December 27, 2019

Happy Birthday, Sydney Greenstreet, from Turner Classic Movies

The Turner Classic Movies channel often celebrates actors’ birthdays with a day-long marathon featuring that star. On Friday, December 27, 2019, Sydney Greenstreet fans can tune into the channel for a day of Greenstreet movies, beginning at 6 am Eastern.

And since Peter Lorre was his frequent co-star, Lorre fans can enjoy the day, too, beginning at 6 am with The Verdict (1946), their final movie together.

Here’s the full schedule ~
  • The Verdict (1946) – 6 am
  • Passage to Marseille (1944) – 7:30 am
  • Background to Danger (1943) – 9:30 am
  • Flamingo Road (1949) – 11 am
  • Pillow to Post (1945) – 12:45 am
  • The Hucksters (1947) – 2:30 pm
  • Conflict (1945) – 4:30 pm
  • Casablanca (1942) – 6:15 pm
In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen Youngkin discusses the on-screen partnership of Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet through their nine movies at Warner Bros., beginning with The Maltese Falcon in 1941 to The Verdict in 1946.

Though they did not socialize outside of the studio, each actor appreciated the other’s talent. Peter called Sydney G. "The Old Man". And Sydney called Peter L. "Puck".

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.

Click on any of these links, and the order page will open.

November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving with Lorre at the Brattle

After the turkey dinner, or the Black Friday shopping – and throughout the holiday weekend – Lorre fans in the area of Cambridge, Massachusetts, can head on over to the Brattle Theatre for a special double-feature of The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Casablanca (1942) when the Brattle presents “Give Thanks for Bogie!” on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, 2019.

Give thanks for Lorre!

The weekend schedule includes ~

Thursday, Nov. 28 ~
The Maltese Falcon – 4:45 pm
Casablanca – 7 pm

Friday, Nov. 29 ~
Casablanca – 2:30 pm, 7 pm
The Maltese Falcon – 4:45 pm

Saturday, Nov. 30 ~
Casablanca – 12:15 pm, 4:45 pm
The Maltese Falcon – 2:30 pm, 7 pm

Sunday, Dec. 1 ~
Casablanca – 12:15 pm, 4:45 pm
The Maltese Falcon – 2:30 pm, 7 pm

Both films will be screened on 35mm prints.

Matinee prices are $10 for general admission, students with proper ID, and Brattle members; $9 for children (age 12 and under) and seniors (age 65 and older).

Evening prices are $12 for general admission, students with proper ID, and Brattle members; $9 for children (age 12 and under) and seniors (age 65 and older).

Tickets for both movies as a double-feature are $13 for all seats.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office, which opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. Tickets may also be purchased online through the cinema’s website. Click the show-time and select a ticket option from the list. Tickets may be picked up at the “Will Call” office. A nominal fee will be added to all online purchases.

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

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

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

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

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

November 17, 2019

London Cinema Schedules Lorre Film

Peter Lorre fans in London, England, are in for a special treat on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, when the Prince Charles Cinema, located in the West End, celebrates the 65th anniversary of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) with a showing of a 35mm print of the Walt Disney classic.

The film will begin at 3:25 pm in the Upstairs screening room.

Admission prices are £7.50 for members of the cinema, £6 for children, and £10 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or online through the cinema’s website. More information about ticket prices and memberships is available on the cinema’s website.

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

For more information, please call the cinema at 020 7494 3654.

November 13, 2019

Guilford College Presents M

Guilford College German Club, through Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, continues their “Subtitle Cinema” movie series with a showing of Peter Lorre’s first sound film M (1931) on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

The movie begins at 7:30 pm in the Leak Room, in Duke Memorial Hall.

Admission is free for everyone.

The series “The Struggle for Justice: German Films of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933)” is shown every Wednesday throughout the Fall 2019 semester. Upcoming movies are listed in the Calendar of Events on the Guilford College website.

Duke Memorial Hall is located at George Fox Drive, near the west entrance of Guilford College near New Garden Road in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Parking is available along George Fox Drive. More information about Guilford College, including directions and a campus map, is available on the college website.

November 7, 2019

Date Night with Lorre on Tybee Island

Casablanca (1942) will be the “Date Night” feature at the historic Tybee Post Theater, located on Tybee Island in Georgia, on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.

The film begins at 7 pm.

Admission is $10 for all seats. A beverage, such as beer, wine, or soft drink, is Included with the price of admission.

Tickets may be purchased at the cinema’s box-office. Tickets may also be purchased online through the cinema’s website. Click the "Buy Tickets” link on the Casablanca page. A processing fee of $1 will be added to each ticket ordered online.

The Tybee Post Theater is located at 10 Van Horne Avenue in the heart of the Fort Screven Historic District, on Tybee Island in Georgia.

Metered parking is available in front of the theater along Van Horne Avenue, as well as nearby 2nd Avenue and in Jaycee Park. The theater encourages bike-riding to the venue – and a bike rack is provided in front of the Post Theater. More information about parking, as well as directions to the venue, is available on the Tybee Post Theater website.

For more information, please call the cinema at 912-472-4790.

