History Creator / PeterLorre

14th Sep '17 6:59:54 PM GrammarNavi
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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 ''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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Lorre did however occasionally play heroic roles, notably in the ''Mr. Moto'' films and ''Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea'', comedic characters in ''ArsenicAndOldLace'' ''Film/ArsenicAndOldLace'' and ''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.
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!
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