November 7, 2020

Gettysburg Classic Fest Includes Lorre


In November and December, 2020, the historic Majestic Theater, located in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, celebrates "95 Years of Majestic Movies" with a series of classic films, including Casablanca (1942), starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, and an international supporting cast with Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet among others.

Casablanca will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 pm.

Tickets are $8.50 for all seats.

Seating is limited to 100 for each showing. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Majestic website. A nominal booking fee will be added to each ticket purchased online. The historic outdoor box office will open at 12 noon the day of each movie showing.

Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times, including during the film showings. Refreshments will not be sold at the Majestic, and no outside food or drink is permitted. Physically distant seating will also be in effect. More information on COVID-19 health and safety policies is available on the Majestic website.

The film festival begins on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, and runs until Sunday, Dec. 20. The complete schedule is available on the Majestic website.

The Majestic Theater is located at 25 Carlisle Street in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Metered parking is available on the street in front of the theater, with a parking garage located in Race Horse Alley, directly behind the theater. More information about parking, as well as directions to the cinema, is available on the Majestic website.

For more information, please call (717) 337-8200.

The Majestic Theatre opened on Saturday, November 14, 1925, with a showing of the silent movie The Road to Yesterday (1925), directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Originally built as an annex to the Gettysburg Hotel, the Majestic was in 1925 the largest vaudeville and silent movie theater in south-central Pennsylvania.

And from the 1930s onward, many Peter Lorre films played at the Majestic, too, including Casablanca (1942).

November 5, 2020

November with Lorre on TV


November means the start of the holidays, and Lorre fans can look forward to several movies 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, 2020

Nov. 7 (Sat), 12:15 am, Turner Classic Movies – The Big Circus (1959). In November, every Friday evening into the wee hours of Saturday morning, the TCM primetime theme is “Under the Big Top”. The series of circus movies includes this 1959 movie with Peter Lorre as “Skeeter the Clown”, one of the many performers in a traveling big-top show run by Hank Whirling (Victor Mature), with Vincent Price as Hans Hagenfeld, the ringmaster.

Nov. 7 (Sat), 6 am, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945).

Nov. 10 (Tues), 3:45 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). TCM salutes Claude Rains’ birthday with a morning and afternoon line-up of Rains’ movies, including one of his most famous – Casablanca.

Nov. 13 (Fri), 11:30 am, TCM – You’ll Find Out (1940). The daytime theme is “Mystery Mansions”, and the setting for You’ll Find Out is an estate with hidden passageways, secret rooms, sliding panels, regular séances – and Kay Kyser and his band playing for the 21st birthday party of a young woman about to inherit a fortune.

Nov. 17 (Tues), 1 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The daytime theme is “Humphrey Bogart”, including this classic hard-boiled mystery that began a friendship between Peter Lorre and Bogie, and teamed Peter with Sydney Greenstreet for the first time.

Nov. 29 (Sun), 8 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943).


Sneak Peek at December, 2020

Dec. 5 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The primetime theme is a “Dashiell Hammett Double Feature”, including The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man (1934).



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 20, 2020

Halloween with Lorre Over SiriusXM

Lorre fans, begin your Halloween celebration a week early when Peter’s Inner Sanctum Mysteries episode “Death is a Joker” kicks off a 2-hour “Halloween Teaser Block” on the Radio Classics channel on SiriusXM the week of October 19, 2020.

The spooky old-time radio tales include ~
  • Inner Sanctum Mysteries, “Death is a Joker” (June 10, 1944)
  • Inner Sanctum Mysteries, “Dead Man’s Vengeance” (Oct. 7, 1944)
  • The Witch’s Tale, “Graveyard Mansion” (Mar. 6, 1933)
  • The Witch’s Tale, “Devil’s Number” (Dec. 12, 1935)
“Death is a Joker” will air on the following dates and times ~

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 –
9 pm Pacific

Wednesday, Oct. 21 –
12 midnight Eastern

Friday, Oct. 23 –
11 am Pacific
2 pm Eastern

Sunday, Oct. 25 –
1 am Pacific
4 am Eastern

The full schedule for the week is available through the Radio Classics 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.

Though originally broadcast on Inner Sanctum Mysteries, “Death is a Joker” now survives only as an episode of the Armed Forces Radio Services (AFRS) program Mystery Playhouse – and hosted by Peter Lorre, who has the unique opportunity to introduce himself in his own program!

Happy Halloween!

September 7, 2020

Mystery Playhouse Episode on SiriusXM


Peter Lorre fans with access to SiriusXM Radio can tune into the Radio Classics channel the week of September 7, 2020, and hear an episode of Peter’s mid-1940s Armed Forces Radio series Mystery Playhouse – "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper," which originally aired over NBC as an episode of the series Mollė Mystery Theatre on Tuesday, February 27, 1945.

