Saturday, July 14, 2012

Beat the Devil

This witty Humphrey Bogart film came fairly late in his career. It also stars Gina Lollobrigida as Bogart's wife in her first American film and Peter Lorre. It's directed by John Huston. We've always gotten a big kick out of this movie.

Beat the Devil can be viewed online courtesy of youtube:

The book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die calls it "one of the most irreverent, tongue-in-cheek movies made under Hollywood auspices" and says it "stands out for many reasons". This film is on Roger Ebert's list of great movies. The New York Times calls it "a pointedly roguish and conversational spoof," but doesn't like it. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 67%.

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