The Saturday Public Domain Movie: Beat the Devil (1953)

"Only phonies like it." - Humphrey Bogart
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Beat the Devil

Beat the Devil is the fifth and last film Humphrey Bogart and John Huston made together and is a spoof of their first, The Maltese Falcon (1941).  It tells the story of a cast of characters stuck in a small Italian port who are trying to get their hands on uranium-rich land in Kenya.

Huston co-wrote the script with Truman Capote, which was based on the novel of the same name by James Helvick. Bogart starred in and produced the film; the poor reception upon its release likely explains the quote attributed to him: "Only phonies like it."

The cast also featured Peter Lorre, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigisa, and Robert Morley.  Morley's role would have gone to Sydney Greenstreet if he had still been acting.  Because of a car accident that affected Bogart's speech, Peter Sellers was brought into post production to re-record some of Bogart's lines.

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