The episode airs as part of a 2-hour block of programming to salute the debut of the TV series Star Trek, which began its 3-year run on Sept. 8, 1966. Robert Bloch, who scripted three episodes of Star Trek, wrote the original short story "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" for the magazine Weird Tales in 1943.

"Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" will air these dates and times ~

Tuesday, Sept. 8 –
5:30 pm Pacific, 8:30 pm Eastern

Thursday, Sept. 10 –
11:30 am Pacific, 2:30 pm Eastern

Saturday, Sept. 12 –
9:30 am Pacific, 12:30 pm 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 SiriusXM radio website.

During World War II, the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) supplied radio programs to American military men and women serving overseas. Regular series with commercials edited out, as well as commercial-free original programs, were sent out on thick vinyl records to military bases around the world.

Mystery Playhouse was comprised of episodes of various suspense and thriller mystery series, such as Mr. and Mrs. North and Sherlock Holmes, as well as anthology series, such as Inner Sanctum, The Whistler, and Mollė Mystery Theatre.

As one of several hosts of Mystery Playhouse, Peter Lorre introduced episodes with the greeting, “Hello, Kreeps!” and his usual dry sense of humor. A visit to the Green Room and a preview of the next Mystery Playhouse entry usually closed the program.


In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses Peter’s radio career, beginning with performances on German radio in the early 1930s to American radio appearances, including three series – Mystery Playhouse, the 1947 13-week summer series Mystery in the Air, and the 1950s series Nightmare.

A complete-to-date list of Peter’s radio work is available in the Appendix of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, and many Lorre performances are available on CD.

The Lost One 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 15, 2020

Summer into Fall with Lorre on TV

The annual "Summer Under the Stars" fest, fall, and Halloween bring many Lorre films to 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, 2020

Every August, TCM presents their "Summer Under the Stars" festival, with each day in the month devoted to a different star. This year, several of Peter's co-stars are featured.

Aug. 16 (Sun), 3:45 pm, Turner Classic Movies – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). TCM salutes Cary Grant, including this classic comedy, starring Grant as theater critic Mortimer Brewstar, who finds out his aunts have an interesting "charity" – serving lonely old gentlemen a toxic mix of poison and elderberry wine and then burying them in the cellar.

Aug. 24 (Mon), 8 am, TCM – Background to Danger (1943). It's "George Raft Day" on "Summer Under the Stars", including a spy drama based on the Eric Ambler novel Uncommon Danger, with Peter Lorre as the Russian spy Nikolai Zaleshoff and Brenda Marshall as his sister, Tamara.

Aug. 28 (Fri), 12 midnight, TCM – Casablanca (1942). TCM salutes Paul Henreid with both of the movies Henreid made with Peter Lorre. First up, Casablanca.

Aug 28 (Fri), 4 am, TCM – The Conspirators (1944). The salute to Paul Henreid ends with his second film with Peter Lorre.



September, 2020

September brings only one Lorre movie to TCM.

Sept. 22 (Tues), 6:30 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). The daytime theme is "Noel Coward", and Coward is one of the dozens of stars appearing in cameo roles in this Oscar-winning classic, including Peter Lorre as the Japanese steward aboard a ship bound for Yokohama.



October, 2020

October means Halloween and horror movies, and TCM includes several of Peter's horror and horror-comedy films!

Oct. 2 (Fri), 6 pm, TCM – The Story of Mankind (1957). TCM celebrates the birthday of Grouch Marx with a day of Marx Brothers movies, including this Irwin Allen all-star extravaganza, in which Peter Lorre plays Emperor Nero, who strums a lyre while Rome burns.

Oct. 8 (Thurs), 12:05 am, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950). Oct. 15 (Thurs), 4 pm, MeTV – Wagon Train, "The Alexander Portlass Story" (originally broadcast Mar. 16, 1960) Oct. 16 (Fri), 3:15 pm, TCM – The Raven (1963). TCM's daytime theme is "'60s Horrors", including this horror-comedy directed by Roger Corman. Peter plays the title role – a magician transformed into a raven by Boris Karloff and rescued by Vincent Price.

Oct. 25 (Sun), 2:15 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Oct. 26 (Mon), 6 am, TCM – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). TCM's daytime theme is "Murderous Monday", and the "murderer" in this 1940s horror film is apparently the hand of a dead concert pianist (Victor Francen).

Oct. 29 (Thurs), 8 pm, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

Oct. 30 (Fri), 4:15 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935). TCM's daytime theme is "'30s Horror", including Peter's first American film.



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 2, 2020

Elmont Library Hosts Lorre Program

The Elmont Memorial Library, located in Elmont, New York, will host an online program on Peter Lorre on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

Presented by Keith Crocker, "Peter Lorre: Hollywood's Unsung Master of Mayhem" begins at 1 pm.

