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

I say time is a crook.

If we took a plane,

we'd be there inside 15 hours

instead of who knows when.

I don't want any more talk

about flying.

The sky is for the birds.

My feet are on the ground,

both of them.

Come in, Billy-Boy.

What's all

the fuss about?

No fuss, Billy.

We're merely wondering

what course to pursue

in view of this

unfortunate delay.

Join the peasants

in their revels.

Go to church.

Write your memoirs.

Very funny. Ha-ha.

I like an associate of mine

to have a sense of humor.

A good laugh does more

for the stomach muscles

than five minutes

setting up exercises.

And now that we've had

our moment of fun

and all the better for it,

let's get back to the question.

Doesn't this delay call

for a cable

to your friend

in British East?

Mustn't send cables.

Can't you get it

through your heads

that the population down there

has trained noses?

They can smell a uranium deal

like a cat smells fish.

But aren't you afraid,


that when our little party

doesn't show up

on the date you said-

Aren't you a teeny bit afraid

that your friend

might use that as an excuse

to begin negotiations elsewhere?

If my friend were looking

for an excuse,

he'd find a better one

in the morning papers.

What do you mean?

I'm talking about the

untimely demise of Paul Vanmeer.

Well, I'm appalled, Billy.

What an unwholesome opinion

you must have

of your colleagues

to imagine that we-

Look here, Peterson. You don't

have to convince me of anything.

You don't care

what I think as long as I don't

do anything about it.

And I won't

unless you ever decide

to sic that knife-happy

little junkie on me.

Watch yourself, laddie.

Now, Jack, behave yourself.

Sit down.

For shame, Billy.

I think you owe an apology

to everybody in this room,

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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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