In our last Huston film, Beat the Devil, we get a rare look at Huston doing a parody on the film that made him as a director - The Maltese Falcon. As in "The Maltese Falcon", this movie stars Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, and Robert Morley (doing a fine job as a Sidney Greenstreet substitute).
This time, the crew of ne'er-do-wells, & swindlers are stranded in a small Italian port trying to outfox each other in a bid for uranium deposits in Kenya while waiting for an ill-fated tramp ship steamer. Beat the Devil features stand-out performances not only by the actors mentioned, but also Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, and Bernard Lee. With a screenplay by both Huston and Truman Capote, it is darkly comedic, one of Huston's best character studies - and shows the man had a sense of humor about himself. Please join us as we see & talk about this film which brings Huston as director, full circle.
Please Note: We are meeting early this month due to the holidays -- Monday, December 15th at 6:00 p.m. in Meeting Rm. B!