December 1, 2021

Holidays with Lorre in December 2021


December brings the holiday season Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's, but not many Lorre movies this year on the Turner Classic Movies channel.

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, 2021

The Star of the Month on TCM is Ingrid Bergman, and her only film with Peter Lorre kicks off December.

Dec. 1 (Wed), 10 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Casablanca (1942). As the passport racketeer Ugarge, Peter aids Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid in their escape from Casablanca.

Dec. 2 (Thurs), 9:50 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Dec. 3 (Fri), 7:50 am, FXM – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Dec. 28 (Tues), 4 pm, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957). The daytime theme is "50s Musicals", including the only MGM musical in which Peter Lorre sang and danced.

Sneak Peek at January, 2022

A new year and new opportunities to catch Lorre films on television!

Jan. 13 (Thurs), 4:30 am, TCM – The Cross of Lorraine (1943). The primetime theme is “WWII POWs”, including this MGM World War II film about Grench soldiers who surrender too easily and find themselves imprisoned in a prisoner of war camp in Germany.

Jan. 30 (Sun), 4 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).




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 1, 2021

Fall into November with Lorre


In November, Peter Lorre's most-famous co-star Sydney Greenstreet is the Turner Classic Movies channel "Star of the Month", and every Wednesday, Lorre fans can enjoy eight of the nine movies they made together.

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, 2021

Nov. 2 (Tues), 6 am, Turner Classic Movies – Quicksand (1950). "Dance Numbers" is the prime-time theme, featuring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, including this thriller in which a non-dancing Rooney plays a garage mechanic who accidentally turns to a life of crime while trying to pay back a loan.

Nov. 2 (Tues), 11:10 am, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Nov. 3 (Wed), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). TCM begins their month-long salute to "Star of the Month" Sydney Greenstreet with his first movie. This classic detective film was also Peter Lorre's first movie with Sydney G. and his first at Warner Bros., the studio Peter would become most asociated with.

Nov. 3 (Wed) 3:45 am, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944).

Nov. 6 (Sat), 11 am, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Nov. 10 (Wed), 3:30 am, TCM – Background to Danger (1943). The Sydney Greenstreet fest continues with this spy thriller based on an Eric Ambler novel.

Nov. 14 (Sun), 5:10 pm, Movies! Network – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

Nov. 15 (Mon), 4 am, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957). The prime-time theme is "Dance Numbers", including Peter Lorre's only singing and dancing role as a Russian commissar who goes to Paris with two other commissars to retrieve a musician and end up falling in love with the City of Lights.

Nov. 17 (Wed), 8 pm, TCM – The Verdict (1946). TCM's Sydney Greenstreet fest continues with the final movie Peter Lorre made with Sydney.

Nov. 17 (Wed), 9:45 pm, TCM – Three Strangers (1946). Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet play two of the title characters, who with Geraldine Fitzgerald, make a combined wish on a statuette of an ancient Chinese goddess, with tragic results.

Nov. 17 (Wed), 11:30 pm, TCM – The Conspirators (1944).

Nov. 22 (Mon), 12 noon, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). The daytime theme is "David Niven". Peter Lorre is one of many cameos in this star-studded extravaganza about the Victorian gentleman (Niven) who makes a bet with his fellow Club members that he can travel around the world in just 80 days.

Nov. 24 (Wed), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). TCM ends their month-long salute to Sydney Greenstreet with the second of his films with Peter Lorre.

Nov. 24 (Wed), 12 midnight, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). In this film adapted from an Eric Ambler novel, Peter Lorre plays a professor turned mystery novelist who decides to research the life and evil career of an international criminal and soon cross paths with the mysterious Mr. Peters (Greenstreet), who has his own reasons for locating the criminal.


Sneak Peek at December, 2021

Ingrid Bergman is TCM’s "Star of the Month", including the only film she made with Peter Lorre.

Dec. 1 (Wed), 10 pm, 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 many brick-and-mortar shops, as well as these online merchants ~
Happy viewing!

October 1, 2021


October brings Halloween, and the Turner Classic Movies channel and the Movies! Network have scheduled plenty of horror movies from the 1930s and 1940s – including Peter Lorre's first American role, Mad Love (1935).

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.


October, 2021

Oct. 1 (Fri), 9:35 pm, Movies! Network channel – Mad Love (1935). Peter made his American movie debut in this classic from MGM. As Dr. Gogol, he loves stage actress Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake) from afar and soon has an opportunity to ingratiate himself with her when her husband Stephen mangles his hands in a train accident.

Oct. 2 (Sat), 1:25 pm, Movies! Network – You'll Find Out (1940). In this comedy version of an old, dark house film, band-leader Kay Kyser and his College of Musical Knowledge band play for a 21st birthday party, with Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi.

Oct. 3 (Sun), 2:15 am, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946). Peter joins Sydney Greenstreet and Geraldine Fitzgerald as the title characters who make a combined wish on a statuette of an ancient Chinese goddess, with tragic results.

Oct. 8 (Fri), 10:35 am, Movies! Network – Mad Love (1935). The Movies! Network presents a day of Peter Lorre films.

Oct. 8 (Fri), 12:05 pm, Movies! Network – You'll Find Out (1940).

