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 overview, first billed only:
Cameo (as organ grinder)
George Brougham / Vicar Atlee / Mr. Pythian / Arthur Henderson
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 <>

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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  »

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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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Elizabeth Taylor was also offered a disguised cameo (as a grizzled sailor named Chesty) but declined the role after she realized how intense and painful the makeup would be. See more »


Gwendolynne La Doll's address is shown on the manuscript as being on Fulham Road, London S.W.8., and later dialogue describing the location as "the Fulham Road" makes it clear that this means the main street of that name. But this runs from Fulham to Brompton, whereas the SW8 postal district lies across the Thames in districts such as Battersea and Wandsworth. See more »


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 opening credits are handwritten, appearing as if cut out of the villain's notebook. Also during the credits, several faces of major and minor characters float by. The makeup worn by Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra and Robert Mitchum always manages to be on screen with each actors credit. See more »


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


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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This is why you go to the movies.
26 February 2002 | by (Williamstown, NJ) – See all my reviews

Entertaining...that's what this film is - the reason you go to the movies in the first place.

If you like mysteries, this is among the best. The clever use of cameo appearances only makes it better.

It was so magnetic, I had to see it again almost immediately. The plot is second to none.

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