“What is time? Swiss manufacture it. French hoard it. Italians squander it. Americans say it is money. Hindus say it does not exist. Do you know what I say? I say time is a crook.”
Peter Lorre in Beat the Devil
I recently watched this 1953 release on openculture.com. The site claims the film is a parody of the film noir genre. Frankly, I didn’t get it (and I watched it twice.) But what a cast! Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Robert Morley (presumably substituting for the equally portly and cheerfully sinister Sydney Greenstreet), Jennifer Jones, cute as the proverbial button with a blonde wig and fruity English accent (actually, she was born in Oklahoma) and Italian sex siren Gina Lollobrigida, in all her pulchritudinous glory!
So who cares if the screenplay is a bit, um, free-ranging with a Hollywood Golden Age cast like this and a screenplay by Truman Capote and John Huston (!) PS Huston (The Maltese Falcon) also directed the pic.