April 16, 2021

It’s Rondo Time Again!


Named after 1940s actor Rondo Hatton, whose facial disfigurement by the disease Acromegaly led to a career in Hollywood horror films, the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards are the annual award where ordinary fans of science-fiction, horror, and fantasy vote for their favorites among the categories Movies, TV, DVDs, Restorations, Books, Magazines, Magazine Cover Artwork, Websites, Blogs, Fan Events, and more.

Now in its 19th year, the Rondos will wrap up at midnight on Sunday, April 25, 2021, Eastern Standard Time – but there’s still plenty of time to vote.

In 2006, Stephen D. Youngkin won the Best Book of 2005 Rondo for The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (University Press of Kentucky).


This year, there are a couple of Lorre items on the ballot for the Best of 2020 ~

#5 – Best Restoration or Upgrade – Among the nominees is the Route 66 episode “Lizard’s Leg and Owlet’s Wing” by Retromedia.

Order the Blu-Ray here from Amazon.

#11 – Book of the Year – Among the nominees is The Animated Peter Lorre by Matthew Hahn, published by BearManor Media. A favorite of nightclub comedians, Peter called himself the most imitated man in Hollywood, and in this book, Matthew Hahn discusses the many Lorre caricatures throughout Peter’s career and after his passing in 1964.


Order the book here from Amazon.

The official ballot is available on the Rondo Awards website.

Voting is done by eMail. To vote, simply cut and paste the ballot into an eMail, mark your choices, include your name, and send the eMail to David Colton at:

taraco@aol.com

Ballots will be accepted until midnight on Sunday, April 25, 2021, Eastern Standard Time.

More information on the Rondos, including the ballot and instructions, the history of the award, and past winners, may be found on the Rondo website.

Winners will be announced on the Rondo website as well as the Classic Horror Film Board, in the folder “Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards”.

Happy voting!


April Showers and Lorre Films

Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic this year, the Academy Awards were bumped from February to Sunday, April 25, 2021. And the Turner Classic Movies channel holds its annual “31 Days of Oscar” film fest from April 1 to May 1, including a few Lorre films. This month, all movies are shown in alphabetical order.

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.


April, 2021

Apr. 2 (Fri), 6:45 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). This all-star extravaganza about a Victorian gentleman who makes a bet with his fellow Club members that he can travel around the world in 80 days won 5 Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score. The film was nominated for three awards – Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design.

Apr. 16 (Fri), 9:05 am, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Apr. 16 (Fri), 6 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). Peter Lorre’s first movie with Warner Bros, the studio he would become most identified with, received three Oscar nominations – Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Sydney Greenstreet.

Apr. 17 (Sat), 6:30 am, TCM – Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956). Peter Lorre makes a cameo appearance as a blackjack player in this musical, which received one Oscar nomination – Scoring of Musical for George Stoll and Johnny Green.


Sneak Peek at May, 2021

TCM’s annual "31 Days of Oscar" film fest concludes on May 1. Lorre movies in May include ~

May 5 (Wed), 1:30 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). The daytime theme is “How to Get Rid of a Body”, and in this classic 1940s comedy, Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, and Raymond Massey all have bodies to dispose of.

May 13 (Thurs), 9:15 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). The daytime theme is “I Miss . . . Travel”. Lorre fans can take a virtual journey around the Victorian world with Phileas Fogg (David Niven) and Passepartout (Cantinflas), including Peter Lorre as a Japanese steward.

May 14 (Fri), 2:15 pm, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941). The daytime theme is “Silly Schemers”, including Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell as jewel thieves working against each other to get hold of a fabulous diamond pendant, before hitching a ride with Peter Lorre aboard his tramp steamer bound for Hong Kong.

May 15 (Sat), 3:45 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

May 27 (Thurs), 10 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). Guest programmer Frank Langella joins regular TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.




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!

March 24, 2021

Lorre and Greenstreet Film Fest on TCM


On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, the Turner Classic Moves channel offers a very special treat for Peter Lorre fans – the primetime theme “Greenstreet and Lorre”.

Beginning at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time, The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) kicks off a marathon of eight of the nine movies Peter appeared in with Sydney Greenstreet.

Here’s the full line-up.

Wednesday, March 24 ~
  • The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) – 8 pm
  • The Verdict (1946) – 9:45 pm
  • Three Strangers (1946) – 11:30 pm

Thursday, March 25 ~
  • Passage to Marseille (1944) – 1:15 am
  • The Conspirators (1944) – 3:15 am
  • Background to Danger (1943) – 5 am
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941) – 6:30 am
  • Casablanca (1942) – 8:30 am

During the five years Peter Lorre worked at the Warner Bros. studio, he appeared in a total of nine movies with Sydney Greenstreet, beginning with The Maltese Falcon (1941), the first Warner Bros. movie for both actors, and ending with The Verdict (1946).

Lorre and Greenstreet frequently supported leading actors – Humphrey Bogart; Paul Henreid; and George Raft, but in The Mask of Dimitrios (1944), Three Strangers (1946), and The Verdict (1946), Lorre and Greenstreet took the main roles.

