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Why is Peter Lorre about to strike Santa with a bat? 'Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays' knows

Why is Peter Lorre about to strike Santa with a bat? 'Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays' knows

Long before she became a redhead and a TV superstar on "I Love Lucy," a young Lucille Ball dutifully posed for a studio portrait in an Irish maid's outfit complete with leprechaun to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

And Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, who made nine movies together in the 1940s, including John Huston's 1941 masterpiece, "The Maltese Falcon," posed for perhaps one of the strangest studio Christmas photos ever, with Lorre holding up a baseball bat ready to swing at an unsuspecting Greenstreet dressed as Santa Claus.

Those photographs are featured in a lively new book, "Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays:...

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