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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.

Writers:

Ben Hecht (story), Charles MacArthur (story)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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ghost | afterlife | curse | salvation | soul | See All (6) »

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein charmanter Schurke See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

George Antheil composed a rejected score and is not credited, but this title still features as one of his film scores in reference books. His score was replaced with stock music and excerpts from Sergei Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto. See more »

Quotes

Anthony Mallare: How I wish that I were as nice as you think I am...
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Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 2
(uncredited)
Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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This is a GREAT FILM
27 January 2007 | by chasschnSee all my reviews

The Scoundrel is a fantastic film which takes the viewer on an emotional and linguistic journey that reminds one of the power of the film medium. Everything from costumes to sets and lighting changes for the darker in a brilliant way. The whole film shifts in tone radically and boldly. The character MALLARE, whom Noel Coward plays, expresses the psychology of the dark side of humanity in times of love. He articulates what few rarely say, and this makes the dialog exceptional. The perception of human nature. Hecht wrote the pseudo-decadent Huysmans homage FANTAZIUS MALLARE some years before, hence the character's name, I'd imagine. The movie dialog is rich, baroque and sardonic as well. The poet's works were clearly inspired by maxwell Bodenheim's poetry and persona and are hilarious. A real treat.


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