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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
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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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WOMEN...He finds them...loves them...leaves them...on his million dollar march to self destruction! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Diary of a Scoundrel  »

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Loosely based on the mysterious death of Serge Rubinstein, a Russian-born financial wizard and stock manipulator who was found murdered in his New York apartment in 1955. The murder remains unsolved. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Clementi visits his brother at his shop. At the door Clementi says, "Aren't you going to let me in?". The brother turns and leads the way. In the next shot, it shows the brother backing up to let Clementi in. 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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Referenced in Worth Winning (1989) See more »

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George Sanders as a bad boy you love to hate (and hate to love)
25 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught this on Turner Classic Movies this morning and found it completely mesmerizing. I'm not quite sure what the other reviewer meant when he/she wrote that real people in the 50's didn't talk this way. Real people don't talk like the folks in Gilmore Girls, but I love that show. Complex, witty dialogue attracts me and this movie has it in spades. George Sander's character is an unapologetic liar, seducer, perpetrator of financial fraud, yet he remains charming and watchable at all times. I compare this to his scoundrel role in All About Eve; that character gave me the creeps when he revealed the corruption under the charm and cynicism. In Death of a Scoundrel, the character instead inspires a whole range of emotions including, finally, pity.

I laughed out loud throughout this movie, as Sanders' rogue juggles multiple women. In one scene, his servant announces a rich woman (Zsa Zsa Gabor) has come to his house unexpectedly. He quickly ushers out the woman with whom he's been having tea and romancing. Zsa Zsa comes in and while exchanging pleasantries with him picks up one of the teacups, examines it for lipstick, and says "Beautiful cup" as she sets it down.

In another scene, he is romancing a married woman and invites her to lunch the next day. She comments that he is very bold, seeing as how she is married. He replies that he finds her too fascinating not to pursue. She says, "But I am attached!", and he replies, "I don't want to attach you, I only want to borrow you for a while." Very funny, melodramatic, and eminently watchable film.


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