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Director: John Huston     Starring: Humphrey Bogart
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40210132
UPC: 096009025434
UPC 14: 00096009025434
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A quartet of international crooks meet up with an innocent couple and head to africa, presumably to sell vacuum cleaners but actually they are going to buy land supposedly loaded with uranium.
Editor's Note
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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Kultur
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/18/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 93 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1954
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 02543
Video UPC UPC: 00096009025434
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Marco Tulli
Video Cast Info Gina Lollobrigida
Video Cast Info Bernard Lee
Video Cast Info Edward Underdown
Video Cast Info Humphrey Bogart
Video Cast Info Peter Lorre
Video Cast Info Jennifer Jones
Video Cast Info Ivor Barnard
Video Cast Info Robert Morley
Video Cast Info James Helvick - Source Writer
Video Cast Info John Huston - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Oswald Morris - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Wilfred Shingleton - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Lambert Williamson - Music Director
Video Cast Info Ralph Kemplen - Editor
Video Cast Info Truman Capote - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Franco Mannino - Composer
Video Cast Info John Huston - Director

Memorable Quotes

"Harry, we must beware of these men. They're desperate characters. Not one of them looked at my legs." ---- Gwendolen Chelm (Jennifer Jones)

"Trouble with England, it's all pomp and no circumstance. You're very wise to get out of it, escape while you can." ---- Billy Dannreuther (Humphrey Bogart)

"Time! Time! What is time? The Swiss manufacture it. The French hoard it. Italians want it. Americans say it is money. Hindus say it does not exist. Do you know what I say? I say time is a crook." ---- O'Hara (Peter Lorre)

"Only the phonies liked it. It's a mess!" ---- Humphrey Bogart on the film

"The formula of 'Beat the Devil' is that everyone is slightly absurd." ---- John Huston on the film

Professional Reviews

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..." 11/26/2000 p.3

Sight and Sound
"Capote's dialogue is often witty...and the actors seem to be enjoying themselves." 11/01/2004

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Bogart,Humphrey
Product attributeLabel:   Platinum Disc Corporation
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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