Peter Lorre makes a bet with Steve McQueen that Steve McQueen can't light his cigarette lighter ten times in a row. If he does, he wins Peter Lorre's new car. if he doesn't, Peter Lorre gets to chop off Steve McQeen's little pinky. Written by
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I need four things for it. I need some uh, some nails.
Some nails yes sir.
And I need a length of good strong cord. And uh, a chopping knife.
A what sir?
A chopping knife that you can borrow from the kitchen.
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Steve McQueen and Peter Lorre star in this subversive little horror tale from the pen of Roald Dahl. Lorre and McQueen meet in a casino restaurant., and a casual boast by McQueen about his cigarette lighter leads to a grim be: If McQueen can make his lighter work 10 times in row, Lorre will hand him the keys to his car. If he fails, Lorre gets to chop off McQueen's pinky. Veteran director Norman Lloyd milks this baby for all the suspense it was worth. Lorre is suitably creepy, and McQueen demonstrates the casual charm that would stand him in good stead in the years ahead. The only sour note is struck by the actress who plays McQueen's new gal pal. She is rather odd-looking and can barely handle her lines. Surprise! She was McQueen's wife at the time.
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