“The ways of the ungodly are usually predictable” and run from Rome to Geneva for a trip around the currency restrictions, planned destination New York.
Oscar Kleinhaus of the Swiss police, a detective inspector charmingly related to Lang’s Lohmann and Kras, cracks the case with Templar’s help, a perfect poem.
The artist’s share of the champers at Piltdown Bay. It never could happen, says the wife, and is she in for a surprise.
It’s the grand do and the Countess, Lady Jane Something, a most dreadful snob. When the roped-off rowdies of the upper crust lay on a shower of bread rolls, the missus is obliged to see “the lady takes the count”.
Summers’ direction is calm, cool, keen and nothing daunted in this seaside comedy that is a work of genius.
Crooks in Cloisters
One for the critics, who are forever getting the wrong end of the stick (SMALLEST EVER TRAIN ROBBERY) and polluting the sacred precincts of the Fourth Estate with their putrid and, as Dali would say, hypocritical odor.
The story of St Daniel and the swineherd (“he was one o’ the boys”), or call it a brand new order on a very old island off Cornwall (cf. Brother Orchid, dir. Lloyd Bacon).
GINSBERG ENTERPRISES LTD. SUPPLY THE WORLD—PILFERERS WILL BE SEVERELY DEALT WITH, forgers, meltdown artists, “soon change the shape o’ these.”
A miracle takes place, sure as shooting, when one of them doesn’t come a cropper. “I keep on diggin’ an’ diggin’, Bruvver Walt, but I never find nuffin’! If there is any taters in them there ‘ills, it’s gonna take a steamshovel t’ find ‘em.”
Film4, “bright and amusing”. Empire, “pitched insecurely between Carry On caper and Ealing comedy.” David Parkinson (Radio Times), “cosy comedy”. TV Guide, “a good effort somewhat weighed down by an underdeveloped script and restrained direction.” Halliwell’s Film Guide, “busy comedy”.
The Vengeance of Fu Manchu
“A work of infinite pleasure.”
The opening takes account not only of Sharp’s The Face of Fu Manchu but Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate as well.
The creation of Interpol (“sounds like a patent medicine”), and an inverted mirror of Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain.
“The face of Nayland Smith, the mind of a murderer.”
The assistant commissioner’s lovely azure 1923 Ballot motorcar. Smith shanghaied. The criminal element worldwide, the empire of Fu Manchu, “I intend to destroy all those you have cause to fear, those who have made it their business to fight crime.”
“‘Last night, in London, Assistant Commissioner Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard was arrested for murder.’”
“But nonetheless true. There is also a second message. ‘Assistant Commissioner Nayland Smith left for Shanghai this morning, by sea.’”
The murder trial of Denis Nayland Smith.
Howard Thompson of the New York Times, “dignified, hilariously restrained”. TV Guide, “one of the worst.” Halliwell’s Film Guide, “limp addition”.