Built in 1930, the Tybee Post Theater was the movie theater for the soldiers and their families stationed at Fort Screven, the Army base on Tybee Island. From 1897 to 1947, Fort Screven served as an important part of the United States’ Coastal Defense System, guarding the mouth of the Savannah River to the end of World War II.

In 1947, the fort was decommissioned and sold to the town of Tybee. Fort Screven soon became a popular tourist destination, with museums, historic attractions, restaurants, and lodging.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses Peter Lorre’s support of American soldiers during and following World War II. Peter often visited wounded soldiers in veterans’ hospitals and donated his time to the Armed Forces Radio Services (AFRS), which sent radio programs overseas to American bases for the entertainment of men and women in service.

For the AFRS, Peter hosted the radio series Mystery Playhouse, which offered specially-edited episodes of various mystery and suspense radio shows, such as The Whistler, Mr. and Mrs. North, and many others. Peter recorded opening and closing segments and invited listeners into the Green Room for a preview of the next episode.

And occasionally, Peter’s movies would be shown to soldiers ahead of release to American cinemas. This was the case with Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), filmed in 1941, but not seen in theaters until 1944, when the Broadway play ended its run. However, bases, hospital ships, and other military venues were able to enjoy Arsenic and Old Lace before 1944.

Perhaps the Tybee Post theater was one of those venues . . . .

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.

Click on any of these links, and the order page will open.

November 3, 2019

Holidays with Lorre on Television

As the holidays approach and 2019 comes to an end, Lorre fans have many movies to look forward to on the Turner Classic Movies channel, as well as other channels.

All times shown are Eastern Standard.

Peter Lorre's page on the TV Guide Channel website lists the Lorre films scheduled on various television channels over a 2-week period.



November, 2019

November brings Thanksgiving and a handful of Lorre movies.

Nov. 2 (Sat), 2 am, Turner Classic Movies – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Nov. 6 (Wed), 8:45 am, Movies!Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Nov 6 (Wed), 8 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942). In November, TCM salutes American cinematographers with a daytime theme, and prime-time theme, “100th Anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers”.

Nov. 6 (Wed), 10:10 pm, Movies!Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Nov. 19 (Tues), 10:30 pm, Movies!Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Nov 23 (Sat), 12 noon, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). In November, TCM salutes American cinematographers with a daytime theme, and prime-time theme, “100th Anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers”.

Nov. 29 (Fri), 10:30 am, Movies!Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Nov 30 (Sat), 12:15 am, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). Eddie Muller welcomes to “Noir Alley” this Warner Bros. thriller. Peter Lorre plans a Dutch mathematics professor turned mystery author who learns of the death of a notorious international criminal and decides to research his life for his next novel.



December, 2019

In December, TCM celebrates the birthday of Sydney Greenstreet, one of Peter Lorre’s best-known co-stars.

Dec. 1 (Sun), 10 am, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). Lorre fans who missed the midnight showing of this “Noir Alley” selection can catch up with it in mid-morning

Dec. 11 (Wed), 1:30 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). The daytime theme is “Eccentric Relations”, and included is this dark comedy in which a dramatic critic (Cary Grant) on his way to his honeymoon finds out his dear elderly aunts perform “mercy killings” on lonely old gentleman.

Dec. 23 (Mon), 11 am, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Dec. 27 (Fri), 6 am, TCM – The Verdict (1946). TCM salutes the birthday of Sydney Greenstreet, who appeared in a total of nine movies with Peter Lorre. The Greenstreet fest begins with their final movie together – a locked-room mystery set in Victorian London.

Dec. 27 (Fri), 7:30 am, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944). TCM continues the birthday salute to Sydney Greenstreet with this war-time drama.

Dec. 27 (Fri), 9:30 am, TCM – Background to Danger (1943). TCM continues the birthday salute to Sydney Greenstreet with this espionage thriller based on a novel by Eric Ambler.

Dec. 27 (Fri), 6:15 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). TCM ends the birthday salute to Sydney Greenstreet with this wartime drama, in which Peter and Sydney have no scenes together.

Dec. 31 (Tues), 4 pm, MeTV – Wagon Train, "The Alexander Portlass Story" (NBC, Mar. 16, 1960). Bring the year 2019 to an end with Peter Lorre and a viewing of one of his later television appearances.



January, 2020

A new year on the calendar – and a new year of Peter Lorre movies!

Jan. 2 (Thurs), 8:30 am, Movies!Network – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). Peter plays the title character in a drama considered the first "film noir".

Jan. 2 (Thurs), 1 am, TCM – My Favorite Brunette (1947). The prime-time theme is "Starring Bob Hope", and on the schedule is the only movie Peter Lorre made with the famous comedian.

Jan. 6 (Mon), 11 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The prime-time theme is "Starring Mary Astor", including the hard-boiled mystery film she made with Peter Lorre.

Jan. 9 (Thurs), 8 pm, Movies!Network – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

Jan. 11 (Sat), 6 am, Movies!Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Jan. 12 (Sun), 2:10 am, Movies!Network – Quicksand (1950).

Jan. 16 (Thurs), 2:30 pm, Movies!Network – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

Jan. 16 (Thurs), 4 pm, Movies!Network – Quicksand (1950).

Jan. 22 (Wed), 4 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). TCM salutes the birthday of Conrad Veidt, who appeared in two movies with Peter Lorre.

