February 16, 2019

Lorre Coffee Mugs Now Available

Peter Lorre fans can now celebrate their Lorre love with an attractive and unique coffee mug!

These mugs are all available through GearBubble and are produced in the United States for shipping worldwide.

Choose from any of these designs ~
Click the “Buy It Now!” button. All mugs are priced at $7.95.


February 13, 2019

Lorre Lovers, Spend Valentine’s Day with Peter

Valentine’s Day, February 14, falls on a Thursday in 2019 – and many cinemas in the United States and around the world will schedule special showings 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 ~
  • Movie Tavern chain – Various U.S. states
  • Amherst Screening Room – Amherst, New York
  • Hopewell Theater – Hopewell, New Jersey
  • Montalban Theatre – Los Angeles, California
  • Brattle Theatre – Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Shelley Theatre – Bournemouth, England

Movie Tavern ~ Many cinemas in the Movie Tavern chain will present Casablanca on Sunday, Feb. 10, and Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. as part of their "Flashback Cinema" series.

Dates and times vary by participating cinema.

Cinemas in the Movie Tavern chain are located in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.

Ticket prices vary by theater.

Amherst Screening Room ~ The Amherst Screening Room, in Amherst, New York, will show Casablanca throughout the Valentine’s Day holiday ~
  • Feb. 8, Friday – 7:30 pm
  • Feb. 9, Saturday – 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm
  • Feb. 12, Tuesday – 7:30 pm
  • Feb. 13, Wednesday – 7:30 pm
  • Feb. 14, Thursday – 5 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Feb. 16, Saturday – 7:30 pm
  • Feb. 17, Sunday – 1 pm
On Valentine’s Day, Casablanca will be shown on a double-feature with The Princess Bride (1987). Admission for Casablanca only is $7, and $10 for both films. A special Valentine’s Day package of $49 per couple is also available – tickets to both Casablanca and The Princess Bride; a bottle of wine, or a bucket of beer or drinks; a large popcorn; and two mini ice cream sundaes.

Admission is $7 for all other showings of Casablanca.

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.

Hopewell Theater ~ The Hopewell Theater, in Hopewell, New Jersey, will present a "supper club" showing of Casablanca on Valentine’s Day, including a 3-course dinner of appetizers, entrée, and dessert.

The supper club will begin at 6 pm, with Casablanca to follow at 8 pm. Ticket prices vary according to the table selected. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets are also available for the film showing only.

Casablanca will also be shown on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at 2:15 pm. Tickets are $10.13.

The Hopewell Theater is located at 5 South Greenwood Avenue, in Hopewell, New Jersey. For more information, please call the theater at 609-466-1964.

Montalban Theatre ~ In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Montalban Theatre, in Hollywood, California, will present a week of romance-themed film screenings, including Casablanca on Valentine’s Day.

All movies will be shown on the venue’s rooftop oasis – an open-air cinema with a large screen, projector, noise-cancelling head-phones, freshly popped popcorn, and blankets if the night is chilly.

Doors open at 6 pm, with time to get drinks and dinner at the bar and concession stand, before the movie begins just after sunset, approximately 8:15 pm.

Tickets range from $18 for a Lounge Seat to $50 for a Love Seat with popcorn. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the venue’s website.

The Montalban Theatre is located at 1615 Vine Street, in Los Angeles, California. For more information, please call the theater at 323-461-6999.

Brattle Theatre ~ The Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, continues its popular Valentine’s Day tradition of Casablanca screenings with a 35mm print of the movie ~
  • Feb. 13, Wednesday – 4 pm available only; 7 pm show is sold out
  • Feb. 14, Thursday – 4 pm available only; 7 pm show is sold out
Tickets for the 4 pm matinee showing are $9.50 for adults, students, and members of the Brattle; $8.50 for seniors age 65 and older, as well as children under age 12.

Special Premium tickets are also available for $20 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.

Shelley Theatre ~ On Valentine’s Day, the Shelley Theatre, in Bournemouth, England, will show a 35mm print of Casablanca.

Casablanca will be shown at 3 pm and 8 pm. The 3 pm matinee will be a “relaxed” performance, with the lights on and the audience coming and going as it pleases.

Admission is £8.50 for all seats at either showing. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office, over the phone, or through the venue’s website.

The Shelley Theatre is located in Shelley Manor on Beechwood Avenue in Bournemouth, England. For more information, please call the theater at 1202 413600.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 10, 2019

Springtime with Lorre on TV

Spring into springtime with Lorre movies on television and Turner Classic Movies! TCM’s annual “31 Days of Oscar” in February, plus Lorre movies rarely shown on the channel in March and April.

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, 2019

Throughout February and for a few days in March, Turner Classic Movies holds its annual “31 Days of Oscar” festival, and although Peter never won an Oscar, he did appear in many Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films.

