Crime and Punishment
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Crime and Punishment
The story goes that Peter Lorre wanted to star in a film version of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, but was certain that Columbia Pictures chieftain Harry Cohn would turn the project down flat. So Lorre hired a secretary to type up a synopsis of the story in words of one syllable then submitted this simplified resume to Cohn. Enthusiastic over the project, Cohn gave Lorre the go-ahead -- but first he asked "Tell me -- has this book got a publisher?" Apocryphal story or no, the fact is that Lorre did star in Columbia's Crime and Punishment and in the bargain was directed… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dostoyevskian? No, no -- Sternbergian!"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The American version of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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