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Death of a Scoundrel (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 31 October 1956 (USA)
When Clementi Suborin is found murdered, his secretary recounts to the police the story of his rise from Czech refugee to ultra-rich New Yorker. The tale of betrayal, womanising and fraud ... See full summary »

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Bridget Kelly
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Mrs. Ryan
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Leonard Wilson
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Stephanie North
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Mrs. Edith Van Renasslear
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Zina Monte
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Gerry Monte aka Sabourin
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Mrs. Sabourin - Clementi's mother
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Herbert Bauman - Clementi's lawyer
Justice Watson ...
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The Actor as 'Tom' in Stage Play
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Oswald Van Renassalear
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Max Freundlich
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When Clementi Suborin is found murdered, his secretary recounts to the police the story of his rise from Czech refugee to ultra-rich New Yorker. The tale of betrayal, womanising and fraud confirms that almost everyone who knew him wanted him dead. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Men, Women... he used them, ruined them on his fantastic march to self-destruction

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Diary of a Scoundrel  »

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This film and The Falcon's Brother (1942) are the only two films to feature Tom Conway and real life brother George Sanders. They played brothers in both films. See more »

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When Clementi gets a letter from his mother he breaks the seal, then hands the letter to Kelly, then asks her to read it. She then breaks the seal again to open it and then reads the letter. See more »

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Clementi Sabourin: I always say, if you're going to steal at all, steal in a way that will be admired.
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Forgotten but intriguing character piece
30 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A pretty interesting little movie. George Sanders, who plays the scoundrel of the title, is the pivotal piece of the jigsaw and the one who makes it work. Initially it appears Sanders is miscast: he's certainly not the playboy type, and also too old, but as the film progresses you realise that he's absolutely nailing the performance. His anti-hero is never less than engaging, much more so than many clean-cut heroic types.

The film begins with a death before the real story is told in detail. We learn how Sanders' character flees from post-war Europe to hit the big time in America, while his scandalous behaviour leads to death, destruction and destitution along the way. The supporting cast is fleshed out with attractive starlets, including Zsa Zsa Gabor and the ever-appreciated Yvonne De Carlo, and there's lots of drama and one or two well-filmed fights to keep things moving despite the lengthy running time. DEATH OF A SCOUNDREL is no classic but fans of the era will find much to enjoy here.


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