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The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)

Not Rated | | Mystery | 29 May 1963 (USA)
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:
Cameo (as organ grinder)
Cameo ((as animal rights protester)
Cameo (as Slattery)
Anthony Gethryn
Lady Jocelyn Bruttenholm
Marquis of Gleneyre
Mrs. Karoudjian
Sir Wilfrid Lucas
Jacques Roux ...
Raoul Le Borg
John Merivale ...
Adrian Messenger
Max Karoudjian
Bernard Archard ...
Insp. Pike
Derek Bruttenholm (as Walter Anthony Huston)


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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Release Date:

29 May 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Totenliste  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Jan Merlin reportedly played several of the alleged star cameos in the movie (including Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum); according to Merlin, the big-name actors never appeared in the film proper and only shot close-ups for an epilogue peeling off their heavy make-up. Merlin used his experiences as the basis of a thinly-veiled novel about the filming of the movie titled 'Shooting Montezuma'. See more »


LeBorg tells Lady Jocelyn. that the wine and oysters aided his recovery, but we've seen nothing of wine and oysters. Clearly a scene was cut, and this line makes no sense in the context. See more »


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

At the end of the last scene, the words "The End" (and production company and distributor credits) are superimposed. But then Kirk Douglas says in voiceover "Hold it! Stop!" The text now disappears again and the music score also stops. He continues: "That's the end of the picture, but it's not the end of the mystery." Scenes featuring four of the film's minor roles are now quickly reprised, with a suitable musical score, and the four actors each remove face masks and other makeup to reveal that the respective parts were played by Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, and Frank Sinatra. Finally, Douglas similarly reprises five disguises that his character wore during the course of the story, and after the last one, reveals his face (which we had already seen when his character was undisguised). He says to the camera, "Ladies and gentlemen -- The End", and continues picking off bits of face mask glue while the musical theme concludes. See more »


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


A Wand'ring Minstrel I
from the operetta "The Mikado"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Played on the hurdy gurdy
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Great fun!
5 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

An engaging mystery with a splendid cast. Nothing phenomenally clever, but still a treat for those who love puzzles and riddles. There are perhaps details that could have been better handled (like Scott's initial reactions when he discovers that the killer has finally "introduced" himself - not to give anything away, but for a while he seems a bit apathetic), but it's hard to complain when you know that this kind of mystery will never be seen again. (***)

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