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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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Cameo (as organ grinder)
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Cameo ((as animal rights protester)
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Cameo (as Slattery)
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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
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Sir Wilfrid Lucas
Jacques Roux ...
Raoul Le Borg
John Merivale ...
Adrian Messenger
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Max Karoudjian
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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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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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1.85 : 1
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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 actor and voice artist Paul Frees. In fact, Frees loops a good deal of Roux's dialogue throughout the film, presumably because of sound problems on the set. In the scene on the circular staircase much of Roux's dialogue is looped quite meticulously, sometimes only a word here and there. Frees also provides a word or sentence for Herbert Marshall. Frees' most famous voice was for Boris Badenov in The Bullwinkle Show. Frees' best kept secret was looping most of Tony Curtis' Josephine voice in Some Like It Hot. See more »

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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

Adrian Messenger: There's nary a conspiracy. And if I'm right about this, it's a far older sin than politics.
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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 »

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Referenced in Remington Steele: Premium Steele (1985) 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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Not just a whodunnit, but a who-the-heck-is-that-er?
22 April 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Stunningly original. It's great fun sitting with people seeing the film for the first time and telling them all the big stars who are in it! "OK," they finally say, "I've seen George Scott and I've finally seen Kirk Douglas; where's everybody else?" Once you experience this classic, you'll know what I mean. Scott (one of the few Americans who can sustain a British accent) is wonderful as the sleuth. Houston's slight-of-hand direction is bang on. Goldsmith's wicked little theme and moody score need to finally be released on CD (Varese? Silva?).


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