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The Scoundrel (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy | 30 April 1935 (USA)
A ruthless, cynical, hated publisher is killed in a plane crash, and his ghost must wander restlessly unless someone sheds a tear for him.

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Cast

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Anthony Mallare (as Noel Coward)
Julie Haydon ...
Cora Moore
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Paul Decker
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Julia Vivian
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Jimmy Clay
Alexander Woollcott ...
Vanderveer Veyden
Everley Gregg ...
Mildred Langwiter (as Everly Gregg)
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Carlotta
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Maurice Stern (as Edward Cinnelli)
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Howard Gillette
Helen Strickland ...
Mrs. Rolinson
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Frank Conlan ...
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Raymond Bramley ...
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A ruthless, cynical, hated publisher is killed in a plane crash, and his ghost must wander restlessly unless someone sheds a tear for him.

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"Before I tell a woman I love her, I rattle six times, like a snake." (original poster)

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Drama | Fantasy

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Burgess Meredith. See more »

Quotes

Anthony Mallare: How I wish that I were as nice as you think I am...
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Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 2
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Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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This is a GREAT FILM
27 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Scoundrel is a fantastic film which takes the viewer on an emotional and linguistic journey that reminds one of the power of the film medium. Everything from costumes to sets and lighting changes for the darker in a brilliant way. The whole film shifts in tone radically and boldly. The character MALLARE, whom Noel Coward plays, expresses the psychology of the dark side of humanity in times of love. He articulates what few rarely say, and this makes the dialog exceptional. The perception of human nature. Hecht wrote the pseudo-decadent Huysmans homage FANTAZIUS MALLARE some years before, hence the character's name, I'd imagine. The movie dialog is rich, baroque and sardonic as well. The poet's works were clearly inspired by maxwell Bodenheim's poetry and persona and are hilarious. A real treat.


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