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!