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Lorre, Peter

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Small, bug-eyed, Central European actor who first came to prominence in the Fritz Lang film M and later made a career of playing twisted murderers and mad scientist types. Lorre was also the star in a number of low-budget Mr. Moto movies, parodied by Porky Pig as “Mr. Motto” in Porky’s Movie Mystery (Clampett, 1939). Lorre gave memorable supporting performances in Casablanca as Ugarte and The Maltese Falcon as Joel Cairo.

    Lorre caricatures appear in Birth of A Notion (McKimson, 1946) as a mad scientist in search of a duck wishbone (guess who’s), and as another mad scientist in Hair-raising Hare (Jones, 1946). He appears as a fish so amazed by the sight of Horton the elephant being transported, tree and all, across the ocean that he shoots himself in Horton Hatches the Egg (Clampett, 1942), and as a diner at Ciro’s mesmerized by the Sally Rand bubble dance in Hollywood Steps Out (Avery, 1941). A movie poster showing Lorre is also defaced by Daffy, the mustache fiend in Daffy Doodles (McKimson, 1946).

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