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Beat the Devil (24-Nov-1953)

Director: John Huston

Writers: Truman Capote; John Huston

From novel: Beat the Devil by James Helvick

Music by: Franco Mannino

Keywords: Comedy, Uranium

Adventurers, stranded for a time in Italy, seek to get their hands on uranium-rich land in British East Africa. They have hired an agent, Humphrey Bogart as Dannreuther. Satire of the colonial intrigue genre, with endless witty dialogue. Quirky, low budget production which has since slipped into the public domain.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Humphrey Bogart
25-Dec-1899 14-Jan-1957 Casablanca
Jennifer Jones
2-Mar-1919 17-Dec-2009 The Song of Bernadette
Bernard Lee
10-Jan-1908 16-Jan-1981 James Bond's M
Gina Lollobrigida
4-Jul-1927   Beautiful but dangerous
Peter Lorre
26-Jun-1904 23-Mar-1964 The Maltese Falcon
Robert Morley
26-May-1908 3-Jun-1992 Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?


Humphrey Bogart   ...   Billy Dannreuther
Jennifer Jones   ...   Gwendolen Chelm
Gina Lollobrigida   ...   Maria Dannreuther
Also Starring
Robert Morley   ...   Peterson
Peter Lorre   ...   O'Hara
Edward Underdown   ...   Harry Chelm
Ivor Barnard   ...   Maj. Ross
Marco Tulli   ...   Ravello
Bernard Lee   ...   CID Inspector
Mario Perrone   ...   Purser
Giulio Donnini   ...   Administrator
Saro Urzi   ...   Ship's Captain
Juan de Landa   ...   Hispano-Suiza Driver
Aldo Silvani   ...   Charles


Review by Anonymous (posted on 26-Apr-2009)

Great script and dialogue. Wonderful witty sarcasm-cast of classic actors with their interplay makes it very worth watching!. A study of a group of bumbling self-aggrandizing crooks each with their own neurotic tendencies and a funny twist ending. I find it more enjoyable every time I watch.

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