January 26, 2023

Radio Series Includes Lorre Episode

The syndicated old-time radio series “When Radio Was”, broadcast daily over SiriusXM, as well as many other radio stations, will air an episode of Peter Lorre’s 1947 summer series Mystery in the Air on Thursday, January 26, 2023.

Host Greg Bell will present Mystery in the Air, “The Marvelous Barrastro” (August 7, 1947), followed by Chandu, the Magician, “The Spy” (November 9, 1948).

On SiriusXM, this edition of “When Radio Was” will air over the Radio Classics channel, channel 148, at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time, and 9 am Pacific.

Many local stations throughout the United States also air “When Radio Was”. Local stations are listed on the When Radio Was website. To find a local station, select a state from the drop-down list under “Find a Local Station” (in the third column of the home page) and click the “Find” button. A list of stations will open on the Radio Spirits page.

Happy listening!

January 25, 2023

Lorre Classic at Coronado Film Fest

The annual Coronado Island Film Festival, held in Coronado, California, kicks off the 2023 season with a screening of moviefan favorite Casablanca (1942) on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.

The movie will be screened at the historic Vintage Village Theater, a restored movie palace located on Orange Avenue in Coronado, California.

The doors open at 5 pm, with a “Meet and Greet”, including complimentary beverages. The film program begins at 5:30 pm, with a vintage cartoon followed by Casablanca.

Tickets are $15 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Coronado Island Film Festival website. Click the “Purchase Tickets” button and select Casablanca. Tickets may also be purchased at the film festival table at the Vintage Village Theater, beginning at 4:45 pm on the day of the screening.

The Vintage Village Theater is located at 820 Orange Avenue, in Coronado, California.

Parking is available in the lot behind the cinema.

For more information, please contact the cinema at 619-437-6161.

The CIFF 2023 Classic movie program is held the last Wednesday of every month. The full schedule is available on the Coronado Island Film Festival website.

January 2, 2023

Happy New Year with Lorre on TV

Turn the calendar from 2022 to 2023 with several Lorre movies and classic television shows on the January schedules, including the Turner Classic Movies channel and Talking Pictures TV.

American 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.


January, 2023

Happy New Year to Peter's fans with a variety of Lorre movies and TV shows!

Jan. 1 (Sun), 8:45 pm, ScreenPix Action channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

Jan. 2 (Mon), 12 noon, ScreenPix Action channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

Jan. 3 (Tues), 7:30 am, Antenna TV channel – The Jack Benny Program (Jan. 22, 1963). Airing 63 years ago this month, this episode of the popular comedian's TV variety show includes a sketch with Peter Lorre in which Jack Benny dreams an escaping murderer (Peter) forces a plastic surgeon to change his face to look like Jack's.

Jan. 6 (Fri), 9:15 am, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940). The daytime theme is "Actor and Director Frank Borzage", including this clark Gable and Joan Crawford film set on Devil's Island.

Jan. 6 (Fri), 12:45 am, ScreenPix Action channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

Jan. 7 (Sat), 2:35 am, ScreenPix Action channel – The Comedy of Terrors (1964).

Jan. 7 (Sat), 8 pm, MeTV channel – The Raven (1963). Popular horror host Svengoolie gets a two-and-a-half-hour timeslot, and kicks off his new format with this AIP horror-comedy, starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff as wizards.

Jan. 8 (Sun), 10:40 am, Fox Movies channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Jan. 20 (Fri), 11:15 pm, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). The primetime theme is "Female Detectives: Rogue Females", as TCM salutes the women who solve crimes in 1930s and 1940s movies, including this classic in which Jane (Margaret Tallichet) tracks down the real killer (Peter Lorre) to save her boyfriend Michael (John McGuire).

Jan. 20 (Fri), 5 am, Fox Movies channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Jan. 25 (Wed), 5:25 am, Talking Pictures TV – Mrs. G. Goes to College, "First Test" (Oct 11, 1961). Peter Lorre's first of two appearances as Dr. Kestner, one of Mrs. Green's instructors.

Jan. 30 (Mon), 6 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). TCM's daytime theme is "Lost Generation Authors", including the third adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's mystery novel.


Sneak Peek at February, 2023

February brings a handful of Lorre movies and television shows.

