July 19, 2018

Bogart Fest at the Aero Includes Lorre

Lorre fans in the Santa Monica, California, area will have three opportunities this month to catch Peter on the big screen when the Aero Theatre presents Casablanca (1942), The Maltese Falcon (1941), and Beat the Devil (1954) as part of their series “Humphrey Bogart, Hollywood Legend”.

The Lorre movies will be shown on the following dates and times ~
  • Casablanca – Friday, July 20
  • The Maltese Falcon, on a double-bill with The Big Sleep (1945) – Friday, July 27
  • Beat the Devil, on a double-bill with The African Queen (1951) – Sunday, July 29
All programs begin at 7:30 pm.

The Bogart fest begins on Thursday, July 19, and ends Sunday, July 29, 2018. The complete schedule is available on the Aero website.

Ticket prices are $12 for general admission, $8 for Cinematheque Members, and $10 for students with valid ID and senior citizens 65 and over. Tickets may be purchased on-line through Fandango and the Aero website.

The Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Avenue, at 14th Street, in Santa Monica, California.

Parking is available free and at meters along Montana Avenue and other streets near the Aero. Please check posted signs. North of Montana Avenue, parking is generally limited to two hours until 7 pm. After 7 pm, parking is free for the duration of a movie.

For more information, please call the Aero at (310) 260-1528.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the on-screen and off-screen friendship of Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart through interviews with their friends and family members. The two actors met on The Maltese Falcon in the fall of 1941 and went on to work together in three more movies at Warner Bros. until Peter left the studio in 1945. Beat the Devil was their final movie together, filmed on location in Italy in 1954.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

July 16, 2018

Toronto Summer Film Fest Includes Lorre

The Toronto Film Society continues its annual summer film fest with a showing of Peter Lorre’s first American film Mad Love (1935) on a double-feature with The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947) on Monday, July 16, 2018, at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Mad Love will begin at 7 pm. The Private Affairs of Bel Ami will follow.

The summer film fest, titled “Bad Guy / Mad Guys”, will run every Monday night in July and August, beginning on July 9 and ending on August 27 with a showing of Rope of Sand (1949), with Peter Lorre, Burt Lancaster, Corinne Calvet, Paul Henreid, and Claude Rains. The full schedule is available on the Toronto Film Society website.

Most films, including Mad Love and Rope of Sand, will be shown at the Carlton Cinema, located at 20 Carlton Street, in Toronto, Ontario.

Parking is available in the parking deck located at 1 Wood Street, a block from the Carlton Cinema. The cinema is also well-served by public transportation, with the College metro stop at the corner of Carlton and Yonge streets.

Memberships in the Toronto Film Society are available in a variety of price levels. The “Trial Membership” may be purchased at the door before any screening. The Trial Membership is $18 for adults and $15 for students with valid student ID. Memberships may be purchased through the Toronto Film Society website.

More information on memberships 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 Mad Love and Rope of Sand through interviews with actress Frances Drake and screenwriter Walter Doniger.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

July 15, 2018

San Francisco Cinema Features Lorre Classic

Peter Lorre fans in the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California are in for a special treat on Sunday, July 15, 2018 – a showing of the classic Walt Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), on an adventure film double-feature with Jason and the Argonauts (1963) at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will begin at 1:30 pm. Jason and the Argonauts follows at 3:50 pm.

Admission is $13 for adults, and $10 for seniors (age 62 and older) and children (age 12 and under). 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.

July 8, 2018

Lorre Film Opens Annual Norfolk Fest

On Monday, July 9, 2018, the Mal Vincent Classic Film Festival launches its 15th year with The Maltese Falcon (1941) at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk, Virginia.

The program begins at 7:15, with film critic Mal Vincent introducing The Maltese Falcon with little-known facts about the movie, its stars, writers, and director, based on his five-decades’ personal experience writing about film for The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk’s daily newspaper. Mr. Vincent will also close the program with movie trivia.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for senior citizens (age 64 and older) and kids (age 12 and under). Ticket Books, including 10 admissions for any movie, may also be purchased for $73.

Tickets go on sale at the box office at 6 pm, and the doors open at 6:30 pm.

The Maltese Falcon will also be shown Tuesday afternoon, July 10, 2018, at 1:45 pm. Matinee prices are $8 for all seats.

Mal Vincent’s film festival will be held every Monday night from July 9 to August 20, 2018. Following the final movie, The Egg and I (1947) on August 20, all attendees will be invited to vote on the best four performances of the festival – lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor, and supporting actress. The results will be entered in the film fest record book.

The closing-night party will be held at the Ynot Pizza and Italian Cuisine, located at 1517 Colley Ave in Norfolk, Virginia, down the street from the Naro.

The complete schedule for the film fest is available on the venue’s website.

The Naro Expanded Cinema is located at 1507 Colley Avenue, in Norfolk, Virginia. For more information, please call the cinema at 757-625-6276.

Parking is available in the lot behind the Naro. Street parking is also available along Colley Avenue. More information, including directions, is available on the Naro’s website.

The historic Naro Expanded Cinema opened on February 24, 1936, as The Colley Theater, one of several suburban movie theaters owned by William S. Wilder. In 1977, the cinema was bought by Tench Phillips and Thom Vourlas, who wanted to show classic films, as well as independent and foreign movies. In 2004, the two cinema owners talked Mal Vincent into presenting classic films at the Naro – and the Mal Vincent Classic Film Festival was born.

And now Peter Lorre fans in the Norfolk, Virginia, area can enjoy The Maltese Falcon in an historic cinema that very likely presented the movie when it was originally released in the fall of 1941. Purchase a ticket at the outside booth. Enter the lobby and step back in time, when cinemas had balconies, and a red velvet curtain shielded the screen until the picture was ready to begin. The lights dim. The curtain parts. The credits roll.

And fans are treated to a Lorre performance on a big screen – as Peter Lorre was meant to be seen . . . . .

