I know this is a bit on the trivial end, but I'm trying to locate a movie for reference in something I'm writing. I know I've seen this somewhere, and I can't place it. I don't think I saw the entire movie, probably just a scene or two.

I remember seeing Peter Lorre asking something like, "Can I kill him? Can I kill him now, boss?"

I've looked on Google and found one comment that indicates it may be in The Sad Sack, and I have ordered it, but I don't know when it will arrive and the one place I saw that stated sounded like the author wasn't positive it was from that movie -- and I really can't keep watching every movie someone thinks contained that line.

Does anyone know where that line came from?

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    According to Imdb, he's only been in about 112 movies, just keep watching! – AidanO Mar 16 '12 at 8:03
  • Can you remember if it was a comedy/thriller or something else? – Advicer Mar 16 '12 at 8:35
  • For some reason I want to say it's from The Maltese Falcon (1941), but it's been a while since I saw it. – Nobby Mar 16 '12 at 13:32
  • @Nobby: Definitely not The Maltese Falcon! I just watched that a few months ago. – Tango Mar 16 '12 at 14:16
  • @Advicer: I really wish I knew more about it. I just finished watching Arsenic and the Old Lace because a friend said it was in there. While I enjoyed the movie, as AidanO pointed out, I can't watch all 112 movies he made! (A friend also tells me it was a movie he was in with James Cagney -- everyone has a different suggestion!) – Tango Mar 16 '12 at 14:18

You're right! It is Sad Sack and here is the clip. The line is "Please, can I kill him now?"

I had rejected that because the image of Peter Lorre I had was a much younger, leaner version -- so I ruled out all movies after about '55.

Perhaps this is not the only movie he said this line in... :)

  • I wish you had posted that about 50 minutes earlier -- I just got through watching Sad Sack. (It's quite lacking in many ways!) I had thought it was on normal Netflix, but saw it was on streaming. I had intended to watch or listen while packing up for an event tomorrow, but was tired and sat through it all. (It wasn't worth it!) On Netflix, that line is about 1:20 (as in 1 hour, 20 minutes) in, and it's repeated within 2 minutes and repeated again at about 1:34 or so by another character. So that's it - thanks for your help! (Just wish it was early enough so I didn't watch that movie!) – Tango Mar 17 '12 at 2:24
  • By the way, any chance it was used elsewhere? Maybe Sad Sack used it as a reference? – Tango Mar 17 '12 at 2:25
  • I suspect "Sad Sack" may be a parody of an earlier use. I was lucky, by the way, Sad Sack is broken up into many clips on Youtube and I just picked the highest numbered one - that's where I found the comment. I don't remember ever seeing this movie before. Thanks for the heads up not to watch it :) – Glenn Ferrell Mar 17 '12 at 4:44
  • I haven't seen much of Jerry Lewis, but as a competitive ballroom dancer, I was interested in his fight scene (that was also comic) since it was almost like a dance, but there is no real plot and the whole spy thing didn't even start until about 10 minutes or so before the line in question. I guess a Jerry Lewis fan might want to see it, but otherwise, it's plotless, nothing memorable in the writing and pointless. I agree there's a chance the use of the line in Sad Sack may be a parody -- which makes me wonder where it was originally used. But searching produced no other references. – Tango Mar 17 '12 at 5:05
  • Well - if a parody - it's not in "Strange Cargo" or "You'll Find Out". Just saw those on YouTube. "You'll Find Out" is a comedy - kind of entertaining if you like 40s big band music, Karloff & Bela Lugosi. – Glenn Ferrell Mar 18 '12 at 16:47

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