Feb. 5 (Sun), 11 pm, TCM – Screen Director's Playhouse, "No. 5 checked Out" (NBC, Jan. 18, 1956). The primetime theme is "Directed by Ida Lupino", showcasing the actress who also directed film and television, including this episode of the mid-1950s anthology series.

Feb. 9 (Thurs), 8 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943). The daytime theme is "Alexis Smith", including the first pairing of Charles Boyer and Peter Lorre.

Feb. 10 (Fri), 12 noon, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945). The daytime theme is "Alan Hale", including the only movie the senior Hale made with Peter Lorre.

Feb. 15 (Wed), 4:30 am, TCM – Mad Love (1935). The primetime theme is "Pianists", including Peter's first American film role as a gifted surgeon who replaces a pianist's crushed hands with the hands of a knife-throwing murderer.




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 many brick-and-mortar shops, as well as these online merchants ~ Happy viewing!

December 27, 2022

TCM Celebrates Sydney Greenstreet Birthday

On Tuesday, December 27, 2022, the Turner Classic Movies channel celebrates the 143rd birthday of frequent Lorre co-star Sydney Greenstreet with a day of movies featuring the rotund actor, beginning at 6 am Eastern Standard Time.

The celebration begins with four Peter Lorre movies, then ends the marathon with their first pairing.

Here’s the full schedule ~
  • Background to Danger (1943) – 6 am
  • The Conspirators (1944) – 7:30 am
  • The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) – 9:15 am
  • Three Strangers (1945) – 11 am
  • The Woman in White (1948) – 12:45 pm
  • Flamingo Road (1949) – 2:45 pm
  • Pillow to Post (1945) – 4:30 pm
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941) – 6:15 pm

Sydney Greenstreet was born on December 27, 1879. After a long career in British and American theater, he began a film career at age 61 in The Maltese Falcon in 1941 and continued for another decade before retiring.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen Youngkin recounts the on-screen partnership of Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet through nine movies and several radio plays in the early and mid-1940s, ending with The Verdict in 1946.

The Appendix of The Lost One includes a list of both their movies and their appearances on radio.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from many brick-and-mortar shops, as well as these online merchants ~

December 20, 2022

Radio Classics Christmas Week Includes Lorre

Every December, the satellite radio service SiriusXM airs Christmas-themed old-time radio episodes on the Radio Classics channel – and among the programs, Lorre fans will find Peter’s Suspense episode, “Back for Christmas”.

Throughout the week of Dec. 18 to 25, 2022, “Back for Christmas” will air these days and times ~

Tuesday, Dec. 20 ~
1:30 am Pacific, 4:30 am Eastern

Thursday, Dec. 22 ~
3:30 pm Pacific, 6:30 pm Eastern

Sunday, Dec. 25 ~
3:30 am Pacific, 6:30 am Eastern

The full schedule of the week’s programming is available on host Greg Bell’s website.

This version of the John Collier story originally aired December 23, 1943. “Back for Christmas” was Peter’s fourth of six appearances before the microphone of the anthology series, airing over CBS every Thursday night.

Peter plays Hubert Schumacher, a Swiss professor of botany who digs a Devil’s Garden as a bed for rare orchids in the cellar of his estate. While his overbearing wife Hermione plans their trip to America and Hubert’s lecture tour, Hubert makes plans of his own – involving a new Mrs. Schumacher and the disposal of Hermione.

Plans go awry . . . . on all fronts.

Satellite radio provider SiriusXM airs Radio Classics over channel 148. Subscribers may also listen to the programs over the internet or through the SiriusXM app on a Smart Phone or Smart Speaker. Not a subscriber? A 30-day trial is also available for one dollar, plus fees and taxes, through the SiriusXM radio website.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

December 1, 2022

Merry Christmas with Lorre on TV in December 2022

Lorre fans can wind down the year 2022 with several movies on the December schedules, including the Turner Classic Movies channel and Talking Pictures TV.

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.


December, 2022

For Lorre fans, the highlight of this month is the celebration of Sydney Greenstreet's birthday on December 27 ~

Dec. 1 (Thurs), 8:25 am, Movies!Network – Three Strangers (1946). On the eve of the Chinese New Year, three strangers gather before a statue of Kwan Yin and make a combined wish on a sweepstakes ticket.

Dec. 6 (Tues), 10:15 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The primetime theme is "Composer Max Steiner", including this classic of love and danger in the North African city.

