Toby Dammit is part of compilation film titled Tre passi nel delirio (Italian), Histoires extraordinaires (French) or Spirits of the Dead (English). The short film took two elements from the publication, Never Bet the Devil Your Head, a story published in 1841 by Edgar Allan Poe. First, “the plot of a drunk who confronts a mysterious stranger on a bridge and bets him his head; the man fails to see that the stranger is the devil who subsequently wins the bet“. Second, Fellini takes the name Toby Dammit, where Toby being an English slang term for ass in Poe’s time; Therefore, Toby Dammit is a “dammed ass” in short.
Source: Porcari, George. “Fellini’s Forgotten Masterpiece: Toby Dammit.” CineAction 71 (Winter 2007): 9-13.
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Alberto Grimaldi, Raymond Eger, PEA (Rome), Les Films Marceau (Paris) and Cocinor (Paris)
Based on short story “Never Bet the Devil Your Head” by Edgar Allan Poe
Federico Fellini and Bernardino Zapponi
Terence Stamp, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Françoise Prévost, James R. Justice, Anny Dupérey, Serge Marquand and Andreas Voutsinas
Private collection of Federico Grandesso