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Peter Lorre is a Actor, Director, Writer and Producer Autriche-hongrie born on 26 june 1904 at Ružomberok

Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre
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Birth name László Löwenstein
Nationality Autriche-hongrie
Birth 26 june 1904 at Ružomberok
Death 23 march 1964 (at 59 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Peter Lorre (26 June 1904 – 23 March 1964) was a Hungarian-American actor. Born László Löwenstein in Austria-Hungary, he began his stage career in Vienna before moving to Germany where he had his breakthrough, first on the stage, then in film in Berlin in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Lorre caused an international sensation in the German film M (1931) in which he portrayed a serial killer who preys on little girls.

As a Jew he left Germany after 1933. His first English language film was Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) made in Great Britain. Eventually settling in Hollywood, he later became a featured player in many Hollywood crime and mystery films. In his initial American films though, Mad Love and Crime and Punishment, he continued to play murderers, but was then cast playing Mr Moto, the Japanese detective, in a run of B pictures. From 1941-46 he mainly worked for Warner Bros. The first of these films at Warners was The Maltese Falcon (1941), which began a sequence in which he appeared with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet. This was followed by Casablanca (1942). the second of the nine films in which Lorre and Greenstreet appeared. Lorre's other films include Frank Capra's Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). Frequently typecast as a sinister foreigner, his later career was erratic. Lorre was the first actor to play a James Bond villain as Le Chiffre in a TV version of Casino Royale (1954). Some of his last roles were in horror films directed by Roger Corman.

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Filmography of Peter Lorre (91 films)

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Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood, 1h20
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about historical events
Actors Sigourney Weaver, Marlene Dietrich, Hedy Lamarr, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Lorre, Billy Wilder
Roles Himself (archive footage)
Rating77% 3.851863.851863.851863.851863.85186
Ce documentaire, mêlant document d'archives, extraits de films et interviews, retrace le parcours de personnalités du cinéma allemand qui à l'arrivée d'Adolf Hitler au pouvoir en 1933, choisissent, plus ou moins forcés, de s'exiler à Hollywood. On découvre comment des hommes et des femmes du cinéma germanophone (Fritz Lang, Ernst Lubitsch, Peter Lorre, Marlène Dietrich, Billy Wilder entre autres) ont dû s'adapter au système hollywoodien et se faire une place dans le cinéma américain. Ils ont grandement contribué à la création du film noir et ont apporté du sang neuf au genre de la comédie.
Muscle Beach Party, 1h34
Directed by William Asher
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Actors John Ashley, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi, Don Rickles, Jody McCrea
Roles Mr. Strangdour
Rating48% 2.416392.416392.416392.416392.41639
Frankie, Dee Dee, and the beach party gang hit Malibu Beach for another summer of surfing and no jobs only to find their secret surfing spot threatened by a gang of bodybuilders, led by the dim-witted coach Jack Fanny (Don Rickles).
The Patsy
The Patsy (1964)
, 1h41
Directed by Jerry Lewis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Films about the labor movement, Films about school violence, Harcèlement au travail
Actors Jerry Lewis, Everett Sloane, Phil Harris, Keenan Wynn, Peter Lorre, John Carradine
Roles Morgan Heywood
Rating63% 3.1500853.1500853.1500853.1500853.150085
A famous comedian perishes in a plane crash. Members of his management team, worried that they will be jobless, decide to find someone to take his place as their "meal ticket". Stanley Belt (Jerry Lewis) is a bellboy at their hotel and they decide he will become their next star.
