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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

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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5 Great Stars Challenge You to Guess the Disguised Roles they Play! See more »

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Mystery

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Release Date:

29 May 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Totenliste  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

When Jacques Roux has his back to the camera and accepts a drink from George C. Scott, the thank you is dubbed by another actor. 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: [Referrung to Brougham] so, the masquerade is over
Anthony Gethryn: [sighs] Yeah, no need for disguises now. All that ended when the last name was struck off the list. All he has to do now is be his own charming self.
Raoul Le Borg: What arrogance... making himself welcome at Gleneyre!
Anthony Gethryn: Heh, makes it easier for him to get at the boy, hmmm, from the inside. You know, I hate to admit it, but I must confess to a sneaking admiration for him.
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Crazy Credits

The characters played by Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra and Tony Curtis in the film are never identified by name. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982) 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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A gem
8 February 2000 | by (Belgrade) – See all my reviews

Because of that gimmick with Curtis, Mitchum, Sinatra and Lancaster people seem to regard this film as a sort of spot-the-star contest. But it is much more than that. Excellent acting (especially Douglas in what must be his best role since Paths of Glory), superb music (Jerry Goldsmith) and brilliant direction of John Huston more than make up for occasional lapses in the story.

The story is quite simple, but the less said the better. The 'list' in question is a list of 10 names of people from all over the UK, who seem to have nothing in common except...well just see the movie.

And spotting the stars is quite fun too.


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