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School for Scoundrels -- This lighthearted comedy shows us how Henry Palfrey changes from a young man with a giant inferiority complex into a confident, assured man-of-the-world after a course at the College of Lifemanship on 'how to win without actually cheating'. Sweet is the moment when he takes his revenge on all who cheated and duped him and steals the beautiful April from the arms of his cocksure rival.

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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 »
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(4 articles)
User Reviews:
Hard cheese! A jolly good show! See more (34 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, Miss Grimmet
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
Frederic Gotfurt .... scenario editor (as Frederick Gotfurt)
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:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When giving Delauney directions in the car Palfrey says at one point "second right, no third right". Delauney turns almost immediately, hardly time for even first right.See more »
Quotes:
Raymond Delauney:[translating the French menu in the Camelia Room restaurant for Palfrey] The brains of the calf, the liver of the chicken, the legs of the frog... the hoof of the mountain goat in jelly. Tomatoes...See more »
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38 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Hard cheese! A jolly good show!, 17 October 2004
Author: freddievalentine from United Kingdom

This fabulous film is available on DVD at last, twinned with another Alaister Sim classic, THE GREEN MAN. But, the star of this film is the dapper TERRY-THOMAS. Every scene he is in is superb. From the suave cad in the first half of the film to the flustered toff in the second, this is one of his finest performances and stands up to repeat viewings due to his expressive faces and masterful comic timing.

I hear there is going to be a Hollywood remake of this film, which will be a huge mistake as there has been no one like T-T since. I recommend anyone who is a fan of British comedy to see this classic or you will forever be crying 'hard cheese'!

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