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We're No Angels (1955)

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

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Albert Husson (play), Ranald MacDougall
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Joseph
Aldo Ray ... Albert
Peter Ustinov ... Jules
Joan Bennett ... Amelie Ducotel
Basil Rathbone ... Andre Trochard
Leo G. Carroll ... Felix Ducotel
John Baer ... Paul Trochard
Gloria Talbott ... Isabelle Ducotel
Lea Penman ... Mme. Parole
John Smith ... Medical Officer Arnaud
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Storyline

At Christmas, three prisoners, Joseph (Humphrey Bogart), Albert (Aldo Ray), and Jules (Sir Peter Ustinov) 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. André Trochard (Basil Rathbone), the selfish and mean owner of the establishment, exploits the Ducotel family. 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 September 1955 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Angels' Cooking See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,685,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was remade in 1989 with Robert De Niro and Sean Penn. The two movies only share the title and some common themes. See more »

Goofs

When Andre is talking to Felix and Joseph, his left arm is stretched. In the next shot it is folded and leant on his hip. See more »

Quotes

Felix Ducotel: He had a number of good points, I'm sure. I just can't think of any.
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Connections

Referenced in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Sentimental Moments
(uncredited)
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Performed by Joan Bennett
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Spend Christmas with Bogie and Co.
19 November 2013 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray star in this film about three escapees from Devil's Island and how they affix themselves in the lives of Leo G. Carroll and wife Joan Bennett as Christmas approaches. By way of assuming the roles of handymen and salesmen, they start to help around the house and the store that Leo manages. In fact, their assistance turns out to be invaluable, as they interject themselves in a personal family squabble between Leo and cousin Basil Rathbone who comes to inspect the shop and the accounts, as he is the owner of the shop. I found the film to be very charming and enjoyable, and it has some very funny and clever moments. If I had to be nit-picky about it, I could say it does reflect the original play's pace and is somewhat too passive and slow in parts and is a bit too long. Also, it does have a rather unorthodox and irreverent feel to it due to a hardened criminal's point of view of things, from which is the root of a lot of the humor. But, it also has a very loose biblical feel to it, very loose. All in all, I liked its charming feel and the talented actors are good in the leads. If you're looking for a fresh and original film this December, "We're No Angels" should make for a different kind of family viewing come Christmastime.


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