in about 100 words or less
UK 89m, B&W
Director: John Huston; Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre, Robert Morley, Edward Underdown, Ivor Barnard, Marco Tulli, Bernard Lee, Saro Urzì
Beat the Devil is about a group eccentric adventurers who meet in an Italian port to plan and plot a scheme involving uranium deposits in Africa. Although the group’s plans fail to come to fruition, and the film’s plot barely advances, Beat the Devil is an entertaining satirical farce full of over the top performances that would not be out-of-place in a Coen Brother’s film. Years ahead of its time, and largely misunderstood by audiences during its release, Beat the Devil has both a cult following and critical acclaim (Klaus Ming June 2014).