35mm, rewatched. Fun fun fun, the lunatics have taken over the asylum, with Capote on command. The best? Maybe Peter Lorre's "O'Hara"/"Horror" or Bogart's last laugh with/in the end or the playful Arabs' chief with an erotic fixation on Rita Hayworth, all directed with Huston's expertise: when Lorre spies Jones and Bogart, at a villa, an upward crane movement reveals them at distinct levels of the house. It's also...
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.