The event is free and open to anyone with access to the internet and ZOOM.

Registration is required. Register online through the library's website by clicking on "Events" in the menu to display the Calendar, then scroll to the July 7 event, "Peter Lorre: Hollywood's Unsung Master of Mayhem" and click the green "Register” button.

Complete the Registration form and click the green "Send" button.

Registration is limited to 30 people, and registration closes at 12 noon on Tuesday, July 7, one hour before the presentation begins.

Longtime movie fan Keith Crocker has been speaking about film-making since 1995, when his wife invited him to give a presentation at the East Meadow Public Library where she works as a librarian.

Since then, Keith has given numerous lectures on horror, science-fiction, fantasy, musicals, comedies, and comedy actors, including the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and W.C. Fields.

Believing Peter Lorre is an actor who deserves more attention, Keith Crocker will discuss Peter’s movies and career with the intention of encouraging the audience to seek out his work. Keith will also take questions during the presentation.

June 22, 2020

Happy Birthday, Peter Lorre!

Friday, June 26, 2020, is the 116th birthday of Peter Lorre, and beginning Monday, June 22, 2020, Lorre fans can celebrate with Lorre movies on the Turner Classic Movies channel and Lorre radio shows on SiriusXM.

Broadcast over channel 148 on the SiriusXM radio dial, the Radio Classics channel presents its annual birthday tribute to Peter Lorre with special 2-hour programming blocks. And for a fourth year, since June 2017, Peter gets a double dose of “Happy Birthday” wishes from host Greg Bell with two different blocks of Lorre radio programs.

Beginning Tuesday, June 23, 2020, and continuing throughout the week until Sunday, June 28, 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 Mysteriesd, “The Black Seagull” (Mar. 7, 1943); and finally, an episode of Suspense, “Of Maestro and Man” (July 20, 1944).

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

Tuesday, June 23 ~
Peter Lorre Special ~
7 am Pacific, 10 am Eastern
Mystery in the Air, “The Marvelous Barastro”
Mystery in the Air, “Crime and Punishment”
Suspense, “Nobody Loves Me”
The Lucky Strike Program


Wednesday, June 24 ~
More Peter Lorre B-Day ~
1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern
The Texaco Star Theater
Duffy’s Tavern
Inner Sanctum Mysteries, “The Black Seagull”
Suspense, “Of Maestro and Man”


Friday, June 26 ~
More Peter Lorre B-Day ~
5 am Pacific, 8 am Eastern
The Texaco Star Theater
Duffy’s Tavern
Inner Sanctum Mysteries, “The Black Seagull”
Suspense, “Of Maestro and Man”

Peter Lorre Special ~
7 pm Pacific, 10 pm Eastern
Mystery in the Air, “The Marvelous Barastro”
Mystery in the Air, “Crime and Punishment”
Suspense, “Nobody Loves Me”
The Lucky Strike Program


Saturday, June 27 ~
More Peter Lorre B-Day ~
11 pm Pacific
The Texaco Star Theater
Duffy’s Tavern
Inner Sanctum, “The Black Seagull”
Suspense, “Of Maestro and Man”


Sunday, June 28 ~
More Peter Lorre B-Day ~
2 am Eastern
The Texaco Star Theater
Duffy’s Tavern
Inner Sanctum, “The Black Seagull”
Suspense, “Of Maestro and Man”

Peter Lorre Special ~
11 am Pacific, 2 pm 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 22, to Sunday, June 28, 2020, 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 Sirius XM radio website.

On Friday, June 26, 2020, the party continues as the Turner Classic Movies channel celebrates Peter’s birthday with a morning and afternoon of Lorre movies, including ~
  • 6:30 am – Stranger On the Third Floor (1940)
  • 8 am – You’ll Find Out (1940)
  • 10 am – Strange Cargo (1940)
  • 12 noon – Hotel Berlin (1945)
  • 2 pm – Scent of Mystery (1960)
  • 4 pm – The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • 6 pm – M (1931)
The full schedule is available on the Turner Classic Movies 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 birth on June 26, 1904, his 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.

May 3, 2020

Spring into Summer with Lorre on TV

As spring becomes summer, Lorre fans have many movies to look forward to on the Turner Classic Movies channel, as well as other channels – especially in June, when TCM celebrates Peter’s birthday!

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, 2020

A handful of Lorre movies are on hand in May.

May 3 (Sun), 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies – Hollywood Canteen (1944). May 3 is the birthday of original TCM host Robert Osborne, and in tribute, a 4-film selection of "Bob's Picks" will be shown, introduced by Osborne himself, including this "bob Pick" from 2009.

