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Writers:
Ben Hecht (story)
Charles MacArthur (story)
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Release Date:
30 April 1935 (USA) See more »
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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)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Noel Coward ... 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

Lionel Stander ... Rothenstien
Frank Conlan ... Massey
O.Z. Whitehead ... Calhoun
Raymond Bramley ... Felix Abrams

Harry Davenport ... Slezack
Hope Williams ... Margie
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)
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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 
 
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)

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Trivia:
Film debut of Burgess Meredith.See more »
Quotes:
Anthony Mallare:I'm never nice.See more »
Soundtrack:
Piano Concerto No. 2See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Should Have Been A Radio Show, 14 May 2012
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

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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