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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 680 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky; First Edition - First Printing edition (September 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813123607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813123608
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,522,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Born Laszlo Loewenstein, Hungarian Lorre (1904–1964) transformed himself from minor stage presence to Hollywood character actor through pivotal professional relationships and one breakthrough role. Portraying a child murderer in 1931's M, Lorre conveyed his unique blend of pathos and complexity so acutely that his career blossomed—with hits like 1935's Crime and Punishment; 1941's The Maltese Falcon; and 1942's Casablanca—even as his personal life unraveled with drug addiction, romantic turmoil and personal insecurity. Youngkin, coauthor of two previous books on Lorre, examines his subject with striking rigor. Through interviews with hundreds of Lorre's friends and associates—including Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder—and frequent dips into film and media archives, Youngkin peels back the layers of Lorre's life to reveal a fascinating, nuanced individual who struggled with intellectual issues in the midst of glamour and fame. As a parallel to Lorre's struggles with typecasting, Youngkin details the rise and fall of the studio star system, giving a strong backdrop to the actor's professional as well as personal dramas.
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""Winner of the 2005 Rondo Hatton Award"" -- Winner of the Best Book of 2005 in the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards



"Finalist for the 2005 Theater Library Association Award." --



""Youngkin gets behind the image to incise a definitive portrait, and Lorre becomes a likeness we can like in-depth."" -- Choice



""Youngkin's massively researched opus, drawing on over 300 interviews he conducted, lives up to the task of conveying Lorre's personal tragedy.... Readably written, spiced up with occasionally very amusing anecdotes, acerbic asides and insightful conclusions."" -- Cineaste



""The colossal assemblage of research has been whipped into a compelling biographical narrative."" -- Filmmonthly



""Youngkin makes a strong case for Lorre as one of cinema's most underrated actors, exploring in detail his early stage work in Europe, his largely forgotten performances in radio and television, and of course his role as the child murderer in Fritz Lang's classic crime film M, which would forever define Lorre as a celluloid bogeyman."" -- Florida Newspaper



""Youngkin peels back the layers of Lorre's life to reveal a fascinating, nuanced individual who struggled with intellectual issues in the midst of glamour and fame."" -- Library Journal (starred review)



""As the very first biography of Lorre, The Lost One does not disappoint.... A welcome revelation indeed."" -- MovieMaker



""Youngkin's life of Lorre is a monumental piece of research and sheds new light on a career that has too long been ignored and undervalued."" -- San Diego Union-Tribune



""You couldn't ask for a better book about Lorre. It will become the single most important book about Lorre's life and career, without question."" -- Washington Post Book World



""[The book] is one of the finest biographies of an actor ever written, on a par with Patricia Bosworth's Montgomery Clift and Charles Winecoff's Split Image: The Life of Andy Perkins."" -- Herbert Shadrack, www.cinemaretro.com

