Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre

Date of Birth: 26 Jun 1904

Country: Austria

Biography: Peter Lorre (26 June 1904 - 23 March 1964) was an Austrian-American actor frequently typecast as a sinister foreigner. He caused an international sensation in 1931 with his portrayal of a serial killer who preys on little girls in the German film M. Later he became a popular featured player in Hollywood crime films and mysteries, notably alongside Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet, and as the star of the successful Mr. Moto detective series...(Wikipedia)

Total Credits at Criticker: 81 (Actor), 1 (Director), 1 (Writer)

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    Prisoner of Paradise
    The startling true story of Kurt Gerron, a well known and beloved German-Jewish actor, director and cabaret star who was captured and sent to a concentration camp, where he was ordered to write and direct a pro-Nazi propaganda film. This documentary follows Gerron's career and remarkable odyssey, offering a unique prospective on this extraordinary period. (Menemsha Films)
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    Casablanca
    Classic film set in occupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications (imdb)
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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo (imdb)
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    The Maltese Falcon
    Sam Spade, a private detective, gets involved in a murderous hunt for a valuable statuette (imdb)
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    M
    When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (imdb)
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    Arsenic and Old Lace
    A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (imdb)
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    Around the World in 80 Days
    Adaptation of Jules Verne's novel about a Victorian Englishman who bets that with the new steamships and railways he can do what the title says. (imdb)
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    Secret Agent
    During the first world war, novelist Edgar Brodie is sent to Switzerland by the Intelligence Service... (imdb)
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    The Man Who Knew Too Much
    A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet. (imdb)
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    Beat the Devil
    On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen... (imdb)
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    The Raven
    A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help in this film loosely based on the Edgar Allen Poe poem. (imdb)
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    The Comedy of Terrors
    An undertaker who hasn't had any 'customers' in a long time is forced the pay one year's back-rent. To get money he starts to kill people in order to get new clients. (imdb)
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    Mad Love
    In Paris, the great surgeon Dr. Gogol falls madly in love with stage actress Yvonne Orlac, and his ardor disturbs her quite a bit when he discovers to his horror that she is married to concert pianist Stephen Orlac...
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    Kay Kyser and his orchestra are hired to entertain at the birthday party of a young heiress at a creepy old mansion, where they uncover a plot against her life. Who is the villain? the sinister Judge (Boris Karloff)? the phony medium (Bela Lugosi)? the skeptical psychologist (Peter Lorre)? You'll find out. (imdb)
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    Crime and Punishment
    Man is haunted by a murder he's committed. (imdb)
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    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
    Admiral Nelson takes a brand new atomic submarine through its paces. When the Van Allen radiation belt catches fire, the admiral must find a way to beat the heat or watch the world go up in smoke. (imdb)
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    The Patsy
    When a star comedian dies, his comedy team, decides to train a nobody to fill the shoes of the Star in a big TV show (a Patsy). But the man they choose, bellboy Stanley Belt, cant do anything right. The big TV show is getting closer, and Stanley gets worse all the time. (imdb)
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    Silk Stockings
    A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to complete their mission and to retrieve them. She starts out condemning the decadent West, but gradually falls under its spell, with the help of Steve Canfield, an American movie producer. (imdb)
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    The Beast with Five Fingers
    Locals in an Italian village believe evil has taken over the estate of a recently deceased pianist where several murders have taken place. The alleged killer: the pianist's severed hand. (imdb)
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    Tales of Terror
    Three stories adapted from the work of Edgar Allen Poe. A man and his daughter are reunited, but the blame for the death of his wife hangs over them, unresolved. A derelict challenges the local wine-tasting champion to a competition, but finds the man's attention to his wife worthy of more dramatic action. A man dying and in great pain agrees to be hypnotised at the moment of death, with unexpected consequences. (imdb)
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    Black Angel
    Kirk Bennett is falsely sentenced to death for killing blackmailer Mavis Marlowe, ex-wife of nice-guy drunk Martin Blair. Bennett's stand-up wife Catherine tries to prove him innocent, enlisting the aid of Blair, who falls in love with her... (imdb)
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    Five Weeks in a Balloon
    Professor Fergusson plans to make aviation history by making his way across Africa by balloon. He plans to claim uncharted territories in West Africa as proof of his inventions worth. (imdb)
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    The Face Behind the Mask
    Janos Szaby is a kind, innocent immigrant to America. Just after he arrives though, he is caught in a fire and his face is horribly burned and disfigured. Although a skilled craftsman his hideous features make it impossible for him to get work, and driven by despair he is forced to turn to crime to live. He finds himself very proficient at that, and soon makes enough money to buy a very lifelike mask to hide his scars behind. He hates what he does, but is he in too deep to get out? (imdb)
