December 23, 2020

Christmas with Lorre on SiriusXM

Every December, the satellite radio service SiriusXM airs Christmas-themed old-time radio episodes on the Radio Classics channel – channel 148 on the SiriusXM radio dial.

And among the offerings is Peter Lorre’s December 1943 Suspense episode, “Back for Christmas”.

During the week of Dec. 21 to 27, 2020, “Back for Christmas” will air these days and times ~

Tuesday, Dec. 22 ~
  • 1:30 am Pacific, 4:30 am Eastern

Thursday, Dec. 24 ~
  • 3:30 pm Pacific, 6:30 pm Eastern

Sunday, Dec. 27 ~
  • 3:30 am Pacific, 6:30 am Eastern

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

This version of the John Collier story originally aired Dec. 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 professor of botany who digs a Devil’s Garden as a bed for rare orchids in his cellar. While his overbearing wife Hermione plans their trip to America, Hubert makes plans of his own – involving a new Mrs. Schumacher and the disposal of Hermione.

Plans go awry . . . . on all fronts.

SiriusXM radio subscribers may also listen to Suspense, “Back for Christmas”, 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.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the radio career of Peter Lorre. A complete-to-date list of Peter’s radio credits may be found in the book’s appendix.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre makes an excellent Christmas gift for the Lorre fan on your shopping list and may be purchased from many brick-and-mortar shops, as well as these online merchants ~

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

December 5, 2020

Ring in December Holidays with Lorre on TV

December brings Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve, and Lorre fans may look forward to a handful of movies on the Turner Classic Movies channel, as well as other channels.

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, 2020

Dec. 5 (Sat), 8 pm, Turner Classic Movies – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The primetime theme tonight is "Dashiell Hammett Double Feature", with The Maltese Falcon, followed by The Thin Man (1934). Brad Bird, host of TCM's Saturday night program The Essentials, joins Ben Mankiewicz for a discussion of The Maltese Falcon.

Dec. 15 (Tues), 10:10 pm, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954).

Dec. 26 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The primetime theme is "Memorable Goodbyes", and during its 103-minute running time, Casablanca has several, including Peter Lorre’s Ugarte arrested and removed forcefully from Rick’s Café Americain. Ben Mankiewicz and Brad Bird co-host this installment of "The Essentials".

Sneak Peek at January, 2021

Jan. 5 (Tues), 10 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The primetime theme is “The Studio System – Warner Bros.”, including The Maltese Falcon, Peter Lorre’s first movie at the studio he would become most associated with during his career, and the hearts and minds of many Lorre fans.

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!

Gettysburg Classic Fest Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the historic Majestic Theater, located in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, has cancelled their classic film festival “95 Years of Majestic Movies”, originally scheduled for November and December, 2020.

Casablanca (1942) was to be shown Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6.

Patrons who bought movie tickets in advance will be contacted by the Box Office to process refunds.

For more information, please call the Majestic at (717) 337-8200.

The Majestic Theater is located at 25 Carlisle Street in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Metered parking is available on the street in front of the theater, with a parking garage located in Race Horse Alley, directly behind the theater.

Opening in 1925, the historic Majestic Theater has shown Peter Lorre films from the 1930s onward, as well as during its annual classic film festivals, held every summer. Here’s hoping the Majestic will be able to return to its regular schedule in 2021!