Jan. 22 (Wed), 6 pm, TCM – All Through the Night (1942). The Vedit birthday fest concludes with this Bogart comedy-gangster film in which Veidt and Lorre play Nazi saboteurs working in New York City.

Jan. 23 (Thurs), 9:35 am, Movies!Network – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

Jan. 26 (Sun), 11:15 pm, Movies!Network – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

Jan. 30 (Thurs), 2:50 pm, Movies!Network – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).



Many of these and other Lorre movies and television programs 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!

October 30, 2019

Halloween with Lorre at Indiana Library

Spend Halloween night with Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff when the Bartholomew County Public Library, located in Columbus, Indiana, offers a free showing of the spooky comedy The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) on Thursday, October 31, 2019.

The movie begins at 6 pm in the Red Room.

Admission is free for everyone.

The Bartholomew County Public Library is located at 536 5th Street, between Franklin Street and Lafayette Avenue, in downtown Columbus, Indiana.

Parking is available in the lot beside the library. Enter the parking lot from either Franklin Street or 7th Street.

For more information, please contact the library at 812-379-1255.

Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff worked together in a total of four movies. They began with You’ll Find Out (1940), another horror-comedy in which they were joined by Bela Lugosi. After The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942), they did not work together again until the horror-comedies at American International Pictures in the early 1960s, including The Raven (1963) and The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

Although Boris Karloff was known as a serious horror film actor, Peter was not. The movies they made together were more funny than frightening.

October 17, 2019

NCMA Film Event Includes Lorre

Halloween is the season of horror movies, and on Friday, October 18, 2019, the North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raleigh, North Carolina, continues its “Indoor Movies” film series with Mad Love (1935) one of the few horror films Peter Lorre appeared in during his long film career.

Shown in 35mm, Mad Love will begin at 8 pm in the SECU Auditorium, located in the East Building of the Art Museum. NCMA film curator Laura Boyes will introduce the film.

Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for MCMA members, children age 7 to 18, and college students with ID.

Tickets may be purchased online through the Museum of Art website. Click the “Tickets” button on the Mad Love page of the venue website. Tickets purchased online may be printed at home or left for “will call” at the auditorium. Sales tax and transaction fees will be added to each online order.

The North Carolina Museum of Art is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Parking is available in the Blue Ridge lot, located on the right after entering the Museum complex. Additional parking is available behind the West Building, located on the left after entering the Museum complex. More information about parking, as well as directions to the museum and public transportation, is available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please call the North Carolina Museum of Art at 919-839-6262.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Mad Love through interviews with Frances Drake, who played Yvonne Orlac, the object of Dr. Gogol’s (Lorre) desire.

Produced by MGM, Mad Love was Peter Lorre’s first American movie – but Peter agreed to be loaned to the studio only if Columbia Pictures, with whom he was under contract, would make Crime and Punishment (1935), a movie Peter was most interested in.

To play the brilliant surgeon Dr. Gogol, who cures wounded soldiers and deformed children, Peter Lorre allowed his head to be shaved bald. Images of the studio barber at work can be viewed in the “Photo Album” section of The Lost One website.

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.

Click on any of these links, and the order page will open.

October 12, 2019

Lorre Films at the Harvard Film Archive

Peter Lorre fans in the area of Cambridge, Massachusetts, can enjoy a rare treat in October and November – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) and The Face Behind the Mask (1941) onscreen at the Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque.

Stranger on the Third Floor will be shown on Saturday, October 12, 2019, on a double-bill with Blind Alley (1939).

The Face Behind the Mask will be shown on Friday, November 8, 2019.

Each program begins at 7 pm.

These films are part of the series “The B-Film – Low-Budget Hollywood Cinema 1935-1959”, which began Friday, September 13, and ends on Monday, November 25, 2019. The full schedule is available on the Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque website.

Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for non-Harvard students, Harvard Faculty and Staff, and senior citizens. Admission is free for Harvard students with a valid photo ID. Tickets may be purchased 45 minutes before show time on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. More information about tickets is available on the venue’s website.

The Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque is located at 24 Quincy Street, in the lower level of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 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, as well as directions to the Archive, is available on the venue’s website.

October 11, 2019

Citrus Heights Theater Hosts Bogart Fest

From 2013 to 2017, the Humphrey Bogart family held a film festival in Bogart’s honor in Key Largo, Florida. While a new location is currently being considered, the festival has been temporarily cancelled – but the Theatre In The Heights, located in Citrus Heights, California, carries on the annual tradition the weekend of October 11, 2019, with the 2019 Bogart Film Festival.

Bogart movies co-starring Peter Lorre will be shown on these dates and times ~
  • Beat the Devil (1954) – Friday, Oct. 11, 8:30 pm
  • Casablanca (1942) – Saturday, Oct. 12, 8:30 pm
Now in its second year, the Bogart fest begins Friday, Oct. 11, and ends on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. The full schedule is available on the venue’s website.

Admission to all movies in the festival is free for everyone. Reservations are not required, however seating is first-come, first-served.

Popcorn and drinks will be provided. For Bogart fans interested in a Bogart-themed cocktail, the festival organizers will open the Bogart Gin they bought at previous Bogie fests.

