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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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Soneone committed murder. Can you guess who's behind the disguise? See more »

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Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 May 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Totenliste  »

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Budget:

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was partially filmed on John Huston's own estate in Ireland. See more »

Goofs

When Derek rides Avatar for the first time, the horse has no reins or bridle, but when he returns, it has both. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Karoudjian: During the war, my husband was... Swiss.
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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

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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Was it that bad?
27 June 2004 | by (Penarth, Wales) – See all my reviews

Looking through the readers' comments, nobody seems to like this film very much. OK, so it is gimmicky, but that was the trend in the early sixties. I failed to spot most of the made-up stars as I assumed they would have been central to the plot, which most aren't. But the plot is unusual and interesting, and the film really shows what it's like to be in love when it seems unreturned (few others might describe this film as romantic, and yet it is one of the most realistically romantic films I've seen - one can really identify with the French "hero" on seeing his apparently superior rival). Also, Jerry Goldsmith's score is phenomenal. And, in his final "unmasking," is Kirk Douglas trying to suggest he was the George C. Scott character too? The resemblance is quite strong.


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