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School for Scoundrels
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Director:
Writers:
Stephen Potter (novels)
Patricia Moyes (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 March 1960 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
Learn to gain weight by LOSING scruples!
Plot:
Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney... See more » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
In praise of Robert Hamer
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 19 October 2012, 4:00 PM, PDT)

The guileless charm of Ian Carmichael | Peter Bradshaw
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 8 February 2010, 4:05 AM, PST)

Blue plaque unveiled at Sim's home
 (From Digital Spy - Movie News. 24 July 2008, 1:16 AM, PDT)

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The English Sense of Humour See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Ian Carmichael ... Henry Palfrey

Terry-Thomas ... Raymond Delauney

Alastair Sim ... Mr. S. Potter
Janette Scott ... April Smith

Dennis Price ... Dunstan
Peter Jones ... Dudley
Edward Chapman ... Gloatbridge

John Le Mesurier ... Head Waiter
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Stringer
Kynaston Reeves ... General
Hattie Jacques ... 1st Instructress
Hugh Paddick ... Instructor

Barbara Roscoe ... 2nd Instructress
Gerald Campion ... Proudfoot
Monte Landis ... Fleetsnod (as Monty Landis)
Jeremy Lloyd ... Dingle
Charles Lamb ... Carpenter
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Maid

Directed by
Robert Hamer 
Hal E. Chester (uncredited)
Cyril Frankel (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Stephen Potter (novels "Gamesmanship Oneupmanship Lifemanship")

Patricia Moyes (screenplay) &
Hal E. Chester (screenplay)

Produced by
Hal E. Chester .... executive producer
Douglas Rankin .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Addison 
 
Cinematography by
Erwin Hillier (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Best 
 
Casting by
Robert Lennard 
 
Art Direction by
Terence Verity 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Aylott .... makeup artist
Polly Young .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
L.C. Rudkin .... production manager (as L. C. Rudkin)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Basil Rayburn .... assistant director (as Basil Rabin)
 
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Arthur Bradburn .... sound recordist
Charles Crafford .... dubbing editor
A.W. Lumkin .... recording director (as A. W. Lumkin)
Len Shilton .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
George Blackwell .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Herbert Smith .... camera operator
Mike Roberts .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Muriel Dickson .... wardrobe mistress
Ernie Farrer .... wardrobe master
 
Music Department
John Addison .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... driver: generator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frederick Gotfurt .... scenario editor
Helen Whitson .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating" - USA (long title)
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Runtime:
USA:94 min | UK:94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1960) | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1989) | USA:Approved (certificate #19566)

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Trivia:
First film acting of Jeremy Lloyd.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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. S. Potter:It doesn't matter. The flow has been interrupted.See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The English Sense of Humour, 26 April 2003
Author: adam jezard from Ascot, England

Stephen Potter's biography tells that, before this happy film version was made, Cary Grant was keen, with American producer Carl Foreman, to make a film about Potter's brilliant (now sadly out-of-print)Oneupmanship books. The problem that confronted Grand and Foreman was that they couldn't find anyway to make the humour "American". In the end they dropped it and this rather Ealing-esque film was made instead. This film is just great fun and a reminder of what British cinema at its best can offer. Thank goodness Grant and Foreman didn't give it the "American" treatment. Thank heavens also for a sterling case, in which Terry-Thomas particularly stands out. Tennis, anyone?

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