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    Mysterious Mr. Moto
    Mr. Moto has himself imprisoned on Devil's Island so he can help his cellmate (Ames) escape and thereby get the goods on a gang of international killers. (imdb)
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    Stranger on the Third Floor
    Rising reporter Michael Ward is a key witness in the murder trial of young Joe Briggs, who is convicted on circumstantial evidence while swearing innocence. Mike's girl Jane believes in Joe and blames Mike, who (in a remarkable sequence) dreams he is himself convicted of murdering his nosy neighbor. Will his dream come true before Jane can find the real murderer? (imdb)
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    The Mask of Dimitrios
    A mystery writer named Leyden is intrigued by the tale of notorious criminal Dimitrios Makropolous, whose body was found washed up on the shore in Istanbul. He decides to follow the career of Dimitrios around Europe, to learn more about the man. Along the way, he is joined by mysterious Mr. Peters, who has his own motivation. (imdb)
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    The Story of Mankind
    The council of elders of outer space is deliberating on a very important subject: Must mankind be allowed to survive, or is it so esentially evil that it must be destroyed? A devil and an angel act as prosecutor and defense for the human race, and the movie presents in a very interesting way a series of episodes of the human history. What will be the final veredict? Innocent, or Guilty? (imdb)
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    Invisible Agent
    Frank Raymond, grandson of the original Invisible Man, still has the old formula but considers it too dangerous to use, even when Axis agents try to get it. But Pearl Harbor brings him to volunteer his own services as an invisible agent in Germany. Though a bit cold (clothes aren't invisible), his adventures are more comedy than thriller (with occasional grim reminders) as he makes fools of Nazi officials and romances a luscious double agent, in search of Hitler's secret plan... (imdb)
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    Quicksand
    Motor mechanic Dan Brady lacks funds for a heavy date with new waitress Vera, the type whose life's ambition is a fur coat; so he embezzles twenty dollars from his employer. To make up the shortage, he goes in debt for a hundred. Thereafter, every means he tries to get out of trouble only gets him deeper into crime, while everyone he meets is out for what they can get. (imdb)
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    Thank You, Mr. Moto
    Detective Mr. Moto becomes involved in the hunt for seven ancient treasure maps.
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    All Through the Night
    Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs. (IMDb)
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    Passage to Marseille
    As French bomber crews prepare an air raid from a base in England, we learn the story of Matrac, a French journalist who opposed the Munich Pact. Framed for murder and sent to Devil's Island, he and four others escape. They are on a ship bound for Marseilles when France surrenders and fascist sympathizer Major Duval tries to seize the ship for Vichy. (imdb)
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    My Favorite Brunette
    Baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, on death row in San Quentin, tells reporters how he got there: taking care of his private-eye neighbor's office, Ronnie is asked by the irresistible Baroness Montay to find the missing Baron. There follow confusing but sinister doings in a gloomy mansion and a private sanatorium, with every plot twist a parody of thriller cliches. What are the villains really after? Can Ronnie beat a framed murder rap? (imdb)
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    Background to Danger
    Foreign agents struggle to retrieve some mysterious documents in World War II Turkey.
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    The Cross of Lorraine
    A group of French soldiers during WWII are captured by Nazis troops and sent to a military prison. There they will have to make use of his best resources to keep alive... and sane, while at the same time scheming a way out. (imdb)
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    Strange Cargo
    Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure. (imdb)
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    Der Verlorene
    German scientist murders his fiancée during World War II when he learns that she has been selling the results of his secret research to the enemy. (imdb)
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    The Chase
    Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare. (imdb)
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    The Big Circus
    Hank Whirling tries to keep his financially troubled circus on the road despite the efforts of a saboteur who has determined that the show must not go on. (imdb)
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    Mr. Moto\
    Moto thwarts a ruthless band of international agents who try to foment an international incident by mining the entrance to the Suez Canal and blaming the British. (imdb)
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    Island of Doomed Men
    Sadistic Stephen Danel owns a penal island, and when he is not humiliating and mistreating his wife, he is torturing his convict prisoners and using them for slave labor. Government agent Mark Sheldon is sent to infiltrate the island and bring Danel to justice. (imdb)
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    The Verdict
    Mr. Grodman was a respected superintendent at Scotland Yard until a mistake in an investigation caused the execution of an innocent man. He takes the blame and is dismissed, replaced by the obnoxious, gloating Buckley. Feeling vengeful, Grodman would like nothing more than to see Buckley look foolish on the job. His friend Victor Emmric, an artist with macabre tastes, wouldn't mind either and soon a mysterious murder occurs that may provide them with the chance. (imdb)
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    Three Strangers
    According to legend, a Chinese idol will grant a wish to three strangers who are all wishing for the same thing. A woman finds two men to make a wish with her, but will it help them with their personal troubles?
