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Date: Fri, 29 Jul 1994 19:09:53 -0400
From: Chris Camfield <ccamfiel[at]>
Subject: Peter Lorre question

I was typing up the lyrics for Peter Lorre earlier and a question floated into
my mind -

Is the song supposed to be serious or sarcastic? I've only seen Peter
Lorre in _Casablanca_, _The Maltese Falcon_, and _All through the night_.
In _Falcon_ and _All through..._ he is rather NOT like he's described
in the song - he's NOT the guy you'd want to trust, like the song says,
and in _Falcon_ he is scared of Sydney Greenstreet's character. Is anyone
on the list a b&w film buff, who can say a bit more about Peter Lorre? I
presume the song was written because he died not long before? I don't know.


Christopher Camfield (ccamfiel[at]
"Wherever we set foot, we tread upon some bit of history" (Cicero)
"Oh Sweetwater, sometimes it feels like ancient Rome..." (The JBC)