Peter's fond of a sherry or five
When they're gone he'll get merry, revive
When with roseate glow
He disposes of foe
Who, in bondage, is buried alive.
Happy new year! Let's raise a glass to Peter Lorre, shown here in the wine-tasting sequence from "The Black Cat," the middle episode of Tales of Terror (Roger Corman; 1962). In the film, Lorre chains and bricks up Vincent Price in his cellar, as in Poe's "The Casque of Amontillado."