Saturday, December 20, 2014

Beat the Devils

Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre on the set of Beat the Devil, 1953. Photo by Robert Capa. LimerWrecks and Lorre will return on Monday.

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Third Man-iac

With this stranger try never to tangle
He's a danger from ev-er-y angle
On your stoop late at night
Down he'll swoop, hold you tight
And, deranged, will endeavor to strangle.

Peter Lorre threatens Margaret Tallichet in the proto-film noir, Stranger on the Third Floor (Boris Ingster; 1940).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Slaughterhouse-Five Fingers

You're in the appendage's grasp
Round your windpipe its tendrils now clasp
You'd shout but you're choking
What comes out sounds like croaking 
In a minute you'll end with a gasp.

The hand throttles Peter Lorre in The Beast With Five Fingers (Robert Florey; 1946).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hot Dread-Handed

Despite bodily harm, it's not moldering
It's quite hot, five-alarm, and it's smoldering
It can make a good fist
But it breaks at the wrist
And ignites minus arming or shouldering.

David Cairns

In The Beast with Five Fingers (Robert Florey; 1946), Peter Lorre is musicologist Hilary Cummins, so terrorized by a severed hand that he throws it in the fire.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Take Five -- Fingers

Looking ghastly, this bad boy comes crawling
Rather nasty, it's had quite a mauling
Though its fingers are burning
Still the thing keeps returning
'Til at last, into madness you're falling.

Peter Lorre is haunted by The Beast with Five Fingers ( Robert Florey; 1946).

Monday, December 15, 2014

Die Charred

For vengeance it fervently yearns
But an end in a furnace it earns
Though the heat is appalling
Out the creature comes crawling
To mend from the third-degree burns.

Hilary Cummins (Peter Lorre) watches as the severed hand crawls from the fire in The Beast With Five Fingers (Robert Florey; 1946).

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bless the Beast and the Chilled Men

Peter Lorre and The Beast With Five Fingers will return on Monday. You can't stop them.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Agony and Ivory

On piano it flailed, played a chord
In a panic, it's nailed to a board
Its premiere thus curtailed,
Its career was derailed
For the hand simply failed to record.
Peter Lorre nails The Beast With Five Fingers (Robert Florey; 1946). Title by David Cairns, who agonizes over his film blog, Shadowplay.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Amputee For Two

Though the pianist dies, hand's not stopping
It's set free, you surmise, with some chopping
See it crawl like a spider
You're in thrall, eyes grow wider
Till they seem, in surprise, to be popping.

Peter Lorre eyes The Beast With Five Fingers (Robert Florey; 1946). Title by amputeetotaler David Cairns.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Handy Mansion

Hang your head as you sit by the fire
Filled with dread, brow a-knit, you perspire
Without heart or a brain,
Still the part is a pain
Body dead, it won't quit or expire.

Peter Lorre finds he's unable to incinerate The Beast with Five Fingers (Robert Florey; 1946).

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Five Fingers of Death Warmed Over

You're nearing the lunatic fringe
Keep hearing that tune you'll unhinge
But this beast won't expire
Hasn't ceased, though on fire
And to searing's immune--not a singe!

The Beast with Five Fingers ( Robert Florey; 1946): Musicologist Hillary Cummins, (Peter Lorre) is driven mad by the severed hand of a dead pianist, which keeps playing the same composition, over and over. That piece is Brahms' transcription for left hand of the chaconne from Johann Sebastian Bach's Violin Partita in D minor, performed by Warner Bros. pianist Victor Aller.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Disembodied Handel

While a bone, cut away, may protrude,
It is prone to a gay, upbeat mood
Though a feared curiosity
It shows weird virtuosity
On its own it can play an ├ętude.

Surly Hack with David Cairns

Peter Lorre lends an ear to the hand in The Beast with Five Fingers ( Robert Florey; 1946).

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Peter Lorre Inventory

LimerWrecks will return on Monday with more Peter Lorre.