Lorre & Bogey
Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart. They’re one of my favorite film pairings and over at TCM’s Movie Morlocks blog I just posted an appreciation of one of the movies they appeared in together, Michael Curtiz’s Passage to Marseilles (1943). It’s not the best film that Bogart and Lorre made but it’s the only one I hadn’t seen until now so I’m glad that I finally got the opportunity to watch it thanks to the DVD re-release contained in Warner Brothers’ new Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection.

I’ve been fascinated, terrified and obsessed with Peter Lorre for as long as I can remember but my appreciation for Bogart has really only taken shape in the last 15 years. Some actors are like that. They grow on you after you’ve watched them again and again in movie after movie. With others, like Lorre, there’s an instant connection and appreciation for what they’re doing. Whether you’re a Lorre fan, a Bogart fan or happen to like them both, I think Passage to Marseilles is well worth a look and if you want to know why you’ll find my explanation over at the Movie Morlocks: Bogart & Lorre: A Match Made In Movie Heaven.