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Death of a Scoundrel (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 October 1956 (USA)
The New York police investigates the murder of a Czech immigrant whose rags-to-riches story is told by his secretary to homicide detectives.

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Charles Martin

Writer:

Charles Martin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Sanders ... Clementi Sabourin
Yvonne De Carlo ... Bridget Kelly
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Mrs. Ryan
Victor Jory ... Leonard Wilson
Nancy Gates ... Stephanie North
Coleen Gray ... Mrs. Edith Van Renasslear
John Hoyt ... Mr. O'Hara
Lisa Ferraday ... Zina Monte
Tom Conway ... Gerry Monte aka Sabourin
Celia Lovsky ... Mrs. Sabourin - Clementi's mother
Werner Klemperer ... Herbert Bauman - Clementi's lawyer
Justice Watson Justice Watson ... Henry - Clementi's Butler
John Sutton ... The Actor as 'Tom' in Stage Play
Curtis Cooksey ... Oswald Van Renassalear
Gabriel Curtiz Gabriel Curtiz ... Max Freundlich
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Storyline

When Clementi Suborin is found murdered, his secretary recounts to the police the story of his rise from Czech refugee to ultra-rich New Yorker. The tale of betrayal, womanising and fraud confirms that almost everyone who knew him wanted him dead. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Men, Women... he used them, ruined them on his fantastic march to self-destruction See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Loves and Death of a Scoundrel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on the mysterious death of Serge Rubinstein, a Russian-born financial wizard and stock manipulator who was found murdered in his New York apartment in 1955. The murder remains unsolved. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Clementi visits his brother at his shop. At the door Clementi says, "Aren't you going to let me in?". The brother turns and leads the way. In the next shot, it shows the brother backing up to let Clementi in. See more »

Quotes

Leonard Wilson: [arriving in New York harbor] It's a big country. There's millions of people beyond those buildings. All of them needing something, buying something.
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Referenced in Worth Winning (1989) See more »

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a very well made little movie
9 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

George Sanders was a fine actor that just isn't that well-known to Americans today. In this movie, he is completely in his element playing a charming but morally bankrupt jerk. He uses EVERYONE around him and is the complete sociopath until eventually he gets his due. His character was created as a WARNING against being conned by the likes of him and he is NOT glorified in any way, nor does he ultimately get away with this behavior. I loved the picture and it sure gave me a lot more than I was expecting.

By the way, if you would like to see a couple more of Sanders' best movies, try "All About Eve" or "Village of the Damned". Also, for a similar film to "Death of a Scoundrel", try "The Great Man" or "A Face the Crowd".

Finally, it was interesting to see Sanders in the same movie as his wife, Zsa Zsa Gobor (though whether or not they were married to each other at the time, I don't know) as well as his brother, Tom Conway.


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