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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 76
Category: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Crime Fiction, AdaptationSub-Category: Parody, Thriller, Crime Fiction, Black comedy, Comedy, Action Film, Adventure Film, Romance Film, DramaNarrative location: ItalyRuntime: 89 - 100 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: English, ItalianCountry: United States, Italy, United KingdomDirector: John HustonScreenwriter: John Huston, Truman CapoteMusic: Franco ManninoCinematography: Oswald Morris, Robert CapaStars: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre, Robert Morley, Marco Tulli, Bernard Lee, Saro Urzì, Aldo Silvani, Mimmo Poli, Giulio Donnini, Edward Underdown, Ivor BarnardProducer: John HustonStudio: John and James Woolf, Humphrey BogartAward details: (details at IMDb)
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Beat the Devil is a 1953 film directed by John Huston. The screenplay was by Huston and Truman Capote, loosely based upon a novel of the same name by British journalist Claud Cockburn, writing under the pseudonym James Helvick. It is a parody of Huston's The Maltese Falcon and films of the same genre. The script, which was written on a day-to-day basis as the film was being shot, concerns the adventures of a motley crew of swindlers and ne'er-do-wells trying to lay claim to land rich in uranium deposits in Kenya as they wait in a small Italian port to travel aboard an ill-fated tramp steamer en route to Mombasa. The cast includes Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley, Peter Lorre, and Bernard Lee.


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