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Death of a Scoundrel (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 October 1956 (USA)
The New York police investigates the murder of a Czech immigrant whose rags-to-riches story is told by his secretary to homicide detectives.

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Charles Martin

Writer:

Charles Martin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Sanders ... Clementi Sabourin
Yvonne De Carlo ... Bridget Kelly
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Mrs. Ryan
Victor Jory ... Leonard Wilson
Nancy Gates ... Stephanie North
Coleen Gray ... Mrs. Edith Van Renasslear
John Hoyt ... Mr. O'Hara
Lisa Ferraday ... Zina Monte
Tom Conway ... Gerry Monte aka Sabourin
Celia Lovsky ... Mrs. Sabourin - Clementi's mother
Werner Klemperer ... Herbert Bauman - Clementi's lawyer
Justice Watson Justice Watson ... Henry - Clementi's Butler
John Sutton ... The Actor as 'Tom' in Stage Play
Curtis Cooksey ... Oswald Van Renassalear
Gabriel Curtiz Gabriel Curtiz ... Max Freundlich
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Storyline

When Clementi Suborin is found murdered, his secretary recounts to the police the story of his rise from Czech refugee to ultra-rich New Yorker. The tale of betrayal, womanising and fraud confirms that almost everyone who knew him wanted him dead. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Men, Women... he used them, ruined them on his fantastic march to self-destruction See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Loves and Death of a Scoundrel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane shown bringing Clementi's mother from Europe is a SAS (Scandanavian Airlines System) Douglas DC-6B, registration SE-BDT. Built in 1953 it flew with SAS until 1960, when it was leased by Thai Airways until 1964 when it was scrapped. See more »

Goofs

When Clementi gets a letter from his mother he breaks the seal, then hands the letter to Kelly, then asks her to read it. She then breaks the seal again to open it and then reads the letter. See more »

Quotes

Stephanie North: Someday I'll get a lucky break.
Clementi Sabourin: Now, let me tell you something. Nobody can afford to wait for a lucky break. A person makes his own destiny.
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Referenced in Worth Winning (1989) See more »

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The Late, Great George Sanders!
20 August 2006 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

I seem, no matter what the film, to always be drawn to a George Sanders film. He usually plays the most offensive, morally bankrupt, devious, underhanded roles. If there is someone out to swindle a woman from her possessions through flattery - George Sanders is there. If a young ingénue is promised fame for the price of her physical love - George Sanders is there. If a brother is turned in for stealing rare objects d'art to the police - George Sanders is there. These are just a portion of the terrible things George Sanders does in Death of a Scoundrel, but, amazingly, Sanders remains almost likable throughout because of his innate affability and charm. No one turns a phrase better than Sanders, and it is his easy wit, dry delivery, wry sense of humor, predisposition to sarcasm, and excellent timing that make him stand out in what would otherwise be pretty routine stuff. Death of a Scoundrel opens with Sanders already dead. We then get to, through the character of lovely Yvonne De Carlo, trace the roots of how Sanders first became a scoundrel and how he eventually died. The story, though full of overstated melodrama, is an interesting one with the Sander's character actually given some depth of characterization. The supporting cast is top-notch with Zsa Zsa Gabor giving what I think is one of her all around best performances. She and Sanders appear to have strong chemistry between them(little wonder as they had previously been married/divorced). Nancy Gates does a very credible job as an aspiring actress. John Hoyt is always good and Coleen Gray gives a good turn as well. Tom Conway, the real life half-brother of Sanders, plays Sander's brother in the film. But supporting cast aside, this movie is all Sanders. I really liked Death of a Scoundrel. It is not a great film, but it was much better than I had thought it would be. It goes to show that quality acting, a coherent script, thoughtful direction from Charles Martin, and a sense of style, not just in how the film appears but in the way the film is made, all go a long way in making the mundane pretty good.


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