May 8 (Fri), 3:15 pm, TCM – The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). The daytime theme on TCM is “Face the Music”, a day of music-themed movies, including this Warner Bros. horror film about a concert pianist (Victor Francen) whose piano-playing hand appears to live on after his death and terrorize the denizens of his Italian villa, including his personal librarian (Peter Lorre).

May 14 (Thurs), 8:15 am, TCM – All Through the Night (1942). The TCM daytime theme is “Vincent Sherman”, a day of movies directed by Vincent Sherman, including this Humphrey Bogart spy comedy, co-starring Peter Lorre as a Nazi gang’s assassin. For Vol. 2 of the Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection (2006), Vincent Sherman provided audio commentary for All Through the Night. The DVD box-set is available to purchase from Amazon.

May 19 (Tues), 11:45 am, TCM – Mad Love (1942). The daytime theme is “We’re All Mad Here!”, including Peter’s first American film, in which he plays a brilliant surgeon driven mad by his unrequited love of a theater actress (Yvonne Drake).

May 23 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The prime-time version of “The Essentials: Memorial Day edition” includes the classic war-time drama involving an ex-patriot American saloon keeper (Humphrey Bogart), his Parisian lover (Ingrid Bergman), a Czech freedom-fighter (Paul Henreid), and a black-market seller of exit visas (Peter Lorre).



June, 2020

June 26 is the 116th anniversary of Peter Lorre’s birth in 1904 in Rosenberg, Hungary, and the highlight of the month is TCM’s celebration of the day with a morning and afternoon of Lorre movies.

June 2 (Tues), 1 pm, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

June 12 (Fri), 12:50 pm, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

June 17 (Wed), 5:55 pm, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

June 17 (Wed), 8 pm, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

June 22 (Mon), 8 pm, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

June 25 (Thurs), 7 am, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964). TCM's primetime theme is "History of the Swimsuit", subtitle "Couples Swim", and a popular "swimming" couple in the 1960s was Frankie and Annette. When Peter Lorre passed away on March 23, 1964, Muscle Beach Party, the second of their popular "Beach Party" movies, was playing in movie theaters.

June 26 (Friday), 6:30 am, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). TCM presents a birthday tribute to Peter Lorre with a day of Lorre movies, beginning with a movie considered the first film noir.

June 26 (Friday), 8 am, TCM – You’ll Find Out (1940). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with the only film in which Peter co-starred with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, a musical “horror-romp” starring band-leader Kay Kyser and his group.

June 26 (Fri), 8:35 am, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

June 26 (Friday), 10 am, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with the first of two movies Peter made with Clark Gable.

June 26 (Friday), 12 noon, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with one of the many wartime dramas Peter made at Warner Bros.

June 26 (Friday), 2 pm, TCM – Scent of Mystery (1945). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with a film set in Spain, in which Peter plays a taxi driver who chauffeurs around a vacationing Englishman (Denholm Elliott) as he tries to prevent the murder of a young woman.

June 26 (Friday), 4 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1944). The Lorre birthday tribute continues with the first movie Peter made with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet – the classic mystery involving a fabulous golden jewel-encrusted statuette and the underworld figures scheming to get their hands on it.

June 26 (Friday), 6 pm, TCM – M (1931). Peter’s birthday tribute ends with his most famous movie – director Fritz Lang’s first sound movie about a murderer (Peter Lorre) of children in Berlin and the underworld’s efforts to capture him.



July, 2020

July bring a number of Lorre films to television – including Eddie Muller’s “Noir Alley”, Saturday night and Sunday morning.

July 6 (Mon), 7:40 am, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

July 18 (Sat), 6 am, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945).

July 18 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). On this week's installment of "The Essentials", hosts Brad Bird and Ben Mankiewicz take a look at the classic mystery.

July 18 (Sat), 12 midnight, TCM – Three Strangers (1946). Eddie Muller brings to "Noir Alley" this Warner Bros. film about three strangers (Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and Geraldine Fitzgerald) who meet at midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve and make a wish before a statuette of Kwan Yin, goddess of fortune and destiny.

July 19 (Sun), 10 am, TCM – Three Strangers (1946). Eddie Muller’s "Noir Alley" entry for midnight on Saturday is repeated Sunday morning.

July 26 (Sun), 2 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

July 29 (Wed), 2:15 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). Every Wednesday in July, TCM turns the spotlight on "Feel-Good Films", hosted by all five TCM presenters: Dave Karger, Alicia Malone, Jacqueline Stewart, Eddie Muller, and Ben Mankiewicz. Tonight, Ben and Alicia Malone co-host an evening of "Good Time Crime", including this film about two elderly spinsters and their "charity" of helping lonely old gentlemen into a better world with a sip of very poisonous elderberry wine.

July 30 (Thurs), 1 am, TCM – The Raven (1963). The prime-time theme is "For the Birds", and the evening of "bird" movies continues with this entry from American International Pictures with Peter Lorre as the title character – a magician transformed into a raven by rival magician Boris Karloff and rescued by magician Vincent Price.



