Thursday, November 27, 2014


He's a nut, the most bogus of cranks 
But for what does Doc Gogol gives thanks?
For the hands he can switch 
And so handily stitch?
That most utterly roguish of pranks!

Transplant surgeon Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre) spins out of control in Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935). Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Moveable Beast

It's a hand, just a small, severed thing
It's not grand, but it's all about bling
From the box where it's kept
It has noxiously crept;
Cannot stand, so it crawls for its ring.

Hilary Cummins (Peter Lorre) is mesmerized by the severed hand in The Beast With Five Fingers (Robert Florey; 1946).

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Five Fingers Exercise

This creepy and manic man-elf
Shan't sleep after scanning the shelf
His suspicion's increased
A musician, deceased,
Can't keep his dead hand to himself. 

Peter Lorre wrestles with a severed hand in The Beast with Five Fingers ( Robert Florey; 1946). Title by light-fingered David Cairns.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hack The Knife

The brain of this nut has a crack
He's insane -- they should cut him some slack
But he chokes the poor wife
Of a bloke with a knife...
There's a stain where it juts from his back.

Peter Lorre, Frances Drake and Colin Clive, as Dr. Gogol and Yvonne and Stephen Orlac, in Mad Love ( Karl Freund; 1935). With the completely unnecessary Ted Healy.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pratt Falls

Boris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt on this day in 1887. Image: Karloff and Peter Lorre mug their way through the horror-comedy The Boogie Man Will Get You (Lew Landers; 1942).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rhyme and Punishment

We've decided to take weekends off. Don't be sad, LimerWreckers. Peter Lorre will be back on Monday. Image: Lorre and Marian Marsh  in Crime and Punishment (Josef von Sternberg; 1935).

Friday, November 21, 2014

Gogol Images

On the scaffold like meat he's been chopped
Not in half: but discretely de-topped
From the dead he's then snatched
With his head reattached
Gotta laugh: hands have neatly been swapped.

David Cairns

Peter Lorre as Dr. Gogol in Mad Love ( Karl Freund; 1935), based on the novel The Hands of Orlac by Maurice Renard. From David Cairns: Well, Gogol pretends to be a man who's been guillotined and reanimated and whose hands Stephen Orlac now has the use of...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Nutty Aggressor

Back in shadowy stairwells he'll lurk
He's a cad with a character quirk
In the spookiest get-up
This crazed kook doesn't let up
Once just mad, now he's fairly berserk.

Doctor Gogol (Peter Lorre) tries on his Halloween costume in Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Guillotine-Age Kicks

Now, there's some feel at home when they're shopping
But this scum-sucking gnome digs head-cropping
Some shed tears when at weddings
Gogol cheers at beheadings
Crying Yum! at the moment of chopping.

David Cairns and Surly Hack

Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre) is goofy for the guillotine in Mad Love ( Karl Freund; 1935).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chopping Blockhead

Passing by a beheading he'll stop
Doesn't shy from the dread, fatal chop
As the head's disconnected
Gogol's steady, collected
Though his eyeballs look ready to pop.

In Mad Love ( Karl Freund; 1935), Peter Lorre plays Dr. Gogol, a transplant surgeon who attends executions to acquire used parts.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sedate With Destiny

Here's a ghoul who in bed wields a crop
And stays cool while a head gets a lop
When the neck is bisected
Keeps in check, stays collected;
As the pool starts to spread, gets a mop.

Peter Lorre calmly eyes the guillotine in Mad Love ( Karl Freund; 1935).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hearts and Grafts

His life's filled with surgical sewing
But your wife, it's emerged, gets him going
He's appended two fists
On the ends of your wrists
And a knife they've the urge to start throwing.

David Cairns

Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre) Stephen Orlac (Colin Clive) and Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake) form a strange triangle in Mad Love (Karl Freund; 1935).

Saturday, November 15, 2014


It's clear that he's under a strain
We fear for his wonderful brain
Gogol knows he could crack
But there's no turning back:
Try steering a runaway train.

Peter Lorre as Dr. Gogol in Mad Love ( Karl Freund; 1935). Lorre was keenly fascinated with mental illness, and claimed that he studied with Freud and Adler in Austria. Title by pie-eyed David Cairns.