“How can you live with yourself putting James Cagney before Peter Lorre?” she said. I had put him at the bottom of the top 10 list and this was completely unacceptable to her.
To make up for it, she told me that I needed to re-watch all the films I own with him in it (the film collector that I am, I of course have many), and reconsider the awful position I put him in on the list.
I had grown up with all things Peter Lorre. He was my pop’s favorite actor. And I had spent a large chunk of my young life obsessing more over where the heck he came from than his acting abilities. “Is he Asian or something? WTF is he?” I’d ask my pop, much to his annoyance. Imagine how that escalated when I saw the Mr. Moto films…*sigh*
As the years went by, I kind of put Lorre on the back burner (and finally figured out that he was Hungarian, not Asian) until Cher’s disgust with my top 10 list.
Now people refer to me as The Widow Lorre and admit that I am probably the most obsessive compulsive Lorre fan of all time. People have said they do not think of Peter Lorre without thinking of me…and if it was up to me, I would have them think of nothing else. (Should I take that as a compliment? lol)
And I have gathered a lot of “Lorre enablers”. People who send me Lorre stuff from all over the place, feeding my attachment to him.
While i am not going to do an updated top 10 list, I don’t think there is any denying where my favoritism lies. All my friends and family know it…too well. And one of my friends, Steve Bailey constantly does things with photo manipulation and video to help my obsession along. The following video is an example.