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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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Henry Palfrey
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April Smith
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Dunstan
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Dudley
Edward Chapman ...
Gloatbridge
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Head Waiter
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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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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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School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First film acting of Jeremy Lloyd. See more »

Goofs

In the woo-manship class, which, according to the notice board is run by a Miss Grimmet, Palfrey refers to her as Mrs. Grimmet. See more »

Quotes

[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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Remade as School for Scoundrels (2006) See more »

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4 July 2003 | by (notts, england) – See all my reviews

This is the ultimate Terry Thomas film. He gets to act out being the most wonderful cad, stealing girls off poor saps arms, driving open top sports cars are a furious pace, and generally getting the chance to utter 'hard cheese old boy'. Carmicheal is excellent, bewildered to begin with and slowly learning the dark arts of Upmanship. I implore all to see this film, as always the golden rule is - if a film as Alistair Sim in it, its got to be worth a look. Currently avialable on a 2 film DVD release, with another UK B&W comedy classic. Buy and enjoy.


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