The Raven
The Raven (1963)
, 1h26
Directed by Roger Corman
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Poésie, Films about birds, Adaptation d'un poème, Comedy horror films
Actors Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court, Jack Nicholson, Olive Dora Sturgess
Roles Dr. Adolphus Bedlo
Rating66% 3.3485553.3485553.3485553.3485553.348555
Set during the 15th century, the sorcerer Dr. Erasmus Craven (Vincent Price) has been mourning the death of his wife Lenore (Hazel Court) for over two years, much to the chagrin of his daughter Estelle (Olive Sturgess). One night he is visited by a raven, who happens to be a transformed wizard, Dr. Bedlo (Peter Lorre). Together they brew a potion that restores Bedlo to his old self. Bedlo explains he had been transformed by the evil Dr. Scarabus (Boris Karloff) in an unfair duel, and both decide to see Scarabus, Bedlo to exact revenge and Craven to look for his wife's ghost, which Bedlo reportedly saw at Scarabus' castle. After fighting off the attack of Craven's coachman, who apparently acted under the influence of Scarabus, they set out to the castle, joined by Craven's daughter Estelle and Bedlo's son Rexford (Jack Nicholson).
The Comedy of Terrors, 1h20
Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about cats, Comedy horror films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Joe E. Brown, Joyce Jameson
Roles Felix Gillie
Rating66% 3.3481153.3481153.3481153.3481153.348115
Set in a late 19th century in a New England town, the film tells of unscrupulous undertaker Waldo Trumbull (Price) and his assistant, Felix Gillie (Lorre), who make a habit of re-using the coffins of the people they are supposed to bury. Also a part of the household are Trumball's old (and senile) business partner Mr. Hinchley (Karloff), who originally started the business, and the beautiful Amaryllis (Joyce Jameson), Trumbull's neglected wife and Hinchley's daughter, who has dreams (or rather delusions) of becoming an great opera singer and with whom Gillie is passionately in love.
Five Weeks in a Balloon, 1h41
Directed by Irwin Allen
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Children's films
Actors Cedric Hardwicke, Red Buttons, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Fabian Forte, Richard Haydn
Roles Ahmed
Rating58% 2.9018852.9018852.9018852.9018852.901885
The film begins with the flight of the balloon Jupiter, invented by Professor Fergusson (Cedric Hardwicke). In the unicorn-shaped gondola, the passengers Chiddingfold (Ronald Long) and Sir Henry Vining (Richard Haydn) scream in horror as the balloon rapidly descends, but the Professor remains calm as he planned for this to happen. He then signals the pilot Jacques (Fabian) to ascend the balloon, who explains how balloon is able to ascend and descend without the loss of gas or ballast. The balloon successfully lands and attracts a crowd, but Sir Henry and the other passenger are dissatisfied after the seemingly disastrous descent. Sir Henry, the president of the Royal Geographic Society, refuses to fund the Professor's plan to explore east Africa, while Chiddingfold leaves claiming he has an "appointment". The Professor seems out of financial backing for his plans, but an American journalist talks to Fergusson about having his nephew and star reporter Donald O'Shea (Red Buttons) as part of Fergusson's plan to explore east Africa.
Tales of Terror, 1h29
Directed by Roger Corman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Debra Paget, Edmund F. Cobb, David Frankham
Roles Montresor
Rating68% 3.4484453.4484453.4484453.4484453.448445
The film uses an anthology format, presenting three short sequences based on the following Poe tales: "Morella", "The Black Cat" (which is combined with another Poe tale, "The Cask of Amontillado"), and "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar". Each sequence is introduced via voiceover narration by Vincent Price, who also appears in all three narratives. The story Morella was remade in the 1990s as The Haunting of Morella.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, 1h40
Directed by Irwin Allen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Adventure
Themes La fin du monde, Seafaring films, Transport films, Underwater action films, Submarine films, Children's films, Arme nucléaire, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about seafaring accidents or incidents
Actors Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Robert Sterling, Michael Ansara
Roles Comm. Lucius Emery
Rating60% 3.0497653.0497653.0497653.0497653.049765
The new, state of the art nuclear submarine Seaview is on diving trials in the Arctic Ocean. The Seaview is designed and built by scientist and engineering genius Admiral Harriman Nelson (USN-Ret) (Walter Pidgeon). Captain Lee Crane (Robert Sterling) is the Seaview's Commanding Officer. One of the on-board observers is Dr. Susan Hiller (Joan Fontaine), studying crew-related stress. The mission includes being out of radio contact for 96 hours while under the Arctic ice cap, but the ice begins to crack and melt, with boulder-size pieces crashing into the ocean around the submarine. Surfacing, they discover fire burning in the sky. After the rescue of a scientist and his dog at Ice Floe Delta, Miguel Alvarez (Michael Ansara), the sub receives radio contact from Mission Director Inspector Bergan at the Bureau of Marine Exploration. He advises that a meteor shower pierced the Van Allen radiation belt causing it to catch fire, resulting in a world-threatening increase in heat all across the Earth. Nelson's on-board friend and scientist, retired Commodore Lucius Emery (Peter Lorre) concurs that it is possible. Bergan informs Nelson that the President wants him at a UN Emergency Scientific Meeting as soon as possible.
