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Beat the Devil/That Uncertain Feeling (1941)

Humphrey Bogart , Jennifer Jones , Ernst Lubitsch , John Huston  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas, Gina Lollobrigida
  • Directors: Ernst Lubitsch, John Huston
  • Writers: John Huston, Anthony Veiller, Claud Cockburn, Donald Ogden Stewart, Emile DeNajac
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sling Shot
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2000
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003ETNA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,618 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beat the Devil/That Uncertain Feeling" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Double Feature: Beat the Devil (1954, 89 min.) & That Uncertain Feeling (1941, 84 min.)

Editorial Reviews

Do not buy this DVD edition. Neither movie was digitally remastered as advertised, nor is the advertised bonus material on the DVD. The films look terrible, old prints dumped straight to DVD. The sound is equally bad. I am refering to the "Triton Video" edition that contains both Beat the Devil and That Uncertain Feeling. These are great movies that deserve better than than this poor quality DVD.

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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't by this edition November 6, 2001
By eq3
Format:DVD
Do not buy this DVD edition. Neither movie was digitally remastered as advertised, nor is the advertised bonus material on the DVD. The films look terrible, old prints dumped straight to DVD. The sound is equally bad. I am refering to the "Triton Video" edition that contains both Beat the Devil and That Uncertain Feeling. These are great movies that deserve better than than this poor quality DVD.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm "Certain" You'll Like This DVD! June 26, 2000
Format:DVD-R
If you have never seen That Uncertain Feeling, an unusual little gem by master director Ernst Lubitsch, you are in for a real treat - especially if you buy this wonderful DVD edition of the film made available by the Roan Group.
Merle Oberon portrays Jill Baker, a beautiful socialite who is bored to distraction by her dull, insurance-peddling husband(Melvyn Douglas) and develops a case of nervous hiccups. Her psychiatrist (Alan Mowbray) tries to get at the root of Jill's problem by exploring every avenue - "especially Park Avenue." During one of Jill's visits she encounters an eccentric pianist (played to wonderful excess by Burgess Meredith) and that's when the fun begins. The film is not without the famed "Lubitsch Touches" including one delightful scene in which pianist Sebastian seduces Jill by tickling the ivories on her piano.
That Uncertain Feeling is often run on television, but the copies I have seen had such awful image and sound quality they were virtually unviewable! At last, thanks to the Roan Group's excellent restoration and transfer of the film to DVD, we can see the film as it should be seen. We can finally appreciate George Barnes' rich black and white photography with its dramatic interplays of light and shadow, creating a mood reminiscent of the film noir style of the period.
And the image quality of this DVD is so stunning you can almost feel the textures of the silk and lace in Merle Oberon's magnificent gowns by designer Irene. This DVD is also nicely packaged with original advertising art, and comes with extras including background information on the film and its stars, and chapter stops that allow you to jump to specific scenes.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lesser Lubitsch comedy -- still quite nice!! December 26, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
A blithe screwball comedy from director Ernst Lubitsch about an "ideal" modern couple (known to their friends as "the Happy Bakers") whose marriage is on the rocks... Merle Oberon has a six-year itch; her husband (Melvyn Douglas) is a bit of a boob, an all right guy, but a bit obsessed with his work and at times inattentive. When Merle bumps into a free-thinking, artsy malcontent (a young Burgess Meredith, in a choice, juicy role), she falls in his arms and throws her marriage away. The story was originally filmed by Lubitsch in the silent era, but whether it's 1925 or 1941, the plot is still startlingly frank and modern: Douglas takes the affair and divorce in his stride, and even does a bit of fooling around on his own in a bid to get his wife back... The film features brisk, witty dialogue and a zippy start, and though it kind of loses a little steam midway through, it's still pretty fun. Several great character actors are in the cast, including Eve Arden and Sig Rumann... Maybe not the greatest Lubitsch film ever, but it's still a gas. Recommended!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOTE: "Blatant rip-off" review refers to other version! September 6, 2001
Format:DVD-R
I just want to clarify that the customer review of "That Uncertain Feeling" with a subject: Blatant rip-off, seems to be referring to the "Beat the Devil/That Uncertain Feeling" double feature DVD (ASIN: B00003ETNA) since both films are mentioned in the review.
The DVD that I reviewed is NOT this double-feature version, but the single-title release of "That Uncertain Feeling" by the Roan Group (ASIN: B00003RQNX).
