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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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How To Win Without Actually Cheating ! 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
 
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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:
A first screenplay was written by Peter Ustinov, who was also the first choice for Dennis Price's role as Dunstan Dorcester.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Palfrey beats Delauney at tennis, the shadows are wrong. At several points the shadows are behind both players.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Potter:Just remember, if you're not one up on the other fellow, then he's one up on you.See more »
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
How To Win Without Actually Cheating !, 20 April 2008
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Humilliated in sport,losing his girl to a cad, and always taken advantage of-Henry Palfrey decides enough is enough and enrols himself at the College Of Lifemanship to learn self improvement strategies.

School For Scoundrels is inspired by a trio of parody self-help books written by Stephen Potter called Gamesmanship, Lifemanship & Oneupmanship, with the subsequent result being a deftly charming satire backed up with very knowing comedy. Taking the lead role of Henry Palfrey is Ian Carmichael, tho a star of many funny and successful British comedies, Carmichael is not someone I would normally term as a confident leading man, but here he does well and I think that is probably down to having the ebullient Terry-Thomas to feed off. Terry-Thomas is here in full caddish rapscallion mode as Henry's love rival Raymond Delauney, a devilishly funny character who firmly has us begging Henry to get the better of him come the end. Some delightful laughs to be had here, from the duos tennis matches, to Henry's turning of the tables on an unscrupulous car salesmen. School For Scoundrels is never ever less than a funny movie.

However the film is far from perfect, Alistair Sim isn't given that much to do as Henry's mentor, Professor Stephen Potter, and this ultimately feels like a wasted opportunity. The direction is also pretty patchy, which when I delved further is sadly understandable. Robert Hamer was the perfect choice to direct because nestling on his CV is the majestic Kind Hearts And Coronets. But Hamer was fired shortly after filming began after lapsing back into alcoholism {he would die three years later}, so the film was completed by Hal Chester and Cyril Frankel.

Frayed edges aside tho, School For Soudrels still holds up well today, and when one witnesses the poor standard of the 2006 remake, this 1960 offering is something of a comedic gem to be cherished forever and always.

Hard cheese old boy 8/10

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