July 3, 2018

Celebrate the Fourth of July with Lorre

In November, 1944, Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) opened at the Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto’s premiere cinema in Northern California, for a 4-day run, beginning Sunday, November 5.

Beginning Tuesday, July 3, 2018, and ending Thursday, July 5, Lorre fans in Palo Alto can once again enjoy Arsenic and Old Lace on the big screen at the historic Stanford as part of the venue’s series “Summer 2018”.

On a double-bill with Talk of the Town (1942), Arsenic and Old Lace will be shown at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 3, 4, and 5.

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.

More information about parking is available on the Stanford's website.

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

The Stanford Theatre opened in 1925. Most of the classic films now playing – 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.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Arsenic and Old Lace, originally filmed in the fall of 1941. Having completed work on The Maltese Falcon (1941), Peter Lorre was called back to the Warner Bros studio to play Dr. Einstein, personal plastic surgeon to the international killer Jonathan Brewster (Raymond Massey).

By the time Arsenic and Old Lace went into release in the fall of 1944, Peter was under contract with Warner Bros. and well on his way to the most productive period of his career.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

June 22, 2018

Happy Birthday, Peter Lorre! – From SiriusXM and TCM

Special programming blocks celebrating actors’ birthdays are a tradition on the Radio Classics channel, broadcast over channel 148 on the SiriusXM radio dial.

But this year, Peter Lorre gets a double dose of Happy Birthday wishes from host Greg Bell with two different blocks of Lorre radio programs.

Beginning Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – Peter’s 114th birthday – and continuing throughout the week, Lorre fans can enjoy eight of Peter’s old-time radio performances.

“Peter Lorre Special” includes two episodes from Peter’s own 13-week summer series Mystery in the Air, “The Mask of Medusa” (Sept. 4, 1947) and “Crime and Punishment” (Sept. 25, 1947); an episode of the anthology series Suspense, “Nobody Loves Me” (Aug. 30, 1945); and finally a guest appearance on Jack Benny’s show The Lucky Strike Program, “I Stand Condemned” (Mar. 24, 1946).

“More Peter Lorre B-Day” includes guest appearances on Fred Allen’s show The Texaco Star Theater (Jan. 3, 1943) and Duffy’s Tavern (Oct. 19, 1943), an episode of the anthology series Inner Sanctum, “The Black Seagull” (Mar. 7, 1943), and finally, an episode of Peter’s Armed Forces Radio Services series Mystery Playhouse, “Lady in the Morgue” (Mollé Mystery Theater, May 15, 1945).

And included in the regular block When Radio Was is Peter Lorre’s Suspense episode, “The Devil’s Saint”, originally airing on Jan. 19, 1943.

The Lorre programs and tributes will air on these dates and times ~

Sunday, June 24 ~
When Radio Was
4:30 pm Pacific, 7:30 pm Eastern

Tuesday, June 26 ~
Peter Lorre Special
5 pm Pacific, 8 pm Eastern

More Peter Lorre B-Day
9 pm Pacific

Wednesday, June 27 ~
More Peter Lorre B-Day
12 midnight Eastern

Thursday, July 28 ~
Peter Lorre Special
11 am Pacific, 2 pm Eastern

Friday, June 29 ~
More Peter Lorre B-Day
11 am Pacific, 2 pm Eastern

Saturday, July 30 ~
Peter Lorre Special
9 am Pacific, 12 noon Eastern

Sunday, July 1 ~
More Peter Lorre B-Day
1 am Pacific, 4 am Eastern

And on Friday, June 29, 2018 – three days after Peter’s birthday – the party continues on the Turner Classic Movies channel as TCM salutes Peter’s birthday with a morning and afternoon of Lorre films, beginning at 9 am Eastern and ending at 8 pm, including ~
  • 9 am – M (1931)
  • 11 am – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
  • 12:30 pm – Mad Love (1935)
  • 1:45 pm – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
  • 3 pm – The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • 4:45 pm – The Conspirators (1944)
  • 6:30 pm – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)
Satellite radio provider SiriusXM airs Radio Classics over channel 148. Subscribers may also listen to the programs over the internet. Log-in with your User ID and password. Not a subscriber? A free 30-day trial is also available through the Sirius XM radio website.

The full schedule for the week of June 24 to July 1, 2018, is available on the SiriusXM Radio website.

The life and career of Peter Lorre is chronicled in the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre by Stephen D. Youngkin, who began his research in the 1970s and interviewed Peter’s brothers Andrew and Francis, his first wife Celia Lovsky, his sister-in-law Barbara through his second wife Karen Verne, his daughter Catherine Lorre, friends, fellow actors, and the directors, producers, and crew who worked with him throughout his career.

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

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

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

Published in 2005 through University Press of Kentucky, The Lost One may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

June 17, 2018

Lorre Film Fest at UW Cinematheque

Peter Lorre fans in the area of Madison, Wisconsin, will enjoy a special treat in June and July, 2018 – a 6-week, 8-film series of Lorre movies and Lorre caricatures in Warner Bros. cartoons at the Cinematheque on the campus of the University of Wisconsin.

Peter Lorre: The Mad and the Bad” – a tribute to “one of cinema history’s most fascinating and compelling performers, the great Peter Lorre” – begins Wednesday, June 20, 2018, and runs every Wednesday through July 27, 2018. Films include ~

June 20 ~
Hare-Raising Hare (1947) – 7 pm
The Face Behind the Mask (1940) – 7:10 pm
Island of Doomed Men (1940) – 8:30 pm

June 27 ~
M (1931) – 7 pm

July 4 ~
Birth of a Notion (1947) – 7 pm
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) – 7:10 pm

July 11 ~
Der Verlorene (1951) – 7 pm

July 18 ~
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) – 7 pm
The Beast with Five Fingers (1940) – 8:30 pm

July 25 ~
The Maltese Falcon (1941) – 7 pm

Prints, both 35mm and 16mm, are courtesy of the Library of Congress, the Goethe Institut, and the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. The full schedule is available on the Cinematheque website.

