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The Scoundrel (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 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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Anthony Mallare (as Noel Coward)
Julie Haydon ...
Cora Moore
Stanley Ridges ...
Paul Decker
Martha Sleeper ...
Julia Vivian
Ernest Cossart ...
Jimmy Clay
Alexander Woollcott ...
Vanderveer Veyden
Everley Gregg ...
Mildred Langwiter (as Everly Gregg)
Rosita Moreno ...
Carlotta
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Maurice Stern (as Edward Cinnelli)
Richard Bond ...
Howard Gillette
Helen Strickland ...
Mrs. Rolinson
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Rothenstien
Frank Conlan ...
Massey
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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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"Before I tell a woman I love her, I rattle six times, like a snake." (original poster)

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30 April 1935 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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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 »

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Anthony Mallare: She's the only woman I've ever met who seems shallower and more superficial than I am. It'll be a perfect match: two empty paper bags, belaboring each other.
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Piano Concerto No. 2
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Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Should Have Been A Radio Show
14 May 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Unlike children, "The Scoundrel" should be heard and not seen. This very disappointing movie has a terrific script, containing dialogue delivered the way only Noel Coward could deliver it. Those familiar with his witty, supercilious delivery are in for a treat, and the team of Hecht-MacArthur have spread enough to go around to the entire cast.

Having said that, the acting in this picture was so bad as to be almost embarrassing, overwrought to the point of ham. Coward himself seems uncomfortable when not reciting his lines and seems to say them unnaturally, as though from memory and not as an actor would. The rest of the cast follows suit and seems bedazzled by his presence.

I find it astounding that this picture won an Academy Award (Worst Idea For A Motion Picture?) as the film starts out OK but quickly descends into goofy fantasy and ultimately into maudlin burlesque. Several actors are miscast and flounder about, except for Stanley Ridges, who plays the boyfriend of the girlfriend. "The Voice", Lionel Stander, as a poet? Come on. A hit-man, maybe, but not a poet. Ditto Eduardo Ciannelli. The best that can be said, apart from the dialogue, is that it is mercifully short at 76 minutes - but bring a blindfold.


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