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Beat the Devil ()


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On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...

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Billy Dannreuther
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Mrs. Gwendolen Chelm
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Maria Dannreuther
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Peterson
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Julius O'Hara
Edward Underdown ...
Harry Chelm
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Maj. Jack Ross
Marco Tulli ...
Ravello
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Insp. Jack Clayton
Mario Perrone ...
Purser on SS Nyanga
Giulio Donnini ...
Administrator
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Captain of SS Nyanga (as Saro Urzi)
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Hispano-Suiza Driver (as Juan De Landa)
Aldo Silvani ...
Charles - Restaurant Manager
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Dave Crowley ...
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Alex Pochet ...
Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Mimmo Poli ...
Barman (uncredited)
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Billy Dannreuther (uncredited) (voice)
Manuel Serano ...
Ahmed - Arab Inquisitor (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Huston

Written by

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Claud Cockburn ... (based on the novel "Beat the Devil" by) (as James Helvick)
 
Truman Capote ... (screenplay) and
John Huston ... (screenplay)
 
Anthony Veiller ... (screenplay collaboration) (uncredited)
 
Peter Viertel ... (screenplay collaboration) (uncredited)

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Jack Clayton ... associate producer
John Huston ... producer
Humphrey Bogart ... producer (uncredited)
Angelo Rizzoli ... producer (uncredited)
John Woolf ... producer (uncredited)

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Franco Mannino

Cinematography by

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Oswald Morris ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ralph Kemplen

Editorial Department

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Philip Auguste ... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Roy Hyde ... first assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Wilfred Shingleton

Makeup Department

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Betty Lee ... hairdresser (as Bette Lee)
Connie Reeve ... makeup artist (as Constance Reeve)

Production Management

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Bill Kirby ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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John Arnold ... assistant director
Erica Masters ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Sterne ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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John Hoesli ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Harry White ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Alan Withy ... draughtsman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Stan Hawkes ... dubbing editor (as Stanley Hawkes)
E. Law ... sound recordist
George Stephenson ... sound recordist
Barbara Hopkins ... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Bob Jones ... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Kevin McClory ... boom operator (uncredited)
Peter Myers ... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Ernest Webb ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Ivor Worsley ... dubbing crew (uncredited)

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Reg Johnson ... travelling mattes (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Bryan Langley ... special processes (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Freddie Francis ... camera operator
Louis H. Lavelly ... chief production electrician
Robert Capa ... still photographer (uncredited)
James Devis ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Eric Gray ... still photographer (uncredited)
Dennis C. Lewiston ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Stephen Sondheim ... clapper boy (uncredited)
Gerry Turpin ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Location Management

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James H. Ware ... location manager (as James Ware)

Music Department

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Lambert Williamson ... musical director

Other crew

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Angela Allen ... continuity
Jeanie Sims ... personal assistant to John Huston
Beryl Booth ... production secretary (uncredited)
Fred Hymns ... production accountant (uncredited)
Harriet Medin ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
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Plot 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 Ed Stephan

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Taglines The film that was ten years ahead of its time is ten years old...(it's time!) (1962 reissue ad). See more »
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Also Known As
  • Il tesoro dell'Africa (Italy)
  • Plus fort que le diable (France)
  • Schach dem Teufel (Germany)
  • La burla del diablo (Spain)
  • Fuld af løgn (Denmark)
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  • 89 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia This was the fifth and last movie that Humphrey Bogart would make with Peter Lorre. The other four were, The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), All Through the Night (1942), and Passage to Marseille (1944). See more »
Goofs When Ahmed, the Arab Inquisitor first appears on screen, he is wearing a woman's mock turtleneck blouse with a mesh applique, outlined with satin ribbon and a bow. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Half Moon Street (1986). See more »
Quotes O'Hara: 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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