Beat the Devil

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): John Huston
Production: American Pop Classics
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Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

Your move, Gwendolen.


it's your move.




Are you sailing

on the Nyanga?

- Africa-bound.

- So are we.

Oh, my name is Chelm.

This is my wife.

How do you do?

My name is Dannreuther.

How do you do?

Are your friends

sailing too?

The whole kit and caboodle.

You're a very mysterious group,

I must say.

Really, Gwendolen.

How so mysterious?

Well, for one thing

you all appear

to be of different


It's your move,



I have a theory about you

and your friends.

Correction. My associates.

As a matter of fact,

I think you're doctors.

Evil ones, I mean.

You're going

to the heart of the jungle,

where human life is cheap,

to perform ghastly experiments

which require

the sacrifice of thousands

on the altar of science.

You must excuse my wife,

she has

a very lively imagination.


I don't know how you expect me

to play a decent game

when you keep talking

all the time.

Harry's been

all out of sorts today.


he's a wonderful loser.

Good morning, Mr. Dannreuther.

I bring you

the captain's compliments,

along with the sad news

that the sailing

of the S.S. Nyanga

has been postponed.

Now, look here.

This boat is definitely,

most definitely scheduled

to sail at 2400 hours.

Scheduled, Mr. Chelm,

but not, I fear,

destined to do so.

Propeller gone

or is the captain drunk?

Oh, of course the captain

is drunk,

but the real trouble

is with the oil pump.

Well, it's not good enough.

Simply not good enough.

Quite right, sir.

But you're putting it

too mildly.

The present oil pump

is no good at all.

How much delay

does this mean?

Oh, to locate, bargain for,

purchase and install a new one

will require, I should say,

more than a day,

less than a fortnight.

Utter hopeless inefficiency.

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Truman Capote

Truman Garcia Capote (; born Truman Streckfus Persons, September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984) was an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Many of Capote's short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized as literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966), which he labeled a "nonfiction novel". At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories, and plays. Capote rose above a childhood troubled by divorce, a long absence from his mother, and multiple migrations. He had discovered his calling as a writer by the age of 8, and for the rest of his childhood he honed his writing ability. Capote began his professional career writing short stories. The critical success of one story, "Miriam" (1945), attracted the attention of Random House publisher Bennett Cerf, and resulted in a contract to write the novel Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948). Capote earned the most fame with In Cold Blood, a journalistic work about the murder of a Kansas farm family in their home. Capote spent four years writing the book aided by his lifelong friend Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird (1960).A milestone in popular culture, In Cold Blood was the peak of Capote's literary career. In the 1970s, he maintained his celebrity status by appearing on television talk shows. more…

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