Thursday, March 12, 2015

Beat the Devil

A disparate band of villains, swindlers and thieves travels from Italy to Africa in search of uranium mines as part of a get rich quick scheme but only find mischief and international intrigue. John Huston's Beat the Devil, supposedly written on the fly by Truman Capote, is a not so serious B-picture containing a few hearty chuckles, a memorable cast (including Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, and Peter Lorre), and a hilarious denouement in the form of an interrogation.
*** out of ****