Cinema: Yasmin

The script had been carefully polished, as a major production should be, and Director Aly Khan had rehearsed the Lausanne police and the Lausanne-Palace Hotel staff time & again. As soon as Leading Lady Rita Hayworth felt the first labor pains, Aly was to pick up a phone on a private wire and simply breathe the secret password: "Malbrough s'en va-t-en guerre [Maryborough-is going to war]." At the other end, a police functionary would flash the word to the motorized cops who were standing eagerly by to escort the couple to the Mont-Choisi Clinic. Then, after Aly and Rita slipped out,...

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