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!

April 7, 2020

Lorre Films in Virtual TCM Film Fest

Originally scheduled for April 16-19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California, the 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival has been cancelled due to the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic.

However, Turner Classic Movies will host a virtual Classic Film Festival over the TCM channel. The “Special Home Edition” begins on Thursday, April 16, at 8 pm Eastern, and runs through the wee hours of Sunday, April 19, ending Monday morning, April 20, 2020.

Featuring movies and programs shown during TCM Film Festivals over the past eleven years, the virtual fest includes two Peter Lorre movies – Mad Love (1935) and Casablanca (1942).

Both films are scheduled for Saturday, April 19, 2020 ~
  • Mad Love ~ 8 am – Bill Hader introduced Peter Lorre’s first American movie last year at the 2019 festival, with actress Cora Sue Collins, who played one of Dr. Gogol’s young patients, in the audience.
  • Casablanca ~ 8 pm – Director Peter Bogdanovich hosts this screening of the TCM favorite, which has been shown at three festivals.
The full schedule for the virtual film festival is available on the TCM website.

Pop some popcorn, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy this special “Home Edition” of the annual TCM Classic Film Festival from the comfort of your own home screening room!

April 5, 2020

Lorre Radio Co-Star Harry Morgan Birthday Block on SiriusXM

During the week of April 6 to 12, 2020, actor Harry Morgan (born April 10, 1915) gets the birthday star treatment from old-time radio host Greg Bell when the SiriusXM Radio channel Radio Classics airs a two-hour block of Morgan radio appearances, including two episodes of Peter Lorre’s 1947 series Mystery in the Air.

The four programs include – Mystery in the Air, “The Queen of Spades” (Sept. 11, 1947) and “The Horla” (Aug. 21, 1947); This is Your FBI, “Backstage Shakedown” (Nov. 10, 1950); and Broadway is My Beat, “Johnny Clark” (Nov. 29, 1952).

The Morgan tribute will air these dates and times –

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 ~
7 am Pacific
10 am Eastern

Friday, April 10, 2020 ~
7 pm Pacific
10 pm Eastern

Sunday, April 12, 2020 ~
11 am Pacific
2 pm 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 SiriusXM 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, 1947.

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 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.

March 7, 2020

Noir Fest at the Egyptian Includes Lorre

Lorre fans attending the Noir City festival of film noir in Los Angeles, California, this week can enjoy a rare treat at the Egyptian Theatre – the opportunity to watch three versions of the classic film M, on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

The program begins at 5 pm with a screening of the 1931 original M, starring Peter Lorre as the tortured child murderer, and directed by Fritz Lang.

The 1951 remake of M follows, with David Wayne stepping into Peter’s role.

The evening ends with El Vampiro Negro (The Black Vampire, 1953), a reimagined version of M from Argentina.

Admission for the triple feature is $13 for American Cinematheque members, and $15 non-members of all ages. Tickets may be purchased on-line through Fandango or by calling Fandango at (800) FANDANGO and entering the Egyptian’s theater code – 2206 – when prompted. A processing fee will be added to any tickets purchased on-line.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Egyptian’s box office, which opens 90 minutes before the first feature of the day.

Eddie Muller, known as the “Czar of Noir” and host of the Turner Classic Movie channel’s series Noir Alley, will join Alan K. Rode, of the Film Noir Foundation, in hosting all Noir City screenings.

Now in its 22nd year, the Noir City festival begins on Friday, March 6, and runs for 10 nights to Sunday, March 15, 2020. The full schedule is available on the American Cinemateque website.

The Egyptian is located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, between Las Palmas and McCadden, in Hollywood, California.

Parking is available at the Hollywood and Highland parking complex. The Egyptian is also a short walk from the Hollywood and Highland metro station. More information about parking is available on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please call the Egyptian at 323-466-3456.

February 17, 2020

Carolina Theater Screens Lorre Noir Film

Peter Lorre fans in the area of Durham, North Carolina, can enjoy a special treat on Friday, February 21, 2020, when the Carolina Theatre screens Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) on a double-feature with Tyrone Power in Nightmare Alley (1947), as part of the cinema’s Friday night “Retro Film Series”.

The program will begin at 7 pm in Cinema One with Nightmare Alley, followed by Stranger on the Third Floor.

Tickets are $9.50 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Cinema Box Office, which opens 30 minutes before the first feature of the day. Tickets may also be purchased through the cinema’s website by clicking the “Buy Now” button. A nominal fee will be added to each ticket ordered online.

A Season Pass, good for admission to the entire Retro Film Series, is also available for $80.

The Retro Film Festival continues through June 26, 2020. The complete schedule is available on the theater’s website.

