Beat the Devil (DVD)

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Description

Humphrey Bogart stars in this classic action comedy directed by John Huston, who co-wrote the script with Truman Capote. A disparate group of travellers descend upon the East African coast, all hoping to claim a piece of uranium-rich land. Billy (Bogart) and Maria Dannreuther (Gina Lollobrigida) arrive with their four shady business partners, but seem to have been beaten to the mark by the priggish Harry Chelm (Edward Underdown) and his wife Gwendolyn (Jennifer Jones). When they all attempt to leave, their steamer explodes, and the seven survivors are taken hostage by a group of Arabs.

Product Details

Barcode
5037899019573
Department
Movies & TV
Released
9 Mar 2015
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Modern Classic
Region
Region 0
Language
English
Studio
Three Wolves Ltd
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
89 min
Age Restriction
12
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Beat the Devil
Release Year
1954
Running Time
89 min
Language
English
Color
B&W
Categories
Comedies / 1950s / Action / Adventure / Africa / All-Star / Crime / Italy / Recommended / Scams And Cons / Theatrical Release / Thieves
Synopsis
John Huston and Truman Capote co-wrote the screenplay while working on location. A whimsical parody of The Maltese Falcon and other 1940's detective movies in which Bogart so often starred (and Huston directed).Tells of the exploits of a group of travelers on a steamboat who each hopes to carry off a huge swindle in the uranium fields of Northern Africa. While not a commercial success upon its release, the film has come to define the genre of spy movie spoofs.
Notes
James Helvick was the pseudonym for novelist Claud Cockburn.

Filmed on location in Italy and in Shepperton Studios in England.

Released in the United States in March 1954. Released in UK in 1953.

Original running time was 100 minutes. Video version runs 89 minutes.

Co-produced by Santana.
Additional distribution company: Independent Film Distributors.

Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Censors.
Cast & Crew
Director
John Huston
Star
Ivor Barnard / Humphrey Bogart / Jennifer Jones / Bernard Lee / Gina Lollobrigida / Peter Lorre / Robert Morley / Marco Tulli / Edward Underdown
Screenwriter
Truman Capote / John Huston
Source Writer
James Helvick
Composer
Franco Mannino
Editor
Ralph Kemplen
Production Designer
Wilfred Shingleton
Music Director
Lambert Williamson
Cinematographer
Oswald Morris
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"...The movie has above all effortless charm....We can relax and share the amusement of the actors, who are essentially being asked to share their playfulness..."
Roger Ebert (26 Nov 2000, p.3)
Sight and Sound
"Capote's dialogue is often witty...and the actors seem to be enjoying themselves."
Geoffrey Macnab (1 Nov 2004, )