Admission to all movies at the Cinematheque is free for everyone. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Donations are accepted at the door or through the venue’s website.

The Cinematheque is located in Room 4070, at the top of Vilas Communications Hall. Also known as “the Parliamentary Room”, Room 4070 is in the center of the open 4th floor plaza of Vilas Hall and may be reached from the Park Street stairs and elevator, the stairs on University Avenue, and the stairs facing University Square and the Lucky Building.

Vilas Hall is located at 821 University Avenue on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.

Parking is available in two parking structures on North Lake Street – one at the corner of North Lake and West Johnson streets, and the State Street Campus Garage, located at 415 North Lake Street.

The Cinematheque is also well-served by public transportation.

Directions to the Cinematheque, as well as more information on parking and bus lines, are available on the venue’s website.

The life and career of Peter Lorre is chronicled in the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre by Stephen D. Youngkin, who began his research in the 1970s and interviewed Peter’s brothers Andrew and Francis, his first wife Celia Lovsky, his sister-in-law Barbara through his second wife Karen Verne, his daughter Catherine Lorre, friends, fellow actors, and the directors, producers, and crew who worked with him throughout his career.

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

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

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

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

June 11, 2018

Classic Film Book Challenge 2018 Begins in June

Since 2013, film writer and classic movie fan Raquel Stecher has offered a Summer Reading Challenge through her blog Out of the Past, and this year, the contest will run from June 7 to September 15, 2018.

The deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 15, 2018.

The rules are simple –
  • Sign up for the challenge through Raquel’s website
  • Read a classic film book
  • Write a review and post it on your Blog, Instagram or Goodreads profile
  • Use hashtag #classicfilmreading
  • Submit your review link – the form is also on Raquel’s website
  • Repeat until you have read and reviewed 6 books!
  • Review 6 books and be automatically entered to win a prize
What counts as a classic film book? According to her website, a classic film book is any of the following –
  • A biographical book about some from the classic film era. Biography, autobiography, memoir or a collection of interviews or letters all count. Can be about an actor, actress, director, or other cast or crew member.
  • A book about films – specific film(s), genre, film-making process, etc.
  • A photography or art book related to classic films, fashion, style, or a particular person
  • Film criticism or analysis
  • A 20th-century novel that was adapted into a classic film
  • A novel fictionalizing a classic film or an actor/actress from old Hollywood
A total of 6 books must be read, but they can be from any of the categories listed above.

And if you complete all 6 reviews by Saturday, September 15, 2018, you will be eligible to win one single disc DVD-MOD from Warner Archive movie of your choice.

The contest is also open internationally.

Many books about or related to Peter Lorre fall in the categories above. Here are a couple of suggestions ~

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), by Stephen D. Youngkin, tells the story of Peter’s life and career, beginning with his birth on June 26, 1904, in Rosenberg, Hungary, through his school years, his start in European theater, his film career in Germany, England, and the United States, and his work in radio and television.

Included are interviews with members of Peter’s family – two brothers, daughter Cathy, first wife Celia Lovsky, and sister-in-law Barbara – and actors, directors, producers, writers, and behind-the-scenes crew who worked with Peter on films, television, and radio.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

Published in 2018, The Life and Times of Sydney Greenstreet, by Derek Sculthorpe, discusses the career of Peter’s most popular co-star at Warner Bros. Studio in the 1940s.

Peter appeared in nine movies with Sydney Greenstreet, beginning with The Maltese Falcon in 1941 and ending with The Verdict in 1946. The two actors also appeared on radio together in the 1940s.

The Life and Times of Sydney Greenstreet may be purchased from Amazon U.S., as well as other booksellers.

More information about the contest may be found on Raquel Stecher’s blog Out of the Past. Happy reading!

June 1, 2018

Undersea Adventure with Lorre in New York State

The Capitol Theatre, located in Rome, New York, continues its “Family Favorites Series” with Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) on Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, 2018.

On Friday, the movie will be shown at 7 pm. On Saturday, the movie will be shown at 2 pm, as well as 7 pm.

Admission is $6.50 for adults; $5.50 for seniors, veterans, and students; and $4.50 for Friends of the Capitol Theatre. Children age 12 and under will be admitted for free with the purchase of a paid ticket. Tickets may be purchased at the cinema box-office before each show. Tickets may also be purchased through the venue’s website. A nominal booking fee will be added to each ticket purchased on-line.

The Capitol Theatre is located at 220 West Dominick Street in Rome, New York.

Parking is available on West Dominick Street in front of the theater. Parking is also available in a lot off Erie Boulevard.

For more information, please contact the Capitol Theatre at 315-337-6277.

May 30, 2018

Lorre Film Next in Connecticut Movie Series

The classic mystery The Maltese Falcon (1941) is next on the schedule of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission’s film series "Someday Cinema" in Newtown, Connecticut, on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

The film will be shown at 2 pm and 7 pm. The 2 pm matinee will be shown with captions for the benefit of the hearing impaired. The 7 pm evening show will be introduced by Dr. Mark Schenker, of Yale.

Attendees of both screenings will have a chance to win a copy of the Dashiell Hammett novel and a modern graphic poster of the Bogart-Astor-Lorre-Greenstreet movie The Maltese Falcon, donated by artist Michael Gelen of Inkwell Studios, located in Buffalo, New York.

Admission is $3 for all seats.

The Edmond Town Hall Theatre is located in the Newtown Town Hall, 45 Main Street, in Newtown, Connecticut. For more information, please call 203-270-4285.

Parking is available in front of the Newtown Town Hall, as well as the lot behind the building.

Movies in the “Someday Cinema” series are sponsored by local businesses and organizations. The C.H. Booth Library is the sponsor of The Maltese Falcon.

Coming up later in the fall – a Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff double-feature of The Beast with Five Fingers (1946) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), on Sunday, October 29, 2018.

