August 5th, 2013: Beat the Devil (1953)

Beat the Devil

Cast and Crew:  Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollabridgia, Robert Morley, Peter Lorre, Bernard Lee

What It’s About:  On a trip to Africa a group of crooks draw a seemingly innocent British couple into their web.  Hijinks ensue.

Why Watch it Today?:  The great John Huston was born on this date in 1906.  Although it was a box office flop, this mid-period film Huston co-wrote with Truman Capote has garnered a justified cult following over the years.

Other Choices:  The Man Who Would Be King; The Maltese Falcon; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre; Key Largo.  Huston was also memorable as an actor in everything from Chinatown to the voice of Gandalf in The Hobbit to a hilarious if embarrassing turn in the infamous Myra Breckinridge.

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