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The Scapegoat (1959)

Unrated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 6 August 1959 (USA)
An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count; and unwillingly swaps identities with him.

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John Barratt / Jacques De Gue
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Countess
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Bela
Irene Worth ...
Francoise
Pamela Brown ...
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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Customs Official
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Sündenbock  »

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$943,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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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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cast listing 'custom's official' - should be customs official See more »

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Remade as The Scapegoat (2012) See more »

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Not one of Sir Alec's best.
9 August 2005 | by (Waukegan, IL.) – See all my reviews

Alec Guinness once again plays a dual role. In this one, his two personas are that of a wicked French count and a benign Englishman. Despite some interesting supporting cast, including a very Baby Janeish Bette Davis, the story seems somehow only half told, and the two Guinness characters remain frustratingly underdeveloped. We sense a conflict between good and evil, but we are never made to understand why this is nor how it came about. The ending is frustrating in the extreme.

I decided to write this primarily to point out the appearance of Donald Pleasence as a desk clerk. Up till now, he remains uncredited.

All of this said, I would still recommend watching this oddity the next time it happens to come around. It is Alec Guinness, afterall.


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