May 24, 2018

Summer Film Fests Include Lorre

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and many movie theaters around the world host classic film festivals. During the summer of 2018, Casablanca (1942) will be shown at a number of cinemas, including ~



Paramount Theatre – Austin, Texas

Now in its 34th year, the annual Paramount Summer Classic Film Series, held at the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, includes two Peter Lorre films.

Casablanca (1942) kicks off the fest on Thursday, May 24, 2018, with a Film Fan Opening Night Party at 6:30 pm and the movie at 7:30 pm.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) will be shown on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 9 pm, and on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or on-line through the Paramount website, with discounts for Film Fan Club members. A FLIX-TIX pass, good for any 10 admissions during the festival, is also available.

The Paramount Theatre is located at 713 Congress Avenue, in Austin, Texas. Directions to the venue, as well as parking information, are available on the Paramount website.



Prince Charles Cinema – London, England

The Prince Charles Cinema, located in London, England, will present a 35mm print of Casablanca on Saturday, May 26, 2018, as part of their Classic Film Series, as well as their series of 35mm Presentations.

Casablanca will begin at 2:45 pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or on-line through the cinema’s website.

The Prince Charles Cinema is located at 7 Leicester Place, in London, England. Directions to the cinema, as well as information on public transportation, are available on the venue’s website.



Rio Grande Theatre – Las Cruces, New Mexico

As part of its annual Classic Film Series, the historic Rio Grande Theatre, located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, will present Casablanca on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Casablanca will begin at 7 pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or on-line through the cinema’s website. A Season Pass for the festival, which runs from September to September, is also available.

The Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 North Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.



Cinespia – Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, California

On March 25, 1964, Peter Lorre was laid to rest in the Abbey of the Psalms, Corridor C in the Alcove of Reverence, in Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery.

On Sunday, May 27, 2018, the cemetery, now known as Hollywood Forever Cemetery, will show Casablanca as part of its Cinespia outdoors series of movies.

Doors open at 6:45 pm, and the movie will begin at 8:30 pm.

Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Cinespia website.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California. Directions to the cemetery, as well as public transportation options, are available on the Cinespia website.




Prytania Theatre – New Orleans, Louisiana

Every Sunday and Wednesday, the historic Prytania Theatre, located in New Orleans, Louisiana, features classic Hollywood films of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. For more than 6 years, Rene Brunet, Jr, selected the movies himself, and now the Prytania staff continues the tradition he began by featuring some of his favorite movies.

Casablanca will be shown on Sunday, June 3, and Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The film will begin at 10 am both days.

Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or on-line through the venue’s website.

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



Majestic Theater – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Every Wednesday in the summer months of June through August, the historic Majestic Theater, located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, presents classic movies, including introductions by the Majestic’s movie buff Jeffrey Gabel and raffle prizes.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the cinema kicks off this year’s fest with a showing of Casablanca, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the box-office, by phone, or through the venue’s website.

The Majestic Theater is located at 25 Carlisle Street, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Directions to the theater, as well as information about parking, are available on the cinema’s website.



Saenger Theatre – Mobile, Alabama

Beginning a little later in the summer season, the Saenger Theatre will kick off its “Summer Classic Movie Series” with Casablanca on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

The movie will begin at 3 pm.

Tickets may be purchased at either the Saenger Theatre Box Office or the Mobile Civic Center Box Office.

The Saenger Theatre is located at 6 South Joachim Street in Mobile, Alabama. Directions to the theater, as well as information about parking, are available on the venue’s website.



Tampa Theater – Tampa, Florida

The Tampa Theater ends its “Summer Classics Movie Series” with Casablanca on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.

Casablanca will begin at 3 pm. Immediately following the movie, retired Sarasota Herald Tribune film critic George Meyer will lead a discussion of Casablanca and a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Tickets may be purchased at the cinema box-office, as well as on-line through the venue’s website.

The Tampa Theatre is located at 711 North Franklin Street in Tampa, Florida. Directions to the cinema, as well as information about parking, are available on the cinema’s website.



In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin details the making of Casablanca, a movie that gave Peter the opportunity to work with his good friend Humphrey Bogart for a third time.

As the pivotal character Ugarte, Peter gets the action going by leaving with Rick Blaine (Bogart) a pair of valuable exit visas. It was a part to which Peter attached little importance – but it was the part that led him to a contract with Warner Bros. and the most productive period of his career.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

May 23, 2018

Annapolis Movie Series Includes Lorre

The historic 1747 Pub, located in Annapolis, Maryland, continues its Sunday night series of free movies in the Beer Garden with Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) over the Memorial Day holiday weekend on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

The movie will begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 pm.

Admission is free, and showings are open to the public.

Come between 3 and 7 pm and enjoy Happy Hour or a meal at the 1747 Pub. Food and beverage service continues throughout the screening. Scheduled movies are listed on the Events Calendar page of the pub’s website.

The Beer Garden at the 1747 Pub is located directly behind Reynolds Tavern and has an entrance on Franklin Street. Reynolds Tavern is located at 7 Church Circle, in Annapolis, Maryland.

Parking is available in the South Street Lot, located at 134 South Street, off Church Circle, in Annapolis, Maryland. More information about the South Street Lot is available on the Annapolis Parking website.

For more information, please call the Reynolds Tavern at 410-295-9555.

May 1, 2018

Summer Fun with Lorre on TV

Summer brings many Lorre movies to television and Turner Classic Movies – with a special treat for Lorre fans in June.

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.



May, 2018

A handful of Lorre films for May, plus one of his many television appearances.

May 3 (Thurs), 2 pm, Starz Westerns channel – Wagon Train, “The Alexander Portlass Story” (originally broadcast over NBC, Mar. 16, 1960).

May 6 (Sun), 10:20 pm, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

May 12 (Sat), 1 am, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

May 20 (Sun), 4 am, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

May 21 (Mon), 10:15 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Casablanca (1942). TCM’s primetime theme is “The Four Freedoms” with a series of five movies, including this wartime classic. Harvey J. Kaye, author of The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great (2014), co-hosts the evening with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz and discusses the two freedoms associated with Casablanca – the Freedom of Worship and the Freedom of Speech.

