From Howard Waldrop’s afterword to his story “The Effects of Alienation”:
[Peter Lorre] arrived in England knowing three words of English: Milk, Hamburger, Yes. He got his first job with Hitchcock because someone told him Hitch liked to tell long boring shaggy-dog stories. Lorre went up, shook his hand, watched Hitchcock's lips move for five minutes. When they stopped moving Lorre fell down laughing. Hitch shook his hand again, and Lorre was in The Man Who Knew too Much (1934).