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Youngkin seems to be a fair, but not fawning, biographer.
Nurse Shorty
The personal photographs, are great and help the reader truly understand the man behind the actor who made a career out of "making faces".
Michael Wozniak
Where the book sometimes derails is in its overlong discussions of certain films, especially in detailed plot reveals.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Karen Margrethe Halstrøm on June 16, 2006
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Let me say at once that Peter Lorre could not have wished for a better biographer. Based on more than twenty years' research and invaluable interviews with family and colleagues, this is not hagiography (like Lotte Eisner's biography of Fritz Lang), nor does it "dish the dirt", but it is the sober, honest and - yes - respectful (I think that is the right word) account of a life which should have turned out differently. When reading the book, I don't know how many times I thought "If only - " or "Why didn't he - " or simply "Poor Peter".
The game of "what if Hitler had never happened" is a futile exercise, yet I cannot help wondering if Lorre's career would have been so radically different if he had been able to remain in his homeland. With his small size and looks, Lorre was not cut out to be either suave leading man or swashbuckling hero. He did, however, have a much larger range than that to which Hollywood typecasting for the most condemned him in a criminal waste of this supremely intelligent man's talents. While his studies of tragic outsiders were what brought him to fame, he was also a very talented and funny comedian, as well as a fine actor in more romantic roles.
"The Lost One", the title of Youngkin's biography, is taken from Lorre's own film "Der Verlorene" of which he was co-author, as well as playing the title role and directing. In Germany this bleak story of a man whose life was shattered by the war was met with hostility, and so it remains a one-off - a tantalising glimpse of what Lorre was able to do as actor and director.
When looking at photos taken through Lorre's career, it is amazing to see how the rather chubby young man with the round, soft, innocent child's face eventually matured into that most beautiful and elegant little creature of his Warner Bros.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wozniak on November 25, 2005
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I've waited decades for the definitive biography to be written about this unique and talented actor...and finally it's here! This book explores Lorre's public and private life in great detail, with previously unknown or unrevealed facts about this often underappreciated genius. The names of people interviewd for this book are like a who's who of 20th century cinema, many of them long since gone. The personal photographs, are great and help the reader truly understand the man behind the actor who made a career out of "making faces". If you've ever enjoyed seeing this great performer's work, you won't be able to put this book down!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Chase Williams on September 25, 2005
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Not only is THE LOST ONE the definitive work on the life and career of Peter Lorre, it is an amazing contribution to film history that will be a popular citation for subsequent writers on a variety of ancillary artists such as Bertolt Brecht and Alfred Hitchcock.

The acknowledged expert on his subject, Youngkin contributed the biography section, as well as critiques of the actor's German films, for Citadel Press' "The Films of Peter Lorre." He appeared on camera for the German television documentary "Das Doppelte Gesicht (The Double Face)", as well as the A&E "Biography" tribute to Lorre. He is also the author of "Peter Lorre: Portrait des Schauspielers auf der Flucht."

Based on decades of research and never-before-published interviews, with rare photos superbly reproduced, THE LOST ONE is a massive work of scholarship that is both an entertaining and an emotionally moving read. As a writer, Youngkin combines the impartiality of an experienced reporter with compassion and admiration for an actor who must be regarded as one of the great stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, a man whose life was blessed by great triumph and plagued by great tragedy.

Major raves for THE LOST ONE - which are already coming from such diverse authorities as "Publishers Weekly" and "Starlog" magazine (the current issue rates the book "a stunning achievement... beyond definitive...") - will continue to raise it to its rightful place in film scholarship, a fitting tribute to a unique performer.

[Vanity compels me to mention that I am the author of "The Complete Films of Vincent Price" (Citadel Press, 1995), which Mr. Youngkin was kind enough to cite in his bibliography.]
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve Owens on September 2, 2006
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This book is perhaps the most comprehensive and best researched biography of a Hollywood actor I have ever read. From the footnotes it appears the author has drawn on interviews he's conducted over the past several decades. Considering that many subjects are no longer living, we should be grateful he took the time to preserve their thoughts and comments.

Prior to reading the book I knew Lorre only from the Mr. Moto films, Maltese Falcon, Arsenic and Old Lace, and some really cheesy 60s horror films. After reading it I gained a greater appreciation of the man behind the actor. His life wasn't pretty, but it does make for facinating reading. The author does a good job covering all phases of his life, including the early years which are covered in great detail.

An thorough appendix covering his professional appearances (including stage and radio work) is also included.

Highly recommended.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gats on February 11, 2006
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Stephen Youngkin spent over thirty years researching The Lost One, his wonderful new biography of Peter Lorre. It's been a long wait for Peter lorre fans, but well worth it.

As a kid in the 1960's, I was aware of Lorre as a Hollywood icon through Warner Bros. cartoons. When I was about ten I saw Arsenic and Old Lace, followed by Lorre's Warner Bros. and Irwin Allen films, finally seeing M as a film major at Emerson College in Boston.

I put Lorre up there with Sellers and Brando, and deplored the fact that no biography had been written. I read about Youngkin's book in Film Comment and immediately bought a copy -- I was sorry to come to the end of it.

I teach Drama at a prep school near Boston, and plan on showing my students the A&E Biography of Lorre in which Youngkin was featured.

Not only is this the definitive biography of Lorre, but certainly one of the best researched and written biographies of the last few years.
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