May 24 (Thurs), 6 am, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

May 27 (Sun), 7:45 am, TCM – Hollywood Canteen (1944). Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet appear as themselves in this star-studded extravaganza about the famed servicemen’s canteen.

May 29 (Tues), 7:45 am, TCM – My Favorite Brunette (1947). TCM salutes Bob Hope’s birthday with the only movie Bob made with Peter – a comic take-off on mystery and suspense movies.



June, 2018

June 26 is the 114th anniversary of Peter Lorre’s birth – June 26, 1904 – and for Lorre fans, June brings many Lorre movies on the Turner Classic Movies channel.

June 2 (Sat), 2 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

June 2 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – Three Strangers (1946). The primetime theme is “Stranger Danger”, with a double-feature of movies involving strangers. Peter joins Sydney Greenstreet and Geraldine Fitzgerald as the title characters, who make a wish on a Chinese statue, with unfortunate results.

June 4 (Mon), 6:15, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941). TCM wishes Rosalind Russell a happy birthday with a morning and afternoon of her films, including the only movie she made with Peter, who plays the Chinese skipper of a tramp steamer bound for Hong Kong and who takes the escaping jewel thieves Rosalind Russell and Clark Gable as passengers – for a price.

June 8 (Fri), 11:30 am, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945). Check in to TCM’s daytime theme of “Five Star Hotels”.

June 14 (Thurs), 2 am, TCM – Hollywood Canteen (1944). Every Tuesday and Thursday in June, TCM turns the spotlight on movie musicals with their series "Mad About Musicals". Today, the focus is on musicals of the 1940

June 18 (Mon), 9:15 am, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964). TCM's daytime theme is "Summer at the Drive-In", including this entry in the popular Beach Party series of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello films.

June 19 (Tues), 12 noon, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957). TCM's spotlight series continues with "Mad About Musicals: The 1950s".

June 25 (Mon), 4 pm, MeTV channel – Wagon Train, "The Alexander Portlass Story" (originally broadcast over NBC, Mar. 16, 1960).

June 29 (Fri), TCM – Although June 26 is Peter Lorre's birthday, TCM celebrates his 114th birthday today with a daytime theme of "Peter Lorre" and a morning and afternoon of Lorre movies, beginning at 9 am and continuing until 8 pm, including ~
  • 9 am, TCM – M (1931). Peter's first sound movie.
  • 11 am, TCM – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). Peter’s first English-language film.
  • 12:30 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935). Peter’s first American film.
  • 1:45 pm, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). Peter plays the title character in the movie considered the first film noir.
  • 3 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). Peter’s first film at the Warner Bros. studio.
  • 4:45 pm, TCM – The Conspirators (1944). Peter teams up with Sydney Greenstreet as Allied agents working in Lisbon.
  • 6:30 pm, TCM – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). "Lorre Day" concludes with Peter’s final movie at Warner Bros.
June 30 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). TCM's primetime theme is "Mystery Writers", including this fjilm with Peter as a Dutch mystery writer who gets much more than he bargained for he starts to investigate the life and death of a notorious international criminal.



July, 2018

July brings several Lorre movies and TV shows, including one of his final performances.

July 2 (Mon), 4 am, MeTV – 77 Sunset Strip, “5” (originally broadcast over ABC, Sept. 20, 1963). The 1963-64 season opened with a 5-part series of episodes with numerous guest stars, including Peter Lorre as “The Gypsy”.

July 4 (Wed), 1:30 am, MeTV – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, “The Diplomatic Corpse” (originally broadcast over CBS, Dec. 8, 1957). As Tomas Salgado, Peter helps an American couple (George Peppard, Mary Scott) locate their stolen car – and Scott’s aunt.

July 10 (Tues), 6 am, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

July 15 (Sun), 11:30 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

July 22 (Sun), 12 noon, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).



Many of these and other Lorre movies are now available on DVD and Blu-Ray – many remastered and packaged with extra features. For more information on the films of Peter Lorre released to home video, head on over to the DVD – VHS section of The Lost One website.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Peter’s movies, including interviews with many of the directors, writers, actors, and crew who worked with Peter.

A complete list of Peter’s movies and television credits is available in the book’s Appendix.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

Happy viewing!

April 28, 2018

The Maltese Falcon on SiriusXM Radio Classics

The Radio Classics channel will air the Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater episode “The Maltese Falcon” during the week of April 29 to May 5, 2018, Sunday to Saturday.

The program will air on the following dates and times –

Tuesday, May 1 ~
2 pm Pacific, 5 pm Eastern

Thursday, May 3 ~
6 am Pacific, 9 am Eastern

Friday, May 4 ~
12 midnight Pacific

Saturday, May 5 ~
3 am Eastern

Satellite radio provider SiriusXM airs Radio Classics over channel 148. Subscribers may also listen to the programs over the internet. Log-in with your User ID and password. Not a subscriber? A free 30-day trial is also available through the SirusXM radio website.

Originally airing over CBS on Sept. 20, 1943, this episode reunited the cast of the classic 1941 movie The Maltese Falcon in their original roles – Humphrey Bogart as detective Sam Spade, Mary Astor as his client Brigid O’Shaughnessy, Sydney Greenstreet as “the Fat Man” Kasper Gutman, and Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin discusses the radio career of Peter Lorre. A natural for the medium, Peter loved performing on radio and unlike many other actors, played to the microphone rather than the studio audience and gave what co-star Harry Morgan ("The Voice of Mystery", Mystery in the Air) described as a “great vocal performance”.

A complete-to-date list of Peter’s radio credits, along with his theater, film, and television credits, is available in the Appendix of The Lost One.

