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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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Release Date:
24 March 1960 (UK) See more »
Learn to gain weight by LOSING scruples!
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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A beautifully funny, nostalgic and fabulously-acted comedy of English moeurs. See more (34 total) »


  (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
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
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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USA:94 min | UK:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1960) | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1989) | USA:Approved (certificate #19566)

Did You Know?

Much of it was shot by Cyril Frankel, as original director Robert Hamer, who was an alcoholic, kept showing up for work drunk.See more »
Continuity: The neon sign outside the restaurant is wrongly spelled "Camelia Room". The menu shows the correct spelling, Camellia.See more »
Mr. Potter:Just remember, if you're not one up on the other fellow, then he's one up on you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as School for Scoundrels (2006)See more »


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30 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A beautifully funny, nostalgic and fabulously-acted comedy of English moeurs., 23 January 1999
Author: Richard Spurr

I cannot remember how many times I have watched this film now - it takes me back to a time of charming English etiquette which, being too young, I never witnessed. The range of social situations through which we are taken in the apprenticeship of 'Lifemanship' are hilarious, and in a gentle and exquisitely-understated way. Ian Carmichael is, of course excellent, but my all-time hero, Terry-Thomas, is on the toppest of forms delivering the "Look's like a Polish stomach pump" and "Oh I say, smashing cricket stroke" lines with his unshakeable aplomb. A nostalgic treasure of a film.

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