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Death of a Scoundrel -- George Sanders stars with beautiful Yvonne de Carlo and Zsa Zsa Gabor in this torrid drama loosely based on the life and mysterious death of Serge Rubenstein.


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Release Date:
31 October 1956 (USA) See more »
Men, Women... he used them, ruined them on his fantastic march to self-destruction
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 (18 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 ... Capt. LaFarge (Homicide Squad)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)
Steve Carruthers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Restaurant Waiter (uncredited)
Stanley Clements ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
James Craven ... Detective (uncredited)
Gil Frye ... Freundlich's Assistant (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Stock Market Watcher in Montage (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Backstage Well-Wisher (uncredited)
Jewell Lain ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Doctor Treating Clement (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Mike - Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... Chuck Kelly (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Backstage Well-Wisher (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Stock Market Watcher in Montage (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Mr. Claypool (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Limousine Driver (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Passenger Departing Plane (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... On-looker at Kelly's Death (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Passenger at Dock (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Willie - Bartender (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Stock Market Watcher (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 .... orchestrations
Other crew
Irwin Berger .... technical advisor
Pat Miller .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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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 (certificate #17961)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Worth Winning (1989)See more »


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16 out of 17 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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