Time According to Peter Lorre ….

Peter Lorre in Beat The Devil
Peter Lorre in Beat The Devil

 “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

The poster for the film may be slightly misleading
The poster for the film may be slightly misleading

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. 

Jennifer Jones and UK acotr Edward Underdown (as Ms. Jones' delusional hubby, he steals every scene he is in)
Jennifer Jones and UK actor Edward Underdown (as Ms. Jones’ delusional hubby, he steals every scene he is in)
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