Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER (1962). Director: Timothy Carey.

A vanity production for Timothy Carey (pictured), who wrote, produced, directed and stars in this fairly terrible home movie. Carey plays Clarence Hilliard who quits his hated insurance job and sets out to make himself famous as "God." Before long he has masses of followers. There are many scenes of Carey making out with assorted women from the elderly to the under-aged. Carey was actually a good, charismatic actor -- he looks and sounds like John Turturro, who is not a relation -- who had some impressive screen roles in other movies, but this is too cheap and silly to amount to much. Whatever points the film is allegedly making are lost in a pretty bad screenplay.

Verdict: Schlock with a talented lead, but still schlock. *.

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