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

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

April 22, 2018

Have a Drink with Lorre in Brooklyn Tonight

In Casablanca (1942), everybody comes to Rick’s for drinks, music, and roulette, with a side order of plotting to escape the North African town. And in the small but pivotal role of Ugarte, Peter Lorre is one who makes escape possible by selling exit visas on the black market.

Saturday night, April 22, 2018, Lorre fans in the Brooklyn, New York, area will have the opportunity to enjoy a French 75 cocktail and a showing of Casablanca at the Videology Bar and Cinema as part of the venue’s regular series “Classic Films, Classic Cocktails”.

The film will be shown at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm. At 5:30 pm, Noah Isenberg, author of We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, will host a question-and-answer period following the movie. At 8:30 pm, Isenberg will introduce the film.

Admission is $24 for everyone. Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning 30 minutes for showtime. Tickets may also be purchased online through the cinema’s website. Each ticket includes a French 75 cocktail. Because alcohol is served, the Videology has strict rules about who may attend the showings. More information about tickets is available on the venue’s website.

The Videology Bar and Cinema is located at 308 Bedford Avenue, at the corner of Bedford Avenue and South 1st Street, in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, New York.

Parking is available on the streets near the cinema.

For more information, please contact the Videology at 718-782-3468.

April 21, 2018

German Film Series at Harvard Includes Lorre

As part of their series on German films from 1945 to 1957, the Harvard Film Archive presents the only movie Peter Lorre ever directed – Der Verlorene (1951) – on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

The film begins at 9:15 pm. The print is in German, with English subtitles.

Tickets are available at the Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque 45 minutes before show time. More information about tickets is available on the archive’s website.

The Harvard Film Archive is located in the lower level of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, located at 24 Quincy Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Metered parking on Broadway and Harvard streets is free after 8 pm. The archive is also well-served by public transportation, including the MBTA Red Line. More information about parking and public transportation, as well as directions to the archive, is available on the venue’s website.

Der Verlorene is shown as part of the film series "The Management of Shattered Identity: German Films, 1945 – 1957", which began Friday, April 20, and will run until Monday, April 23, 2018. The schedule is available on the archive website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin devotes a full chapter to a discussion of the making of the film, including interviews with actors and crew. Der Verlorene, which Peter Lorre translated to The Lost One, was the only film Peter directed, co-produced, co-wrote, and starred in.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

April 20, 2018

Denver Midnight Madness With Lorre

The Maltese Falcon (1941) is on the schedule this weekend – Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, 2018 – in the “Midnight Madness” series of movies at the Esquire Theatre in Denver, Colorado.

The movie will begin at 11:59 pm each night.

Admission is $9.50 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the Esquire’s website. A nominal fee of $1 will be added to each ticket purchased on-line.

The historic Esquire Theatre, now one of the Landmark chain of cinemas, is located at 590 Downing Street, at the corner of Downing Street and East 6th Avenue in the Capitol Hill area of Denver, Colorado.

Parking is available in the lot adjoining the cinema. Parking is also available on the streets after 6 pm. More information, as well as directions to the Esquire, is available on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please contact the theater at 303-733-0148.

April 17, 2018

Boston Library Circus Movie Series Includes Lorre

The circus has come to the South Boston Public Library!

Circus movies, that is. And included in April’s three-movie series is The Big Circus (1959), Peter Lorre’s second movie with Vincent Price and director Irwin Allen. The film will be shown on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The full schedule is available on the library’s website.

The Big Circus begins at 1 pm.

Admission to the movie is free for everyone.

The South Boston branch of the Boston Public Library system is located at 646 East Broadway, in South Boston, Massachusetts.

Parking is available in the lot adjoining the library. Directions are available on the library’s website.

For more information, please call the library at 617-268-0180.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of The Big Circus, including interviews with actor Vincent Price, director Irwin Allen, and costume designer Paul Zastupnevich, who all discussed Peter’s fascination with clowns and how much he enjoyed playing Skeeter in The Big Circus.

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

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon U.K, and Amazon Canada, as well as other booksellers.

April 16, 2018

TCM Film Fest 2018 Includes Lorre

Turner Classic Movies has announced the full schedule for their annual Classic Film Festival, to be held in Hollywood from Thursday, April 26 to Sunday, April 29, 2018 – and Lorre fans attending the event will be treated to showings of Silk Stockings (1957) and The Raven (1963), as well as many special guests.

The Raven – Saturday, April 28 – 9:30 pm.

Silk Stockings – Sunday, April 29 – 3:30 pm.

Both films will be shown at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres Multiplex, located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood, California. Built in 2001, the Chinese Multiplex is next door to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, home of the handprints and shoeprints of the famous in the theater’s courtyard.

This year’s festival theme is "Powerful Words: The Page On Screen".

The Raven, loosely based on the poem by Poe, will be shown as part of the "Poet's Corner". Sara Karloff, daughter of Boris Karloff, who co-starred with Peter in several movies, including The Raven, will be the special guest.

Silk Stockings is shown as one of the "Essentials". Special guest is Dr. Vanessa Ament, who will be the teacher/facilitator for TCM’s free online course on Hollywood movie musicals this coming summer.

Festival passes are still available in these three categories – Palace, Classic, Essential, and Spotlight – and may be purchased through the festival website.

Individual tickets may also be purchased for $20 for most screenings and events. Students with valid Student ID will receive a 50% discount off all individual tickets.

More information about tickets and passes is available on the festival website.

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 Boulevard.

Parking is available in several lots near Hollywood Boulevard. Most convenient to the Chinese 6 Multiplex is the Hollywood and Highland lot, located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, with entrances on Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. More information about the Hollywood and Highland lot is available on the parking lot’s website.

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 U.S..

Purchase The Lost One from Amazon U.K.

Purchase The Lost One from Amazon Canada.

April 14, 2018

Rancho Mirage Launches Film Series with Lorre Classic

The California city of Rancho Mirage, in partnership with Desert Recreation District, kicks off an outdoor summer film series on Saturday, April 14, 2018, with a showing of Casablanca (1942) on the big screen at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater.

