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Release Date:
31 October 1956 (USA) See more »
WOMEN...He finds them...loves them...leaves them...on his million dollar march to self destruction! See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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George Sanders as a bad boy you love to hate (and hate to love) See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order)

George Sanders ... Clementi Sabourin

Yvonne De Carlo ... Bridget Kelly

Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Mrs. Ryan

Victor Jory ... Leonard Wilson

Nancy Gates ... Stephanie North

Coleen Gray ... Mrs. Edith Van Renasslear

John Hoyt ... Mr. O'Hara

Lisa Ferraday ... Zina Monte

Tom Conway ... Gerry Monte aka Sabourin

Celia Lovsky ... Mrs. Sabourin - Clementi's mother

Werner Klemperer ... 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

Morris Ankrum ... Captain LaFarge - Homicide Squad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benjie Bancroft ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Baynes Barron ... Detective (uncredited)
Richard Bartell ... Coroner (uncredited)
Raikin Ben-Ari ... French Police Prefect (uncredited)

Marjorie Bennett ... Angry Woman (uncredited)

George Brent ... O'Connell - Party Guest (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Stock Market Watcher (uncredited)

Steve Carruthers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Restaurant Waiter (uncredited)

Stanley Clements ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
James Craven ... Detective (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Reporter (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Party Guest (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Stock Market Watcher in Montage (uncredited)
Gil Frye ... Freundlich's Assistant (uncredited)
Kay Garrett ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... Party Guest (uncredited)

James Gonzalez ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Dick Gordon ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Stock Market Watcher in Montage (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Reporter (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Backstage Well-Wisher (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Stock Purchaser (uncredited)
Jewell Lain ... Nurse (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Carl M. Leviness ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Herbert Lytton ... Doctor Treating Clement (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Mike - Elevator Operator (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Man at Dock (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... Chuck Kelly (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Backstage Well-Wisher (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Monty O'Grady ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Stock Market Watcher in Montage (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Mr. Claypool (uncredited)

Leoda Richards ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Edith Russell ... Passenger at Dock (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Jeffrey Sayre ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Stock Market Watcher (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Charles Sherlock ... Limousine Driver (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Passenger Departing Plane (uncredited)

Jack Stoney ... Onlooker at Kelly's Death (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Passenger at Dock (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Willie - Bartender (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Stock Market Watcher (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Martin 
Writing credits
Charles Martin (written by)

Produced by
J. Herbert Klein .... associate producer
Charles Martin .... producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
Art Direction by
Rudi Feld 
Set Decoration by
Ross Dowd 
Costume Design by
Waldo (gowns)
Makeup Department
Olga Collings .... hair stylist
Carlie Taylor .... makeup artist (as Karlie Taylor)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Fox .... assistant director
Sound Department
John K. Kean .... sound (as John Kean)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Arrico .... wardrobe man
Rosamonde Prior .... wardrobe woman
Editorial Department
Conrad A. Nervig .... supervising editor (as Conrad Nervig)
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
Other crew
Irwin Berger .... technical advisor
Pat Miller .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Loves and Death of a Scoundrel" - , USA (pre-release title)
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119 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1957) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17961)

Did You Know?

Opening credits: Any similarity to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Clementi Sabourin:I always say, if you're going to steal at all, steal in a way that will be admired.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Worth Winning (1989)See more »


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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
George Sanders as a bad boy you love to hate (and hate to love), 25 April 2006
Author: Rae Stabosz ( from United States

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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