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Beat the Devil (Dual Format Edition)


Humphrey Bogart stars in John Huston’s classic adventure comedy, newly restored in 4K

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Humphrey Bogart stars in this classic adventure comedy directed by John Huston and written by Truman Capote.

One of a disparate group of fortune-seekers looking to claim uranium-rich land East Africa, a hard-up Billy Dannreuther (Bogart) faces the swindling machinations of his cohorts as they await passage from an Italian port. But with scheming and ruses aplenty, will this motley crew miss the boat completely...?

Presented in a new 4K restoration, this wry send-up of noir classics - including Huston’s own The Maltese Falcon - features an all-star cast including Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida and Peter Lorre.

  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Audio commentary featuring films historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman (2018)
  • Audio commentary featuring DoP Oswald Morris, script supervisor Angela Allen and director’s assistant Jeanie Simms (2007)
  • By the Fireside (1945, 2 mins): an advert for Maypole Tea emphasising the quintessential Englishness of the afternoon tea ritual
  • Alexander Cockburn Beat the Devil (2010, 22 mins): the writer talks about his father Claud Cockburn whose novel the film was adapted from
  • Atomic Achievement (1956, 19 mins): a public information film celebrating the advances of nuclear power in the UK
  • Stills gallery
  • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Peter Tonguette, Alexander Cockburn on how his father and John Huston brought the novel to the screen, plus full film credits
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SKU 5035673013748
Catalogue Number BFIB1374
Product contents DVD & Blu-ray Editions
Year 1953
Director John Huston
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries USA
Colour Black & White
Language(s) English
Running time 89 min
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG
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