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The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 29 May 1963 (USA)
A former intelligence officer is tasked by the heir to the Gleneyre estate to investigate the unusual deaths of a disparate group of eleven men on a list.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Anthony Veiller (screenplay), Philip MacDonald (based upon a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Organ Grinder (Cameo)
Kirk Douglas ... George Brougham / Vicar Atlee / Mr. Pythian / Arthur Henderson
Burt Lancaster ... Animal Rights Protester (Cameo)
Robert Mitchum ... Slattery
Frank Sinatra ... Gypsy
George C. Scott ... Anthony Gethryn
Dana Wynter ... Lady Jocelyn Bruttenholm
Clive Brook ... Marquis of Gleneyre
Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Karoudjian
Herbert Marshall ... Sir Wilfrid Lucas
Jacques Roux Jacques Roux ... Raoul Le Borg
John Merivale John Merivale ... Adrian Messenger
Marcel Dalio ... Max Karoudjian
Bernard Archard ... Insp. Pike
Tony Huston ... Derek Bruttenholm (as Walter Anthony Huston)
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Storyline

Messenger asks a friend to check into a list of names before leaving on a trip. When his plane is blown out of the sky, the matter becomes more serious. As his friend checks into the list, each seems to have died in mysterious circumstances. As he goes down the list, the deaths become more recent and a race to find the remaining survivors and what put each of them on this list ensues. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Someone committed murder. Can you guess who's behind the disguise? See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 May 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The List of Adrian Messenger See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Joel Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Clive Brook. See more »

Goofs

A hay rake was put next to the rock wall by the killer after dragging the fox in the bag around the hunting area. In a later shot near the end of the fox hunt, the hay rake is pulled away by a tractor for a clearer shot of the field of hunters. After the dog sniffs out the killer, the killer jumps a horse over the wall and gets killed on the hay rake as he falls from the horse. See more »

Quotes

Cameo: I protest this cruel and inhumane activity. Sir
[indistinguishable]
Cameo: . don't you know the animals are your friends? Are you the master?
Marquis of Gleneyre: I am, Madame.
Cameo: Then call off this wretched business. What has the fox ever done to you? Why do you persecute him?
Marquis of Gleneyre: [Imperiously] Madame, the fox and I know more of life than you do. It is man's nature to hunt; it is the fox's to be hunted.
[Dismissively]
Marquis of Gleneyre: Good morning, Madame.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are handwritten, appearing as if cut out of the villain's notebook. Also during the credits, several faces of major and minor characters float by. The makeup worn by Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra and Robert Mitchum always manages to be on screen with each actors credit. See more »


Soundtracks

A Wand'ring Minstrel, I
from the operetta "The Mikado"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Played by the orchestra as Tony Curtis removes his makeup
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A swell party except for the gatecrashers..
4 June 2008 | by derekcreedonSee all my reviews

Shortly after Huston's engaging oddity was released in the U.K in 1963 a Sunday Newspaper article 'exposed' the stars-in-disguise as a hoax. I'd just seen the film the previous week and though I'd half-suspected something of the sort I still felt cheated - mainly through the smug 'last bows' of the 'guests' who hadn't even come to the party. Mitchum was obviously an honourable exception, you couldn't mistake him and he had given us an excellent dialect-cameo. Douglas' villain gradually assumed command of the piece and could be excused, I suppose, for sub-letting a disguise or two. His creepy Mr.Phythian was certainly all his own. Mr.Lancaster, on the other hand, was nowhere to be found on the hunting-field. His role was played by Marie Conmee (the surname is peculiarly appropriate under the circumstances) an Irish actress reportedly sworn to secrecy. Sinatra's gypsy was filled-in, it transpires, by Hollywood look-alike Dave Willock. It was an additional marketing-ploy, of course, to bring in the punters and we fell for it. I enjoy the film certainly as an old-fashioned Holmes vs Moriarty intriguer which could have stood alone without the gimmicks.


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