Theatre In The Heights is located at 8215 Auburn Boulevard, in Suite G of a strip mall along Auburn Boulevard in Citrus Heights, California.

Parking is available in the mall parking lot.

For more information, please call the theater at 916-509-3445.

October 7, 2019

The Conspirators at Toronto Film Fest

The Toronto Film Society kicks off its Fall / Winter Monday Night Film Buffs series with the Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet movie The Conspirators (1944) on Monday, October 7, 2019.

The Conspirators will be shown on a double-bill with The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939), starring Warren William and Ida Lupino.

The program begins at 6:30 pm with The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt, followed by The Conspirators, with a 15-minute intermission between films.

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. More information about memberships is available on the Toronto Film Society website.

The Conspirators and The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt, as well as other movies in the festival, will be shown at the Innis Town Hall Theatre, located at 2 Sussex Avenue, within Innis College on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.

Parking is available in several parking garages near the venue. Closest is the garage located at 371 Bloor Street West, in Toronto, Canada. More information about parking is available on the University of Toronto website.

Now in its 72nd season, the Monday night series begins on Monday, October 7, 2019, and will run each month until Monday, April 27, 2020. The full schedule is available on the Film Society’s website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin discusses the on-screen duo of Lorre and Greenstreet. The two actors appeared in a total of nine movies while Peter Lorre was under contract at Warner Bros.

The Conspirators was their sixth movie together. The two actors also performed on radio together, as guests on the comedy shows of the 1940s, as well as recreating some of their movies, such as The Maltese Falcon (1941) and The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). A list of their radio appearances 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.

Click on any of these links, and the order page will open.

September 30, 2019

Lorre Fest at the Aero Theatre

Peter Lorre fans in the area of Santa Monica, California, can spend every Tuesday afternoon enjoying a Lorre movie at the Aero Theatre, when the Aero presents their series “Tuesdays with Lorre” throughout the month of October, 2019.

Shown in 35mm, each film will begin at 1 pm. “Tuesdays with Lorre” includes ~
Screenings in the series are free for Cinematheque members. Tickets to each screening are $6 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Aero box-office or online through Fandango. To purchase online, click the box labeled “Tickets” on the page for each movie.

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.

The Aero is also well-served by public transportation. More information about parking, as well as directions to the cinema, are available on the venue's website.

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 making of each of these movies through interviews with many people who worked with Peter before and behind the camera, including directors Fritz Lang and John Huston, and actresses Andrea King and Frances Drake.

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.

Click on any of these links, and the order page will open.

September 24, 2019

Film Lecture Series Includes Lorre

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, the Gene Siskel Film Center will feature Peter Lorre’s first sound movie M (1931) in their series “Viewing Positions”.

The program begins at 6 pm and includes a lecture by Fred Camper, artist and long-time art and movie critic for the Chicago Reader.

Admission is $5 for Film Center members, and $12 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at the box office, which opens an hour before the first show of the day. Tickets may also be purchased online through the Film Center website. A nominal fee will be added to each ticket purchased online.

The Gene Siskel Film Center is located at 164 North State Street, between Lake and Randolph streets, in the heart of the theater district in Chicago, Illinois.

Validated parking is available at the InterPark Self-Park, located at 20 East Randolph Street, across the street from Macy’s, in Chicago, Illinois. Tickets may be validated at the Film Center box office. After 6 pm, limited street parking is available along Lake Street and Wabash Avenue in Chicago. More information about parking, as well as directions to the Film Center, is available on the venue’s website.

According to the Film Center website, the “Viewing Positions” series uses a variety of movies to “demonstrate the different relationships that films establish with the viewer, and the thematic, cultural, and ideological implications of those differences.” The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

The series began Friday, August 30, 2019, and continues to Tuesday, December 10. The full schedule is available on the Gene Siskel Film Center website.

For more information, please call the Film Center at 312-846 2800.

September 15, 2019

Casablanca at 2019 FAB Fest

The 2019 FAB Fest (Film, Art, Book) brings the weekend’s events to an end with a showing of Casablanca on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Lakewood, Washington.

The doors open at noon. Among the activities are a showing of Brooklyn (2015), local author and humorist Dorothy Wilhelm, artist Ron Snowden, book signings, and art and photography exhibits.

At 7 pm, flutist Jeannie Hill will perform “As Time Goes By”, the signature tune of Casablanca, followed by the movie in 4k resolution and digital sound.

Admission to all films and event is free for everyone. Free raffle tickets are available, too, with prizes including DVDs, books, and watercolor pens.

The FAB Fest is held at McGavick Conference Center, located in Building 23 on the campus of Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, in Lakewood, Washington.

Free parking for visitors is available in the lot in front of the McGavick Conference Center. More information about parking, as well as directions, is available on the festival website.

Cary Grant Salute Includes Lorre

London’s British Film Institute continues its salute to actor Cary Grant with showings of Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), the only film Grant made with Peter Lorre.

Arsenic and Old Lace will be shown on these dates and times ~
  • Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 – 5:40 pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 – 8:35 pm
The series “Cary Grant: Britain’s Greatest Export” continues every Tuesday through Sept. 24, 2019. The 8-week evening course explores the background, career, and legacy of one of classic cinema’s best-loved stars. The remaining schedule is available on the BFI website.

