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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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  (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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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?

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 »
Errors in geography: When Henry meets April he runs off Blackfriars Bridge on to the north bank of the Thames and jumps on a bus heading west towards the Houses of Parliament.

When he and April pick themselves up after falling off, they are on the south bank by Lambeth Bridge, which is the next bridge west from Blackfriars.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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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
a neglected gem, 17 April 2005
Author: mundsen from New Zealand

Don't hesitate: this jolly little movie is pretty much impeccable.

An excellent script, which never falters. And a BOFFO cast of British actors. The quintessential role for Terry-Thomas (tho' "Magnificent Men" is a close second).

But also fine turns from Alistair Sim, John Le Mesurier, Hugh Paddick, Peter Jones. Hattie Jacques does an hilarious voice-parody of Joan Greenwood. Janette Scott is VERY good in a thankless "skirt" role; what a charming personality.

Old car fans will love this. The sport-cars and the mocked-up vintage "Swiftmobile" are worth the price of admission alone. (Sadly, the production designer / props chaps are as yet uncredited at IMDb: perhaps the information is lost.) Very nice camera-setups. Amusingly cheesy sets. A really excellent score from John Addison that is up to Georges Auric's standard.

This has a very jolly, intimate ambiance: a sense of small scale. Feels rather like the b&w Tati movies.

Ahem. Unlike many British comedies, I can really see the attraction of remaking this: the material is so damned good that it could use another go-round, without necessarily insulting the original.

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