The gates to the Amphitheater will open at 6:30 pm. The movie will begin at sunset.

Admission is free for everyone. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, food, and beverages. Complimentary popcorn and water will be served.

The “Cinema Under the Stars” film series will run on five consecutive Saturdays, from April 14 to May 12, 2018. The complete schedule is available on the series’ website.

The Rancho Mirage Amphitheater is located in Rancho Mirage Community Park, 71560 San Jacinto Drive, in Rancho Mirage, California.

Parking is available in the lot adjoining the Rancho Mirage Community Park.

For more information, please contact City Hall at 760-324-4511, extension 273.

April 8, 2018

Happy Birthday, Harry Morgan!

Old-time radio host Greg Bell is famous for saluting actors’ birthdays on his Sirius XM Radio channel Radio Classics. Every year, he celebrates Peter Lorre's birthday the week of June 26 with a "Love for Laszlo" two-hour block of four of Peter's radio shows.

And the week of April 8 to 14, 2018, Peter's co-star Harry Morgan gets the birthday star treatment with four programs – two episodes of Mystery in the Air, "The Black Cat" (Sept. 18, 1947) and "The Marvelous Barastro" (Aug. 7, 1947); followed by two episodes of This Is Your FBI, "Floating Stickup" (Dec. 8, 1950) and "Backstage Shakedown" (Nov. 10, 1950).

The Morgan tribute will air these dates and times –

Sunday, April 8, 2018 ~
5 am Pacific, 8 am Eastern

Tuesday, April 10 ~
7 pm Pacific, 10 pm Eastern

Thursday, April 12 ~
11 pm Pacific

Friday, April 13 ~
2 am Eastern

Satellite radio providers Sirius and XM air Radio Classics over channel 148. Subscribers may also listen to the programs over the internet. Log-in with your User ID and password. Not a subscriber? A free 30-day trial is also available through the Sirius XM radio website.

As "The Voice of Mystery", Harry Morgan acted as narrator on Peter Lorre’s radio series Mystery in the Air, a replacement series for The Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Show in the summer of 1947.

Mystery in the Air presented tales of suspense "culled from the four corners of world literature", adapted from such famous tales as Alexander Pushkin's "The Queen of Spades" and Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat", as well as original radio dramas.

Morgan hosted all 13 episodes, beginning with "The Tell-Tale Heart" on July 3 and continuing to the final program, "Crime and Punishment", adapted from Peter's 1935 Columbia Studios film, on Sept. 25.

In the image above, Morgan (in black suit) stands, looking over Hans Conried's shoulder at his script, with Peter Lorre at the microphone.

On March 14, 1979, author Stephen Youngkin took an interview with Harry Morgan for his Lorre biography, The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, published in September, 2005, through University Press of Kentucky. Morgan recalled working with Lorre on Mystery in the Air, describing the intensity of Peter's performances as he played to the microphone, not the studio audience.

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

Purchase The Lost One through Amazon.

April 7, 2018

Lorre Classic at Hoquiam, WA, Cinema

As part of their “Silver Screen Classics” series of movies, the 7th Street Theater, in Hoquiam, Washington, will present The Maltese Falcon (1941) on Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018.

The film will begin at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday.

Admission is $6 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office, as well as City Drug in Aberdeen or Crown Drug and Harbor Drug in Hoquiam. Tickets may also be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets, linked to the venue’s website. A nominal service fee will be charged for each ticket purchased online. More information about tickets is available on the theater website.

The 7th Street Theater is located at 313 Seventh Street, in Hoquiam, Washington. Directions are available on the cinema's website.

Parking is available on the street in front of the cinema, as well as the surrounding streets.

For more information, please call the theater at 360-537-7400.

The historic 7th Street Theater opened its doors in 1928 as a vaudeville house and movie palace. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the cinema celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2018 with special events, including a birthday party. A special 90th Anniversary t-shirt is also available for sale at the theater for $20. Anyone wearing the t-shirt to a movie in 2018 will receive $1 off the admission price.

The 7th Street Theater began showing classic movies in 2003 and currently hosts two film series. The “Silver Screen Classic” series includes movies, such as The Maltese Falcon, produced at least 50 years ago. The “Classic Film” series includes not-quite-as-vintage movies.

This weekend, Peter Lorre fans in Hoquiam can step inside the 7th Street Theater and back in time – to enjoy The Maltese Falcon as Lorre fans originally did in 1941.

April 5, 2018

Casablanca at Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, CA

A salute to “Hitchcock and Other Masters of Suspense” kicks off on Friday, April 6, 2018, at the historic Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, California, and the first weekend’s movies are an Ingrid Bergman double-feature of Casablanca (1942) and Gaslight (1944).

Casablanca will be shown on these dates and times ~
  • Friday, April 6 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 7 – 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, April 8 – 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Gaslight will be shown at 5:25 pm and 9:25 pm all three days.

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.

“Hitchcock and Other Masters of Suspense” will run from Friday, April 6, to Sunday, June 10, 2018. The complete schedule is available on the Stanford Theatre website.

Florida Church Ends Classic Film Series with Lorre

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, the Paramount Church, located in Palm Beach, Florida, ends its annual classic movie series for the 2017-2018 season with My Favorite Brunette (1947), starring Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, and Peter Lorre.

The program begins at 6:30 pm, with entertainment featuring Beatriz Loo, Christian recording artist.

The event is free, and everyone is invited. After the movie, refreshments will be served in the church fellowship hall. Donations are appreciated to cover the cost of refreshments, as well as licensing the film.

The Paramount Church is located at 139 North County Road #31, at the corner of North County Road and Sunrise Avenue, in Palm Beach, Florida.

Parking is available in the lot adjoining the church. The entrance to the parking lot is on Sunset Avenue. Parking is also available along the street in front of the church. Directions are available on the church’s website.