Oct. 8 (Fri), 2:15 pm, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Oct. 8 (Fri), 4:15 pm, Movies! Network – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

Oct. 8 (Fri), 5:40 pm, Movies! Network – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961). The day of Lorre films ends with this Irwin Allen sci-fi picture from the early 1960s.

Oct. 10 (Sun), 7:25 am, Movies! Network – Mad Love (1935).

Oct. 10 (Sun), 8 am, Turner Classic Movies channel – The Constant Nymph (1943).

Oct. 11 (Mon), 6 pm, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). The daytime theme is "Murder on the Menu", and a highly-toxic glass of homemade elderberry wine is on the menu at the Brewster house in this classic comedy.

Oct. 14 (Thurs), 7:55 am, Movies! Network – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940).

Oct. 14 (Thurs), 11 am, TCM – M (1931). "Madmen" is the daytime theme.

Oct. 14 (Thurs), 8 pm, Movies! Network – Three Strangers (1946).

Oct. 15 (Fri), 4:15 pm, TCM – The Big Circus (1959). "At the Circus" is the daytime theme, including Peter Lorre as Skeeter the Clown and Vincent Price as Hans Hagenfeld, the circus ring master.

Oct. 31 (Sun), 12:45 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935). TCM's daytime theme is "Halloween Marathon", including Peter's first American film as the brilliant Parisian surgeon Dr. Gogol.


Sneak Peek at November, 2021

Sydney Greenstreet is TCM’s "Star of the Month", and every Wednesday in November, Lorre fans can enjoy eight of the nine movies Peter and Sydney made together.

Nov. 2 (Tues), 6 am, TCM – Quicksand (1950).

Nov. 3 (Wed), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Nov. 3 (Wed) 3:45 am, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944).

Nov. 10 (Wed), 3:30 am, TCM – Background to Danger (1943).

Nov. 17 (Wed), 8 pm, TCM – The Verdict (1946).

Nov. 17 (Wed), 9:45 pm, TCM – Three Strangers (1946).

Nov. 17 (Wed), 11:30 pm, TCM – The Conspirators (1944).

Nov. 24 (Wed), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Nov. 24 (Wed), 12 midnight, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944).




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!

June 20, 2021

SiriusXM Celebrates Lorre Birthday


The week of June 21, 2021, the Radio Classics channel – Channel 148 on the SiriusXM radio dial – celebrates the 117th birthday of Peter Lorre with two different 2-hour blocks of Lorre radio programs, hosted by Greg Bell.

Beginning Monday, June 20, 2021, and continuing throughout the week until Sunday, June 27, Lorre fans can enjoy eight of Peter’s old-time radio performances – as well as a Lorre-hosted episode of the Armed Forces Radio Services series Mystery Playhouse.

“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 ~

Monday, June 21 ~
Peter Lorre Special ~
3 pm Pacific, 6 pm Eastern
Mystery in the Air, “The Marvelous Barastro”
Mystery in the Air, “Crime and Punishment”
Suspense, “Nobody Loves Me”
The Lucky Strike Program

Tuesday, June 22 ~
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”

Wednesday, June 23 ~
More Peter Lorre B-Day ~
9 pm Pacific
The Texaco Star Theater
Duffy’s Tavern
Inner Sanctum Mysteries, “The Black Seagull”
Suspense, “Of Maestro and Man”

Thursday, June 24 ~
More Peter Lorre B-Day ~
12 midnight Eastern
The Texaco Star Theater
Duffy’s Tavern
Inner Sanctum Mysteries, “The Black Seagull”
Suspense, “Of Maestro and Man”

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

Saturday, June 26 ~
More Peter Lorre B-Day ~
3 pm Pacific, 6 pm 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

In addition to the Lorre birthday programs, the Radio Classics channel will also air Mr. and Mrs. North, “Frizby Klizby” (Jan 17, 1945). This episode survives as an installment of the Armed Forces Radio Service series Mystery Playhouse, a series of episodes originally broadcast on various mystery series, such as Mr. and Mrs. North, and specially-edited for American servicemen and women stationed overseas during World War II. Peter Lorre hosted many of these Mystery Playhouse episodes, including “Frizby Klizby”, which will air on the Radio Classics channel on the following dates and times –
  • Tuesday, June 22 – 4:30 pm Pacific, 7:30 pm Eastern
  • Friday, June 25 – 2:30 am Pacific, 5:30 am Eastern
The full schedule for the week of Monday, June 21, to Sunday, June 27, 2021, is available on Greg Bell’s website.

Satellite radio provider SiriusXM airs Radio Classics over channel 148. Subscribers may also listen to the programs over the internet. Log-in with your User ID and password. Not a subscriber? A free 30-day trial is also available through the SiriusXM radio website.


The life and career of Peter Lorre is chronicled in the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre by Stephen D. Youngkin, who began his research in the 1970s and interviewed Peter’s brothers Andrew and Francis, his first wife Celia Lovsky, his sister-in-law Barbara through his second wife Karen Verne, his daughter Catherine Lorre, friends, fellow actors, and the directors, producers, and crew who worked with him throughout his career.

These interviews shed light on Peter’s 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 also available on DVD.

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

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.