A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the strange legal case of film star Peter Lorre, written and produced by Michael Butt and starring Stephen Greif. Originally broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 10 May 2010.
Towards the end of his unique career, movie star Peter Lorre found himself at the centre of an unusual legal case. Incorporating verbatim extracts from the court transcripts, Michael Butt's play wonders what was going through Lorre's troubled mind as he fought to protect his name and identity.
Features a cast including Stephen Greif as Peter Lorre, Peter Marinker as Lester Salkow, Kerry Shale as Robert Shutan and John Chancer as Curtis Gemmil. Also starring Helen Longworth, Kenneth Collard, Nathan Osgood and John Rowe. Directed by Toby Swift.
Intriguing insight into the life and mind of "Weird eyed" horror actor Peter Lorre who objects to another artist sharing his name.
Based on a true life legal trial this is a story I vaguely knew about but wanted to hear a dramatisation of. The story touches on themes of Hollywood and the corruption of identity. It tells you as much about Peter Lorre as the bizarre trial itself. Recommended