Thursday, April 09, 2015

WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967) - Terence Young

"Highly recommended. Disposable. 
You buy them in enormous rolls from Hammacher Schlemmer."

That's Alan Arkin, as beatnik burglar Roat, on the purchase of proper crime scene apparel. For me, the movie comes a little less recommended. The plot is kinda preposterous (I can see how it would play better on stage). Why would these three thieves spend so much time and energy trying to trick a blind woman (Audrey Hepburn) into revealing the location of a hidden doll filled with heroin when they could, I don't know, just toss the apartment, bust open the safe?

Don't ask me. Ask Roat. Or Roat, Jr. Or Roat, Sr. Arkin gets to play three roles, Peter Sellers style. So, in that sense, Wait Until Dark is not a disposable flick at all.

Does Hammacher Schlemmer still exist?

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