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.