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The Scoundrel (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy | 30 April 1935 (USA)
A ruthless, cynical, hated publisher is killed in a plane crash, doomed to be a "restless" spirit for being unloved. A heavenly power gives him a month on Earth to find one person to shed a tear for him before his fate is sealed.

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Ben Hecht (story), Charles MacArthur (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noël Coward ... Anthony Mallare (as Noel Coward)
Julie Haydon ... Cora Moore
Stanley Ridges ... Paul Decker
Martha Sleeper ... Julia Vivian
Ernest Cossart ... Jimmy Clay
Alexander Woollcott Alexander Woollcott ... Vanderveer Veyden
Everley Gregg Everley Gregg ... Mildred Langwiter (as Everly Gregg)
Rosita Moreno ... Carlotta
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Maurice Stern (as Edward Cinnelli)
Richard Bond ... Howard Gillette
Helen Strickland Helen Strickland ... Mrs. Rolinson
Lionel Stander ... Rothenstien
Frank Conlan Frank Conlan ... Massey
O.Z. Whitehead ... Calhoun
Raymond Bramley Raymond Bramley ... Felix Abrams
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A ruthless, cynical, hated publisher is killed in a plane crash, doomed to be a "restless" spirit for being unloved. A heavenly power gives him a month on Earth to find one person to shed a tear for him before his fate is sealed.

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Taglines:

"Before I tell a woman I love her, I rattle six times, like a snake." (original poster)

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Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Burgess Meredith. See more »

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Anthony Mallare: How I wish that I were as nice as you think I am...
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Piano Concerto No. 2
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Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Excellent story of redemption
3 December 2002 | by liguan2000See all my reviews

Noel Coward is perfectly cast as a suave, vain, selfish well educated, upper class publisher. The literary crowd that congregates at his office is equally lacking in depth and seems concerned only with their status and success. They constantly meet at Noel Coward's publishing office in the hope of gaining favor for their next book and to make sure they are not left out on the latest gossip in the artistic realm.

Cora is a young idealist and poet who believes her love can change Noel Coward and that they can establish a long lasting relationship. She ends her relationship with her fiancé to become Noel's lover. However Noel returns to his playboy ways after 6 months and ends the relationship. This breaks Cora's heart and she eventually returns to her fiancé who has since lost his job and self respect after losing Cora.

The story picks up when Noel Coward leaves New York City by plane chasing after a new lover, a concert pianist who is just as shallow as he is. However a storm is encountered and the plane crashes into the sea killing Noel. God takes pity on him and grants him one month on Earth to find someone who will cry for him, otherwise he is condemned to wander the Earth, never to find rest, for all eternity.

The climax takes place on a dim, rainy night and ends with a prayer and a miracle. A strange redemption occurs. The death experience teaches Noel the true values of life, although his former associate artists are incapable of understanding his message.

The film has beautiful music and the scenes are classic film noir. Unfortunately it is not on DVD or VHS. For those who enjoy this type of movie it is a classic masterpiece. Noel Coward's dialog is sharp and witty and no one could play the part better.


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