A French count schemes to kill his wife and implicate a mild-mannered English schoolteacher whom he resembles

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John Barratt / Jacques De Gue
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Countess
Nicole Maurey ...
Bela
Irene Worth ...
Francoise
Pamela Brown ...
Blanche
Annabel Bartlett ...
Marie-Noel
Geoffrey Keen ...
Gaston
Noel Howlett ...
Dr. Aloin
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Aristide
Leslie French ...
Lacoste
Alan Webb ...
Inspector
Maria Britneva ...
Maid
Eddie Byrne ...
Barman
Alexander Archdale ...
Gamekeeper
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On a vacation in France from his nondescript job and life, John Barratt encounters a titled but impoverished French nobleman who looks exactly like him. The nobleman gets John drunk, and switches places with him to take a breather from his failing business and too-complicated life. John tries to convince everyone he is not who they think he is, but he begins to get more and more involved with the count's family, including an unhappy wife, domineering mother, lonely but talented young daughter, bitter spinster sister and the expected mistress. As John gets to know them he feels he can help them with their problems, but is also becoming used to his borrowed life, which has given him a purpose for the first time. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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He took another man's name... lived another man's life... loved another man's woman! See more »


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6 August 1959 (USA)  »

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Der Sündenbock  »

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A rejected score consisting of classical selections plus original music by Douglas Gamley was recorded in England. See more »

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The position of the bottle of wine on the table and the amount of wine in the glass changes between shots when John Barratt and Jacques De Gue are talking after they first meet. See more »

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[first lines]
Customs Official: You have the intention of staying long in France, Mr. Barratt?
John Barratt: I don't know. That is to say that I didn't know there was any restriction apart from the question of money.
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Interesting British Drama From MGM
2 July 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

"The Scapegoat" starts out with a clever premise and the promise of intrigue, but soon settles down as a character study marked by good, solid acting. Alec Guinness is the star with a dual role, first as a drab professor with an empty life, and then as the scion of a wealthy family who parties, womanizes and neglects his family. They meet and decide to switch places. The professor now has a life, but the rich guy vanishes.

Now follows an absorbing story, based on a novel by Daphne DuMaurier, as the professor enjoys his new surroundings and tries to inject some heart and purpose into his new life, which arouses some suspicions. This may have been a novella fleshed out to a feature-length movie, and I say this because the picture does go on, and the pace is somewhat sluggish - that is, until the surprise ending.

Guinness, Irene Worth and Nicole Maurey put this British/MGM film over with superb acting, with an enlarged cameo by Bette Davis. "The Scapegoat" is something of a departure for Alec Guinness as he gets to show off his considerable acting chops, and there are no comic interludes to be found. The viewer is kept in the dark regarding a solution until the very end, and the end is worth the preceding 90 minutes.


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