Next on the menu for the full download treatment is a little show called “Mystery in the Air” starring the very creepy Peter Lorre. Don’t get me wrong. I like the guy. He was entertaining on the silver screen playing a glittering thief and thug in the Maltese Falcon. In Casablanca, he also did a fair job as Rick’s unfortunate friend who manages to get gunned down in some alley. The movie that really defines Peter Lorre for me is called M. In it, Lorre plays a child killer who terrorizes an entire German neighborhood. Ultimately, the police crack down hard on the underworld uniting all the shady characters in common purpose – stop the killer so they can resume their nefarious activities. Needless to say, they do catch him and actually put him on trial with shocking results. The movie is all in German, but it really is worth a watch.
All that said, you would think I would be a fan of this show. This is not the case. I don’t know how I managed to accumulate so many episodes. The show just doesn’t work not because of the writing or the production values, but the simple fact that Peter Lorre cannot hold his own. It gets bogged down in a sort of angst driven melancholy. Trust me, after listening to an hour of these shows you’ll want to hurl yourself out a window. So gear up, they’ll be coming to a Jezner near you. And soon.