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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bridget Kelly
Mrs. Ryan
Leonard Wilson
Stephanie North
Mrs. Edith Van Renasslear
Mr. O'Hara
Zina Monte
Gerry Monte aka Sabourin
Mrs. Sabourin - Clementi's mother
Herbert Bauman - Clementi's lawyer
Justice Watson ...
Henry - Clementi's butler
The Actor as 'Tom' in Stage Play
Curtis Cooksey ...
Oswald Van Renassalear
Gabriel Curtiz ...
Max Freundlich


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 See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

31 October 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diary of a Scoundrel  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


George Sanders (Clementi Sabourin) was the ex-husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor (Mrs. Ryan). They were married from 1949 to 1954. He was later married to her elder sister Magda Gabor from 1970 to 1971. See more »


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 »


Clementi Sabourin: Our plan is to buy companies that are in financial trouble and then build them up.
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Referenced in Worth Winning (1989) See more »

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Man Manipulates Money and Women
4 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the Mid 1950's Hollywood Studios were Still doing what they Always did, putting Together People with Talent and "Directing" Them to do Their Thing. OK, Actors Act, Writers Write, Composers Compose, Photographers Photograph. They would Tie Up the Package and Release. It was Called Formula, it was Safe.

But it Stifled Creativity and was Hardly High Art. It was Product and the Conservative Fifties was Fine with that. But Not Everybody. That Movie Making Style was Beginning to Show Signs of Wearing out its Welcome as the Culture Gradually Changed and Drastically, these Things Looked Like Boring and Insipid Anachronisms in Retrospect.

But it could be an Entertainment, in a Shallow Sense, and this one is a Good Example of a Studio Film that was a "Professional Product" with a Leading Man (George Sanders), some Fine Looking Leading Ladies (Decarlo, Gabor, and Gray), some Competent Cinematography (Howe), Mainstream Musical Score (Steiner) and let's Call it a Wrap.

"Pulled from the Headlines" they used to say and this Story of a Financial Fraud Meister and a Master Womanizer was from a Real-Life Financier who may have Cheated on One Person too many. Overall it is Worth a Watch for its Better Parts but the Conclusion is a Hollywood Contrivance of Soulful Redemption that was Safe and Saccharine to Say the Least.

Note...The aforementioned Hollywood Studio System was about a Decade away from becoming obsolete and it was this type of Product that was instrumental in the need for an evolutionary change.

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