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School for Scoundrels (1960)

 -  Comedy  -  24 March 1960 (UK)
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Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney. Then he discovers the Lifeman college ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Carmichael ...
Henry Palfrey
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Janette Scott ...
April Smith
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Dunstan
Peter Jones ...
Dudley
Edward Chapman ...
Gloatbridge
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Head Waiter
Irene Handl ...
Mrs. Stringer
Kynaston Reeves ...
General
Hattie Jacques ...
1st Instructress
Hugh Paddick ...
Instructor
Barbara Roscoe ...
2nd Instructress
Gerald Campion ...
Proudfoot
Monte Landis ...
Fleetsnod (as Monty Landis)
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Storyline

Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney. Then he discovers the Lifeman college run by "Professor" Potter and discovers the secrets of success. But has he the courage to put all his lessons into effect ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Release Date:

24 March 1960 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A first screenplay was written by Peter Ustinov, who was also the first choice for Dennis Price's role as Dunstan Dorcester. See more »

Goofs

When Henry is trying to get a table at the restaurant, the position of the head waiter changes between shots when Henry tries to look at the reservations book. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Potter: Just remember, if you're not one up on the other fellow, then he's one up on you.
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A beautifully funny, nostalgic and fabulously-acted comedy of English moeurs.
23 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

I cannot remember how many times I have watched this film now - it takes me back to a time of charming English etiquette which, being too young, I never witnessed. The range of social situations through which we are taken in the apprenticeship of 'Lifemanship' are hilarious, and in a gentle and exquisitely-understated way. Ian Carmichael is, of course excellent, but my all-time hero, Terry-Thomas, is on the toppest of forms delivering the "Look's like a Polish stomach pump" and "Oh I say, smashing cricket stroke" lines with his unshakeable aplomb. A nostalgic treasure of a film.


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