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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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Rikki Krausner
Godfrey Tearle ...
Colonel Robert Kenway
Griffith Jones ...
Sandy Duncan
Margaret Johnston ...
Jennifer Calthorp
Guy Middleton ...
Fogroy
Jean Kent ...
Jill Duncan
Marie Lohr ...
Lady Angela Parks
Garry Marsh ...
Sir Hubert Parks
David Horne ...
Sir John Brockley
Alan Wheatley ...
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Brefni O'Rorke ...
Bromhead
John Salew ...
Burgess
Charles Victor ...
Old Sweat
Jan Van Loewen ...
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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 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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Vivian Kenway: [opens the door] Oh, I was expecting a friend.
Jennifer Calthrop: You see your mistake...?
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Today I Feel So Happy
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Music by Paul Abraham
Lyrics by Desmond Carter and Frank Eyton
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an excellent film
22 December 2006 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I cannot praise THE RAKES PROGRESS too highly. It has a witty script, extremely fine performances, a good William Alwyn score (including the famous Calypso he wrote for the film), good-looking sets by Norman Arnold and handsome cinematography by Wilkie Cooper. It told a good story as well.

Yes, Rex Harrison was quite a bounder. At the time of the film's release some critics were disappointed in how the character's life suddenly changed at the film's end - a valid objection which, had the script inserted at least one "transitional" episode, might have made it more believable. However I find this a minor point, having taken great pleasure in such a beautifully made production. It gave Harrison a good opportunity to widen his acting range considerably. Hitherto only light comedy roles were offered him but in RAKE'S PROGRESS we see some serious sly villainy. It was this performance that took him to Hollywood, by the way. A special bouquet to Lilli Palmer for another sensitive, touching performance. She was, without doubt,one of the finest actresses on the screen.

Highly recommended.


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