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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 sign outside a church that Clementi sees at the end of the film is a verse from the Bible - Mark 8:36. See more »

Goofs

In the long shot of the airplane, when Clementi's mother is arriving, the plane's open door can be seen to the left, but in a close-up shot the door is missing. Other features of the plane in the long shot do not match in close-up: the windows and the painted stripe on the plane, for examples. See more »

Quotes

Clementi Sabourin: Everybody knew Peter Ryan, the financial wizard!
Mrs. Ryan: We were married in Europe. He brought me to this country. A short while after, he died.
Clementi Sabourin: Very thoughtful of him.
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Referenced in Worth Winning (1989) See more »

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Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
24 April 2003 | by ken2000See all my reviews

This movie was on TCM the other nite and it was great to watch, even tho I had never heard of it before. For the longest amount of time Sanders & Co. were shot in front of a bunch of static sets supposedly city streets, including one that I guess in France, all pretty cheap, but really got the job done. Sanders did not have to stretch very much to be a bastard and he is responsible for ruining a bunch of people's lives as well as causing a number of deaths . . . but hey, this is why we watch Mr. Addison DeWitt! The movie is rife with coincidence and a good melodrama, and you will find yourself hoping that more suckers will fall for George's con games.


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