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
With the possible exception of Edward G. Robinson, no actor has so often been the target of impressionists as the inimitable, Hungarian-born Peter Lorre. Leaving his family home at the age of 17, Lorre sought out work as an actor, toiling as a bank clerk during down periods. He went the starving-artist route in Switzerland and Austria before settling in Germany, where he became a favorite of playwright Bertolt Brecht. For most of his first seven years as a professional actor, Lorre employed his familiar repertoire of wide eyes, toothy grin, and nasal voice to invoke laughs rather than shudders. In fact, he was appearing in a stage comedy at the same time that he was filming his breakthrough picture M (1931), in which he was cast as a sniveling child murderer. When Hitler ascended to power in 1933, Lorre fled to Paris, and then to London, where he appeared in his first English-language film, Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). Although the monolingual Lorre… read more
Two decades after his acting triumph in Lang's M, Lorre returned to post-war Germany for his sole venture behind the camera. It's an intensely brooding melodrama heavily influenced by German Expressionism, little seen since its original release. Lorre plays a chain smoking, weary looking doctor in a camp for displaced persons who recalls his murderous past in flashbacks before the film ends in memorably bleak style..