Beat the Devil Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 14554

Average Rating: 2.3/4

# of Ratings: 18

Theatrical Release Date: 03/12/1954

Language: English

Genre: Adventure, Comedy

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: John Huston

Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre, Robert Morley, Edward Underdown

Plot: Five desperate con artists--one toting his wild wife--are on a steamer to East Africa where they hope they can swindle their way into landing some uranium rich land, but when their boat blows up they are all taken prisoner by a group of Arabs until their ring leader (Bogart) can talk them out of the situation.

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sapien - wrote on 12/09/2011

Well, it looks like I liked it better than most people. It definitely had very funny moments, and an interesting plot.

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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 11/26/2011

Unfortunately, Humphrey Bogart had little screen time. The pace of the storytelling was distorted and Billy Dannreuther, Bogart's character was a bit dry. The supporting cast wasn't that appealing and the accents just felt awkward. Not much humor was present as well. Overall, Beat the Devil could have been way better in so many aspects, at least the title was catchy.

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dukeakasmudge - wrote on 09/04/2011

Not 1 of Bogarts best

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Yojimbo - wrote on 01/20/2012

An oddball collection of individuals from varying backgrounds and parts of the globe board a ship bound for Africa to seek their fortunes. Obviously an homage to Huston's classic debut The Maltese Falcon, Beat The Devil is a curious mix of comedy and intrigue that doesn't really work as either. The collection of racial stereotypes on display farcically bumping into each other, engaging in affairs and hushed conversations made it feel like an Agatha Christie murder mystery; but with out the murder. Or the mystery. Bogie coasts through the film with a look of mild amusement exercising his usual dry wit and Robert Morley seems to be doing a kind of stuffy Sidney Greenstreet impersonation, but all the characters are really rather annoying and it's kind of difficult to care what happens to …

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