We're No Angels

We're No Angels

5.0 9
Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov

     
 

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Samuel and Bella Spewack's English adaptation of French playwright Albert Husson's morbidly humorous stage piece My Three Angels was brought to the screen as the heavily laundered but still wickedly funny We're No Angels. The scene is French Guiana, a few days before Christmas. Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray play three Devil's Island "lifersSee more details below

Overview

Samuel and Bella Spewack's English adaptation of French playwright Albert Husson's morbidly humorous stage piece My Three Angels was brought to the screen as the heavily laundered but still wickedly funny We're No Angels. The scene is French Guiana, a few days before Christmas. Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray play three Devil's Island "lifers" who escape from the infamous prison and hide out amongst the free colonists. In need of clothing and money, the trio makes plans to rob milliner Leo G. Carroll and his family. "We'll cut their throats for a Christmas present," Bogie, a convicted forger, remarks laconically. "That might spoil one's belief in Santa Claus" replies philosophical wife-murderer Ustinov. The three escapees are deflected from their larcenous intent when they grow fond of Carroll, his wife Joan Bennett and their daughter Gloria Talbott. Discovering that Carroll is on the verge of bankruptcy, the convicts offer their services as household help (the sight of Bogie in an apron is worth the admission price in itself). Complications ensue when Carroll's nasty, wealthy cousin Basil Rathbone comes calling to audit the store's books. Not wishing to see the family evicted, the convicts calmly discuss the possibilities of murdering the troublesome Rathbone. They are saved the trouble when Adolphe, the pet poisonous snake owned by Ray, slithers out of its box and accomplishes what the convicts had only contemplated. Adolphe also helps smooth the path of happiness for Carroll's daughter Gloria, who thinks she's in love with Rathbone's duplicitous nephew John Baer. From all reports, the set of We're No Angels was a happy one, a fact reflected in the warm, engaging performances of its stars. The film represented the final screen collaboration between star Humphrey Bogart and director Michael Curtiz.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Humphrey Bogart wasn’t known as a comedic actor, but he invariably rose to the occasion when presented with offbeat material, as in this enjoyable romp based on a play by Albert Husson. Bogie portrays a forger who escapes from Devil’s Island in the company of two decidedly less savory individuals (Aldo Ray and Peter Ustinov). Seeking refuge from their pursuers, the convicts assume fake identities and descend on a storekeeper and his wife (Leo G. Carroll and Joan Bennett), planning to rob them of enough money to finance their passage to France. It’s Christmastime, though, and inevitably the holiday spirit rubs off on the hardened criminals when it develops that their host’s family is beset with seemingly intractable problems. Betraying its stage origin, the film seems a tad too talky, but the dialogue is generally sharp, and Casablanca director Michael Curtiz -- here in the last of his Bogart collaborations -- keeps things moving at a rapid pace. Ray and Ustinov reveal themselves to be scene-stealers of the first order, and Bogie contributes a nuanced performance that is bound to surprise viewers familiar only with his tough-guy roles.
All Movie Guide
The assured, entertaining black comedy We're No Angels would be the last time Humphrey Bogart would work with director Michael Curtiz. Though he is certainly not best-known for his comedic work, Bogart was following up his similarly delightful turn in Beat the Devil the previous year, and he again proves he's able to pull off lighter fare. Based on a French play by way of Broadway, Angels is both warm and sophisticated, combining witty, carefree humor with more unabashedly evil undertones. The charmingly hammy performances capture this feeling well: In addition to Bogart, Aldo Ray and Peter Ustinov are especially winning as his partners in crime.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929304530
Original Release:
1955
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[monaural, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
566

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Joseph
Aldo Ray Albert
Peter Ustinov Jules
Joan Bennett Amelie Ducotel
Basil Rathbone Andre Trochard
Leo G. Carroll Felix Ducotel
John Baer Paul Trochard
Gloria Talbott Isabelle Ducotel
Lea Penman Mme. Parole
John Smith Arnaud
George Dee Coachman
Jack Del Rio Gendarme
Louis Mercier Celeste
Torben Meyer Butterfly Man
Paul Newlan Port Captain
Joe Ploski Customs Inspector
Victor Romito Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Roland Anderson Art Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John R. Coonan Asst. Director
John Cope Sound/Sound Designer
Pat Duggan Producer
Ralph Freed Songwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Mary Grant Costumes/Costume Designer
Grace Gregory Set Decoration/Design
Hugo Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Loyal Griggs Cinematographer
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Hal Pereira Art Director
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
Roger Wagner Songwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- We're No Angels
1. Chapter 1 [:18]
2. Chapter 2 [3:03]
3. Chapter 3 [7:07]
4. Chapter 4 [:46]
5. Chapter 5 [6:00]
6. Chapter 6 [2:02]
7. Chapter 7 [6:25]
8. Chapter 8 [1:40]
9. Chapter 9 [7:24]
10. Chapter 10 [1:02]
11. Chapter 11 [6:02]
12. Chapter 12 [2:19]
13. Chapter 13 [5:43]
14. Chapter 14 [2:14]
15. Chapter 15 [5:58]
16. Chapter 16 [2:07]
17. Chapter 17 [3:07]
18. Chapter 18 [4:46]
19. Chapter 19 [2:34]
20. Chapter 20 [5:35]
21. Chapter 21 [1:57]
22. Chapter 22 [6:13]
23. Chapter 23 [3:48]
24. Chapter 24 [3:32]
25. Chapter 25 [2:05]
26. Chapter 26 [5:40]
27. Chapter 27 [:12]
28. Chapter 28 [5:57]

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