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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
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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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The used car salesmen Dunstan and Dudley (Dennis Price and Peter Jones) were based on characters from the BBC radio comedy series "In All Directions" broadcast during the 1950s. The radio characters were known as Morry and Dud and were played by Peter Ustinov and Peter Jones who also wrote the scripts together with scriptwriters Frank Muir and Denis Norden. Their catch phrase "run for it!" was reprised in the film. 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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Terry-Thomas at his caddish best!
17 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this film about ten years ago and in that time I must have seen it two hundred times.It stands for everything great in British comedy.It tells the story of a young man who always seems to come a cropper in the lifeman stakes.He joins classes for one-upmanship and turns into an arrogant idiot.

Alastair Sim is at his lugrubious best.Terry-Thomas plays the bounder to a tee with some wonderful lines.If I have one gripe it's the casting of Ian Carmichael in the lead role.Leslie Philips would have been much better But that's a personal choice.

Now I'm off to watch it again for the two hundred and first time!


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