Dec. 8 (Thurs), 4 am, Movies!Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Dec. 11 (Sun), 10 pm, Movies!Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Dec 14 (Wed), 1:55 am, Talking Pictures Television – The Face Behind the Mask (1941). When his face is damaged in a fire, an immigrant watchmaker is forced to turn to crime to finance a rubber mask to conceal the scars, until the love of a blind woman turns his life around.

Dec. 15 (Thurs), 4:15 pm, Movies!Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Dec. 16 (Fri), 5 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Dec. 17 (Sat), 8 pm, MeTV – Invisible Agent (1942). Horror film host Svengoolie presents Peter Lorre's entry in the Invisible Man series.

Dec. 19 (Mon), 4 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Dec. 20 (Tues), 1:10 pm, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Dec. 22 (Thurs), 3 pm, Inspire channel – Wagon Train, "The Alexander Portlass Story" (NBC, Mar. 16, 1960).

Dec. 22 (Thurs), 11:40 pm, Movies!Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Dec. 27 (Tues), 6 am, TCM – Background to Danger (1943). TCM salutes the birthday of Peter Lorre's frequent co-star at Warner Bros. – Sydney Greenstreet – with a day of Greenstreet movies.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 7:30 am, TCM – The Conspirators (1944). TCM continues the Greenstreet birthday tribute.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 9:15 am, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). TCM continues the Greenstreet birthday tribute.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 11:00 am, TCM – Three Strangers (1946). TCM continues the Greenstreet birthday tribute.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 6:15 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). TCM ends the Greenstreet birthday tribute with the first movie Peter and Sydney worked in together, along with Humphrey Bogart.

Dec. 29 (Thurs), 8:20 am, Movies!Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Dec. 30 (Fri), 7:40 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Dec. 31 (Sat), 6 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).


Sneak Peek at January, 2023

New year – new opportunities for Lorre movies on television!

Jan. 6 (Fri), 9:15 am, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940). The daytime theme is "Actor and Director Frank Borzage", including the only Lorre film Borzage directed.

Jan. 20 (Fri), 11:15 pm, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). The primetime theme is "Tracking a Killer".

Jan. 30 (Mon), 6 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The daytime theme is "Novel Adaptations", including this classic from the novel by Dashiell Hammett.




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 many brick-and-mortar shops, as well as these online merchants ~ Happy viewing!

November 25, 2022

Brattle Thanksgiving Schedule Includes Lorre

At the Brattle Theatre, it’s “Give Thanks for Bogie!” over the Thanksgiving weekend, and Lorre fans in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, area can give thanks for Peter, too, during showings of Casablanca (1942).

The movie will be shown on Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November, 27, 2022, at these times ~
  • 1 pm
  • 3:30 pm
  • 6 pm
  • 8:30 pm

The film will be screened on a 35mm print.

Matinee prices are $12 for general admission. Evening prices are $14 for general admission. Admission is $12 for children under 12; students with proper student ID; military with valid ID; seniors age 65 and older; and Brattle members.

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.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations is no longer required; however, face coverings must be worn unless the patron is actively eating and drinking. More information about COVID-19 response is available on the Brattle website.

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

Casablanca at the Cabot Theater

The historic Cabot Theater, located in Beverly, Massachusetts, celebrates the 80th anniversary of Casablanca (1942) with a showing of the classic movie on Sunday, November 27, 2022.

The film will be shown at 6 pm.

Admission is $12.25 for adults, and $10.25 for seniors (age 60 and older), students with valid Student ID, and children (age 12 and younger).

Tickets may be purchased through the Cabot website. A nominal booking fee will be charged for each ticket purchased online. More information about tickets may be found on the venue’s website.

The Cabot Theater is located at 286 Cabot Street, at the corner of Cabot and Judson streets in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Parking is available at meters on the streets around the cinema. Parking is also available in the lots along Pond Street, at the corner of Cabot and Pond streets. More information about parking, as well as directions to the cinema, is available at the Cabot Theater website.

Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are no longer required for entry to the cinema, however, masks are strongly recommended.

For more information, please contact the cinema at 978-927-3100.

November 11, 2022

The Maltese Falcon On-Screen in Two Cinemas

Peter Lorre’s classic mystery The Maltese Falcon (1941) will be on-screen at two cinemas this week – the Carolina Theater in Durham, North Carolina, and the Starlight Cinemas chain in southern California.



