Between 1941 and 1953, Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre featured in five films together. On-screen, the dynamic pair presented a wild contrast of character and displayed incomparable rapport — off-screen there was much of the same; they were great friends, drinking buddies, and practical jokers on the set.
During Bogart’s tumultuous third marriage to actress Mayo Methot - a long time sufferer of alcholism and paranoia - Lorre’s home was his refuge when he could no longer stand to be under the same roof as his confrontational wife. Later in the same decade, when Bogart met his fourth and final wife, Lauren Bacall, the two would escape the press at Lorre’s ranch while their relationship, in it’s early stage, was still under wraps.
The two remained close friends until Bogart’s death in 1957. Lorre passed away in seven years later in 1964.
I stick my neck out for nobody.
Peter Lorre - “Casablanca” (1942)
“You know, Rick, I have many a friend in Casablanca, but just because you despise me, you’re the only one I trust.”
humphery bogart and peter lorre talk over the chess board in casablanca, 1942. bogie liked to play chess.