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EAN-130011891970129   EAN-13 barcode 0011891970129
UPC-A011891970129   UPC-A barcode 011891970129
Product NameBeat the Devil
LanguageEnglish
CategoryElectronics / Photography: A/V Media: Movie / TV
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Price New4.38 US Dollars    (curriencies)
Price Used1.69 US Dollars    (curriencies)
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Run Time89 minutes
Aspect Ratio1.33:1
CastHumphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley
DirectorJohn Huston
GenreACTION,ADVENTURE,COMEDY
Run Time89 minutes
BindingDvd
Release Year1953
FormatBlack & White, Restored, NTSC
Run Time89 minutes
FeaturesIt's a satire/spoof! It's not a blatant attack on movies of similar genres (a la Naked Gun), but a subtle one because THEY PLAY IT STRAIGHT. And therein lies the genius of this film. It's a satire that's played straight. Even though the actors, bless their hearts, seem like they're sometimes about to bust a seam speaking the lines, they are intentionally trying to be serious. Every cast member, especially Edward Underdown and Robert Morley (as Chelm and Peterson), understood and delivered their Most of the reviews of 1953's "Beat the Devil" regard it as a Humphrey Bogart picture. Certainly his company produced it, but it is truly a John Huston film. Huston's legendary dry wit suffuses the whole enterprise from start to finish. Essentially, a comedy of errors, Huston's script, co-authored by Truman Capote, also serves up wry social commentary on a range of subjects from social position to the industrial world's exploitation of Africa, a place near and dear to Huston's heart. This movie is the funniest thing. Its very talky, and the plot is thick with double crosses, etc from the four crooks, and of course Bogart himself. Marco Tulli as one of the low-life criminals has a face worth a thousand words. Just seeing him with Peter Lorre, Robert Morley and Ivor Barnard is too much. They all look so incredibly guilty together. The extremely Proper Englishman played by Edward Underdown is a pleasure to watch as he reluctantly interacts with Bogart and co. t The cast is absolutely top notch. Bogart is perfect as Billy Dannreuther, a man who has a friend that will line him and his associates up with some land in Africa that is rich with uranium. It's always nice to see Bogie prove that he had a great sense of humor, and didn't mind poking fun at himself. Jennifer Jones, who, for some reason, always reminded me of Vivien Leigh (in "Streetcar")in this picture is terrific as Mrs. Chelm. But it is Robert Morley who steals the picture for me. Sometimes me One of the nice things about this fine movie is that there is nothing else like it. It pulls you into a world once real and now almost entirely forgotten. I particularly like the interlude where Bogart and Jones stroll along a vast, empty Italian balcony overlooking the sea so far below. Another nice touch is when they come up to the ship they took to the lifeboats from, not sunk at all, just like in Lord Jim.
Long DescriptionA quartet of international crooks -- Peterson, O'Hara, Ross and Ravello -- is stranded in Italy while their steamer is being repaired. With them are the Dannreuthers. The six are headed for Africa, presumably to sell vacuum cleaners but actually to buy land supposedly loaded with uranium. They are joined by others who apparently have similar designs.
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