Monday, January 26, 2015

Ginny Driver

The story is dreamlike, surreal
A torrid and seamy ordeal
The car has been gassed
And goes far, far too fast
And Lorre gets creamed at the wheel.

Peter Lorre as "Gino", driving the crazy-car rigged up by his mobster boss, Eddie Roman (Steve Cochran),who controls the speed via a second gas pedal in the back seat: The Chase (Arthur Ripley; 1946), based on the Cornell Woolrich novel The Black Path of Fear.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

We're Not Petering Out

Our limericks on Lorre will return on Monday.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wild Goof Chase

Returning a mobster's lost purse
This poor slob takes a turn for the worse
Now the villain pursues him
To kill or abuse him
Was Bob Cummings born under a curse?

David Cairns

Peter Lorre, Steve Cochran and Robert Cummings in The Chase (Arthur Ripley; 1946). The script was based on the Cornell Woolrich novel The Black Path of Fear.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Chase in the Hole

In the heater that's tropic Miami
A scene-eater gets pop-eyed and hammy
He's a villanous vet
For whom killing's no sweat
Creepy Peter can't stop looking clammy.

Surly Hack and David Cairns
Peter Lorre as "Gino" in The Chase (Arthur Ripley; 1946), based on the Cornell Woolrich novel The Black Path of Fear.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

All Lorre to Thee

Now Lorre's a pal of St. Peter.
For laughs he lets Lorre play greeter.
As new ones come in,
They see Lorre's grin
And Peter has cranked up the heater.

The Lord said "Though you think it droll.
It's wicked, and wasteful of coal.
But still I'm aware
You manage to scare
The devil from ev'ry new soul."

They thought that their quo remained stat.
But He warned, "It's not simple as that.
Lugosi and Karloff
Are having a snarl-off.
To see who's the next one at bat."

Donald B. Benson

Béla Lugosi, Peter Lorre,and Boris Karloff, posing in a production still for You'll Find Out (David Butler; 1940).

Friday, January 16, 2015

Is This Grip Necessary?


A tribute to thespian Lorre
Should be more respectful than gory.
A tug of the forelock
By fingers of Orlac
Would fall in the last category.

Donald B. Benson

Peter Lorre as Doctor Gogol and Colin Clive as Stephen Orlac, in Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935).

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cairo Practice

Having not got the bird he desired
He feels shaken and stirred, slightly wired
Cruelly cheated by fate
With a cheap paperweight
All those murders have left him quite tired.

David Cairns

Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo in The Maltese Falcon (John Huston; 1941).

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


It's all been a horrible jest
An appalling, deplorable test
As they hack at the bird
The joke's black and absurd,
But this Falcon's a doorstop at best.

Joel Cairo, Brigid O'Shaughnessy, and Kasper Gutman think they've finally found the black bird: Peter Lorre, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon (John Huston; 1941). In the background is Elisha Cook, Jr. as Wilmer Cook. Title by single malt David Cairns.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

That Sinking Feline

His Annabelle slept with a rat
(A man, and exceptional prat)
Though embracing enthralled them,
In the basement he walled them
A good plan, all except for the cat.

Montresor Herringbone (Peter Lorre) inters his wife and her lover (Vincent Price) alive in "The Black Cat" segment of Tales of Terror (Roger Corman; 1962).

Monday, January 12, 2015

In Vinnie Veritas

He's cinema's cretinous stinker
A grinning, effete, vino drinker
Who, while snoozing, is doomed
When the boozer's entombed
Now Vinnie with Pete's wife can't tinker.

 David Cairns with Surly Hack

Vincent Price, Joyce Jameson, and Peter Lorre form a tipsy triangle in Tales of Terror (Roger Corman; 1962).

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Interminator

This fellow's a sodden old sot
In the cellar quite oddly he'll plot
To drug and detain you,
And snugly restrain you
'til, like Jell-o, your body will rot.


Montresor Herringbone (Peter Lorre) plans the demise of his wife and her lover (Joyce Jameson and Vincent Price) in "The Black Cat", the middle episode of Tales of Terror (Roger Corman; 1962). Title by the interminable David Cairns.

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Made a cuckold, our Peter was stirred
So the schmuck has the cheaters interred
With a port (drugged) he tricks them
And with mortar he bricks them
What bad luck that a creature just purred.

Peter Lorre walls in Vincent Price in "The Black Cat,", the middle episode of Tales of Terror (Roger Corman; 1962). Title by bric-a-brac throwing David Cairns.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

In Poe Taste

"I've two in my cellar today.
And there, I'm afraid, they must stay.
Improper aeration
Will lead to stagnation
And then a most dreadful bouquet."

Donald B. Benson

Wine slob Peter Lorre bricks up Vincent Price and Joyce Jameson in the cellar in Tales of Terror (Roger Corman; 1962).