Admission is open to non-members of the BFI, as well as members. Non-members will be charged a per-ticket booking fee of £1 for each ticket sold, to a maximum of £3 per transaction.

Evening and weekend prices are £10.50 for BFI members, £12.50 for non-members, and £6 for children 16 and under. For senior citizens (age 60 and above), students, unwaged and disabled visitors who are also BFI members, admission is £8.20, and for non-members £10.20.

More information about ticket prices may be found on the BFI website.

Tickets may be purchased through the BFI box office, located in the main foyer. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the BFI website. From the page about Arsenic and Old Lace, click the “Buy” button beside the date and time of choice. A Booking Fee will be added to all online purchases.

The BFI Southbank is located on Belvedere Road, on the South Bank of the Thames in London, England. Directions to the BFI are available on the cinema’s website.

Parking is available at the Hayward Gallery, National Theatre, and Jubilee Gardens. The BFI is also well served by public transportation. The closest underground station is Waterloo. Exit Waterloo by the South Bank exit. More information about public transportation is available on the venue’s website.

September 3, 2019

Dinner with Mr. Moto in San Francisco

Peter Lorre fans in the area of San Francisco, California, can enjoy a special treat in September, 2019 – a showing of Danger Island (1939) with dinner at Foreign Cinema, the “dinner and a movie” restaurant in the Mission District.

Showings of Danger Island will continue through Monday, September 16, 2019.

Dinner is served from 5:30 pm until 10 pm on Sundays through Wednesdays, and from 5:30 pm until 11 pm on Thursdays through Saturdays, but the 35mm print of Danger Island will not be shown until dusk each night, when it’s dark enough to see the movie against the giant back wall facing the outdoor courtyard area of the restaurant.

Foreign Cinema is located at 2534 Mission Street, between 21st and 22nd streets, in San Francisco, California.

Parking garages within walking distance of Foreign Cinema include Mission Bartlett Garage and California Parking. Mission Bartlett Garage is closest, located at 3255 21st Street. California Parking is located at 2351 Mission Street.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin discusses the making of the Mr. Moto series, including interviews with Peter’s stunt double Harvey Parry, actor Chick Chandler, and writer/director Norman Foster.

Peter Lorre first played the intrepid and enigmatic Kentaro Moto in Think Fast, Mr. Moto in 1937 and continued on through an additional seven movies, “B” pictures designed as the bottom half of a double-bill. Initially pleased to play a hero instead of another villain at 20th Century-Fox, Peter soon became bored with the series.

Danger Island was the final movie to be filmed, but was released as the seventh in the series. Unlike the others, “Mr. Moto” was not part of the title. To ensure moviegoers realized Danger Island was in the Moto series, the title card reads “Peter Lorre as Mr. Moto in Danger Island” – and ever since then, the film’s title has been erroneously given as Mr. Moto in Danger Island.

Including on the Foreign Cinema’s website.

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.

Click on any of these links, and the order page will open.

August 19, 2019

The Chase at Toronto Summer Film Fest

The Toronto Film Society continues its summer series “Black and White and Noir All Over” with a screening of Peter Lorre’s film The Chase (1946), on a double-bill with Tension (1949), at the Innis Town Hall Theatre on Monday, August 19, 2019, in Toronto, Canada.

The program begins at 6:30 pm with The Chase, followed by Tension.

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. More information about memberships is available on the Toronto Film Society website.

The Chase and Tension, as well as other movies in the festival, will be shown at the Innis Town Hall Theatre, located at 2 Sussex Avenue, within Innis College on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.

Parking is available in several parking garages near the venue. Closest is the garage located at 371 Bloor Street West, in Toronto, Canada. More information about parking is available on the University of Toronto website.

The “Black and White and Noir All Over” film festival runs every Monday evening from July 8 to August 26, 2019. The full schedule is available on the Toronto Film Society website.

August 18, 2019

The Mask of Dimitrios at the Brattle Theatre

A special treat is in store for Lorre fans in the area of Cambridge, Massachusetts, when the Brattle Theatre presents The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) on Monday, August 19, 2019, as part of their series “Noirversary!

On a double-bill with The Woman in the Window (1944), The Mask of Dimitrios will be shown at 5 pm and 9:15 pm. The Woman in the Window, starring Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett, will be shown at 2:45 pm and 7 pm.

The Brattle will screen 35mm prints of both films.

The “Noirversary!” series salutes noir films made in 1944 and celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2019. The series runs throughout August on Mondays and Tuesdays. The full schedule is available on the Brattle Theatre website.

Tickets for The Mask of Dimitrios are $12 general admission; $10 for students (with valid ID) and Brattle members; and $9 for children (age 12 and under) and seniors (age 65 and older).

Tickets for both movies are $15 general admission, and $13 for children, students, seniors, and Brattle members.

Admission for military personnel is $10 with valid ID.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office, which opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. Tickets may also be purchased online through the cinema’s website. Click the show-time and select a ticket option from the list. Tickets may be picked up at the “Will Call” office. A nominal fee will be added to all online purchases.

