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Der Verlorene (1951)

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.


Peter Lorre


Axel Eggebrecht (screenplay), Peter Lorre (novel) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Peter Lorre ... Dr. Karl Rothe, alias Dr. Karl Neumeister
Karl John ... Hösch, alias Nowak
Helmuth Rudolph Helmuth Rudolph ... Colonel Winkler (as Helmut Rudolph)
Johanna Hofer Johanna Hofer ... Frau Hermann
Renate Mannhardt ... Inge Hermann
Eva Ingeborg Scholz Eva Ingeborg Scholz ... Ursula Weber (as Eva-Ingeborg Scholz)
Lotte Rausch Lotte Rausch ... Woman on Train
Gisela Trowe ... Prostitute
Hansi Wendler Hansi Wendler ... Secretary
Kurt Meister Kurt Meister ... Preefke
Alexander Hunzinger Alexander Hunzinger ... Drunk


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. Written by Anonymous

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Classic film noir by an unexpected master
27 December 1999 | by Anne_SharpSee all my reviews

After years of dreary labor in Hollywood as a professional "evil foreigner," Lorre went home to Germany to write, direct and star in this dark, dreamlike narrative in which he plays the ultimate Peter Lorre character: a Nazi mad doctor sex murderer. The film is an ironic commentary by Lorre, the reluctant impersonator of psychopaths, on the nature of true psychopathology as embodied in the amoral Nazi regime. It's also an ingenious melding of the sort of B-film noir that Lorre had specialized in for years as an actor (Maltese Falcon, Stranger on the Third Floor, Quicksand) and the impressionistic Nouvelle Roman/Nouvelle Vague influenced art film just picking up steam on the continent (shades of Orpheus, Wild Strawberries, and Last Year at Marienbad can be seen in its shadowy enfolding of past/present and dream/reality.) Though somewhat uncertain in balancing himself between his roles as principal actor and director (the motivations of some of the other characters are somewhat murky, for instance, and it's rather a shock to see Peter Lorre so continually being the object of women's lustful attentions) this was clearly a man with the makings of an ingenious and original filmmaker. It's a shame this film isn't better known, and that Lorre never got the chance to make another.

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7 September 1951 (West Germany) See more »

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Hamburg, Germany See more »

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