I've recently become interested in Peter Lorre again. This time, instead of just re-watching Casablanca or Arsenic and Old Lace, I decided to read a biography.
And what a biography I found! Stephen Youngkin's The Lost One is an astonishingly-detailed and utterly fascinating account of the varied and complex life of Peter Lorre.
By its means, I learned two things I did not know before, and they both have to do with Shakespeare.
The first is what Peter Lorre said in a discussion about why he was typecast—why he never got an important role.
Lorre asked if they meant something like Hamlet. And then . . . well, read on to see what happened (from pages 82–83) . . .
I, for one, would be very happy with a Hamlet with just the Gravedigger . . . as long as the Gravedigger was played by Peter Lorre.
The second thing I learned was that Peter Lorre, Bertolt Brecht, and Ferdinand Reyher wrote a screenplay called Lady Macbeth of the Yards (with the alternate working titles of All Our Yesterdays, All Our Yesterdays: Macbeth 1946, and Blood Will Have Blood). It sounds absolutely fabulous, and I only wish it had been made into a film (this is from pages 275–77):
Ah, Hollywood. Why did you green-light other projects in 1946 (not naming any names) but cancel this one?
But instead of continuing to complain, I'll start trying to see if the screenplay is extant anywhere.