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Beat the Devil (1953)

On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...

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John Huston

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Claud Cockburn (based on the novel "Beat the Devil" by) (as James Helvick), Truman Capote (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Billy Dannreuther
Jennifer Jones ... Mrs. Gwendolen Chelm
Gina Lollobrigida ... Maria Dannreuther
Robert Morley ... Peterson
Peter Lorre ... Julius O'Hara
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Harry Chelm
Ivor Barnard ... Maj. Jack Ross
Marco Tulli Marco Tulli ... Ravello
Bernard Lee ... Insp. Jack Clayton
Mario Perrone Mario Perrone ... Purser on SS Nyanga
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... Administrator
Saro Urzì ... Captain of SS Nyanga (as Saro Urzi)
Juan de Landa ... Hispano-Suiza Driver (as Juan De Landa)
Aldo Silvani Aldo Silvani ... Charles - Restaurant Manager
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Storyline

A quartet of international crooks (Peterson, O'Hara, Ross and Ravello) are stranded in Italy whilst their steamer is being repaired. With them are the an English couple, the Dannreuthers. The 6 are headed for Africa, presumably to sell vacuum cleaners but all is not as it seems. They are joined by others who apparently have similar designs. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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They're Out To Beat the Devil At His Own Game! See more »


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Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

17 December 1953 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Schach dem Teufel See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the fifth and last movie that Humphrey Bogart would make with Peter Lorre. The other four were, The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), All Through the Night (1942), and Passage to Marseille (1944). See more »

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When Ahmed, the Arab Inquisitor first appears on screen, he is wearing a woman's mock turtleneck blouse with a mesh applique, outlined with satin ribbon and a bow. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Jack Ross: This generation's had its chance. Hitler, Mussolini, those were the men. Now is the age of the barbarians. The world's going up in smoke. I say let it come. Get it over with.
Billy Dannreuther: Well, if you don't mind, I'd like another year or so of worrying.
Maj. Jack Ross: Worrying? Just one minute, laddies. I've just two or three words to say to you laddies, and that's don't worry. Don't ever worry. I'm in a position to know. Secret information. The Rosicrucians. The Great White Brotherhood. The high secret orders. But you've...
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Alternate Versions

The original American release version was truncated and had scenes moved around, making a mess of the story line. The uncut version--released overseas by Romulus--was finally restored in the U.S. by Sony in 2016. See more »

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Referenced in The Trip to Italy (2014) See more »

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OK, It's not Bogarts' best but...
29 March 2004 | by dlgartSee all my reviews

I found the ending of Beat the Devil to be abrupt and with seemingly poor production values. Almost as if the production company had filmed in sequence and used up their budget, making it necessary to tie it up and put it in the can NOW! With that exception, it is a very amusing film with an exceptional ensemble cast. Particularly memorable is Jennifer Jones as a somewhat ditzy and overly imaginative (British?!?) beauty. And that is quite an accomplishment considering the other female lead is played by Gina Lollobrigida. Clever writing and impressive performances by the supporting cast makes this an enjoyable and interesting movie especially (but not exclusively) for Bogart fans.


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