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Peter Lorre (1904-1964)

  1. Joseph Schildkraut, Slave Ship, 1936.      Lorre signed his deal to play the slave dealer Danelo on December 15, 1936. Then, a few days before shooting began, director Tay Garnet gave the slave dealer to Schildkraut.
  2. Robert Morley, Marie-Antoinette, 1937.       When MGM production chief Irving Thalberg could not land Charles Laughton for Louis XVI, he spun through such possible royals as John Gielgud, Cedric Hardwicke, Oscar Homolka, Conrad Viedt. Every accent except French!
  3. Charles Laughton, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1938.      A year before the RKO production, MGM suits talked about a quasi version with Lorre as Quasimodo. Lorre was Goebbels’ favourite actor, director Billy Wilder revealed. “They were in an elevator together and Goebbels said in a very friendly way that maybe it would be good for his career if he toured abroad for awhile He was lucky. Not many people got that kind of warning from Herr Goebbels.”
  4. Bela Lugosi, The Gorilla, 1938.      Universal wanted Lorre together with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. “No more horror for me,” said Lorre, “I’m doing the Mr Moto series at Fox.” He made eight films based on six books about the Japanese secret agent - and detective - during 1937-1939.
  5. Basil Rathbone, Son of Frankenstein, 1939.       Wolf, by name. “I'll play anything - except Bugs Bunny. But I don't want to go down in history as a monster. I'm associated with horror films but I've only done  one - The Beast With Five Fingers;  1946.  I've never played a frog that swallowed a city  or something like that.”
  6. Charles Goldner, I’ll Get Your For This(US: Lucky Nick Cain), 1950. Lorre became Goldner when James Hadley Chase’s Las Vegas thriller transferred to San Remo locations.  
  7. Glenn Ford, Human Desire, 1953.     For the re-make of Jean Renoir’s 1937  French classic, La bête humaine, director Fritz Lang “desperately” wanted Lorre in the old Jean Gabin role. Lorre was not that desperate!  He was still smarting from the abominable way Lang had treated him during the making of their German classic M in 1930. Never again.
  8. Akim Tamiroff, The Black Sleep 1956.     Quite simply, Lorre felt he was worth more than offered. “Get me Tamiroff’s agent on horn!” The horror (in every sense) marked the last film of the Universal horror team-alumuna: John Carradine, Lon Chaney Jr, Bela Lugosi and Basil Rathbone.
  9. Tom Conway, The She-Creature, 1956.    A delay caused by Edward Arnold’s death allowed Lorre to flee the script that was so schlocky he sacked his agent.
  10. Boris Karloff, Bikini Beach, 1964.    Lorre died from a strike before reprising his uncredited Mr Strangdour cameo in the Muscle Beach Party sequel.


 





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