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The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)

 -  Crime | Mystery | Drama  -  29 May 1963 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Carstairs (as Roland Long)
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George Brougham / Vicar Atlee / Mr. Pythian / Arthur Henderson
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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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Crime | Mystery | Drama

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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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Trivia

Fourth of seven films that Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster made together. 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

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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) 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 swell party except for the gatecrashers..
4 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Shortly after Huston's engaging oddity was released in the U.K in 1963 a Sunday Newspaper article 'exposed' the stars-in-disguise as a hoax. I'd just seen the film the previous week and though I'd half-suspected something of the sort I still felt cheated - mainly through the smug 'last bows' of the 'guests' who hadn't even come to the party. Mitchum was obviously an honourable exception, you couldn't mistake him and he had given us an excellent dialect-cameo. Douglas' villain gradually assumed command of the piece and could be excused, I suppose, for sub-letting a disguise or two. His creepy Mr.Phythian was certainly all his own. Mr.Lancaster, on the other hand, was nowhere to be found on the hunting-field. His role was played by Marie Conmee (the surname is peculiarly appropriate under the circumstances) an Irish actress reportedly sworn to secrecy. Sinatra's gypsy was filled-in, it transpires, by Hollywood look-alike Dave Willock. It was an additional marketing-ploy, of course, to bring in the punters and we fell for it. I enjoy the film certainly as an old-fashioned Holmes vs Moriarty intriguer which could have stood alone without the gimmicks.


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