You may not understand why I love Peter Lorre, but that's because you're a fucking sheep. You like the pretty movie stars don't you? You go with the flow. Did you know Peter Lorre was called "the greatest living actor" by Charlie Chaplin? Of course you didn't because you think Tom Cruise is a great actor.
Too comic to be adventure and to adventurous to be comedy. Beat the Devil is just a trainwreck that could've been a great con or heist picture, but instead opted to become a mess with some decent scenery. Further proof that the 50s weren't Bogart's decade...
Surprising that this in not available on Mubi - it seems to be watchable with a few more public domain classics, here:
(I will catch it tonight on 35mm at the Torino Film Festival, nyah nyah)
Only modestly entertaining comic adventure. Great character work from an all-star cast, but the story (with a script by Huston and Truman Capote) just never takes off, making for a very long 90 minutes too light on both laughs and suspense. Has its moments, but mostly a disappointment.
Huston tore up the first draft of the script the weekend before the start of principal photography (Capote was hired to write a new one on set), Peter Sellers dubbed some of Bogart's lines (B was in a car accident and had trouble speaking), Lollobrigida learned her lines phonetically, and the cast and crew were either drunk or half-drunk. Surprisingly, all this translates into a fairly entertaining spoof.