Feb. 10 (Sun), 4:45 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). The daytime theme is “See the World”, and mid-1950s moviegoers certainly could see the world in this all-star extravaganza filmed on locations all around the world, following the adventures of Phileas Fogg (David Niven) as he and his valet attempt to win a bet. Peter was one of the many stars appearing in cameos – as well as the animated closing credits.

Feb. 12 (Tues), 6 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The daytime theme is “Taking on the Nazis”, including this classic considered one of the most romantic movies ever.

Feb. 27 (Wed), 10 am, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The daytime theme is “Crime”, including this classic hard-boiled detective story, which was Peter’s first movie at Warner Bros – and his first movie with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet.

March, 2019

March brings a handful of Lorre movies on Turner Classic Movies, including some rarely shown on the channel.

Mar 8 (Fri), 12 noon, TCM – Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956). TCM celebrates Cyd Charisse' birthday with a morning and afternoon of her films, including the two she made with Peter Lorre. First up – Peter has a cameo as a blackjack player in a casino.

Mar. 8 (Fri), 2 pm, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957). “Cyd Charisse Day” continues with a musical version of the Greta Garbo film Ninotchka starring Charisse with Fred Astaire and featuring a singing and dancing Lorre.

Mar. 12 (Tues), 2 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). Lorre fans who missed February’s showing of The Maltese Falcon will get a second chance during today’s daytime theme of "Hard-Boiled Detectives".

Mar. 18 (Mon), 6 am, TCM – You’ll Find Out (1940). The daytime theme is "A Day of Debutantes", and the day kicks off with a debutante in danger in this musical comedy starring Kay Kyser and his band, who are hired to play for a debutante’s 21st birthday party and encounter Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi.

Mar. 27 (Wed), 12:45 pm, TCM – You’ll Find Out (1940). Lorre fans who missed the 6 am showing of You’ll Find Out will have another opportunity today when the daytime theme is "Memorable Birthdays" – and what could be more memorable for a debutante's 21st birthday than Kay Kyser and his band hired to play at her birthday party? Plus Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi!

April, 2019

April brings several Lorre movies not shown often on television.

April 6 (Sat), 12 noon, TCM – Mad Love (1935). Peter’s first American movie is also being shown this month at the annual “TCM Classic Film Festival”.

April 9 (Tues), 5 am, TCM – My Favorite Brunette (1947). Peter plays the gang’s assassin chasing after Bob Hope, masquerading as a private detective, and a valuable map showing a uranium deposit.

Apr. 10 (Wed), 4 am, MeTV channel – 77 Sunset Strip, “5” (Sept. 20, 1963). Playing “The Gypsy”, Peter is one of many guest stars appearing in the Part 1 episode of a 5-part storyline.

April 22 (Mon), 2:15 am, TCM – The Big Circus (1959). Peter performs in and out of clown make-up in this Irwin Allen-directed movie set in a traveling 3-ring circus.

April 27 (Sat), 6 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). Peter Lorre appears with Cary Grant in this dark comedy about two little old ladies who help lonely old men into the Afterlife with a very poisonous glass of elderberry wine.

April 27 (Sat), 12:45 am, TCM – M (1951). Although this is not Peter Lorre’s 1931 version of M, Lorre fans might be interested in tuning in to Eddie Muller’s “Noir Alley” and taking a look at how David Wayne interpreted the role of the child murderer.

April 28 (Sun), 10 am, TCM – M (1951). The 1951 remake of M is repeated on “Noir Alley”, hosted by Eddie Muller.

Many of these and other Lorre movies 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!

February 9, 2019

Stanford Bogart Fest Includes Lorre

Located in Palo Alto, California, the Stanford Theatre salutes Humphrey Bogart with a month-long film festival, including two of the five movies he made with Peter Lorre – Casablanca (1942) and Beat the Devil (1954).

Casablanca will be shown Feb. 8, 9, and 10, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Show times are 5:35 pm and 9:15 pm. Also on the double-bill is In a Lonely Place (1950).

Beat the Devil will be shown Feb. 15, 16, and 17, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Show times are 5:50 pm and 9:25 pm. Also on the double-bill is The African Queen (1951.

The Bogart film fest runs from Friday, Feb. 8, to Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019. The complete schedule is available on the cinema’s website.

Before and after the 7:30 pm showings of In a Lonely Place and The African Queen, 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.

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

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin discusses the friendship of Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart, whom Peter considered one of his two closest friends, the other being German playwright Bertolt Brecht. The two actors first worked together in The Maltese Falcon in the summer of 1941 and became good friends, socializing often during Peter’s years at Warner Bros. In 1954, they re-teamed for a final time in Beat the Devil.

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.