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School for Scoundrels (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | 24 March 1960 (UK)
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 overview, first billed only:
Henry Palfrey
April Smith
Peter Jones ...
Edward Chapman ...
Head Waiter
Mrs. Stringer
Kynaston Reeves ...
Hattie Jacques ...
1st Instructress
Hugh Paddick ...
2nd Instructress
Gerald Campion ...
Monte Landis ...
Fleetsnod (as Monty Landis)


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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The opening scene at the railway station was shot at Hertford East station. See more »


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 »


[last line. Mr S. Potter to the camera]
Mr. S. Potter: I do apologize ladies and gentlemen, events do seem to have taken a most unfortunate turn. This sort of calamity we cannot always guard against, even amongst our best students. You see once, once sincerity rears its ugly head, well lifemanship is powerless...
[an orchestra starts to play]
Mr. S. Potter: stop that music... orchestra!... orchestra... stop that infernal din. Please, no, I... look at me, I must get back to Yeovil.
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Perfect Sunday Afternoon Film
26 September 2000 | by (Kent, England) – See all my reviews

This film is perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon, when you can set back and enjoy a sunny English summer, complete with cads, bounders and unsportsmen like behaviour. Lovely. This is the perfect Terry-Thomas movie, doing exactly what he does best, being suave and impressing the ladies with his nifty sportscar and well waxed moustouche. Tip Top.

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