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 obtained 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 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.

February 2, 2017

Lorre on Harrisburg IMAX Screen

Peter Lorre fans in Central Pennsylvania are in for a special treat in the month of February – Casablanca (1942) will be shown in the IMAX theater of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Beginning Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, and running until Sunday, Feb. 26, the Whitaker Center will present several Oscar-winning movies. The full schedule is available on the venue’s website.

Casablanca will be shown on the following days and times ~
  • Feb. 4, Saturday – 7:30 pm
  • Feb. 10, Friday – 7:30 pm
  • Feb. 18, Saturday – 7:30 pm
  • Feb. 24, Friday – 7:30 pm
Admission is $9.50 for adults age 18 to 54, and $8 for Military personnel, Juniors age 3 to 17, and Seniors age 55 and older. Members of the Whitaker Center can receive a $2 discount on each ticket. Tickets may be purchased at the Whitaker Center box office. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the venue’s website. Scroll to Casablanca on the "Oscar-Winning Films Series" page and click the "Buy Tickets" button.

The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is located at 222 Market Street, between the indoor shopping mall Strawberry Square and the Hilton Hotel in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Parking is available in the Walnut Street Parking Garage, located at 215 Walnut Street, in downtown Harrisburg. Parking is also available at meters on the streets near the Whitaker Center. Meters are free after 7 pm, Monday through Saturday, and all day on Sundays.

For more information, pleas contact the Whitaker Center at 717-214-2787.

January 19, 2017

Amherst Screening Room Presents Lorre Films

In tribute to director Alfred Hitchcock, The Screening Room, located in Amherst, New York, will show Peter Lorre’s first English-speaking movie The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday, Jan. 20, 21, and 25, 2017.

The film will begin at 7:30 pm on all three days.

Admission for The Man Who Knew Too Much is $6 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the box office, beginning about 30 minutes before the show. The Screening Room accepts most major credit cards.

Formerly located in the Northtown Plaza Business Center, The Screening Room has moved to the Boulevard Mall, located at 1265 Niagara Falls Boulevard, in Amherst, New York.

The Screening Room’s entrance is outside the mall on the Alberta Drive side of the Boulevard Mall, near the Macy’s department store – in Suite 207, formerly the location of the Funny Bone Comedy Club. More information, including a store directory, is available on the Mall’s website.

Parking is available throughout the Boulevard Mall.

For more information, please call The Screening Room at 716-837-0376.



Spend Valentine’s Day with Peter at The Screening Room with special showings of Casablanca (1942) in a week-long celebration of the film's 75th anniversary!

A Night in Casablanca ~ Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 ~

Advance tickets are on sale now for A Night in Casablanca – dinner and a showing of Casablanca on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

Tickets are $30 each and include a buffet-style spaghetti dinner with a Moroccan twist from My Tomato Pie, wine, soft drinks, Moroccan coffee, and admission to the film, plus taxes and gratuity. Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance at the box office or online through the Screening Room website. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Dinner will be served at 7 pm. The movie will begin at 8 pm.

Anniversary Showings ~ Feb. 10 to Feb. 18 ~

Casablanca will also be shown on these days and times ~
  • Feb. 10, Friday – 7:15 pm – $6
  • Feb. 11, Saturday – 7:15 pm – $6
  • Feb. 12, Sunday – 12 noon – $6
  • Feb. 14, Tuesday – 7:15 pm – $6
  • Feb. 18, Saturday – Time to be announced – $6



In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin describes the making of Casablanca, a film to which Peter attached little importance. Working only four days on the movie, Peter later claimed he made more money playing the roulette wheel on the “gambling room” set than he did before the cameras. Nonetheless, his performance led to a contract with Warner Bros. and a period of professional and personal success.

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

January 18, 2017

Students! Classes Include Lorre Films!

Peter Lorre fans in the areas of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Bridgton, Maine, will have an opportunity on January 24 and 27, 2017, to attend classes on classic Lorre films – M (1931) and The Maltese Falcon (1941).



M, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona ~

NAU’s College of Arts and Letters film series continues the spring installment of its popular Tuesday night film series with a free showing of M in the Cline Library on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.

The program, which includes a cartoon and post-film discussion, will begin at 7 pm in the library’s Assembly Hall, located on the first floor near the public entrance. Local film experts will introduce M, and series organizers Paul Helford and Paul Donnelly will lead a discussion immediately following the movie.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

The Cline Library is located at 1001 S. Knoles Drive, at the corner of Knoles Drive and McCreary Road, in Flagstaff, Arizona. A map of the University is available on the library's website.

Parking lot P16 is directly across the street from the Cline Library. Lot P13 is behind the library. The College of Arts and Letters Film Series has been designated as a free parking event. To qualify for the free permit, which must be downloaded for each movie, attendees must be a community member and register with NAU Parking. Instructions for obtaining a free parking are available on the NAU website.

For more information, please contact the library at 928-523-2173.

The film series will run from Tuesday, Jan. 17, to Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The full schedule is available on the Cline Library website.



The Maltese Falcon, Senior College, Bridgton, Maine ~

In Bridgton, Maine, winter term is now in session at the Senior College, and on the schedule for Friday, Jan. 27, is The Maltese Falcon (1941).

