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To not appreciate Beat The Devil is to not appreciate the English language. It's impossible to go one minute through the film without sterling quotable dialog (thank you Truman Capote). One of my favorite moments is when ex-Nazi "Ohara" (Peter Lorre) tirades Bogart and Lollabrigida. Bogie says "It smokes, it drinks, it philosophizes..."
The Italian representative of the malevolent quartet headed by Robert Morley was the role model for Roberto ("I love Bobby Frost") Begnini in Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law.
If you could elevate the dialog to a serious suspense film, you'd have a Hitchcock production. Unfortunately if the satire was remade today, it would be titled something like Who's Scammin' Who.
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