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Notorious Gentleman (1945)

The Rake's Progress (original title)
Passed | | Drama, Romance | 1 November 1946 (USA)
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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Godfrey Tearle ...
Colonel Robert Kenway
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Sandy Duncan
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Jennifer Calthorp
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Fogroy
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Jill Duncan
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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 ...
Soldier
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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 private life of a magnificent heel...who brought out the woman in women!

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Drama | Romance

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1 November 1946 (USA)  »

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Notorious Gentleman  »

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Trivia

"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

Fogroy: Good old Viv. He died as he lived - drinking champagne he never paid for.
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Pack Up Your Troubles
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Written by George Asaf and Felix Powell
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Great Movie.
7 December 2016 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Notorious (1945) by Sidney Gilliat is a great black and white romance, Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer's performance as the stars of this film really blew me away. The camera work was excellent along with the lighting techniques used.

Personally I dislike black and white films, however this film had a very modern approach to it and that was able to keep me interested throughout the length of the film. (I would still prefer to see this movie in color!)

Overall, this is a great film and I would recommend it to anyone who likes black and white romances.


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