Peter Lorre – a real star

March 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm (anti-fascism, cinema, comedy, culture, film, Germany, Jim D, United States, wild man)

Sorry folks: I missed the 50th anniversary of Peter Lorre’s death (23rd March, 1964).

I feel a particular closeness to this great character-actor, because he was one of the film stars that my dad (like many people of his generation) did impersonations of (the others, in my Dad’s case, being Sydney Greenstreet, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney and Walter Brennan):

Here’s Lorre in a typical role

Here’s his best ‘serious’ performance in Germany before he fled fascism for the US and ended up in Hollywood::

…and my personal favourite:

Finally: the ultimate accolade:


  1. Jim Denham said,

    Oh yes: I nearly forgot this (very entertaining):

  2. Robert Calder said,

    YOUR DAD????? Impersonates Bogey, Greenstreet & Peter the Great though little?
    Are you trying to make some perfectly youthful people suspect they might be growing OLD?????

    Gad, sir! What sort of character are you?

    Then there was the time Ervin Nyiregyhazi had a part in a Peter Lorre film:
    to wit, his hand, playing a piano.

    And if you can’t keep beautiful, keep young!
    Keep going, anyway!

  3. les said,

    and of course, there was his performance as the drunken wine connoisseur in roger corman’s adaptation of poe’s “the black cat.”

    i thought it only appropriate for *shiraz* socialist.

  4. Peter Lorre – a real star | OzHouse said,

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