Friday, November 21, 2014

Gogol Images

On the scaffold like meat he's been chopped
Not in half: but discretely de-topped
From the dead he's then snatched
With his head reattached
Gotta laugh: hands have neatly been swapped.

David Cairns

Peter Lorre as Dr. Gogol in Mad Love ( Karl Freund; 1935), based on the novel The Hands of Orlac by Maurice Renard. From David Cairns: Well, Gogol pretends to be a man who's been guillotined and reanimated and whose hands Stephen Orlac now has the use of...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Nutty Aggressor

Back in shadowy stairwells he'll lurk
He's a cad with a character quirk
In the spookiest get-up
This crazed kook doesn't let up
Once just mad, now he's fairly berserk.

Doctor Gogol (Peter Lorre) tries on his Halloween costume in Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Guillotine-Age Kicks

Now, there's some feel at home when they're shopping
But this scum-sucking gnome digs head-cropping
Some shed tears when at weddings
Gogol cheers at beheadings
Crying Yum! at the moment of chopping.

David Cairns and Surly Hack

Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre) is goofy for the guillotine in Mad Love ( Karl Freund; 1935).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chopping Blockhead

Passing by a beheading he'll stop
Doesn't shy from the dread, fatal chop
As the head's disconnected
Gogol's steady, collected
Though his eyeballs look ready to pop.

In Mad Love ( Karl Freund; 1935), Peter Lorre plays Dr. Gogol, a transplant surgeon who attends executions to acquire used parts.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sedate With Destiny

Here's ghoul who in bed wields a crop
And stays cool while a head gets a lop
When the neck is bisected
Keeps in check, stays collected;
As the pool starts to spread, gets a mop.

Peter Lorre calmly eyes the guillotine in Mad Love ( Karl Freund; 1935).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hearts and Grafts

His life's filled with surgical sewing
But your wife, it's emerged, gets him going
He's appended two fists
On the ends of your wrists
And a knife they've the urge to start throwing.

David Cairns

Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre) Stephen Orlac (Colin Clive) and Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake) form a strange triangle in Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935).

Saturday, November 15, 2014


It's clear that he's under a strain
We fear for his wonderful brain
Gogol knows he could crack
But there's no turning back:
Try steering a runaway train.

Peter Lorre as Dr. Gogol in Mad Love ( Karl Freund; 1935). Lorre was keenly fascinated with mental illness, and claimed that he studied with Freud and Adler in Austria. Title by pie-eyed David Cairns.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The NeverEnding Lorre

In masterpiece chiller and cheapie
He's cast as a killer most creepy
Made of pliable dough
With both eyelids hung low
He's the nastiest villain -- though sleepy.

Peter Lorre as mad surgeon Dr. Gogol, in Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935).

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Lorre

No matter his characters' arc,
Of madness he carries a spark
Seen half in his eyes
And his laugh, which implies
This bad boy's not scared of the dark.

Peter Lorre is surgeon Dr. Gogol in Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Le Grand Gogol

Each night he reports to his box
He's polite, but he's sort of a pox
Much more than attracted
To the horrors enacted,
He delights in the torture and shocks.

In Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935), Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre) obsessively attends every performance of actress Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake) in the Grand-Guignol styled "Le Théâtre des Horreurs." Title by grand title-master David Cairns.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Peter Unprincipled

Cast in horror or crime-ridden thriller,
Ghastly Lorre's sublime as a killer
He may jest or get mad,
But he's best when he's bad
He's adorable slime -- and no pillar.

Peter Lorre in All Through the Night (Vincent Sherman; 1941). Title by David Cairns, the principal of limericks titles. From The Bogie Film Blog: Lorre plays Pepi, the Nazi hitman and sometimes piano accompanist to Kaaren Verne’s Leda Hamilton. Pepi kicks off the storyline by murdering “Gloves” Donahue’s (Humphrey Bogart) favorite cheesecake baker, setting off a chain of events that leads New York’s most notorious gangsters up against the Third Reich in this comedy thriller.

Lorre enters the film walking through the door of a baker’s shop, eerily humming a tune before teasing the poor baker and then beating him to death. Referred to as “the goggle-eyed little rat,” by ‘Gloves,’ Lorre is wonderful, and one of the true highlights of the film.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Fight For Love and Lorre

Peter flirts and the women all groan
Because skirts by his image are thrown
And repelled by his touches,
Run like hell from his clutches
Come the curtain, the imp's all alone.

Rochelle Hudson and Peter Lorre, playing her sadistic husband in Island of Doomed Men (Charles Barton; 1940).

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Handy Mains

Being given a murderer's hands,
You grow livid at certain commands
They insist you throw knives
At assistants and wives,
And you're driven to serve their demands.

Colin Clive is Stephen Orlac, a concert pianist who undergoes a double hand-transplant in Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935), which was adapted from Maurice Renard's story "Les Mains D'Orlac."