Beat the Devil (1953)


“Time. Time. What is time? Swiss manufacture it. French hoard it. Italians squander it. Americans say it is money. Hindus say it does not exist. Do you know what I say? I say time is a crook.” – O’Hara

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – On their way to Africa in order to finds riches, a group of men find themselves trying to outwit others around them who might try and thwart their plans.

My Take on it – This is a movie that O came across in my recent endeavor to watch more films starring Humphrey Bogart.

The premise on the surface actually seems like a very intriguing one yet they fail to find a way to make it stand out and be even more enjoyable to watch unfold.

The cats of this film is truly spectacular, yet none of them are given characters who can stand out among the rest since they all are developed quite superficially.

Despite the fact that Bogart leads the film, something constantly feels missing here that would help make things even more enjoyable to watch unfold.

The characters are all stereotypes that comes across as being caricatures instead of fleshed out character like one would hope for.

It was nice seeing Bogart and Peter Lorre work together again despite the fact that they aren’t able to find a way to make this story feel more intriguing and thrilling to watch unfold.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that doesn’t work as well as one might hope. The cast is spectacular, but none of them really manage to stand out. Even with Bogart in the lead, this story feels as if something is missing that would make it even more enjoyable. The characters are all only slightly developed and they each come across as seeming quite stereotypical for this kind of story line. Nice seeing Bogart and Lorre working together again yet even that can’t help make this story feel more intriguing or even intriguing to watch unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Humphrey Bogart was involved in a serious automobile accident during production of this film, which knocked out several of his teeth and hindered his ability to speak. John Huston reportedly hired a young British actor noted for his mimicry skills to rerecord some of Bogart’s spoken lines during post-production looping. Although it is undetectable when viewing the film today, it is Peter Sellers who provides Bogart’s voice during some of the scenes in this movie. However this cannot be confirmed. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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