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Notorious Gentleman (1945)
"The Rake's Progress" (original title)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  1 November 1946 (USA)
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Vivian Kenway, a young Englishman from an aristocratic background, flunks out of Oxford, and decides to use his considerable charm to achieve his goal of, apparently, making dissipation his... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Godfrey Tearle ...
Colonel Robert Kenway
Griffith Jones ...
Sandy Duncan
Margaret Johnston ...
Jennifer Calthorp
Guy Middleton ...
Jean Kent ...
Jill Duncan
Marie Lohr ...
Lady Angela Parks
Garry Marsh ...
Sir Hubert Parks
David Horne ...
Sir John Brockley
Alan Wheatley ...
Brefni O'Rorke ...
John Salew ...
Charles Victor ...
Old Sweat
Jan Van Loewen ...


Vivian Kenway, a young Englishman from an aristocratic background, flunks out of Oxford, and decides to use his considerable charm to achieve his goal of, apparently, making dissipation his career. His derelictions include seduction, betrayals of sweethearts, family and friends, and Marriage for money. All this with no signs of remorse or redemption, since his life as a completely unprincipled rake is quite enjoyable...for him, at least. Then, World War II breaks out and he is given a chance to die a heroic death for flag and country. Maybe. Written by Les Adams <>

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"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 30, 1946 with Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer reprising their film roles presented under the alternate title "Notorious Gentleman". See more »


Although the bulk of the film takes place in the years 1931-1938, all of the women's hairstyles and clothes are strictly in the 1945 mode, which is all wrong, particularly for the 1931 period. See more »


Vivian Kenway: [opens the door] Oh, I was expecting a friend.
Jennifer Calthrop: You see your mistake...?
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I saw this film in America when it was called "Notorious Gentleman"
25 January 2013 | by (Palm Springs) – See all my reviews

It is never an easy thing to watch a cad and bounder on film for 2 hours and come away feeling satisfied. But his film manages to do that because of it's wit and wonderful cast. Harrison is superb and Lili Palmer is at her very best. I had not seen this for 65 years and yet I remember it as though it was last week. One very odd goof in the film takes place in a car with Rex being driven by the character Jenny. He opens the door to get out before the car stops. He exits while the scenery goes whizzing by. One might expect to see him in a heap on the sidewalk. All in all, a lovely film with nice light touches and some very serious drama. GOOD SHOW

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