Carolina Theater – Durham, N. Carolina

As part of its “Retro Film Series”, the Carolina Theater, located in Durham, North Carolina, will show The Maltese Falcon (1941) on a double-bill with The Big Sleep (1946) on Wednesday, November 11, 2022.

The program begins at 7 pm with The Big Sleep, followed by The Maltese Falcon. The Retro Film Series brings back the good old days of movie-going with door prizes and movie trailers before each showing.

Admission is $10 for the double-feature.

Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or online through the cinema’s website. Nominal fees and taxes will be charged for any ticket purchased online.

The historic Carolina Theater, opening in 1926, is located at 309 West Morgan Street in downtown Durham, North Carolina.

Parking is available in the Durham Centre Parking Garage, located at 300 West Morgan Street, across the street from the Carolina Theater. More information on parking, as well as directions to the Carolina Theater, is available on the theater’s website.



Starlight Cinemas – California

As part of their “Cinema Classics” series, Starlight Cinemas will show The Maltese Falcon on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, in the following theaters ~
  • Starlight Dos Lagos 15 – 2710 Lakeshore Drive, Corona, California
  • Starlight Cinema City Theatre – 5635 East La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, California

The Maltese Falcon will begin at 7 pm at each venue.

Admission is $7 for all seats.

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

The Starlight Dos Lagos 15 is located at 2710 Lakeshore Drive in the Shops at Dos Lagos mall in Corona, California. Parking is available in the lot near the cinema.

The Starlight Cinema City Theatre is located at 5635 East La Palma Avenue in Anaheim, California. Parking is available in the lot near the cinema.

November 2, 2022

Holiday Time with Lorre on TV in November 2022

November begins the holiday season, and Lorre films are on the November schedules, including the Turner Classic Movies channel and Talking Pictures TV.

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, 2022

Many Lorre movies on the schedule, including these ~

Nov. 5 (Sat), 6 am, Talking Pictures Television – Double Confession (1950).

Nov. 5 (Sat), 1:10 pm, Movies!Network – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Nov. 5 (Sat), 3:05 am, Movies!Network – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Nov. 9 (Wed), 10 am, TCM – The Conspirators (1944). TCM salutes the birthday of actress Hedy Lamarr with a day of movies, including this WWII spy drama set in Lisbon, Portugal.

Nov. 10 (Thurs), 10 am, Talking Pictures Television – Casbah (1948). As the police Inspector who hunts down the infamous jewel thief Pepe le Moko, Peter co-starred with singer Tony Martin.

Nov. 10 (Thurs), 2:45 pm, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1940). The daytime theme is "Jewel Thieves", including this caper with Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell as con artists after a fabulous pendant – and Peter Lorre as the opportunistic Chinese skipper of a tramp steamer they take refuge on.

Nov. 15 (Tues), 10 am, Talking Pictures Television – I Was an Adventuress (1940). Peter plays the kleptomaniac con-man, Polo – who with his two partners (Eric von Stroheim and Vera Zorina) sells and steals back the same jeweled pendant.

Nov. 19 (Sat), 2 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935). Note: In Canada, TCM will broadcast The Affairs of Martha (1942) instead of Mad Love.

Nov. 22 (Tues), 10 am, Talking Pictures Television – My Favorite Brunette (1947).

Nov. 25 (Fri), 11:25 pm, Talking Pictures Television – Island of Doomed Men (1940). As Stephen Danel, Peter forces paroled convicts to work in his private diamond mine.


Sneak Peek at December, 2022

December brings a handful of Lorre movies, including TCM's birthday salute to frequent Lorre co-star Sydney Greenstreet.

Dec. 6 (Tues), 10:15 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The primetime theme is "Composer Max Steiner", including this classic of love and danger in the North African city.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 6 am, TCM – Background to Danger (1943). TCM salutes the birthday of Peter Lorre's frequent co-star at Warner Bros. – Sydney Greenstreet – with a day of Greenstreet movies.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 7:30 am, TCM – The Conspirators (1944). TCM continues the Greenstreet birthday tribute.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 9:15 am, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). TCM continues the Greenstreet birthday tribute.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 11:00 am, TCM – Three Strangers (1946). TCM continues the Greenstreet birthday tribute.

Dec. 27 (Tues), 6:15 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). TCM ends the Greenstreet birthday tribute with the first movie Peter and Sydney worked in together, along with Humphrey Bogart.




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 many brick-and-mortar shops, as well as these online merchants ~
Happy viewing!