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This diminutive actor with the pop eyes and innocent features has a place in my heart. Often pared with Sidney Greenstreet the two played off one another expertly. I think Peter's portrayal of the psycopath in "M" was the most distubing and yet humanely beautiful acting I'd ever seen. You loathed him yet you understood him. His portrayal of course was the coming of Hitler and the things that were happening in that time period. He had been there and I think I read somewhere both he and Marlene Dietrict had prices on their heads from Hitler. Of course, Fritz Lang the director too had some trouble with Germany. HIs wife who was a film biographer Theda was her name, refused to come with Fritz because she loved Hitler so much. Ah well! Anyway, getting back to Peter, he played so many good roles. No one ever mentions Five Fingers and though this was a horror film it still was a good film. I know he did so many more better ones but that was his thing. He was another actor who had a great voice and one you could recognize without seeing him. He could horror, comedy, warm, sensitve, and humane roles. One of the great ones, too.
A GREAT ACTOR!
I love PETER LORRE! What a GREAT ACTOR! It is ashamed though that you cannot rent or buy alot of his movies because they have not been released by the studios! So please TCM show more PETER LORRE movies!! There are alot of us out here that do LOVE to watch him!!
Won't Soon Be Forgotten!
The constraints of Hollywood could not lessen Peter Lorre's talent. According to his biography, he didn't always enjoy taking on the villainous roles, but also liked to think he was, in a small way, helping people understand the darker part of themselves.
Unique, fearless actor
No other actor could duplicate Lorre's balance of humor and dread. Having just seen his turn in Crime and Punishment on TCM, and being in the middle of the Moto series, I have a newfound appreciation for the actor who so memorably created Joel Cairo in Huston's Maltese Falcon. That performance, his sly interpretation of a gay man in the US of the 1930s, is fascinating. Still, with each role he took, he played a new character, using those amazing features to engage and sometimes repulse the audience. I love this actor, and hope that generations to come will revel in these performances.
Very good actor
- Joy Byfield
They need more actor like him. These day's not the same.
The epitome of an underrated and misused actor
Lorre was truly one of the finest and most versatile character actors the cinema ever had.Unfortunately,Hollywood typecast him early on and,for the mostpart,wasted his great talent by casting him in a lot of ridiculous roles.If you really want to appreciate his great talent,check him out in the classic 1941 'B' movie,"The Face Behind the Mask",particularly in the first 30 minutes.He is wonderful.Lastly,I'll say I completely agree with the comments of Shelly from April 2006.Her review here of Lorre says precisely what I feel about him.Thank you Peter for the many marvellous characterizations you left us on film.
Long Last Lord Lorre!!!
This excellent character actor is much much more than he appears to be. He was the best at emoting with a mere expression than any words can express. A secret treasure for those who look hard enough!
- Annette Tenisci
This is THE character actor that no other can imitate. Unforgettable.
My favorite actor ever!
I think that Peter Lorre was a far more talented actor than many people realize. Had the circumstances of his life been different we might have had the opportunity to see him in the sort of challenging roles that Bertolt Brecht believed he could play. Nonetheless, he made some marvelous films. And for anyone who questions his singing ability - Check out Was Frauen Trauemen!
Lorre Photo Found
John, I believe the photo you describe is actually from "Crime and Punishment", not "M". I have seen it often on eBay. And I agree -- Peter Lorre is most certainly one of our greatest actors.
Lorre Photo Needed
- John Kelley
If anyone can tell me how I could obtain a photo of Mr. Lorre in "M" I would appreciate it. It's the shot of him backed up against a wall with everyone pointing at him.
Underrated Hollywood Treasure
Peter Lorre was one of the most talented actors in Hollywood and Germany. He had an aire to him that is unmatched, today or in yesteryear. His on-screen persona was so unmistakable that he has been imitated for years to come. Hollywood did not realize the treaure they had on their hands and did not utilize Mr. Lorre to his full advantage because they constantly typecast him as the same type of role. Even though Mr. Lorre was typecast he never played the same character twice, each charcater has its own personality and mannerism that made that character uniquely his own.
Peter Lorre: Master of acting
Peter Lorre was a brilliant actor, that in my opinion, no one could touch. Because of his crude typcasting in his career we didn't get to see the full extent of Lorre's acting abilities, but simply watching films like, "M," "The Maltese Falcon," and "The Mask of Dimitrios," we get the sense that Lorre could have done brilliant things beyond compare. One can only imagine what brilliant films and extraodinary performances could have been created had the Hollywood moguls given Lorre the opportunity to express his talent to it's fullest.