Nick is a struggling dentist in Canada. A new neighbor moves in, and he discovers that it is Jimmy "The Tulip" Teduski. His wife convinces him to go to Chicago and inform the mob boss who wants Jimmy dead.
Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry... See full summary »
Ricky is released from a mental hospital, and knows exactly what he wants to do. He hunts down Marina, a porn film star he once had sex with, and tries to convince her to be his wife. She ... See full summary »
A quartet of international crooks -- Peterson, O'Hara, Ross and Ravello -- is stranded in Italy while their steamer is being repaired. With them are the Dannreuthers. The six are headed for Africa, presumably to sell vacuum cleaners but actually to buy land supposedly loaded with uranium. They are joined by others who apparently have similar designs. Written by
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »
Inside the car, Billy has a long lit cigarette in his right hand, but soon after, when he steps down, the cigarette has disappeared. See more »
Time. Time. What is time? Swiss manufacture it. French hoard it. Italians squander it. Americans say it is money. Hindus say it does not exist. Do you know what I say? I say time is a crook.
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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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