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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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Mr. O'Hara
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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 ...
Henry - Clementi's butler
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The Actor as 'Tom' in Stage Play
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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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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 »

Goofs

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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Mrs. Ryan: I never buy cheap stocks.
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Referenced in Worth Winning (1989) See more »

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a very well made little movie
9 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

George Sanders was a fine actor that just isn't that well-known to Americans today. In this movie, he is completely in his element playing a charming but morally bankrupt jerk. He uses EVERYONE around him and is the complete sociopath until eventually he gets his due. His character was created as a WARNING against being conned by the likes of him and he is NOT glorified in any way, nor does he ultimately get away with this behavior. I loved the picture and it sure gave me a lot more than I was expecting.

By the way, if you would like to see a couple more of Sanders' best movies, try "All About Eve" or "Village of the Damned". Also, for a similar film to "Death of a Scoundrel", try "The Great Man" or "A Face the Crowd".

Finally, it was interesting to see Sanders in the same movie as his wife, Zsa Zsa Gobor (though whether or not they were married to each other at the time, I don't know) as well as his brother, Tom Conway.


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