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    The Boogie Man Will Get You
    A young divorcee tries to convert a historic house into a hotel despite its oddball inhabitants and dead bodies in the cellar. (imdb)
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    Hollywood Canteen
    A serviceman and a starlet find love at the star-staffed serviceman's center. (TCM.com)
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    The Buster Keaton Story
    The "life" story of the legendary silent film comedian.
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    Confidential Agent
    During the Spanish Civil War, a republican courier travels to England to try and buy coal. He meets with an amount of local hostility, while his life is at risk from those on the fascist side. Support comes from an unlikely if attractive quarter. (imdb)
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    The Conspirators
    Vincent Van Der Lyn, a Dutch freedom fighter in WWII, is forced to neutral Lisbon to escape the Nazis. There he meets a small band of underground conspirators. The group's leader, Ricardo Quintanilla, knows that one of their number is spying for the Nazis, and needs Van Der Lyn to help identify the traitor. (imdb)
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    Rope of Sand
    A man abused by a sadistic mining company cop before he could tell where on their desert property he'd found diamonds decides to steal them instead. (imdb)
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    They Met in Bombay
    In India, Gerald Meldrich, a smooth jewel thief has met his match, Anya Van Duran, a female jewel thief. After both ruin each others plan to steal the royal pendant--they decide to join forces. Are two thieves better than one? (imdb)
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    Casbah
    The life, Loves and Adventures of a classic Casbah thief. (imdb)
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    Congo Crossing
    Attractive Louise Whitman catalyzes action and adventure in an African country that offers haven to foreign fugitives. (imdb)
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    Crack-Up
    Colonel Gimpy heads a spy organization trying to get the plans for a new airplane. Test pilot Ace Martin agrees to help. (imdb)
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    Think Fast, Mr. Moto
    On a freighter going from San Francisco to Shanghai Mr. Moto solves mysteries caused by a gang of smugglers. First of the series. (imdb)
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    Meet Me in Las Vegas
    Chuck Redwell is a gambling cowboy who discovers that he's lucky at the roulette wheel if he holds hands with dancer Marie. However, Marie doesn't like to hold hands with him, at least not in the beginning. (imdb)
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    Mr. Moto in Danger Island
    The U.S. government asks Mr. Moto to go to Puerto Rico to investigate diamond smuggling after an earlier investigator is murdered. (imdb)
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    Mr. Moto Takes a Chance
    In the jungle near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Mr. Moto poses as an ineffectual archaeologist and a venerable holy man with mystical powers to help foil two insurgencies against the government. (imdb)
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    Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation
    Disguised as a German archaeologist, Moto helps unearth the priceless crown of the legendary Queen of Sheba and sans disguise defends it from a variety of thugs and criminals. (imdb)
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    Mr. Moto\
    When the #1 heavyweight contender is mysteriously poisoned during a bout, Moto knows that identifying the gambler who placed large bets against him is the key to solving the murder. (imdb)
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    The Sad Sack
    Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, is assigned to make a good soldier out of him. She requests Corporal Dolan and Private Stan Wensalawsky to help with the training. Dolan and Stan both have scores to settle with Bixby and their "guidance" leads to more mishaps. (imdb)
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    I Was an Adventuress
    A pair of crooks (von Stroheim and Lorre) use a phony countess (Zorina) who winds up falling in love with one of their victims (Greene). (imdb)
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    Double Confession
    The hero discovers his estranged wife dead and tries to frame her lover for the murder. He becomes involved with the criminals who make various unsuccessful attempts on his life while the police clear up the mystery. (BFI)
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    Du haut en bas
    In a small corner of Paris the daily lives of ordinary people intertwine despite differences in social status.
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    F.P.1 antwortet nicht
    Urged by famous airman Ellissen the Lennartz Company puts into reality the project proposed by his friend Droste: F.P.1, a huge floating platform in the Atlantic that makes long-distance flights viable. Ellissen is in love with company heiress Claire, but when he returns from his adventures to save the endangered F.P.1 he finds out that he has lost her to Droste. Three versions of this movie were made simultaneously. This is the German Language version. (imdb)
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    The Trunks of Mr O.F.
