History Creator / PeterLorre

29th Jul '17 2:48:06 PM SallyShears
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** [[Flm/{{Casablanca}} Ugarte]] was supposed to be gay? Well, with Peter Lorre's characters it's often hard to tell. In any case, "The Mask of Dimitrios" is considered by some viewers to practically revolve around gay subtext.

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** [[Flm/{{Casablanca}} [[Film/{{Casablanca}} Ugarte]] was supposed to be gay? Well, with Peter Lorre's characters it's often hard to tell. In any case, "The Mask of Dimitrios" is considered by some viewers to practically revolve around gay subtext.
29th Jul '17 2:47:16 PM SallyShears
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* CampStraight: He was definitely straight, but had an effete acting style which got him cast as AmbiguouslyGay in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' and ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''.

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* CampStraight: He was definitely straight, clearly attracted to women, but had an effete acting style which got him cast as AmbiguouslyGay in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' and ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''.''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''.
** [[Flm/{{Casablanca}} Ugarte]] was supposed to be gay? Well, with Peter Lorre's characters it's often hard to tell. In any case, "The Mask of Dimitrios" is considered by some viewers to practically revolve around gay subtext.
5th Jun '17 12:23:31 PM Jappus
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He was close friends and occasionally co-starred with Creator/VincentPrice, who read the eulogy at his funeral.[[note]]It was once rumored that the two attended the funeral of fellow horror icon Creator/BelaLugosi, where Lorre asked Price if they should "[[Film/{{Dracula}} drive a steak through [Lugosi]'s heart just to be safe,]]" but this turned out to be false.[[/note]] Counseled Creator/HumphreyBogart to marry Creator/LaurenBacall, despite their age difference, by telling him "five good years are better than none!"

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He was close friends and occasionally co-starred with Creator/VincentPrice, who read the eulogy at his funeral.[[note]]It was once rumored that the two attended the funeral of fellow horror icon Creator/BelaLugosi, where Lorre asked Price if they should "[[Film/{{Dracula}} drive a steak stake through [Lugosi]'s heart just to be safe,]]" but this turned out to be false.[[/note]] Counseled Creator/HumphreyBogart to marry Creator/LaurenBacall, despite their age difference, by telling him "five good years are better than none!"
21st May '17 5:14:35 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* CampStraight: He had an effete acting style which got him cast as AmbiguouslyGay in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' and ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''.

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* CampStraight: He was definitely straight, but had an effete acting style which got him cast as AmbiguouslyGay in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' and ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''.
21st May '17 5:13:09 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* CampStraight: He had an effete acting style which got him cast as AmbiguouslyGay in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' and ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''.
2nd Apr '17 9:51:12 PM NWolfman
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He was close friends and occasionally co-starred with Creator/VincentPrice, who read the eulogy at his funeral. The two famously attended the funeral of fellow horror icon Creator/BelaLugosi, where Lorre asked Price if they should "[[Film/{{Dracula}} drive a steak through [Lugosi]'s heart just to be safe.]]" Counseled Creator/HumphreyBogart to marry Creator/LaurenBacall, despite their age difference, by telling him "five good years are better than none!"

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He was close friends and occasionally co-starred with Creator/VincentPrice, who read the eulogy at his funeral. The [[note]]It was once rumored that the two famously attended the funeral of fellow horror icon Creator/BelaLugosi, where Lorre asked Price if they should "[[Film/{{Dracula}} drive a steak through [Lugosi]'s heart just to be safe.]]" safe,]]" but this turned out to be false.[[/note]] Counseled Creator/HumphreyBogart to marry Creator/LaurenBacall, despite their age difference, by telling him "five good years are better than none!"
2nd Apr '17 9:48:45 PM NWolfman
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He was close friends and occasionally co-starred with Creator/VincentPrice, who read the eulogy at his funeral. Counseled Creator/HumphreyBogart to marry Creator/LaurenBacall, despite their age difference, by telling him "five good years are better than none!"

