History Creator / PeterLorre

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''.
25th Oct '16 8:28:52 PM nombretomado
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The speech pattern of Ren C. Hoek from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is a ShoutOut to Lorre, as is Creator/TheFiresignTheatre's Rocky Rococo, likewise Agent X Two Zero in GerryAnderson's ''Series/{{Stingray 1964}}'', and [[Creator/RobinWilliams the Genie]] briefly impersonates him when he transforms into a [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombie]] in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. The Creator/WoodyAllen GagDub spy movie ''Film/WhatsUpTigerLily'' gives a Lorre voice to a villain, who at one point complains that "this Peter Lorre impression is ''keeeeling'' my throat!" Music/SpikeJones's spoof version of the song "My Old Flame" features a vocal parody that Jones wanted to call "Peter Gory" until the record company vetoed the idea. The ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series of computer games has Ugarte, Lorre's character in ''Casablanca'', as a minor recurring character alongside Creator/SydneyGreenstreet's Signor Ferrari. Lorre's life and career are the subject of ''Addicted to Bad Ideas'', a musical by Music/TheWorldInfernoFriendshipSociety. Music/AlStewart mentions him in the first verse of "Year of the Cat." Lastly, Music/TomSmith has a song dedicated to him named "I Want to Be Peter Lorre".

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The speech pattern of Ren C. Hoek from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is a ShoutOut to Lorre, as is Creator/TheFiresignTheatre's Rocky Rococo, likewise Agent X Two Zero in GerryAnderson's Creator/GerryAnderson's ''Series/{{Stingray 1964}}'', and [[Creator/RobinWilliams the Genie]] briefly impersonates him when he transforms into a [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombie]] in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. The Creator/WoodyAllen GagDub spy movie ''Film/WhatsUpTigerLily'' gives a Lorre voice to a villain, who at one point complains that "this Peter Lorre impression is ''keeeeling'' my throat!" Music/SpikeJones's spoof version of the song "My Old Flame" features a vocal parody that Jones wanted to call "Peter Gory" until the record company vetoed the idea. The ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series of computer games has Ugarte, Lorre's character in ''Casablanca'', as a minor recurring character alongside Creator/SydneyGreenstreet's Signor Ferrari. Lorre's life and career are the subject of ''Addicted to Bad Ideas'', a musical by Music/TheWorldInfernoFriendshipSociety. Music/AlStewart mentions him in the first verse of "Year of the Cat." Lastly, Music/TomSmith has a song dedicated to him named "I Want to Be Peter Lorre".
27th Sep '16 4:38:12 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/TheConstantNymph'' (1943)
30th Mar '16 1:44:00 PM Mdumas43073
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12th Dec '15 9:31:17 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/BeatTheDevil'' (1953)
10th Dec '15 8:43:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* BeamMeUpScotty; Never played {{Igor}}, but for some reason modern depictions of the character often make him distinctly Lorre-esque.

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* BeamMeUpScotty; Never played {{Igor}}, TheIgor, but for some reason modern depictions of the character often make him distinctly Lorre-esque.
28th Sep '15 9:43:49 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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6th Apr '15 1:27:11 AM WillBGood
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* 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 (''Film/TheMaskOfDimitrios''). He never bothered changing his accent for any of these roles.

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* 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 (''Film/TheMaskOfDimitrios'').(''The Mask of Dimitrios''). He never bothered changing his accent for any of these roles.
23rd Feb '15 3:35:06 AM jormis29
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Lorre did however occasionally play heroic roles, notably in the ''Mr. Moto'' films and ''Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea'', comedic characters in ''ArsenicAndOldLace'' and ''SilkStockings'', even a romantic lead in ''Three Strangers'' (1946). In 1951 he made his only directorial effort, ''Der Verlorene'' or ''The Lost One'', produced in West Germany. Though Lorre's performance (as a guilt-ridden Nazi scientist) received acclaim, the film drew mixed reviews and flopped at the box office.

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Lorre did however occasionally play heroic roles, notably in the ''Mr. Moto'' films and ''Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea'', comedic characters in ''ArsenicAndOldLace'' and ''SilkStockings'', ''Film/SilkStockings'', even a romantic lead in ''Three Strangers'' (1946). In 1951 he made his only directorial effort, ''Der Verlorene'' or ''The Lost One'', produced in West Germany. Though Lorre's performance (as a guilt-ridden Nazi scientist) received acclaim, the film drew mixed reviews and flopped at the box office.
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