March 17, 2021

Historic Cinema Celebrates Birthday with Lorre Film


On Wednesday, March 18, 2021, the State Theatre, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, celebrates its 79th anniversary with a showing of Casablanca (1942).

The program begins at 7 pm.

The cinema remains under COVID-19 safety rules. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the State Theatre website or at the box office 30 minutes before the screening. The auditorium will be kept at 50% capacity, with seats blocked off. Masks must be worn at all times, including during the film. Concessions will not be sold. More information on COVID-19 safety requirements is available on the venue’s website.

Ticket prices are $10.50 for general admission; $8.fo for students with valid ID, U.S. veterans, senior citizens; and groups of 10 or more. Members of the Michigan Theater may purchase tickets for $8.00.

The State Theatre is located at 233 South State Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Parking is available at meters along South State Street, near the cinema. More information about parking is available on the cinema’s website.

The State Theatre opened on March 18, 1942, with the musical The Fleet’s In (1942), starring Dorothy Lamour and William Holden. With Casablanca opening in November 1942, the State Theatre very likely showed this classic film as well – as well as many other Peter Lorre movies.

March 11, 2021

Lorre Classic at Los Angeles Drive-In

During these days of COVID-19, many movie theaters offer limited schedules or have closed completely, but other cinemas have sprung up with some make-shift drive-in theaters held in business parking lots.

On Friday, March 12, 2021, Peter Lorre fans in the Los Angeles area can pull into the Hollywood Legion Theater and enjoy a showing of The Maltese Falcon (1941) in the Legion’s parking lot.

The program begins at 6 pm, with a special introduction by film historian and author Alan K. Rode.

Ticket prices begin at $65, depending on the type of car, and include unlimited popcorn, one soda, and one candy for each passenger.

Tickets must be purchased and spaces reserved online through the Hollywood Legion website. Dubbed the "first ever drive-in cinema in the heart of Hollywood", the venue can accommodate 30 cars. A “seating map” is available on the Legion’s website.

The Hollywood Legion Theater is located at 2035 North Highland Avenue in Los Angeles, California.

March 1, 2021

Spring into March 2021 with Lorre


March brings Peter Lorre films a’plenty on the Turner Classic Movies channel, as well as other channels – highlighted by a “Lorre and Greenstreet” film festival!

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.


March, 2021

Mar. 1 (Mon), 4:43 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). TCM salutes the birthday of David Niven, who plays Philleas Fogg in this all-star extravaganza about a Victorian gentleman who makes a bet with his fellow Club members that he can travel around the world in 80 days.

Mar. 3 (Wed), 6 am, TCM – Quicksand (1950). “Growing Up On Screen” is the daytime theme on TCM, and the day opens with the only movie Mickey Rooney starred with Peter Lorre.

Mar. 5 (Fri), 1:30 am, MeTV – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, “The Diplomatic Corpse” (Dec. 8, 1957).

Mar. 6 (Sat), 12 noon, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). Peter Lorre plays mystery writer Cornelius Latimer Leyden, who decides to research the life of an international criminal Dimitrios (Zachary Scott) for a novel and finds himself mixed up in a blackmail scheme with one of Dimitrios’ past associates (Sydney Greenstreet).

Mar. 10 (Wed), 11:20 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Mar. 11 (Thurs), 4:30 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Mar. 12 (Fri), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The primetime theme is "Movie MacGuffins, Part 2". TCM hosts Ben Mankiewicz and film noir expert Eddie Muller take a look at several movies dependent on this plot device, including a Lorre double-feature beginning with this classic mystery involving a fabulous jewel-encrusted statuette.

Mar. 12 (Fri), 10 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The "Movie MacGuffins" theme continues with this classic wartime drama involving a pair of letters of transit promising safe passage out of Casablanca.

Mar. 14 (Sun), 11:45 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). A Lorre double-feature begins with the only film Peter made with Cary Grant.

Mar. 14 (Sun), 2 pm, TCM – My Favorite Brunette (1947). The Lorre double-feature continues with the only film Peter made with Bob Hope.

Mar. 22 (Mon), 7:15 am, FXM – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Mar. 23 (Tues), 3:05 am, FXM – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Mar. 24 (Wed), 8 pm, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). The primetime theme is "Greenstreet and Lorre" – a film fest of eight of the nine movies Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet appeared in together. The fest begins with three films in which they co-starred as the lead actors, followed by the movies in which they supported a lead actor, such as Humphrey Bogart, Paul Henreid, or George Raft. Running from Wednesday evening, through the wee hours of Thursday, to early Thursday morning, the schedule includes ~
  • The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) – 8 pm, Mar. 24 (Wed)
  • The Verdict (1944) – 9:45 pm, Mar. 24 (Wed)
  • Three Strangers (1946) – 11:30 pm, Mar. 24 (Wed)
  • Passage to Marseille (1944) – 1:15 am, Mar. 25 (Thurs)
  • The Conspirators (1944) – 3:15 am, Mar. 25 (Thurs)
  • Background to Danger (1943) – 5 am, Mar. 25 (Thurs)
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941) – 6:30 am, Mar. 25 (Thurs)
  • Casablanca (1942) – 8:30 am, Mar. 25 (Thurs)
Mar. 26 (Fri), 2:30 am, Movies! Network channel – Quicksand (1950).



