Blu-ray Release: Beat the Devil

Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 22, 2019
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

A wildly eccentric collaboration between director John Huston (The African Queen), writer Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), and an astonishing cast of stars and character actors, Beat the Devil (1953) offers a sly send-up of caper films.

In this action-adventure comedy, everything goes amusingly wrong for its gallery of liars, thieves, and fantasists, including Humphrey Bogart (In a Lonely Place), Jennifer Jones (Love is a Many-Splendored Thing), Gina Lollobrigida (Trapeze), Robert Morley (Theatre of Blood) and Peter Lorre (Rope of Sand). Even more amusingly, they hardly care, so enraptured are they with each other’s company and with the gorgeous Italian scenery, magnificently shot by the great Oswald Morris (Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison).

Special features on this Twilight Time release include the following:
-Audio commentary with film historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman
-Alexander Cockburn Beat the Devil
-Original Theatrical Trailer

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be sure to head over to the Twilight Time site or that of distributor Screen Archives NOW so you can put in your prebook order of this Region A-locked title NOW!

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.