The program begins at 10 am. Margaret Reimer will present the class, discussing film noir and the movie’s characters.

Class will be held at the Magic Lantern Theater Pub, located at 9 Depot Street in downtown Bridgton, Maine. Parking is available at the pub.

Senior College is a hometown Bridgton program designed for anyone 50 years or older residing in Bridgton or the nearby Lakes Region communities in Maine. Students may take a class or two for $5 each, or become a Senior College member for $20 and take any winter session class for free.

Class registration forms are available at the Bridgton Library, located at 1 Church Street, in Bridgton, Maine. Forms are also available on the Senior College website. Instructions for enrollment in Senior College are available on the Senior College website.

For more information, please contact Kappy Sprenger, Senior College Registration, at 207-647-5593.

Classes will run from Tuesday, Jan. 17, to Thursday, February 9, 2017. The complete schedule is available on the Senior College website.



No word on textbooks for these classes – but an outstanding work would be The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, by Stephen D. Youngkin, who recounts the making of both M and The Maltese Falcon through interviews with directors Fritz Lang and John Huston, among others.

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

January 16, 2017

BIMA Film Fest Includes M

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will kick off its Tuesday evening smARTfilm series with a showing of Peter Lorre’s first sound movie M (1931) on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

This year, the smARTfilm series focuses on film noir. The series will run every Tuesday evening from Jan. 17 to Feb. 21, 2017.

The auditorium opens at 7 pm. M will begin at 7:30 pm. Following the movie, series curators Frank Buxton and John Ellis will lead a discussion of M.

Attendees are also invited to come at 5:30 pm and enjoy a dinner in the museum’s Bistro. The menu includes soup, salad, the evening’s special, and dessert. Dinner is not included in the ticket price. Reservations are recommended. Please call the Bistro at 206-451-4011.

Admission for M is $10 for all seats. Students may attend the movies for free with prior registration. Tickets may be purchased at the museum or through the BIMA website for pick-up at the museum. A nominal service fee of $1.34 will be added the cost of each ticket purchased through the website.

A pass for all movies in the smARTfilm series is also available for $50. The pass may be purchased at the museum or through the museum’s website. A nominal service fee of $2.74 will be added to every pass purchased through the BIMA website.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is located at 550 Winslow Way East, on Bainbridge Island in Washington. The island is a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle and a five-minute walk, or an easy drive or bus ride from any location in Kitsap County. Directions are available on the museum’s website.

Free parking is available in the museum’s lot, entered from Winslow Way East.

For more information, please call the museum at 206-842-4451.

TCM Film Fest 2017 Includes Lorre

Lorre fans attending the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood over Thursday, April 6 to Sunday, April 9, 2017, will be treated to a showing of Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

"Make 'em Laugh: Comedy in the Movies" is this year’s theme. A partial film schedule, as well as a list of some of the special guests, has been posted to the festival website, promising "the greatest cinematic achievements of lone clowns, comedic duos and madcap ensembles."

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

Individual tickets may also be available for most films.

Although the schedule has not yet been announced, 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 Arsenic and Old Lace in the fall of 1941, three years before its actual release in 1944. The Capra-directed movie, starring Cary Grant and three members of the original stage production, was Peter’s second film at Warner Bros. Not yet signed to a contract, Peter was instead called back to the studio on a picture-by-picture basis.

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

January 15, 2017

Lorre Sings and Dances at the Prytania

Lorre fans in the New Orleans area are in for a special treat on Sunday, Jan. 15 and Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 – a showing of the classic MGM musical Silk Stockings (1957) at the historic Prytania Theatre as part of their Classic Movie Series, which continues through January and February.

The movie will begin at 10 am each morning, introduced by Rene J. Brunet, owner of the historic Prytania. Brunet is acknowledged as an expert on film, as well as a New Orleans theater historian.

Ticket prices are $6 for all ages for the matinee screening. Tickets may be purchased at the cinema box office. Tickets may also be purchased online through the Prytania website. Select "Purchase Tickets" from the drop-down menu, and select Silk Stockings. A nominal fee of $1.25 will be charged for online purchases.

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

Parking is available on the streets near the cinema.

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

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Silk Stockings through interviews with dance choreography Hermes Pan, director Reuben Mamoulian, and actor Joseph Buloff (who played one of Peter’s fellow Russian commissars). Admitting to Pan he was not a dancer, Peter nonetheless came up with suggestions to make his dances funnier, including a kazatski, a demanding Ukranian dance he performs with a butter knife clenched between his teeth.

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

January 13, 2017

Casablanca at Harrisburg Midtown Cinema

Lorre fans in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, area will have the opportunity to catch Peter in a movie theater this weekend when the Midtown Cinema presents Casablanca (1942) on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, as part of their series of Oscar-winning films.

Casablanca will begin at 7 pm in Theater 2.

Admission is $9 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Midtown Cinema’s box office. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the venue’s website. A nominal booking fee of $1 will be added to each ticket purchased on-line.

The Midtown Cinema is located at 250 Reily Street, in the midtown area of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Parking is available in a small lot along Susquehanna Street, located beside the cinema, as well as on the streets near the Midtown.

For more information, please contact the Midtown at 717-909-6566.