Beat the Devil 1953 — A Mystery / Crime Movie Full Movie

Beat the Devil 1953 — A Mystery / Crime Movie Full Movie

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The film that was ten years ahead of its time is ten years old…(it’s time!)
Adventure at its boldest! Bogart at his best!
They’re Out To Beat the Devil At His Own Game!
The Bold Adventure That Beats Them All!
Bogart meets his match in the bold adventure that beats them all!
Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa … This Was Their Road to Adventure and a Fabulous Fortune … A Dangerous Band of Desperate Men Goaded on By Two Beautiful Women … All of Them Out to Beat the Devil at His Own Game!

IMDb Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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… —Anonymous

A quartet of international crooks (Peterson, O’Hara, Ross, and Ravello) are stranded in Italy whilst their steamer is being repaired. With them are an English couple, the Dannreuthers. The 6 are headed for Africa, presumably to sell vacuum cleaners but all is not as it seems. They are joined by others who apparently have similar designs. —Ed Stephan (

Rating Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer: 71%
Audience Score: 54%

In this John Huston film — which features an unusual mix of adventure, comedy, and crime elements — Billy (Humphrey Bogart) and Maria Dannreuther (Gina Lollobrigida) are among a number of travelers stranded in Italy en route to Africa. While the Dannreuthers seem like an average couple, they have the same goal as Mrs. Gwendolen Chelm (Jennifer Jones) and some of their other shifty companions — to lay claim to property that is supposedly rich with uranium.

Plot: Spoilers?
Billy Dannreuther is a formerly-wealthy American who has fallen on hard times. He is reluctantly working with four crooks: Peterson, Julius O’Hara, Major Jack Ross, and Ravello, who are trying to acquire uranium-rich land in British East Africa. Billy suspects that Major Ross murdered a British Colonial officer who threatened to expose their plan. While waiting in Italy for passage to Africa, Billy and his wife Maria meet a British couple, Harry and Gwendolen Chelm, who plan to travel on the same ship. Harry seems a very proper and traditional Englishman, while Gwendolen is flighty and a compulsive fantasist. Billy and Gwendolen have an affair, while Maria flirts with Harry. Peterson becomes suspicious that the Chelms may be attempting to acquire the uranium themselves. Though this is untrue, it seems confirmed by Gwendolen, who lies about her husband and exaggerates his importance.

Billy and Peterson decide to take a plane instead, but their car runs over a cliff when they are pushing it after a breakdown and the pair are wrongly reported to have been killed. In order to replace Peterson’s lost capital, Ravello approaches Harry Chelm and explains their scheme. Just then, to everyone’s surprise, Billy and Peterson return to the hotel unharmed, just as the purser announces that the ship is at last ready to sail. Onboard, Harry reveals that he knows about Peterson’s scheme and intends to inform the authorities. Peterson orders Major Ross to kill Harry, but Billy thwarts the murder attempt. Disbelieving Harry’s outraged accusations, however, the ship’s drunken captain has Harry locked in the brig.

The ship’s engine malfunctions and the passengers are told to escape by lifeboat. When Billy goes to rescue Harry, he finds that he has freed himself and left the ship, intending to swim ashore. Having abandoned the ship, the passengers land on an African beach, where they are arrested by Arab soldiers. They are interrogated by Ahmed, an Arab official who suspects that they may be spies or revolutionaries. Billy creates a distraction by fleeing the room and befriends Ahmed when he is recaptured by talking to him about Rita Hayworth, whom he pretends to have known. Billy then persuades him to send the party back to Italy by sailing boat.

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