Friday, December 26, 2014

Five Graves to Joel Cairo

Playing vermin, effete and assorted
This worm we call Peter's imported
He'll blow up, make a scene
Maybe rupture a spleen
Body squirming, his features contorted.

"You imbecile!" As Joel Cairo, Peter Lorre throws a fit in The Maltese Falcon (John Huston; 1941); with Sydney Greenstreet as Kasper Gutman. These screengrabs were found on the blog of animator John K., who used Lorre as the inspiration and voice model for Ren, the hot-tempered Chihuahua in the cartoon The Ren & Stimpy Show.

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