Beat The Devil

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 11:30 AM;
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18 7 PM;
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 9 PM

“The story involves a crowd of raffish misfits killing time in (a) little Italian seaport until repairs are completed on the rust-bucket ship that will take them to British East Africa. They all have secret schemes to stake a claim to a uranium find. Bogart and Lollobrigida play Billy and Maria Dannreuther; he once owned a local villa, but has been reduced to having his hotel bills paid by Petersen (Morley), a crook in a magnificent ice cream suit…The film was originally set in a French town, and intended to be a halfway serious thriller about the evils of colonial exploitation. When Bogart signed aboard, that’s what he thought it would be, but at some point in the transfer to Italian locations John Huston decided to make it a comedy, and hired the 28-year-old Capote on the advice of Jones’ husband, the tireless memo writer David O. Selznick.” (Roger Ebert)

1953 John Huston 1.33:1 B&W DCP 89 min.

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