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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89 min

Probably it isn't

the oil pump at all.

Just making it an excuse

to hang about

and pick up extra cargo.

Guns or opium?

I wouldn't be surprised if

she turns out to be a smuggler.

What a miserable place

to be stuck in.

A squalid fifth-rate port.

Ever been in Portoverto before?

No, I don't know this part

of the world at all.

I thought not. Otherwise

you wouldn't be so upset

about staying.

Magnificent country.

Ruins to visit by moonlight.

Fine stretch of beach.

And back there in the hills,

one of the few spots left

in the world

where you can get

decent food and drink.

It's called the Blue Pavilion.

I insist you give me

the pleasure

of having dinner

with us tonight.

Well, that's awfully kind

of you, but-


You and your associates?

My wife and me.

The Committee.

Oh, uh, Mr. Chelm, I-

I want you to meet

a friend of mine.

This is the Galloping Major.

The Committee wants you

to toddle 'round.

- Okay.

- Right away.

- I'll be along.

- Toddle.

I said I'd be along.

They don't like

to be kept waiting.

I'll lay on a car.

We'll meet in front

of the hotel at 6.


Dannreuther, an American,

I suppose.

Anyway, I-

I quite like him.

Time, 24 hours in a day.


and forty minutes

for somebody else to get busy

on the same idea as ours.

We ought to have got a plane

and flown out,

as I said from the start.

You remember I said it,


My name is not O'Horror.

It is O'Hara. You hear?

Mr. O'Hara.

Yes, Mr. O'Horror, ahem,

but you remember I said it.

I said we ought

to take a plane.

Time. Time. What is time?

The Swiss manufacture it.

The French hoard it.

The Italians squander it.

Americans say it is money.

Hindus say it does not exist.

You know what I say?

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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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