Sneak Peek at April, 2021

Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic this year, the Academy Awards were bumped from February to Sunday, April 25, 2021. And TCM holds its annual "31 Days of Oscar" film fest from April 1 to May 1, including a few Lorre films.

Apr. 2 (Fri), 6:45 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Apr. 16 (Fri), 6 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Apr. 17 (Sat), 6:30 am, TCM – Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956).




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!

February 14, 2021

Valentine's Day for Lorre Lovers


In 2021, Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday, February 14, and in spite of COVID-19 lock-downs and shut-downs, many cinemas in the United States have scheduled special showings of Casablanca (1942), long considered one of the most romantic movies ever made.

In the small but important role of Ugarte, who provides exit visits to refugees desperate to leave Casablanca – and the 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).

But no matter the size of his part, Peter is always a treat to watch in a movie theater, including these ~
  • Garden Theater – Winter Garden, Florida
  • Byrd Theatre – Richmond, Virginia
  • Glendale Sears Parking Lot – Glendale, California
  • Hollywood Roosevelt – Los Angeles, California
  • Tivoli Theatre – Spencer, Indiana
  • Utah Theatre – Logan, Utah
  • Magic Lantern Cinema – Ketchum, Idaho
  • Brattle Theatre – Cambridge, Massachusetts



Garden Theatre – The Garden Theatre, in Winter Garden, Florida, will show Casablanca on Valentine’s Day at 6:30 pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the cinema’s box office.

The Garden Theatre is located at 160 West Plant Street, in downtown historic Winter Garden, Florida. For more information, please call the theater at 406-877-4736.



Byrd Theatre – The Byrd Theatre, in Richmond, Virginia, will show Casablanca on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 3 pm. The program includes a selection of songs played by Bob Gulledge on the cinema’s Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Tickets may be purchased online only and are limited to 50 attendees. No concessions will be sold. Mask-wearing and social distancing are required.

The Byrd Theatre is located at 2908 West Cary Street, in the Carytown district of Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please call the theater at 804-358-3056.



Pop-Up Cinema, Glendale Sears Parking Lot – The top of the Sears parking garage in Glendale, California, is the location of a pop-up cinema presented by the Electric Dusk Drive-In and Secret Movie Club. A double-feature of Casablanca and When Harry Met Sally (1989) will be shown on Valentine’s Day, beginning at dusk.

Tickets may be purchased online.

The Glendale Sears is located at 211 West California Avenue in Glendale, California.



Drive-In Theatre at the Hollywood Roosevelt – The famous Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, in Los Angeles, California, offers a drive-in movie experience on Valentine’s Day with a double-feature of Casablanca and The Notebook (2004). The program begins at 5:30 pm.

Tickets may be purchased online. Refreshments will be available from a converted Airstream trailer bar.

The Hollywood Roosevelt is located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California.



Tivoli Theatre – The Tivoli Theatre, in Spencer, Indiana, will show Casablanca on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm. The program is sponsored by the International Student Exchange.

Tickets may be purchased online.

The Tivoli Theatre is located at 24 North Washington Street in Spencer, Indiana. For more information, please call the theater at 812-714-8069.



Utah Theatre – The Utah Theatre, in Logan, Utah, will show Casablanca at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, 2021.

Fridays and Saturdays are “Date Night” at the Utah Theatre, and the $14 ticket price includes two movie tickets, a large popcorn, and a box of candy. Tickets may be purchased online.

The Utah Theatre is located at 18 West Center Street in Logan, Utah.



Magic Lantern Cinema – Lorre fans in the area of Ketchum, Idaho, are in for a special treat over the Valentine’s Day holiday week, when Rick Kessler presents a full week of free screenings of Casablanca at the Magic Lantern Cinema.

Rick Kessler has been waiting 47 years to offer free showings of Casablanca. Says Kessler, “There’s a difference between seeing a movie in a theater and watching it on your TV, no matter how good your TV is. There is, perhaps, no better movie to amplify the difference between watching a movie on TV or seeing it in a movie theater.”

Beginning on Friday, February 12, and every day until Thursday, February 18, 2021, Casablanca will be shown at 4:30 pm and 7 pm.

The Magic Lantern Cinema is located at 100 East 2nd Street in Ketchum, Idaho. For more information, please call the cinema at 208-726-3308.



Brattle Theatre – The Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, continues its popular Valentine’s Day tradition of Casablanca with a virtual screening.

Admission is available on the Brattle Theatre website. A $12 ticket buys the right to view the film for 28 hours over the weekend.

Following the movie, the Brattle hosts a post-screening discussion with author Leslie Epstein, whose father Philip G. Epstein and uncle Julius J. Epstein co-write the Casablanca screenplay.



Happy Valentine’s Day!