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

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

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

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

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

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of The Mask of Dimitrios through interviews with director Jean Negulesco. Well established as a screen team, Peter Lorre and his co-star Sydney Greenstreet also recreated their roles on radio for an episode of The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater on April 16, 1945.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in hard-back, soft-bound, and Kindle editions, and may be purchased through Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

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August 16, 2019

Chicago University Film Fest Includes Lorre

Held at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, Doc Films continues its summer film festival with two Peter Lorre movies in August – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

Arsenic and Old Lace – A 16mm print will be screened on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 7 pm and 9:30 pm.

Stranger on the Third Floor – A 35mm print will be screened on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7 pm.

Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Tickets are $7 for General Admission. Quarterly membership and summer membership passes are also available. More information about tickets is available on the Doc Films website.

Movies are shown in the Max Palevsky Cinema, a state-of-the-art cinema built through the kind donation of Max Palevsky and located in Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago. The University of Chicago is located at 1212 East 59th Street in Chicago, Illinois.

Parking is available is in the Judd Parking Lot, located at 5835 South Kimbark Avenue, between East 59th Street and East 58th Street on the University campus. Parking is free and open to the public after 4 pm on weekdays and at all times on Saturday and Sunday. More information about parking is available on the Doc Film website.

Ida Noyes Hall is also served by public transportation. More information about public transportation is available on the Doc Film website.

The longest continuously running student film society in the United States, Doc Films was founded in December of 1940 as the International House Documentary Film Group. Originally beginning with documentary films only, Doc Films soon came to include fiction and experimental films, a mixture that it maintains to this day.

For more information, please call 773-702-8574.

August 13, 2019

SiriusXM Airs Lorre Radio Series

Peter Lorre fans with access to the satellite radio provider SiriusXM can tune into the Radio Classics channel the week of August 12, 2019, and hear an episode of Peter’s 1947 summer series Mystery in the Air – “The Lodger”, which originally aired over NBC on Thursday, Aug. 14, 1947.

“The Lodger” kicks off a 2-hour program block celebrating the birthday of Alfred Hitchcock and will air these dates and times ~

Tuesday, August 13 –
6 pm Pacific, 9 pm Eastern

Thursday, Aug. 15 –
12 noon Pacific, 3 pm Eastern

Saturday, Aug. 17 –
10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern

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 SiriusXM radio website.

In “The Lodger”, Peter Lorre co-stars with famed radio and film actress Agnes Moorehead. The mysterious “Mr. Sleuth” (Lorre) takes a room in the home of Mrs. Ellen Bunting (Moorehead) and her husband, but when a number of music hall girls are murdered, Mrs. Bunting fears their lodger may be a killer.

For 13 weeks during the summer of 1947, Mystery in the Air replaced The Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Show. The series 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.

Peter Lorre began with “The Tell-Tale Heart” on July 3, 1947, and continued to the final program, “Crime and Punishment”, adapted from his own 1935 Columbia Studios film, on Sept. 25, 1947.

A complete-to-date list of Peter’s radio work is available in the Appendix of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, written by Stephen D. Youngkin and published through University Press of Kentucky in 2005.

The Lost One may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

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August 1, 2019

Lorre Films Return to Buffalo Movie Expo

On the schedule of classic silent and sound movies of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, Lorre fans can always find at least one Lorre movie at the annual Western New York Movie Expo, held in Buffalo, New York.

This year, two Lorre films will be shown – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and Nancy Steele is Missing (1937).

Nancy Steele is Missing is currently scheduled for Friday evening, Aug. 2, in Screening Room “B”.

Arsenic and Old Lace is currently scheduled for Saturday evening, Aug. 3, in the Main Screening Room.

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

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

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

Parking is available at the Buffalo Grand Hotel. A parking fee of $15 per day will be charged. More information about parking is available on the Movie Expo’s website.

July 31, 2019

Lorre Movies on TV This Fall

As summer becomes fall, Lorre fans have many movies to look forward to on the Turner Classic Movies channel, as well as other channels.

All times shown are Eastern Standard.

Peter Lorre's page on the TV Guide Channel website lists the Lorre films scheduled on various television channels over a 2-week period.



August, 2019

Every August, the Turner Classic Movies channel presents their “Summer Under the Stars” festival, and although Peter Lorre does not have a “Day” this year, some of his famous co-stars do.

Aug. 11 (Sun), 7:30 am, Turner Classic Movies – All Through the Night (1942). August 11 is “Humphrey Bogart Day”, and two of Peter’s movies with his off-screen buddy Humphrey Bogart will be shown, beginning with the second movie the two actors made – a spy comedy set in New York City.

Aug. 11 (Sun), 12 noon, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944). “Humphrey Bogart Day” continues with the fourth movie Peter made with Bogie, and his final movie with his pal while Peter was under contract with Warner Bros.

Aug. 26 (Mon), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). It’s “Mary Astor Day” today, and TCM presents the only film Peter made with Mary Astor, as well as his first movie with Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet, with whom Peter would go on to make many more films.



September, 2019

September brings several Lorre movies to the TCM schedule, including some films rarely shown and two birthday salutes to Lorre co-stars.

Sept. 11 (Wed), 3 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). TCM's prime time theme in September is "100 Years of United Artists", and tonight's theme is "The 40s and 50s", with thise all-star extravaganza, starring David Nevin as the intrepid Victorian Englishman who makes a bet with his Club cronies that he can circle the globe in 80 days.