The Carolina Theatre is located at 309 West Morgan Street in Durham, North Carolina.

Parking is available in the Durham Center Parking Garage, located at the corner of West Morgan Street and Foster Street, directly across from the Carolina Theatre.

More information about parking, as well as directions to the Carolina Theatre, are available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please call the cinema at 919-560-3030.

February 2, 2020

Springtime for Lorre on TV

As winter becomes spring, 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.



February, 2020

Throughout February and the first few days in March, the Turner Classic Movies channel presents their annual “31 Days of Oscar”, including a few Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated movies in Peter’s filmography.

Feb. 2 (Sun), 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies – The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Feb. 15 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Feb. 19 (Wed), 12 midnight, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).



March, 2020

TCM’s "31 Days of Oscar" ends on March 2, 2020, and a handful of Peter’s movies fill out the rest of the month. And the Movies! Network is now screening many Warner Bros. movies, including those starring or co-starring Peter Lorre, with Three Strangers a highlight this month.

Mar. 5 (Thurs), 6 am, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 5 (Thurs), 3:50 pm, Movies! Network – Quicksand (1950).

Mar. 6 (Fri), 10 pm, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1964). Peter Lorre passed away on March 23, 1964. Screening in movie theaters was Muscle Beach Party, the second of the popular "Beach Party" movies, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.

Mar. 8 (Sun), 8 pm, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 10 (Tues), 1:30 am, MeTV channel – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "The Diplomatic Corpse" (originally broadcast CBS, Dec. 8, 1957). The first of Peter's two appearances on this anthology series finds Peter in the role of a Mexican detective, trying to locate a dead body for two American tourists (George Peppard and Mary Scott).

Mar. 12 (Thurs), 10:05 pm, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 19 (Thurs), 10:10 am, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 22 (Sun), 12:05 am, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Mar. 25 (Wed), 4 am, TCM – The Comedy of Terrors (1964). Joe E. Brown is TCM’s “Star of the Month”, and in this horror-comedy about an undertaker (Vincent Price) who “digs up” customers, aided by his criminal assistant (Peter Lorre), Joe E. Brown appears in a cameo as the cemetery keeper.

Mar. 25 (Wed), 5:30 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).



April, 2020

April brings a handful of Lorre movies to television – and a chance to attend the "Special Home Edition" of the 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival, with the regular film festival cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 11 (Sat), 2:30 am, TCM – The Jack Benny Show (Jan. 22, 1963). Peter Lorre was the guest on this installment of the popular comedian Jack Benny's TV show.

April 18 (Sat), 8 am, TCM – Mad Love (1935). Peter's first American film was introduced last year at the 2019 festival by Bill Hader. Actress Cora Sue Collins, who as a child played Dr. Gogol's lame patient, was in the audience.

April 18 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). Director Peter Bogdanovich hosts the showing of this TCM favorite, which has been included three times in past TCM Film Fests.

April 26 (Sun), 11:30 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942).



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!

January 30, 2020

Lorre Double-Feature at Palo Alto Cinema

The historic Stanford Theatre, located in Palo Alto, California, offers a Bogart and Lorre double-feature of The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Casablanca (1942) the weekend of January 31 to February 2, 2020.

The movies will be shown on these dates and times ~

Friday, January 31 ~
The Maltese Falcon – 5:40 pm, 9:25 pm
Casablanca – 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 1 ~
Casablanca – 3:45 pm, 7:30 pm
The Maltese Falcon – 5:40 pm, 9:25 pm

Sunday, February 2 ~
Casablanca – 3:45 pm, 7:30 pm
The Maltese Falcon – 5:40 pm, 9:25 pm

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

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

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

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

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

January 26, 2020

Brattle Screens Two Lorre Films

Lorre fans in the area of Cambridge, Massachusetts, are in for a special treat at the end of January – the Brattle Theatre will screen The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) on Monday, January 27, and Mad Love (1935) on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

Both movies are part of the Brattle series “Things to Come: The Birth of Sci-Fi-Cinema”, which begins on Friday, January 24, and runs until Thursday, January 30, 2020. The full schedule is available on the Brattle website.

The Boogie Man Will Get You will be shown on a double-feature with The Man They Could Not Hang (1939). The Boogie Man Will Get You will be shown at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm on Monday, January 27, 2020.

Mad Love will be shown on a double-feature with Dr. Cyclops (1940). Mad Love will be shown at 4 pm and 7:30 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

Both Lorre films will be screened on 35mm prints.

Matinee prices for movies starting before 5 pm are $10 for general admission, students with proper ID, and Brattle members; and $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; and $9 for children (age 12 and under) and seniors (age 65 and older).

Tickets for the double-features are $15 general admission, and $13 for students, seniors and children.

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.

