“Lorre later told American International Pictures set designer Daniel Haller that the crew asked itself how they were going to make this scene look genuine. Lorre had an idea. “There were several tracks,” he said. “As we laid out the scene, I walked above an over cross and along the railroad tracks. I was on the mark, with my back to the train, which was to switch tracks before reaching me. The camera was locked off. I could feel the train coming. It really put a believability in it.” It also instilled a real sense of fear in both the engineer and the actor, who afterward expressed their mutual discomfort.”
- You know, to a man with a heart as soft as mine there is nothing sweeter than a touching scene.
- Why should we care if some foreign statesman we’ve never heard of were assassinated?
'When Spade met Cairo.'
The Maltese Falcon
Dir. John Huston.
Behind the scenes of Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) with Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre
Mr Lorre, with every physical handicap, can convince you of the goodness, the starved tenderness, of his vice-entangled souls. Those marbly pupils in the pasty spherical face are like the eye-pieces of a microscope through which you can see laid flat on the slide the entangled mind of a man: love and lust, nobility and perversity, hatred of itself and despair jumping out at you from the jelly.
- Graham Greene, reviewing Hands Of Orlac in The Spectator, 1935