Monday, July 27, 2015

Memory Gloss

My past is as dark as the night
I'm lost, like a man without sight
Not knowing a friend
From those who pretend
Don't blame me for being uptight.

Amnesiac John Hodiak doesn't know who he is, or who to trust, in Somewhere in the Night (Joseph L. Mankiewicz; 1946).

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The 39 Winks

Done shooting, no film they're exposing
But Hermann's not finished composing 
The score's incomplete,
He snores in his seat
Just wait until Hitch sees him dozing.

Image: Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann clowning around.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993)

The great and goofy Vincent Price was born on this day in 1911. We have written nearly 250 limericks on the man and his movies, all of which can be found here. Image: Vincent Price as James Addison Reavis, The Baron of Arizona (Sam Fuller; 1950), the actor's first starring role.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Once Upon a Time Out

Sorry for the pause in posts. Work, and real life in general have decided to keep me too busy to keep up with the daily grin--um...output at LimerWrecks. Rest assured that I and my fellow limerwreckers will have more rhymes on Peter Lorre--as well as other oddball stars and weird old movies--coming your way just as soon as we are able. Image: Peter Lorre, in a publicity still for Crime and Punishment (Josef von Sternberg; 1935).

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Zombie Flesh Easter

It's Easter, give praise and don't mourn
Your deceased savior's raised and reborn
But these dead, now alive,
Open heads to survive
And will feast on your brains Sunday morn.

Pasty-faced extras lurch through Night of the Living Dead (1968). Our title is by David Cairns, and is a nod to Zombies 2, aka Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979). We're going to hell for reposting this holiday limerick. Just like the living dead, Peter Lorre will return!

Friday, April 3, 2015

A Gutman is Hard to Find

On the screen, Pete's effete and alarming
Yet with Greenstreet completely disarming
Sid is florid and tall
Lorre's horrid and small
But as scene-eating creatures they're charming!

David Cairns

Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet in their first on-screen pairing, as Joel Cairo and Kasper Gutman in The Maltese Falcon (John Huston; 1941).

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wrecking Ball-Buster

These creators know squat about "punny",
Pen clich├ęs only potheads find funny
Rhymes devoid of all sex,
I avoid reading "Wrecks"
You can't pay me -- there's not enough money.

Doug Rice

Peter Lorre is caricatured in the Daffy Duck cartoon Birth of a Notion (Robert McKimson; 1947). Doug Rice didn't actually write this--he just thought it. April Fools!

Ta-Ta, Moto

Farewell to sleuth Moto he bid
Of the smell of "Ah, so" he was rid
To Warners he went,
Where he'd soar in ascent
When gelling with jovial Sid.

During the 1940s, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet became an unlikely but successful team at Warner Brothers. They're shown above in The Mask of Dimitrios (Jean Negulesco; 1944). Top: Lorre as Mr. Moto.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Appearances Can Be Detective

He'll pretend that he's chicken, a klutz
But our friend is more trickster than putz
Gets his foes to relax
'Cause he knows the third acts
Always end with him kicking their butts.

Peter Lorre stars in Think Fast, Mr. Moto (Norman Foster; 1937). Title by David Cairns, who can be perceptive.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fast, But Not Least

These Bs may be slight but they're breezy
They'll please and delight if you're easy
And Lorre, bizarre
and adorable star,
at least acts a mite Japanesey.

Most of the eight Mr. Moto films starring Peter Lorre are just over an hour. The longest is 74 minutes.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Kick the Chan

Down goes Oland, bod bloated from gin
Dig a hole and then notify kin
With a void there'd be losses
Which annoyed all the bosses
And behold, Lorre's Moto steps in.

Apparently Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938) was taking on a whodunit script originally written for Charlie Chan. But the failing health of star Warner Oland stopped production on Charlie Chan at the Ringside, the Oland footage was scrapped, and the script rewritten for Peter Lorre's Mr. Moto series.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Good Will Stunting

Although it's apparent at once
That Moto had "help" on his stunts,
Each bully he downed
Caused hope to rebound
In all of us nearsighted runts.

Donald B. Benson

Peter Lorre and stunt double Harvey Parry perform in Think Fast, Mr. Moto (Norman Foster; 1937).

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Weak That Wasn't

This detective seems slight in physique
But his record in fights is unique
Ev'ry bout with a foe
Is a rout and K.O. 
And their necks don't feel right for a week.

Peter Lorre stars as the Japanese super sleuth in Think Fast, Mr. Moto Norman Foster; 1939).