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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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29 May 1963 (USA)  »

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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

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

Goofs

The closer shots during the fox-hunting scenes were shot in a studio using rear projection. In these shots, wires can be seen holding the actors and allowing them to move up and down as though riding real horses. See more »

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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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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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Featured in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982) See more »

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A Wand'ring Minstrel I
from the operetta "The Mikado"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Played on the hurdy gurdy
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Gimmicky star-chasing all but sinks modest murder mystery
8 January 2002 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

The handful of top-notch films directed by John Huston, from The Maltese Falcon in 1941 to Prizzi's Honor in 1986, has always been evened out by more than his share of clunkers -- mediocre material half-heartedly helmed (The Bible, In This Our Life, Judge Roy Bean, Annie). But what was his thinking behind The List of Adrian Messenger? A modestly entertaining murder mystery of the fusty old English school, it's trumped up with foolish gimmickry that's irrelevant to the movie but was vital to its marketing. A starry cast -- Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra -- wanders around under false-faces for, with one exception, no discernible reason (they all end up looking like late Sean Connery). So sitting through it is to join the celebrity hunt (preferable, at any rate, to the fox hunts which eat up the film footage).

The plot proper concerns a series of fatal "accidents" that leads George C. Scott, sans mask and makeup, to uncover a betrayal in wartime Burma and the scion of an aristocratic family long vanished into the Canadian west. But Huston loses interest in the puzzle with unseemly haste -- as do we. Stifling yawns, we wait for the "stars" -- most of whom contribute little more than walk-ons -- to peel off their disguises, winking and smirking insufferably at the camera.


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