Monday, October 5, 2015

October Disguise


When Halloween costumes are planned out,
The madman from "Mad Love's" a standout.
Because trick-or-treating
And candy-corn eating
Suggests Lorre giving a hand ... out.

Donald B. Benson

Peter Lorre stars in Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935). He plays a surgeon who gives a concert pianist a hand transplant.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Finger Exorcises

These knife-thrower's hands are possessed!
Though once lifeless, unmanned, and at rest
But their new owner lives
And he threw a few shivs
So his wife's understandably stressed.

David Cairns

In Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935), Colin Clive and Frances Drake are Stephen and Yvonne Orlac. He's a concert pianist who undergoes a double hand ransplant.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Finger Feud

When Orlac's poor hands are both crushed
Things look black, his piano is hushed
The ingenious cure
Of a scenery chewer
Drives him wacko, all manic and flushed.

David Cairns

In Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935), Colin Clive plays Stephen Orlac, a concert pianist who undergoes a double hand-transplant.

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Spinal Countdown

Her posture was wrecking her back,
So she opted to stretch on the rack
Her delicate spine
Will soon be just fine,
But first she will get a good crack!

Frances Drake performs in the Grand Guignol theatre of horrors in the Peter Lorre thriller Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Medium Ghoul

You sit in your chair and get cozy
The ball says your future looks rosy
But of course there's a catch,
That remorseless old wretch
Is "mystical" Bela Lugosi.

Bela Lugosi plays psychic advisor Tarneverro in the Charlie Chan mystery Black Camel (Hamilton MacFadden; 1931).

This is our first post in the Countdown to Halloween, the annual October-long blogathon.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Donald Yuck

Of President Trump I am dreaming,
And Tea Party Senators, teeming
Like Victor Mature,
I'm stuck in manure...
Each night I awaken while screaming.

Laird Cregar grills Victor Mature in I Wake Up Screaming (1941).

Monday, July 27, 2015

Memory Gloss

My past is as dark as the night
I'm lost, like a man without sight
I don't know 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 clichés 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!