We're No Angels (1955)

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Three Devil's Island escapees hide out in the home of a kindly merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises.



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At Christmas, three prisoners - Joseph, Albert and Jules - escape from Devil Island to a French small coastal town. They decide to rob a store, to get some money and clothes and travel by ship to another place. They pretend to be there to fix the roof, but pretty soon they realize that the financial condition of the family Ducotel is not good. Andre Tochard, the selfish and mean owner of the establishment, exploits the family Ducotel. The three convicts spend Christmas night with the Ducotels and are so well treated by the family that they decide to help them. Their pet will help them to fix the situation. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A strangler... A swindler... A safecracker... Yet you'll love them!


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Release Date:

8 September 1955 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Angels' Cooking  »

Box Office


$1,685,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Was "remade" in 1989 with Robert De Niro and Sean Penn. The two movies only share some common themes. See more »


The movie supposedly plays ON Devil's Island (it's superimposed in the establishing shot at the very beginning) and Ducotel's general store is located in Cayenne (it's mentioned several times), the capital of French Guiana. However, Devil's Island exclusively was a penal colony with no civilian settlement, and Cayenne lies on the mainland coast, approximately 50 miles east of Kourou, the closest mainland town to Devil's Island. See more »


Jules: That is a very handsome woman.
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Version of Startime: My Three Angels (1959) See more »


Ma France Bien-Aimee
Music by G. Martini
Lyrics by Roger Wagner
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A film with charm to spare
31 May 1999 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

I stumbled upon We're No Angels one night on AMC. I found that I couldn't leave the TV. I enjoyed the three likeable convicts and discovered that Humphrey Bogart has a knack for light comedy. Peter Ustinov is very deadpan and as a result, some of the best lines come from his character. Aldo Ray is the sweet dumb guy with a heart of gold and a rather dangerous pet. Basil Rathbone is great as the guy you love to hate. A great cast, a good script and good direction by Michael Curtiz makes this a classic.

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