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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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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
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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:
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:
[last line. Mr S. Potter to the camera]
Mr. S. Potter:I do apologize ladies and gentlemen, events do seem to have taken a most unfortunate turn. This sort of calamity we cannot always guard against, even amongst our best students. You see once, once sincerity rears its ugly head, well lifemanship is powerless...
[an orchestra starts to play]
Mr. S. Potter:stop that music... orchestra!... orchestra... stop that infernal din. Please, no, I... look at me, I must get back to Yeovil.
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28 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
tip-top, 4 July 2003
Author: ianginge from notts, england

This is the ultimate Terry Thomas film. He gets to act out being the most wonderful cad, stealing girls off poor saps arms, driving open top sports cars are a furious pace, and generally getting the chance to utter 'hard cheese old boy'. Carmicheal is excellent, bewildered to begin with and slowly learning the dark arts of Upmanship. I implore all to see this film, as always the golden rule is - if a film as Alistair Sim in it, its got to be worth a look. Currently avialable on a 2 film DVD release, with another UK B&W comedy classic. Buy and enjoy.

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