The Paramount Church is located in what was once the Paramount Theatre, which opened in 1927 as one of the grandest movie palaces in Palm Beach, Florida, including 26 private boxes in the balcony and floor-to-ceiling murals of fish swimming through seaweed. In 1974, the Paramount Theatre was designated as an historic place, and in 1982, a Town Landmark.

The movies ended in 1980. In 1985 the theater was renovated as office space. The Paramount Church now occupies the area that was once the stage, orchestra pit, and screen.

The church’s classic movie series begins every December and runs the first Thursday of every month until the beginning of May. Films in the series are preceded by a presentation of a scene from the movie, a sing-a-long, a concert, or an historical perspective of the movie.

For more information, please contact the Paramount Church at 561-835-0200.

March 29, 2018

Hitchcock Fest Includes Lorre

A showing of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), Peter Lorre’s first role in an English-speaking film, kicks off TRYLON’s annual Minneapolis Hitchcock Festival on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area.

The Hitchcock festival will be shown every Thursday night from March 29 to May 21, 2018. Participating cinemas include the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, and the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. The complete schedule is available on the TRYLON website.

The Man Who Knew Too Much will be shown in a 35mm print, courtesy of the Library of Congress, at the Heights Theater. The program begins at 7:30 pm.

Admission is $10 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Heights box-office. Tickets may also be purchased through the Heights website.

The Heights Theatre is located at 3951 Central Avenue NE, at the corner of Central Avenue NE and Gould Avenue NE, in Columbia Heights, Minnesota.

Parking is available in the lot behind and beside the cinema. More information on parking, as well as directions to the cinema, is available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please contact the Heights Theater at 763-788-0979.

March 17, 2018

Casablanca at the AFI Silver Theatre

Lorre fans in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area will have two opportunities in March 2018 to catch Casablanca at the AFI Silver Theatre, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

On Saturday, March 17, Margaret Talbot, daughter of Warner Bros. actor Lyle Talbot, will moderate a panel of authors Alan K. Rode, Meredith Hindley, and Noah Isenberg and a discussion of Casablanca, following a showing of the 1942 movie.

Rode’s book Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, Hindley’s Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II, and Isenberg’s We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie will all be available for purchase and autographs.

The program will begin at 2 pm.

Tickets for the event are $15 General Admission and $13 for AFI members. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or through the AFI Silver website.

Casablanca will also be shown on Tuesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 22, as part of the AFI Silver series “Directed by Michael Curtiz”. Alan Rode will introduce Casablanca, as well some of the other movies in the series.

Both showings of Casablanca will begin at 7:20 pm.

Admission is $13 General Admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for children, and $9.50 for AFI Members, 2 star and up. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office, as well as through the venue’s website.

The series “Directed by Michael Curtiz” will run from Saturday, March 17, to Sunday, March 25. The complete schedule is available on the AFI Silver website.

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

Parking is available in several public parking decks close to the theater. Most convenient is the Wayne Avenue garage, located at 921 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland. 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.

February 18, 2018

Spring into Spring With Lorre on TV

Winter becomes spring, and Peter's fans can enjoy many Lorre films 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.



February, 2018

Throughout February and into March, the Turner Classic Movies channel holds its annual “30 Days of Oscar” festival – with several Lorre Oscar winners and nominees included.

Feb 21 (Wed), 7:30 am, Antenna TV channel – The Jack Benny Program (originally broadcast over CBS, Jan. 22, 1963). Jack welcomes guest Peter Lorre and recounts the nightmare he had involving Peter as a wanted killer.

Feb. 26 (Sun), 8 am, Turner Classic Movies channel – The Maltese Falcon (1941). Today’s daytime theme on TCM is “Best Picture Nominees”, including Peter Lorre’s first movie for Warner Bros. – and his first movie with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet.

Feb. 27 (Tues), 2:45 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). “30 Days of Oscar” continues with “Best Picture Winners”. 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.



March, 2018

The “30 Days of Oscar” festival concludes on March 3, but March has plenty of other Lorre movies.

Mar. 1 (Thurs), 4:15 am, TCM – Casablanca (1943). March begins in the “30 Days of Oscar” fest with more “Best Picture Winners” – and the role that won Peter Lorre a contract with the Warner Bros. studio.

Mar. 10 (Sat), 12 midnight, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). TCM's "Noir Alley" moves to Saturday nights at midnight (EST), 9 pm (PST), and tonight, host Eddie Muller presents the movie considered by many to be the first true noir film.

Mar. 11 (Sun), 10 am, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). Missed the midnight showing of the "Noir Alley" feature? Fear not! The "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller presents an encore showing of Peter as "the Stranger".

Mar. 12 (Mon), 2:45 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935). The daytime theme is "30s Horror", including Peter Lorre”s first American movie.

Mar. 19 (Mon), 10:45 pm, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940). The daytime theme is "Prison Escapes". Peter Lorre plays Monsieur Cochon ("The Pig"), who earns a living in the French penal colony of Guiana by reporting escaped convicts (such as Clark Gable's Verne) to the authorities.

Mar. 20 (Tues), 1:30 am, MeTV – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Man From the South" (CBS, Mar. 13, 1960)

Mar. 22 (Thurs), 2 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942). A week of "Great Movie Endings" continues with a night of movies with "Famous Last Words".



April, 2018

April brings several Lorre movies infrequently shown on TCM.

Apr. 12 (Thurs), 10 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Every Thursday in April, the TCM primetime theme is "The Victorian Era in Film", and tonight's sub-theme is "Victorian Science and Exploration".

Apr. 18 (Wed), 6 pm, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944). Every Wednesday in April, TCM turns the spotlight on director Michael Curtiz, including the wartime film that paired Peter Lorre with Humphrey Bogart for a final time at Warner Bros.

Apr. 18 (Wed), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The Curtiz Spotlight continues with the movie that won Peter a contract with Warner Bros.

Apr. 19 (Thurs), 6 am, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1963). The daytime theme is "Swinging '60s", as TCM includes one of Peter's final films – the movie that was in release as newspapers ran stories of Peter's passing and funeral.



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!