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The Scoundrel (1935)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Anthony Mallare
Julie Haydon ...
Cora Moore
Stanley Ridges ...
Paul Decker
Martha Sleeper ...
Julia Vivian
Ernest Cossart ...
Jimmy Clay
Alexander Woollcott ...
Vanderveer Veyden
Everley Gregg ...
Mildred Langwiter
Rosita Moreno ...
Carlotta
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Maurice Stern
Richard Bond ...
Howard Gillette
Helen Strickland ...
Mrs. Rolinson
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Rothenstien
Frank Conlan ...
Massey
O.Z. Whitehead ...
Calhoun
Raymond Bramley ...
Felix Abrams
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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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ghost | afterlife | curse | salvation | soul | See more »

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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 | Film-Noir

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30 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein charmanter Schurke  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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George Antheil composed a rejected score and is not credited, but this title still features as one of his film scores in reference books. His score was replaced with stock music and excerpts from Sergei Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto. See more »

Quotes

Anthony Mallare: I'm never nice.
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Piano Concerto No. 2
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Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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1936 Oscar for Best Original Story????
10 February 2007 | by (Concord, California United States) – See all my reviews

It's very hard to believe that this movie won an Oscar at all.

I saw this unbelievable movie at last years San Francisco Film Noir Festival 4 in '06. The print was in decent shape.

In the opening credits an abstract image is shown with the Three Furies looking more like they are falling down rather than flying.

Coward acts like Heston in Ben Hur. Almost like the silent actors did when they had to emote their feelings without voices.The acting was so atrocious that a lot of people in the theatre watching it were laughing (including myself) outright at the badness of it.

But this was made during The Depression so there is the notion that there is hope for us all. That the bad stuff that we're in is only temporary.

However, just because a movie has won an Oscar as well as being classified as Film Noir; does not guarantee that the movie is supposed to be good.

I enjoyed seeing Lionel Stander who would later get blacklisted, show up in one of the best westerns "Once Upon A TIme in The West", then moved onto "Hart to Hart".


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