I always liked Peter Lorre, but especially as the snivelling villain side-kick Joel Cairo in the Maltese Falcon. :)
I am a staunch Peter Lorre fan!Thank you for posting this, FT. Excellent!
I enjoyed radio plays, comedy and variety shows back in the 1040's and early 50's, when they were in vogue. It's a real joy to discover so much of this treasure well-preserved and available on YouTube.TV is so repugnant these days, I find myself spending more time happily reliving the past right here at this ultra-modern machine.The Maltese Falcon with Bogart, Astor, Lorre, and Greenstreet happens to be one of my top ten all-time favorite movies, Joe. I finally got around to reading Dashiell Hammett's book on which it was based a few years ago, and found it heavy sledding. Two earlier movie versions frankly stink to high heaven. From my perspective it is the MUSIC in the Bogart version that makes the film even more than the superb performances.A Lux Radio Theater version exists with Edward G. Robinson as Sam Spade. It's not bad, but has nowhere near the appeal of the movie cited.
Ah, film noir, when everyone smoked.
Cascara Segrada saidBack when smoking was still in fashion, a middle-aged woman was asked during an interview with her doctor, "Do you smoke after you've had sex?""I don't know," she replied, "I never looked."};-D>
Yes, the American dream used to center upon "home" and family. But after feminism, gay rights, single parenthood, etc., what is a family? Film noir formed a prelude to this disjunction. The birth of "metrosexualism," and the effete Mr. Lorre might be it's original poster child.It's no wonder Bogey so enjoyed slapping him around, along with Sidney Greenstreet's other less prominent gunsels...
Oh yes, "Wilmer!" The blatant hostility between Sam Spade and Caspar Gutman's hired gun, Wilmer, is amusing. It serves as a form of comic relief.
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