January 21, 2020

Lorre Lovers, Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Peter

In 2020, Valentine’s Day – February 14 – falls on a Friday, and it’s not too soon to start making plans to celebrate by catching a special showing of Casablanca (1942), considered by many movie fans as one of the most romantic films in cinema history.

In the pivotal role of Ugarte, provider of exit visas to those desperate to leave Casablanca – and murderer of two German couriers – Peter Lorre gets the action going by leaving with his friend Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) two valuable letters of transit he intends to sell to escaping freedom fighter Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman).

And although limited to only a few scenes, Peter is always a treat to watch in a movie theater, including these ~
  • Amherst Screening Room – Amherst, New York
  • Prytania Theatre – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Brattle Theatre – Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Kentucky Theatre – Lexington, Kentucky
  • Redford Theatre – Detroit, Michigan
  • Music Box Theatre – Chicago, Illinois
  • Chehalis Theater – Chehalis, Washington
  • Hilbert Circle Theatre – Indianapolis, Indiana



Amherst Screening Room ~ The Amherst Screening Room, located in Amherst, New York, will show Casablanca throughout the Valentine’s Day holiday ~
  • February 7, Friday – 7 pm
  • February 8, Saturday – 7 pm
  • February 9, Sunday – 5 pm ~ Pre-Oscars Mimosas Matinee
  • February 11, Tuesday – 7 pm
  • February 14, Friday – 7 pm
  • Saturday, 15, Saturday – 7 pm
On Sunday, February 9, the matinee showing of Casablanca will feature $3 mimosas.

On Valentine’s Day, a special Valentine’s Day package of $40 per couple is available – tickets to Casablanca, two drinks, including wine, beer, champagne, coffee, or soda; a large popcorn; and two mini ice cream sundaes.

On Valentine’s Day, admission is $8 for Casablanca. For all other showings, admission is $7 for adults, and $6 for children and seniors.

The Amherst Screening Room is located at 880 Alberta Drive, in Suite 207 of the Boulevard Mall, in Amherst, New York. For more information, please call the theater at 716-837-0376.



Prytania Theatre ~ The Prytania Theatre, located in New Orleans, Louisiana, will show Casablanca on Sunday, February 9, and Wednesday, February 12.

Casablanca will be shown at 10 am on both days.

Admission is $6 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or online through the cinema’s website. A nominal fee will be added to each ticket purchased online.

The Prytania Theatre is located at 5339 Prytania Street, in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, please call the cinema at 504-891-2787.



Brattle Theatre ~ The Brattle Theatre, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, continues its popular Valentine’s Day tradition of Casablanca screenings with a 35mm print of the movie ~
  • February 13, Thursday – 4 pm and 7 pm
  • February 14, Friday – 4 pm and 7 pm
  • February 15, Saturday – 7 pm
Tickets for the 4 pm matinee showing are $10 for adults, students, and members of the Brattle; $9 for seniors age 65 and older, as well as children under age 12.

Tickets for the 7 pm showings are $12 general admission; $10 for students and members of the Brattle; and $9 for seniors and children.

Special Premium tickets are also available for $20 for all showings on February 13 and 14, and include seating in a reserved section and unlimited popcorn and soda. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office, as well as on-line through the Brattle website.

The Brattle Theatre is located at 40 Brattle Street, in Brattle Hall, one block from Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, please call the Brattle at 617-876-6837.



Kentucky Theatre ~ The historic Kentucky Theatre, located in Lexington, Kentucky, will show Casablanca on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14.

The movie will begin at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $8.50 for general admission, and $6.50 for children (age 13 and under) and seniors (age 60 and over). Tickets may be purchased at the cinema’s box-office or online through the cinema’s website. A nominal fee will be added to each ticket purchased online.

The Kentucky Theatre is located at 214 E. Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information, please call the theater at 859-231-7924.



Redford Theatre ~ Originally built in the 1920s for silent movies, the Redford Theatre, located in Detroit, Michigan, will screen Casablanca on Saturday, February 15.

The movie will be shown at 2 pm and 8 pm.

Tickets are $5 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office, as well as online through the cinema’s website. A nominal fee will be added to each ticket purchased online.

The Redford Theatre is located at 17360 Lahser Road, just north of Grand River Avenue, in Detroit, Michigan. For more information, please call the cinema at 313-537-2560.



Music Box Theater ~ Sing along with your Valentine at the Music Box Theater, located in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday, February 16.

The “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing-Along” begins at 2 pm with a selection of love songs played by Dennis Scott on the Music Box’s organ, with the lyrics projected on the movie screen, followed by the screening of Casablanca.

Admission is $13 for adults, and $11 for children, students, and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or online through the cinema’s website. A nominal fee will be added to each ticket purchased online.

The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 N. Southport Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please call the cinema at 773-871-6604.



Chehalis Theater ~ Share a heart-shaped pizza and a freshly-made salad with your Valentine at the Chehalis Theater, located in Chehalis, Washington, on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14.

