Beat the Devil

N.p. Romulus Films, Circa 1954. Vintage reference photograph of Humphrey Bogart on the set of the 1953 film. Two mimeo snipes, affixed to the verso.

Loosely based on the 1951 novel by Claud Cockburn, shot as a parody of Huston's 1941 classic, "The Maltese Falcon."

One of the inscrutable films ever made, viewed today variously as a cipher, a long literary joke, a Hollywood film, or a bunch of famous folk on vacation with cameras rolling. In truth, probably all of those things. But film noir to the hilt.

Set in Europe, shot on location in Italy in Ravello, south of Naples, Italy, and nearby at Palazzo Ruffolo, Palazzo Confalone and the Villa Cimbrone. Some second unit shooting and retakes were later done in the UK.

8 x 10 inches. Very Good plus, with some creasing and several pinholes in margins, and three very small chips on top edge.

Ebert II. Grant US.


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