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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
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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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)  »

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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

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 »

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The neon sign outside the restaurant is wrongly spelled "Camelia Room". The menu shows the correct spelling, Camellia. See more »

Quotes

Mr. S. Potter: It doesn't matter. The flow has been interrupted.
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Edited into Heroes of Comedy: Terry-Thomas (1995) See more »

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An all time favorite
31 October 2002 | by (washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

I read all the Stephen Potter books and this movie captures their charm and wit perfectly. I especially love how Ian Carmichael, as the fledgling gamesman, gets sweet revenge on the car salesman who dealt him an antique lemon. And just to look at Terry Thomas' twitching moustache and gapped tooth semi-sneer sent me into convulsions. A perfect 10!


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