The basic plot concerns three Devil's Island convicts in 1895 — Joseph (Bogart), Albert (Ray), and Jules (Ustinov), who escape from prison at Christmastime. They hide from the authorities at a local general store, run by the Ducotels family, Felix (Leo G. Carroll), Amelie (Joan Bennett), and Isabelle (Gloria Talbott), their teenage daughter. The trio manage to ingratiate themselves with the family by performing odd jobs, but soon get caught up in the family's personal dramas, which include an evil cousin (Basil Rathbone) and his equally evil nephew Paul (John Baer) who plan to take over the failing store and eject the Ducotels. With the help of the three "angels" and their pet snake Adolphe the Ducotels end up having a very merry Christmas.
|Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and Aldo Ray fix the roof well as fix a family's problems|
There's something about We're No Angels that reminds me a bit of Arsenic and Old Lace, except at a much more laid-back pace. The humor strays far from logic at times, but it rolls on inevitably to a satisfying conclusion. Not to be confused with the sorry attempt at a remake starring Robert DeNiro and Sean Penn, We're No Angels is a great chance to see Bogie try his hand at comedy as well as dispense some Christmas cheer.
Happy Christmas Eve!