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He was close friends and occasionally co-starred with Creator/VincentPrice, who read the eulogy at his funeral. The two famously attended the funeral of fellow horror icon Creator/BelaLugosi, where Lorre asked Price if they should "[[Film/{{Dracula}} drive a steak through [Lugosi]'s heart just to be safe.]]" Counseled Creator/HumphreyBogart to marry Creator/LaurenBacall, despite their age difference, by telling him "five good years are better than none!"
2nd Apr '17 9:44:58 PM NWolfman
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* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: He was typecast as this, after his breakout performance in Film/{{M}}.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Cartoons today are still parodying him.
** You've no doubt seen his likeness on WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, the hanging lamp in WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster, and Maggot in WesternAnimation/CorpseBride, to name a few.
** In Jean Negulesco's 1946 noir ''Three Strangers'', he even played the romantic lead.

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* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: He was typecast as this, after his breakout performance in Film/{{M}}.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Cartoons today are still parodying him.
** You've no doubt seen his likeness on WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, the hanging lamp in WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster, and Maggot in WesternAnimation/CorpseBride, to name a few.
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Film/{{M}}. In Jean Negulesco's 1946 noir ''Three Strangers'', he even played the romantic lead.lead.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He's a very popular subject for cartoon parodies, from countless ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', to the hanging lamp in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'', to Maggot in ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', to name a few.
** PopCultureOsmosis: An unfortunate side effect is that more modern audiences recognize the caricature than the man himself. Creator/TimBurton even admitted that he didn't even know Lorre by name when he wrote the above-mentioned ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' character.
20th Feb '17 5:56:48 PM nombretomado
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Throughout his career, Lorre battled typecasting. Hollywood predictably wanted him to play villains and varying shades of {{Woobie}}, epitomized not only by Lorre's best-known films like ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' and ''{{Casablanca}}'' but many lesser works. Lorre especially disliked appearing in horror movies, a genre he had little respect for. That said, Lorre did have [[SelfDeprecation a sense of humor]] about his typecasting: he once quipped that "with occasional interruptions, I've been killing my way through life." Filming ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'', Lorre expressed surprise that a mechanical squid played the role usually reserved for him!

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Throughout his career, Lorre battled typecasting. Hollywood predictably wanted him to play villains and varying shades of {{Woobie}}, epitomized not only by Lorre's best-known films like ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' and ''{{Casablanca}}'' ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' but many lesser works. Lorre especially disliked appearing in horror movies, a genre he had little respect for. That said, Lorre did have [[SelfDeprecation a sense of humor]] about his typecasting: he once quipped that "with occasional interruptions, I've been killing my way through life." Filming ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'', Lorre expressed surprise that a mechanical squid played the role usually reserved for him!
10th Dec '16 11:54:06 AM gjjones
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* BeamMeUpScotty; Never played TheIgor, but for some reason modern depictions of the character often make him distinctly Lorre-esque.
* CreatorBacklash: Regretted his role on ''M'' because it typecast him as a creepy character.



* FakeNationality[=/=]NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent : He played "creepy foreigners" from all different countries: German (''Film/{{M}}'' and ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace''), Greek (''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''), Italian (''Film/{{Casablanca}}''), French (''Film/PassageToMarseille''), and Dutch (''The Mask of Dimitrios''). He never bothered changing his accent for any of these roles.
** Although Lorre technically was born in Hungary (in a town that is now part of Slovakia), German was his primary language. He attended a German-speaking school and his family moved to Vienna when he was 9 years old. His stage career began in Vienna, and he also worked in Breslau, Hamburg and Zurich before he came to Berlin.
** Not to mention his playing a Japanese agent, Mr. Moto, who occasionally impersonates a German. With surprising success.
** Though he does do a nice American accent in the '50s ''Casino Royale'' film, sounding similar to Humphrey Bogart.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: A TropeCodifier. Onscreen Lorre almost invariably played creepy villains. Off-screen he was warm, witty and respected by all of his collaborators.



* PlayingAgainstType: His role in ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' was this, where he played the roly-poly Conseil, instead of any of the villains. And he makes it work.



* TomHanksSyndrome: Lorre was a comedian before ''M''.
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