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Anthony Veiller (screenplay)
Philip MacDonald (based upon a story by)
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Release Date:
29 May 1963 (USA) See more »
Soneone committed murder. Can you guess who's behind the disguise? See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Gimmicky star-chasing all but sinks modest murder mystery See more (53 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tony Curtis ... Cameo (as organ grinder)

Kirk Douglas ... George Brougham / Vicar Atlee / Mr. Pythian / Arthur Henderson

Burt Lancaster ... Cameo ((as animal rights protester)

Robert Mitchum ... Cameo (as Slattery)

Frank Sinatra ... Gypsy

George C. Scott ... Anthony Gethryn

Dana Wynter ... Lady Jocelyn Bruttenholm

Clive Brook ... Marquis of Gleneyre

Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Karoudjian

Herbert Marshall ... Sir Wilfrid Lucas
Jacques Roux ... Raoul Le Borg
John Merivale ... Adrian Messenger

Marcel Dalio ... Max Karoudjian

Bernard Archard ... Insp. Pike

Tony Huston ... Derek Bruttenholm (as Walter Anthony Huston)

Ronald Long ... Carstairs (as Roland Long)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alan Caillou ... Insp. Seymour (uncredited)
Constance Cavendish ... Maid (uncredited)
Tim Durant ... Hunt Secretary (uncredited)
Patty Elder ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Bernard Fox ... Lynch (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Various Voices including the gypsy (voice) (uncredited)
Eric Heath ... Heath / Various Voices (uncredited)
Banker's Hours the Horse ... Banker's Hours - the Horse (uncredited)

John Huston ... Lord Ashton (uncredited)
Delphi Lawrence ... Airport Stewardess (uncredited)
Mona Lilian ... Proprietress (uncredited)
Joe Lynch ... Cyclist (uncredited)

Jan Merlin ... The Whistling Man / The Clergyman / The Workman / The Shepherd (uncredited)
Stacy Morgan ... Whip Man (uncredited)

Barbara Morrison ... Nurse (uncredited)

Richard Peel ... Sgt. Flood (uncredited)

Noel Purcell ... Countryman (uncredited)
Jennifer Raine ... Student Nurse (uncredited)
Audrey Scott ... Sidesaddle Rider (uncredited)

Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Mrs. Slattery (uncredited)
George Steele ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Minor Role) (uncredited)
Anna Van Der Heide ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Nelson Welch ... White (uncredited)

Dave Willock ... Gypsy (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
Writing credits
Anthony Veiller (screenplay)

Philip MacDonald (based upon a story by)

Alec Coppel  first draft (uncredited)

Produced by
Edward Lewis .... producer
Kirk Douglas .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald  (as Joe MacDonald)
Film Editing by
Hugh S. Fowler (unconfirmed)
Terry O. Morse 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
George C. Webb  (as George Webb)
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Makeup Department
John Chambers .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist (as David Grayson)
Nick Marcellino .... makeup artist
Bud Westmore .... makeup designer
Production Management
Richard McWhorter .... unit production manager
Edward Muhl .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
Terry Morse Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Colin Grimes .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Mickey Lennon .... stand-by prop (uncredited)
Sound Department
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound
Patty Elder .... stunts (uncredited)
Audrey Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
George Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Scaife .... director of photography: Europe (as Ted Scaife)
Wally Fairweather .... focus puller (uncredited)
Douglas Milsome .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician (uncredited)
Other crew
Gladys Hill .... associate: Mr. Huston
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Kay Mander .... continuity (uncredited)
Jan Merlin .... disguised double: Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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According to some reports, Frank Sinatra's heavily disguised cameo appearance in film was actually the work of facially similar actor Dave Willock; Sinatra only appeared at end of the film in unmasking sequence where he peeled off makeup.See more »
Continuity: A hay rake was put next a rock wall by the killer after he dragged the fox in the bag around the hunting area. In a shot even closer to the end fox hunt the hay rake is pulled away by a tractor for a clearer shot of the field of hunters. After the dog sniffs out the killer, he jumps a horse over the wall and gets killed on the hay rake as he falls from the horse.See more »
Cameo:I protest this cruel and inhumane activity. Sir
Cameo:. don't you know the animals are your friends? Are you the master?
Marquis of Gleneyre:I am, Madame.
Cameo:Then call off this wretched business. What has the fox ever done to you? Why do you persecute him?
Marquis of Gleneyre:[Imperiously] Madame, the fox and I know more of life than you do. It is man's nature to hunt; it is the fox's to be hunted.
Marquis of Gleneyre:Good morning, Madame.
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One of the makeups meant to be Kirk Douglas is clearly Jan Merlin. Does anyone know why Merlin was substituted for Douglas? Was Douglas' skin sensitive after wearing makeup so long that someone else needed to stand in for him?
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Gimmicky star-chasing all but sinks modest murder mystery, 8 January 2002
Author: bmacv from Western New York

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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