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School for Scoundrels (1960)

Approved  |   |  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
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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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Learn to gain weight by LOSING scruples!

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24 March 1960 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Much of it was shot by Cyril Frankel, as original director Robert Hamer, who was an alcoholic, kept showing up for work drunk. See more »

Goofs

After the restaurant meal TT offers to take April home in his two-seater. Later though both men travel in the car to the second tennis match and apparently intend to collect April on the way. 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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Remade as School for Scoundrels (2006) See more »

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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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