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Writers:
Ben Hecht (story)
Charles MacArthur (story)
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Release Date:
30 April 1935 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"Before I tell a woman I love her, I rattle six times, like a snake." (original poster)
Plot:
A ruthless, cynical, hated publisher is killed in a plane crash, and his ghost must wander restlessly unless someone sheds a tear for him. | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
James MacArthur obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 31 October 2010, 12:14 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
The script got the Academy Award See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Noël Coward ... 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

Eduardo Ciannelli ... Maurice Stern (as Edward Cinnelli)
Richard Bond ... Howard Gillette
Helen Strickland ... Mrs. Rolinson

Lionel Stander ... Rothenstien
Frank Conlan ... Massey

O.Z. Whitehead ... Calhoun
Raymond Bramley ... Felix Abrams

Harry Davenport ... Slezack
Hope Williams ... Maggie
William Ricciardi ... Luigi
Uhei Hasegawa ... Yoshiwara
Carl Schmidt ... Zither Player
Isabelle Foster ... Scrub Woman
Madame Shushkina ... Fortune Teller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ben Hecht ... Flop House Bum (uncredited)
Charles MacArthur ... Flop House Bum (uncredited)

Burgess Meredith ... Flop House Bum (uncredited)
Florence Robinson ... Scrub Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Ben Hecht 
Charles MacArthur 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ben Hecht  story
Charles MacArthur  story

Produced by
Ben Hecht .... producer
Charles MacArthur .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes 
 
Film Editing by
Arthur Ellis 
 
Art Direction by
Walter E. Keller 
 
Set Decoration by
Albert Johnson 
 
Production Management
Arthur Rosson .... general manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Garmes .... associate director
Harold Godsoe .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Joseph I. Kane .... recorded by
 
Music Department
Frank Tours .... musical director
 

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Runtime:
76 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Cora Moore:[upon reading about Mallare's plane crash] I've just learned that there IS a God!See more »
Soundtrack:
Piano Concerto No. 2See more »

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The script got the Academy Award, 15 July 2014
Author: emlombard30 from Israel

I've seen this film listed somewhere as "Boxoffice poison" It's one of my favorite films and always has been. Ben Hecht was famed as the "script doctor" who was called in when a script needed fixing. MacArthur was actress Helen Hayes' husband. These folks belonged to the Algonquin Club. The film "The Man Who Came to Dinner" featured Monte Wooley who played Alec Woolcott of that club. I was 10 when "The Scoundrel " came out in a local third run theater and saw it six times that week. Forty years later, the UCLA film archives let me see "The Scoundrel" once more. I still appreciate it. My favorite actors: Anton Walbrook and Conrad Veidt and favorite film is "The Red Shoes". Everything gets dated particularly in the arts and at moments, "The Scoundrel" does too. I wonder if the theme has something to do with Coward's possible sexual "perversion" guilt at that time.

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