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Original title: 1953 Beat the Devil
English: Beat the Devil
German: Schach dem Teufel
Polish: Pobij Diabła (alt. Silniejszy od diabła " , " Kto pierwszy ten lepszy ")


Directed by
John Huston

Writing credits
James Helvick (novel)
Truman Capote &
John Huston

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete
Humphrey Bogart    Billy Dannreuther
Jennifer Jones    Mrs. Gwendolen Chelm
Gina Lollobrigida    Maria Dannreuther
Robert Morley    Peterson (crook #1)
Peter Lorre    Julius O'Hara (crook #2)
Edward Underdown    Harry Chelm
Ivor Barnard    Maj. Jack Ross (crook #3; aka The Galloping Major)
Marco Tulli    Ravello (crook #3)
Bernard Lee    Jack Clayton (CID Inspector, Scotland Yard)
Mario Perrone    Purser, SS Nyanga
Giulio Donnini    Administrator
Saro Urz    Captain, SS Nyanga
Aldo Silvani    Charles (restaurant owner)
Juan de Landa    Hispano-Suiza driver

rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Gibson
Alex Pochet    Hotel manager (uncredited)
Mimmo Poli    Barman (uncredited)
Manuel Serano    Ahmed (Arab inquisitor) (uncredited)

Produced by
Jack Clayton    associate producer
John Huston    producer
Humphrey Bogart    producer (uncredited)

Original Music by
Franco Mannino

Cinematography by
Oswald Morris

Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen

Art Direction by
Wilfred Shingleton

Makeup Department
Betty Lee    hair stylist (as Bette Lee)
Connie Reeve    makeup artist (as Constance Reeve)

Production Management
Bill Kirby    production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Arnold    assistant director

Sound Department
Stan Hawkes    dubbing editor (as Stanley Hawkes)
E. Law    sound recordist
George Stephenson    sound recordist

Other crew
Angela Allen    continuity
Robert Capa    still photographer
Freddie Francis    camera operator
Louis H. Lavelly    chief production electrician
Jeanie Sims    personal assistant to John Huston
Stephen Sondheim    clapper boy
James H. Ware    location manager
Lambert Williamson    musical director

Trivia for
Beat the Devil (1953)
* Jack Clayton, the Scotland Yard inspector played by Bernard Lee, is named after the film's cameraman.
* Claud Cockburn (aka James Helvick) wrote the screenplay based on his novel. Truman Capote was purportedly brought to complete the script late in the piece when Cockburn left or was fired.

Other info:
Also Known As:
Tesoro dell'Africa, Il (Italy)
Runtime: 100 min
Country: UK / USA / Italy
Language: English / Italian
Color: Black and White
Sound Mix: Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification: Argentina:Atp / Australia:PG / Finland:S / Spain:T / Switzerland:14 / UK:U / West Germany:6