Casablanca begins at 5:30 pm.

Tickets are $9 general admission. An additional $25 covers the pizza and salad. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or online through the cinema’s Facebook page.

The Chehalis Theater is located at 558 N. Market Boulevard, in Chehalis, Washington. For more information, please call the cinema at 360-557-3946.



Hilbert Circle Theatre ~ Enjoy Casablanca with a live symphony orchestra at the Hilbert Circle Theatre, in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15.

The program begins at 8 pm both evenings. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform live the film’s Max Steiner score during the screening of Casablanca.

Tickets range in price from $35 to $95 for the Dress Circle and Upper Mezzanine, and $45 to $65 for the Main Floor. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or online through the cinema’s website. A fee will be added to each ticket purchased online.

The Hilbert Circle Theatre is located at 20 North Pennsylvania Street, in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, please call the cinema at 317-639-4300.



Happy Valentine’s Day!

January 19, 2020

Lorre Mystery at Raleigh Cinema

As part of its “Monday at the Movies” series, the Rialto Theatre, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, will screen Peter Lorre’s first Warner Bros. movie, The Maltese Falcon (1941), on Monday, January 20, 2020.

The program begins at 7 pm. Doors open at 6 pm.

Admission for the “Monday at the Movies” series is $5 for everyone. Tickets may be purchased at the cinema’s box-office. Tickets may also be purchased online through the Rialto Theatre website.

The Rialto Theatre is located at 1620 Glenwood Avenue, in the Five Points area of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Parking is available along both sides of Glenwood Avenue during the Rialto’s business hours.

As Raleigh’s oldest operating movie theater, the historic Rialto Theatre originally opened in 1942 as The Colony Theatre. In addition to modern films, the Rialto presents “Monday at the Movies” on the third Monday of every month.

For more information, please call the Rialto at 919-856-0111.

January 18, 2020

Disney Classic at the Egyptian

Lorre fans in the Los Angeles area can enjoy a rare treat on Saturday, January 18, 2020 – a screening of the Walt Disney classic adventure movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California.

The 35mm print is courtesy of the Joe Dante and Jon Davison collection at the Academy Film Archive.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will begin at 3 pm.

Admission is $8 for American Cinematheque members, and $12 non-members of all ages. Tickets may be purchased on-line through Fandango or by calling Fandango at (800) FANDANGO and entering the Egyptian’s theater code – 2206 – when prompted. A processing fee will be added to any tickets purchased on-line.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Egyptian’s box office, which opens 90 minutes before the first feature of the day.

The Egyptian is located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, between Las Palmas and McCadden, in Hollywood, California.

Parking is available at the Hollywood and Highland parking complex. The Egyptian is also a short walk from the Hollywood and Highland metro station. More information about parking is available on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please call the Egyptian at 323-466-3456.

January 13, 2020

Lorre Radio Series on SiriusXM

Peter Lorre fans with access to SiriusXM Radio can tune into the Radio Classics channel the week of January 13, 2020, and hear an episode of Peter’s 1947 summer series Mystery in the Air – “The Black Cat”, which originally aired over NBC on Thursday, September 18, 1947.

“The Black Cat” will air these dates and times ~

Monday, Jan. 13 –
11:30 am Pacific, 2:30 pm Eastern

Thursday, Jan. 16 –
1:30 am Pacific, 4:30 am Eastern

Sunday, Jan. 19 &ndash:
5:30 pm Pacific, 8:30 pm 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 SiriusXM radio website.

“The Black Cat” is based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe, a favorite author of Peter Lorre’s. Peter plays “Charles”, an alcoholic who accidentally kills his wife and hides her body behind a brick wall – unintentionally walling up her pet cat along with the body.

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 Peter’s 1935 Columbia Studios film, on Sept. 25, 1947.

“The Black Cat” was the next-to-last episode to air in the series.

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.

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

January 3, 2020

Fridays with Lorre at Memphis Museum

Every Friday in January, 2020, Lorre fans in Memphis, Tennessee, can enjoy Peter on the big screen of the CTI 3D Giant Theater when the venue presents Casablanca (1942).

The movie will begin promptly at 7 pm. Late arrivals will not be seated.

Casablanca will be shown on January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2020, as part of the Memphis Pink Palace Museum’s “Fab Fridays” series.

Tickets are $8 for children, age 3 to 12; $10 for adults, age 13 to 59; and $9 for seniors, age 60 and older. Children two and under are admitted free. Members of the Memphis Pink Palace Museum receive a $1 discount. Tickets may be purchased at the cinema box-office.

The CTI 3D Giant Theater is located within the Memphis Pink Palace Museum complex, at 3050 Central Avenue, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Parking is available at the museum complex.

For more information, please call 901-636-2362.