Continental Strangers

German Exile Cinema 1933-1951



Beyond Casablanca





Early in Warner Bros.' 1942 classic wartime romance Casablanca, the small-time crook Ugarte (Peter Lorre) asks the film's hero, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), what he thinks of him: "You despise me, don't you?"  Rick replies, "If I gave you any thought, I probably would." Although Ugarte is of negligible importance to the protagonist, and Peter Lorre's screen time in the film is minimal (he is gunned down shortly thereafter), this role has become one of the most memorable in the actor's long and varied Hollywood career.  As the Hollywood Reporter noted, "Lorre is in and out of the picture in the first reel, yet the impression he makes is remembered"...


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