Imagine yourself falling in love with Peter Lorre? Yes, we admire this great character actor as much as most anyone. But falling in love?
Well, consider this exchange between us and reader Cheryl Morris, who recently answered our query posed earlier when she contributed some welcome comments our latest Peter Lorre Quiz. Here’s the earlier exchange:
“Finally, nice words from Cheryl about our PETER LORRE Quiz (Pt. 2) published on Oct. 14:
“Great job, guys! As a long-time fan of Peter’s, since 1973, I enjoyed your quiz very much. I also posted it to the Lorre fan group I belong to on Facebook.
“Thanks, Cheryl. We’re curious. What happened in 1973 that led you to the discovery of Peter Lorre?”
That question hung in the air for a while until Cheryl emailed her detailed — and articulate — response. If you are NOT a Lorre fan yet, you might reconsider after reading this:
To answer your question about my interest in Peter Lorre — in 1973 a local TV station ran an Edgar Allan Poe week in May 1973. Monday’s movie was “The Raven”, starring Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, and Boris Karloff.
I was in my teens, and I knew Price and Karloff, but Lorre? Who he? But I thought he was so funny and charming that by the end of the movie, I was a fan.
Little did I know what was getting started by that interest — because in 1976, I met Stephen D. Youngkin, who was then working on an extensive Lorre biography called ‘The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre,’ and I ended up helping him with his research and proofreading the manuscript.
I compiled a list of Peter Lorre’s TV and radio credits for the book’s appendix, which also includes Peter’s stage and film credits. I also helped out with an earlier Lorre book by Stephen with Ray Cabana and Jim (stet) Bigwood — ‘The Films of Peter Lorre.’
And I’m now the webmaster for the official site for ‘The Lost One,’ as well as the blogger for the Peter Lorre News Blog.
Thanks, Cheryl. Sounds like your affair with Lorre is flourishing.
For the record, Youngkin’s Lorre biography was published in 2005; and his (plus co-authors Ray Cabana and Jones Bigwood’s) The Films of Peter Lorre was published in 1982. Both are available on Amazon. Worth checking out.