Sept. 14 (Sat), 6 pm, Movies! Network – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). In one of his final movies at Warner Bros, Peter plays the private librarian of a former concert pianist (Victor Francen), residing in an Italian villa. When the pianist dies in a fall down the staircase, friends discover to their horror that his right hand has been cut off. Is the hand now roaming the villa, wreaking revenge on anyone who would try to change the pianist's will?

Sept. 16 (Mon), 6 am, TCM – Confidential Agent (1945). TCM celebrates the birthday of Lauren Bacall with a day of Bacall movies, and the day kicks off with the only movie Peter made with Lauren Bacall, newly married to Humphrey Bogart.

Sept. 18 (Wed), 9:30 am, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Sept. 18 (Wed), 6 pm, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Sept. 21 (Sat), 2 am, TCM – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934).

Sept. 23 (Mon), 6 am, Movies! Network – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946).

Sept. 23 (Mon), 3:30 pm, TCM – Quicksand (1950). TCM salutes the birthday of Mickey Rooney, and on the schedule is the only movie Peter made with Mickey, who plays a car mechanic who falls deeper and deeper in petty crime, as he tries to impress Peter’s former girlfriend (Jeanne Cagney).

Sept. 30 (Mon), 6 pm, Movies! Network – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946).



October, 2019

October means Halloween and horror movies, and among the Lorre movies on TCM’s schedule is one of the few horror films Peter appeared in.

Oct. 4 (Fri), 11:30 am, Movies! Network – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946).

Oct. 6 (Sun), 8 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943).

Oct. 8 (Tues), 9 am, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940). The daytime theme is "The Oldest Profession", with a day of actresses who played prostitutes on film, including Joan Crawford as "an entertainer" in the French penal colony in Guiana.

Oct. 8 (Tues), 1:30 am, MeTV – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "The Diplomatic Corpse" (CBS, Dec. 8, 1957).

Oct. 11 (Fri), 6 am, Movies! Network – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946).

Oct. 14 (Mon), 10:30 am, Movies! Network – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946).

Oct. 17 (Thurs), 7 am, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

Oct. 22 (Tues), 4:30 pm, TCM – The Story of Mankind (1957). The daytime theme is "Marx Brothers Marathon", as TCM presents a day of movies starring the Marx Brothers, including this all-star extravaganza directed by Irwin Allen.

Oct. 25 (Fri), 10 pm, Movies! Network – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946).

Oct. 28 (Mon), 4 pm, Movies! Network – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946).

Oct. 30 (Wed), 8 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935). The prime-time theme on TCM is "Short and Sweet – 100 Terrific Movies Less than 75 Minutes Long", and the category tonight is "Horror". Celebrate Halloween with this supernatural film about a knife thrower’s (Edward Brophy) hands transplanted onto the wrists of a concert pianist (Colin Clive) – courtesy of a brilliant Parisian doctor (Peter Lorre) in love with the pianist's actress wife (Frances Drake).



Many of these and other Lorre movies and television programs 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!

July 25, 2019

Casablanca at El Segundo Cinema

Lorre fans in the area of El Segundo, California, will have the opportunity to catch Peter onscreen when the Old Town Music Hall presents a restored print of Casablanca (1942) the weekend of July 26, 27, and 28, 2019.

The movie will be shown on these dates and times ~
  • Friday, July 26 – 8:15 pm
  • Saturday, July 27 – 2:30 pm and 8:15 pm
  • Sunday, July 28 – 2:30 pm
Every show will begin with a selection of tunes on the cinema’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ, an audience sing-along, and a comedy short. Casablanca will follow a 15-minute intermission.

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

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

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

For more information, please contact the cinema at 310-322-2592.

July 6, 2019

Arsenic and Old Lace at Annapolis Historic Tavern

On Sunday, July 7, 2019, the 1747 Pub at the Reynolds Tavern, located in Annapolis, Maryland, continues its Sunday night series of free movies in the Beer Garden with a showing of Arsenic and Old Lace.

The program will begin at dusk, approximately 8 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.

July 4, 2019

Thomaston Library Bogart Fest Includes Lorre

The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library, located in Thomaston, Maine, continues their “Friday Night Film Series” with a month of movies starring Humphrey Bogart – and two movies co-starring Peter Lorre.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) will be shown on Friday, July 5, 2019.

Casablanca (1942) will be shown on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Both movies will begin 7 pm in Room 200 of the Thomaston Public Library.

The series "Best of Bogart" will be shown every Friday in July. The full schedule is available on the Thomaston Public Library website.

Admission to the "Friday Night Film Series" is free for everyone, and donations are cheerfully accepted.

Local Thomaston film fan Erika Pfander selects the movies for the library’s film series and provides free, freshly-popped popcorn and light refreshments.

The Thomaston Public Library is located at 60 Main Street in Thomaston, Maine. Parking is available in the library parking lot.

For more information, please contact the library at 207-354-2453.

June 30, 2019

AFI Silver Presents Restored Beat the Devil

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 2017.

A new restoration went back to the original 35mm camera negative, as well as other sources, to re-create the longer version, which has been shown in some venues since February 2017.