I am confident that the Roan Group's release of the film is indeed from a restored 35mm print -- the quality is just too good not to be!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Routine, adventure and humor May 4, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This love story is original by the level of humor it contains. A wife can get bored in her married life by the lack of unforeseen events, by the routine of her husband's money-earning lifestyle. She might get attracted by some marginal artist or personality that seems to shine and glow with an unforeseeable life. But this attraction is only superficial and it gets boring in its turn by the total unpredictability of the new man and the film implies woman wants some stability and regularity. So the love affair comes to an end because of this conflict of psychological interests in the woman. Well done and very funny in many ways, though rather anti-artistic and anti-modern art.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy Lubitsch masterpiece. September 25, 2001
Format:DVD-R
This deadpan, low-key, even claustrophobic Lubitsch is one of the master's subtlest films, and his wisest parable on the precariousness of marriage, the ease with which it can descend into unthinking routine and boredom; the continual games, tricks, strategies, even violence needed to galvanise it into something approaching life.
Merle Oberon is the seemingly enviable wife of a charming-but-dull insurance executive, whose inner dissatisfaction emerges in hiccups and insomnia. she is beguiled by a boorish, would-be idiosyncratic mediocre pianist, Burgess Meredith, with a penchant for dismissing everything as 'Phooey!' He introduces her to the world of art, especially modern painting; and, rapt with novelty, and a man who seems to take an interest in her as a person, rather than a trophy, she falls for him. To win her back, husband Melvyn Douglas must apply his salesman genius to his marriage.
'Feeling', like the films of his late years, is relatively muted Lubitsch - there are few of the visual conceits or accumulated comic hysterics we have come to expect from his 'touch'. The one major comic set-piece, a dinner given for Hungarian clients led by a man called Kafka (!), leads into strange, fragmented territory, and a beautiful, suspended eroticism.
Lubitsch is eminently fair-minded (or cynical!): both partners are liable to take the other for granted, and must learn to forgoe selfish power games in favour of a more satisfying equality - Meredith is a negative, very funny spanner in this process.
for a film that makes middlebrow fun of the excesses of modern art, 'That Uncertain Feeling' is a model example of modernism, Lubitsch's precise geometry of style, his use of frames (photos, paintings etc.) within tight compositions leading to the cool irony that complements the underlying, rarely stated emotion. Merle Oberon, as mysteriously expressive as one of Franju's doll-masks, is radiant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The movie could have been better written.
Not what I expected, could have been better written.
Published 1 day ago by california girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok but plot surprised me in the negative
Published 23 days ago by Becky L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good moviefilm
An excellent and underrated film. Hard to believe Oberon made _Wuthering Heights_ the same year. I recommend it to one and all.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. M. L. Stapleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Daffy!
That movie was positively daffy. Couldn't help but laugh. Never saw Burgess Merrideth as a young man before. But, saw the penguin in him even back then. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Evelyn M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous story but charming
This was a very preposterous story, but charmingly told, with good acting and that's all that I can say, goodnight
Published 3 months ago by Kitty
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too funny
I give this movie three stars, strictly based on the fact that I think the actors are exceptional. That said, this movie has a weak story- line, and could only have been pulled... Read more
Published 4 months ago by N Spivey
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie, if dated
Hard to believe anybody could be indifferent to Melvyn Douglas, but I enjoyed the movie. It has old time charm.
Published 5 months ago by Northside Nurse
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and insightful three-person comedy re...
Hilarious and insightful three-person comedy re marriage/boredom/adultery/divorce/reconciliation - played to the hilt by the three stars - an independently produced film that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John A. Green
3.0 out of 5 stars Tries too hard to be good, but fails!
Tried too hard to be a good screwball comedy like, Theodora Goes Wild or The Awful Truth. Doesn't hit the mark at all! Read more
Published 6 months ago by becca
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie to show attitudes of that era
I enjoyed watching this film because of the subtle comments that show the general attitudes of that era. It was also very interesting to see the styles which were common then.
Published 7 months ago by negreenbee
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