Parking is available near the Heritage House.

Follow the Heritage House on Facebook to find out more about House events.

February 22, 2017

Ohio Library Schedules Classic Lorre Film

As part of its “Classic Movie Afternoon” series, the Sylvania Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library system in Ohio presents The Maltese Falcon (1941) on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

The program will begin at 2 pm in the Meeting Room. Refreshments will be provided.

Admission is free for everyone.

The full schedule for the “Classic Movie Afternoon” series, from January to May, is available on the branch library’s website.

The Sylvania branch is located at 6749 Monroe Street in Sylvania, Ohio. Directions to the library are available on the branch's website.

Parking is available in the library’s parking lot.

For more information, please contact the library at 419-882-2089.

February 17, 2017

Restored Beat the Devil at New York City’s Film Forum

In an interview, Peter Lorre recalled Beat the Devil (1954) as “a delicious sardonic comedy” that was “a flop first in New York” because the studio opened it with “a blood-and-thunder campaign”. Hastily re-edited by director John Huston before its release, with a tacked-on opening voice-over by lead actor Humphrey Bogart and four minutes trimmed from its running time, the movie fell into public domain years ago and has been seen only in this form – until now.

A new restoration has gone back to the original 35mm camera negative, as well as other sources, to re-create the longer version. And the Film Forum, located in New York City, will screen the uncensored and unseen version of Beat the Devil, from Friday, Feb. 17, to Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

Beat the Devil will be shown on the following dates and times ~
  • Friday, Feb. 17 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 7 pm, and 9:10 pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 18 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 7 pm, and 9:10 pm
  • Sunday, Feb. 19 – 2:10 pm, 6:40 pm, and 8:40 pm
  • Monday, Feb. 20 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, and 8:20 pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 7 pm, and 9:10 pm
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 7 pm, and 9:10 pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 23 – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 7 pm, and 9:10 pm
Admission is $14 for adults, and $8 for children under the age of 12. Seniors age 65 and older attending shows before 5 pm, Monday to Friday, may purchase tickets for $8. Tickets for Film Forum members are $8 for all showings.

Tickets may be purchased at the Film Forum box office. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the Film Forum website. Click the “Buy Tickets” button on the Beat the Devil page. On-line registration is required to purchase tickets through the venue’s website. More information on tickets is available on the Film Forum website.

The Film Forum is located at 209 West Houston Street, between 6th Avenue and Varick Street, in New York City, New York.

Parking, both metered and non-metered, is available on many of the streets close to the Film Forum. Parking on 6th Avenue, 7th Avenue, and Varick Street is metered.

The Film Forum is well-served by subway and bus lines. Directions to the theater, as well as parking and public transportation information, are available on the venue’s website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the chaotic making of Beat the Devil, the fifth and final movie Peter made with his old pal, Humphrey Bogart. Working on location in Italy, the two pranksters welcomed celebrity visitors such as George Sanders to the set, played practical jokes on cast-mates, and enjoyed the ping-playing form of co-star Gina Lollabrigida.

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

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

February 5, 2017

Maltese Falcon Events at California Libraries

The National Education Association continues their "Big Read" events at several libraries in Southern California in 2017.

From Monday, February 6, to Saturday, May 27, events involving The Maltese Falcon, both the 1929 novel and the 1941 movie, will be held at these libraries – Manhattan Beach Library, Lancaster Library, Stevenson Ranch Library, Angelo M. Iacoboni Library, and Norwalk Library.

The Shakespeare At Play company will present a showing of the movie, with a discussion, at these libraries ~
Library book clubs will discuss the Hammett novel on these dates and times ~
The complete schedule of Big Read Events at these libraries is available on the Southern California Library website.

The Angelo M. Iacoboni Library is located at 4990 Clark Avenue, in Lakewood, California. For more information, please call the library at 562-866-1777.

The Lancaster Library is located at 601 W. Lancaster Boulevard, in Lancaster, California. For more information, please call the library at 661-948-5029.

The Manhattan Beach Library is located at 1320 Highland Avenue, In Manhattan Beach, California. For more information, please call the library at 310-545-8595.

The Norwalk Library is located at 12350 Imperial Highway, in Norwalk, California. For more information, please call the library at 562-868-0775.

The Stevenson Ranch Library is located at 25950 The Old Road, in Stevenson Ranch, California. For more information, please call the library at 661-255-2707.