Beat the Devil [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1953]

  • SKU: 4269071
  • Release Date: 06/22/1999
  • Rating: R
Humphrey Bogart stars as one of five disreputable adventurers who are trying to get uranium out of East Africa. Bogart's associates include pompous fraud Robert Morley, and Peter Lorre as the German-accented "O'Hara", whose wartime record is forever a source of speculation and suspicion. Becoming involved in Bogart's machinations are a prim British married couple (Edward Underdown and blonde-wigged Jennifer Jones). As a climax to their many misadventures and double-crosses, the uranium seekers end up facing extermination by an Arab firing squad. The satirical nature of Beat the Devil eluded many moviegoers in 1953, and the film was a failure. The fact that the picture attained cult status in lesser years failed to impress its star Humphrey Bogart, who could only remember that he lost a considerable chunk of his own money when he became involved in the project.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Special Features


  • Digitally remastered
  • Humphrey Bogart Biography

Synopsis


Beat the Devil
Humphrey Bogart stars as one of five disreputable adventurers who are trying to get uranium out of East Africa. Bogart's associates include pompous fraud Robert Morley, and Peter Lorre as the German-accented "O'Hara", whose wartime record is forever a source of speculation and suspicion. Becoming involved in Bogart's machinations are a prim British married couple (Edward Underdown and blonde-wigged Jennifer Jones). As a climax to their many misadventures and double-crosses, the uranium seekers end up facing extermination by an Arab firing squad. The satirical nature of Beat the Devil eluded many moviegoers in 1953, and the film was a failure. The fact that the picture attained cult status in lesser years failed to impress its star Humphrey Bogart, who could only remember that he lost a considerable chunk of his own money when he became involved in the project. Peter Viernick worked on the script on an uncredited basis. Beat the Devil eventually fell into public domain, leading to numerous inferior editions by second and third-tiered labels. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Humphrey Bogart
    Humphrey Bogart - Billy Dannreuther
  • Jennifer Jones
    Jennifer Jones - Gwendolyn Chelm
  • Gina Lollobrigida
    Gina Lollobrigida - Maria Dannreuther
  • Robert Morley
    Robert Morley - Peterson
  • Peter Lorre
    Peter Lorre - O'Hara



Customer rating

3.3
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good copy of a public domain Bogart title

    Posted
    Popcorn244
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    Must have for the serious Bogart collector. This BD-R is a vast improve in picture quality over previous DVD versions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I expected better from Bogart.

    Posted
    Mike
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    A pretty good movie but I expected better from Bogart and Lorrie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Audio replay.

    Posted
    Mike
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    The movie is ok but the audio plays mono only, no stereo.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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