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The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)

Not Rated  |   |  Mystery  |  29 May 1963 (USA)
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A former intelligence officer is tasked by the heir to the Gleneyre estate to investigate the unusual deaths of a disparate group of eleven men on a list.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cameo (as organ grinder)
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George Brougham / Vicar Atlee / Mr. Pythian / Arthur Henderson
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Cameo ((as anmal rights protester)
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Cameo (as Slattery)
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Cameo (as gypsy)
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Anthony Gethryn
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Lady Jocelyn Bruttenholm
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Marquis of Gleneyre
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Mrs. Karoudjian
Herbert Marshall ...
Sir Wilfrid Lucas
Jacques Roux ...
Raoul Le Borg
John Merivale ...
Adrian Messenger
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Max Karoudjian
Bernard Archard ...
Insp. Pike
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Derek Bruttenholm (as Walter Anthony Huston)
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Storyline

Messenger asks a friend to check into a list of names before leaving on a trip. When his plane is blown out of the sky, the matter becomes more serious. As his friend checks into the list, each seems to have died in mysterious circumstances. As he goes down the list, the deaths become more recent and a race to find the remaining survivors and what put each of them on this list ensues. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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29 May 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Totenliste  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Elizabeth Taylor was also offered a disguised cameo (as a grizzled sailor named Chesty) but declined the role after she realized how intense and painful the makeup would be. See more »

Goofs

Gwendolynne La Doll's address is shown on the manuscript as being on Fulham Road, London S.W.8., and later dialogue describing the location as "the Fulham Road" makes it clear that this means the main street of that name. But this runs from Fulham to Brompton, whereas the SW8 postal district lies across the Thames in districts such as Battersea and Wandsworth. See more »

Quotes

Raoul Le Borg: Your husband will not be alarmed that you are not at home?
Lady Jocelyn Bruttenholm: My husband's dead. He was killed in Korea with the Glouchesters.
Raoul Le Borg: And you are a widow all this time?
Lady Jocelyn Bruttenholm: Yes.
Raoul Le Borg: Apalling!
Lady Jocelyn Bruttenholm: I beg your pardon!
Raoul Le Borg: I am a Frenchman, Madame. I abhor waste.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are handwritten, appearing as if cut out of the villain's notebook. Also during the credits, several faces of major and minor characters float by. The makeup worn by Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra and Robert Mitchum always manages to be on screen with each actors credit. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Get Smart: The Mess of Adrian Listenger (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

A Wand'ring Minstrel, I
from the operetta "The Mikado"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Played by the orchestra as Tony Curtis removes his makeup
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User Reviews

 
Intriguing mystery from John Huston with celebrity cameo roles
9 November 2000 | by (Eastbourne, Sussex, England.) – See all my reviews

Another first rate thriller from John Huston but this time with a subtle difference. Kirk Douglas and George C. Scott are the leading actors but other stars were brought in to play small cameo roles hidden under heavy disguises! Among them are Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra and Burt Lancaster. Part of the mystery (and enjoyment of the film) was to guess where and when these stars appeared. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that a trick was played on the unsuspecting audience and that other (unknown) actors stood in for both Frank Sinatra and Burt Lancaster during the actual film and that these two stars only put in an appearance at the very end of the film when disguises were taken off to reveal who was who! Even so, this still remains a film worth seeing as the clever story holds your attention throughout. The film had a good supporting cast including Dana Wynter, Clive Brook and Herbert Marshall. Kirk Douglas wore the most disguises during the film and seemed to be having a good time in his various roles. "The List of Adrian Messenger" could best be described as an old fashioned mystery thriller and is none the less enjoyable for that. It is well directed by John Huston who also managed to fit in a guest appearance in the climatic hunting scene. 8/10. Clive Roberts.


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