Scent of Mystery, 2h5
Directed by Jack Cardiff
Origin USA
Actors Denholm Elliott, Peter Lorre, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Lukas, Liam Redmond, Leo McKern
Roles Smiley
Rating56% 2.819292.819292.819292.819292.81929
A mystery novelist, played by Denholm Elliott, discovers a plan to murder an American heiress, played by Elizabeth Taylor in an uncredited role, while on vacation in Spain. He enlists the help of a taxi driver, played by Peter Lorre, to travel across the Spanish countryside in order to thwart the crime. Some scenes were designed to highlight the Smell-O-Vision's capabilities. In one, wine casks fall off a wagon and roll down a hill, smashing against a wall, at which point a grape scent was released. Other scenes were accompanied by aromas that revealed key points to the audience. The assassin was identified by the smell of a smoking pipe, for example.
The Big Circus, 1h48
Directed by Irwin Allen, Joseph M. Newman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Circus films
Actors Victor Mature, Red Buttons, Rhonda Fleming, Vincent Price, Kathryn Crosby, Peter Lorre
Roles Skeeter
Rating63% 3.150683.150683.150683.150683.15068
Hank Whirling (Mature) needs a bank loan to keep his Whirling Circus going. He gets it from a stuffy New York City bank, but only on the condition he take along accountant Randy Sherman (Red Buttons) and publicist Helen Harrison (Rhonda Fleming) to help the circus turn a profit.
Silk Stockings, 1h57
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre, Jules Munshin, George Tobias
Roles Brankov, Commisar
Rating67% 3.3992953.3992953.3992953.3992953.399295
A brash American film producer, Steve Canfield (Fred Astaire), wants Russian composer Peter Illyich Boroff (Wim Sonneveld) to write music for his next picture, which is being made in Paris. But when the composer expresses his wish to stay in Paris, three comically bumbling operatives, Comrades Brankov (Peter Lorre), Bibinski (Jules Munshin) and Ivanov (Joseph Buloff), are sent from Moscow to take Boroff back.
Hell Ship Mutiny
Directed by Elmo Williams
Origin USA
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Jon Hall, John Carradine, Peter Lorre, Mike Mazurki, Stanley Adams
Roles Lamoret
Rating51% 2.598322.598322.598322.598322.59832
Captain Jim Knight, and his crew Roxy, Tula and a chimp named Salty sail the South Seas in search of adventure. They discover a criminal gang has taken over a small island forcing the native pearl divers to dive beyond safe limits.
The Sad Sack, 1h35
Directed by George Marshall
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Military humor in film
Actors Jerry Lewis, David Wayne, Phyllis Kirk, Peter Lorre, George Dolenz, Gene Evans
Roles Abdul
Rating59% 2.950412.950412.950412.950412.95041
Private Meredith Bixby (Lewis) simply cannot fall in line with army procedure, even though he has had 17 months of training. A psychologist (Phyllis Kirk), is assigned to turn him into a good soldier, so she enlists two fellow servicemen to help Bixby with his training. About the only thing that he can do right is remember things with his photographic memory.