Tuesday, December 21, 2010

25 Days of Holiday Classics: We're No Angels: Day 16

We're No Angels (1955) isn't your typical Christmas movie. It's very funny and it will put a smile on your face. It's about three convicts, Joseph (Humphrey Bogart), Albert (Aldo Ray), and Jules (Peter Ustinov), who have escaped together from Devil's Island to a small coastal town. At first, the three are trying to devise a plan to rip off some people and take off with their money to get on a ship and move to a different place. They end up choosing the Ducotel family, who hires them to fix their roof. The three intend to steal from the family during the nightfall, but they overhear the financial distress that they are suffering from because the business at the store they have been working for hasn't been doing well, so they decide not to go through with the robbery. Instead, the three decide to help them out and even end up making them a Christmas dinner.

During their stay, they learn that Andre Touchard (Basil Rathbone) who owns the store will be paying a visit, along with his nephew Paul. Once the three realize how awful these two men are, they decide to help the family out by devising a plan to dispose of the two men. Their plan is to use Albert's pet snake, Adolf, to take care of the two. Will Adolf bite the two and kill them? You'll just have to watch to find out.

I thought that this movie was incredibly funny. Anything involving Adolf really made me crack up. Bogie is great, as usual. Aldo, Peter, and Basil did an awesome job too. I've never seen a Christmas movie like this one. Everyone should add it to their list of movies to see, even if you don't celebrate Christmas. It's that funny!


Tom said...

Did you see the version with Robert De Niro and Sean Penn?

Kalli said...

I have yet to see that one. Should I add it to my list of movies to see?

Tom said...


Reel Popcorn Junkie said...

The remake of We're No Angels was a disaster. Steer clear. This version is funnier, but moves very slowly.

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