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Death of a Scoundrel (1956)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  31 October 1956 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Bridget Kelly
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Leonard Wilson
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Stephanie North
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Mrs. Edith Van Renasslear
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Mr. O'Hara
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Tom Conway ...
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Mrs. Sabourin (Clementi's mother)
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Herbert Bauman (Clementi's lawyer)
Justice Watson ...
Henry (Clementi's butler)
John Sutton ...
The Actor as 'Tom' in Stage Play
Curtis Cooksey ...
Oswald Van Renassalear
Gabriel Curtiz ...
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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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: Our plan is to buy companies that are in financial trouble and then build them up.
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Clementi could have been a giant--if he wasn't a born thief.
23 October 2006 | by (Staten Island, New York) – See all my reviews

Except for a few "establishing" shots here and there and a heavy dose of rear projection magic in a taxi, this film is anchored to the studio. But James Wong Howe's camera work and Max Steiner's lush and diverse (some characters have their own themes) film score, the director refuses to allow the proceedings to take on a cramped and cold feel. George Sanders as "Clementi" is a piece of work. He germinates schemes with the speed of a jack hammer, and every enterprise he embarks on is cloaked in dishonesty and unethical business practices. Stay away from him like the German measles. He tosses away women like used paper tissues. He has no problem using Yvonne DeCarlo (the narrator of the film) to seduce his clients. She is his one true friend and she loves him. Clementi is nearsighted on such matters of the heart. No matter. Zsa Zsa Gabor is around the corner. She keeps him on a short leash and scores a few minor victories. But even she can't control the evil genius for long. I think the scene at the theater was screen writing genius. Clementi, attempting another play for a woman, bankrolls a young, gifted actress in a stage play she is perfect for. After the performance, she goes back to his room and they play out that very same scene in real life, blurring reality that much more. Marvelous. I love the final speech and walk down a long flight of stairs by DeCarlo. As a former dancer, she always had a great physical presence and grace. The music is soft but builds to a crescendo. She looks one way and then another. The camera pulls back as she turns and exits the house, a policeman's silhouette in the glass door. I'm a sucker for these types of dramatic endings. Think (and watch) Michael J. Fox at the end of Casualties of War, and you'll see what I mean.


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