And now, Lorre fans in the area of Silver Spring, Maryland, will have the opportunity to enjoy this uncensored version when the AFI Silver Theatre screens Beat the Devil (1954) on July 1, 2, and 3, 2019, as part of its series “United Artists Centennial Retrospective”.

Beat the Devil will be shown on the following days and times ~
  • Monday, July 1 – 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 2 – 7 pm
  • Wednesday, July 3 – 12 noon
Tickets are $13 general admission; $11 for seniors (age 65 and over) and military (with valid ID); and $8 for children (age 12 and under). AFI members, 2-star level and higher, may purchase tickets for $11. Matinee showings – weekdays before 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday before 12 noon – are $10. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office, as well as through the AFI Silver website.

The series “United Artists Centennial Retrospective” begins Sunday, June 30, 2019, and runs until Friday, July 12, 2019. The full schedule is available on the AFI Silver Theatre 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.

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. For Peter, the experience of working on Beat the Devil with Bogart and director John Huston turned back the clock to a happier time and memories of filming The Maltese Falcon (1941).

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.

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June 29, 2019

The Rio Grande Theatre, located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, ends its summer classic film series with a showing of The Maltese Falcon (1941) on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

The movie begins at 7 pm. Cinema doors open at 6 pm.

Admission is $8 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or on-line through the cinema’s website.

Built in 1926, the historic Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 Main Street, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Parking is available in the lot behind the cinema, on N. Water Street.

For more information, please call the theater at 575-541-2290.

June 23, 2019

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Accompanies Casablanca

Lorre fans in the area of St. Louis, Missouri, are in for a special treat on Sunday, June 23, 2019, when a showing of Casablanca (1942) is accompanied by a live musical score provided by Norman Huynh conducting the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

The program begins at 2 pm at Powell Hall. Doors open at 1 pm.

Tickets range in price from $27 for Orchestra Rear to $67 for Dress Circle Box. Tickets may be purchased through the SLSO website. On the Casablanca event page, click the "Purchase" button.

Powell Hall is located at 718 North Grand Boulevard, in the Grand Center Arts District of St. Louis, Missouri.

Parking is available in the Grand Center Blue Lot, directly behind Powell Hall, and located at 3501 Samuel Shepard Drive, in St. Louis, Missouri. The lot may be entered from Delmar Boulevard. More information on parking, as well as directions to the venue, are available on the SLSO website.

For more information, please contact the Powell Hall box-office at 314-534-1700.

June 21, 2019

SiriusXM Birthday Tribute to Peter Lorre

Every week, the Radio Classics channel, broadcast over channel 148 on the SiriusXM radio dial, celebrates actors’ birthdays with special 2-hour programming blocks.

But for a third year, since June 2017, Peter Lorre gets a double dose of “Happy Birthday” wishes from host Greg Bell with two different blocks of Lorre radio programs.

Beginning late Sunday night, June 23, 2019, in the Pacific time zone, 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 Marvelous Barastro” (August 7, 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).

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

Sunday, June 23 ~
Peter Lorre Special ~
9 pm to 11 pm Pacific
Mystery in the Air, “The Marvelous Barastro”
Mystery in the Air, “Crime and Punishment”
Suspense, “Nobody Loves Me”
The Lucky Strike Program


Monday, June 24 ~
Peter Lorre Special ~
12 midnight to 2 am Eastern
Mystery in the Air, “The Marvelous Barastro”
Mystery in the Air, “Crime and Punishment”
Suspense, “Nobody Loves Me”
The Lucky Strike Program

More Peter Lorre B-Day ~
5 am Pacific, 8 am Eastern
The Texaco Star Theater
Duffy’s Tavern
Inner Sanctum, “The Black Seagull”
Mystery Playhouse, “Lady in the Morgue”


Wednesday, June 26 ~
Peter Lorre Special ~
5 pm Pacific, 8 pm Eastern
Mystery in the Air, “The Marvelous Barastro”
Mystery in the Air, “Crime and Punishment”
Suspense, “Nobody Loves Me”
The Lucky Strike Program

More Peter Lorre B-Day ~
7 pm Pacific, 10 pm Eastern
The Texaco Star Theater
Duffy’s Tavern
Inner Sanctum, “The Black Seagull”
Mystery Playhouse, “Lady in the Morgue”

Friday, June 28 ~
More Peter Lorre B-Day ~
11 pm Pacific
The Texaco Star Theater
Duffy’s Tavern
Inner Sanctum, “The Black Seagull”
Mystery Playhouse, “Lady in the Morgue”


Saturday, June 29 ~
More Peter Lorre B-Day ~
2 am Eastern
The Texaco Star Theater
Duffy’s Tavern
Inner Sanctum, “The Black Seagull”
Mystery Playhouse, “Lady in the Morgue”

Peter Lorre Special ~
3 am Pacific, 6 am Eastern
Mystery in the Air, “The Marvelous Barastro”
Mystery in the Air, “Crime and Punishment”
Suspense, “Nobody Loves Me”
The Lucky Strike Program

The full schedule for the week of Monday, June 24, to Sunday, June 30, 2019, is available on the SiriusXM Radio website.

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 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, 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.

Click on any of these links, and the order page will open.