    A lively, sophisticated little comedy with music in the style of Rene Clair, featuring a boisterous performance by Peter Lorre as a wiseacre newspaper editor who turns a backwards little town in Germany into a champagne-soaked jazz metropolis via creative misinformation. (imdb)
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    Hell Ship Mutiny
    Jim Knight is the captain of a ship trading in the South Seas. He runs into trouble when he makes port at an island where crooks Malone and Ross hold the natives under their cruel domination while they seek a fortune in pearls. Knight and his crew are taken prisoners and he falls for native princess Mareva, and her non-plump charms are more than enough motivation for Knight to put an end to Malone and his henchmen, and also the the greedy police commissioner Lamoret. (imdb)
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    Hotel Berlin
    Near the end of WW II, a member of the German underground (Martin Richter) escapes from the Gestapo and takes shelter at Hotel Berlin, where he meets Lisa Dorn, a sleek actress involved with General von Dahnwitz, who is also trying to leave Germany. The hotel is a hotbed of Nazis, refugees, spies and ordinary Germans trying to survive inevitable defeat without getting too involved. (imdb)
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    Lancer Spy
    An Englishman impersonates an imprisoned German officer and "returns" to Germany to become a national hero. A female German spy is assigned to check him out but falls in love with him. (imdb)
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    Muscle Beach Party
    Local beach-goers find that their beach has been taken over by a businessman training a stable of body builders. (imdb)
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    Mr. District Attorney
    There were two separate 1940s film series inspired by Philips H. Lord's radio weekly Mr. District Attorney; the first was produced by Republic, the second by Paramount's Pine-Thomas unit. Republic's inaugural entry is titled Mr. District Attorney. Dennis O'Keefe stars as P. Cadwallader Jones, a guileless assistant DA straight out of Harvard. (allrovi.com)
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    After saving a tramp from suicide, a millionaire takes his clothing and disappears. Word is out that he will give a million dollars to anyone who is kind of a tramp. (imdb)
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    Nancy Steele Is Missing
    After being in jail for seventeen years a crook is met by the girl he kidnapped as a baby. She now thinks he's her father. When he returns her to her real father there's a job and a reward, but an old prisonmate gets in the way. (imdb)
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    Der weiße Teufel
    Ivan Mozzhukhinand Lil Dagover star in an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "Hajji Murad" [his own account as a soldier during the Russian-Caucasian War]. Ivan Mozzhukhin is a "...hot-headed Caucasian mountaineer leader whose irrational behavior comes to the attention of the Czar (Fritz Alberti). (archive.org)
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    Was Frauen träumen
    In this pre-WWII German mystery-comedy, a lovely kleptomaniac with a taste for fine jewelry is unable to resist temptation. Strangely, every time she steals something, a mysterious man pays for it. A clumsy detective begins investigating and finds a crucial clue: a strongly scented woman's glove. The perfume is an expensive scent and the detective's pal realizes that it belongs to a popular nightclub singer. The friend quickly becomes enamored of the girl, but then so does her mystery man.... (imdb)
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    Bomben auf Monte Carlo
    The captain of a battleship of a small Balkan country is fed up with following strange orders from the country's queen, who wants to make a cruise to the Med inspite of the fact that the country is broke and the crew didn't get its salary. So he decides to disobey orders and commands his ship to Monte Carlo, but the queen decides to go there too. He loses his money there at the casino, but the queen falls in love with him. (imdb)
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    Scent of Mystery
    A vacationing Englishman stumbles upon a plot to kill a young American tourist in Spain. (imdb)
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    The Double Face of Peter Lorre
    Documentary on Peter Lorre's career.
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    Stupéfiants
    When an up-and-coming singer's career is jeopardized by morphine addiction, her brother takes on the ruthless dope pushers who are intent on keeping her hooked. (imdb)
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    Collector\
    Mr. Prentiss is an appraiser at his firm, the House of Prentiss. He is about to go to Florida to appraise a vast collection of a recently deceased collector, Van der Locken, when he receives an unwanted visit from Ivor Hager, who informs him of "The Left Fist of David," a valuable but mysterious art object that was stolen from a Mexican church. Hager offers a bribe but Prentiss firmly rejects it and heads to Florida.... (imdb)
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    Mann ist Mann
    About a civilian who is press-ganged into a machine-gunner's squadron and transformed into the perfect soldier.
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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents
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