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Beat the Devil

They’re Out To Beat the Devil At His Own Game!
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: April 13, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Echo Bridge
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Super Jewel Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital - English
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus
    • Trivia Quiz
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Biographies

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenplay by &
Composition by
Cinematography by
Art Direction by
Produced by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"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

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 16


User Ratings: 2,879
An informal comedy that is at times critical, entertaining, and even discursive. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Aug 16, 2019
Rating: 4/4 -- If Beat the Devil puzzled audiences on its first release, it has charmed them since. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Feb 13, 2001
he film ranges from the diffident to the grotesque, with Huston selecting his lenses to make the performers look as freakish as possible. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
A clever if confusing spoof of the genre pictures [John] Huston had made in a more serious manner in previous years Full Review
Film Journal International
Feb 16, 2017
Capote's dialogue is often witty...and the actors seem to be enjoying themselves.
Sight and Sound
Nov 1, 2004
...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...
Chicago Sun-Times
Nov 26, 2000
Rating: C+ -- It looks like it's going to be a riot, but turns out almost laugh free. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Aug 23, 2009

Product Description:

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.


Production Notes:

  • James Helvick was the pseudonym for novelist Claud Cockburn.
  • Filmed on location in Italy and in Shepperton Studios in England.
  • Released in the United States in March 1954. Released in UK in 1953.
  • Original running time was 100 minutes. Video version runs 89 minutes.
  • Co-produced by Santana.
    Additional distribution company: Independent Film Distributors.
  • Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Censors.

Product Info

  • UPC: 096009025434
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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