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The Scapegoat (1959)

An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count; and unwillingly swaps identities with him.

Director:

Robert Hamer

Writers:

Daphne Du Maurier (novel), Robert Hamer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alec Guinness ... John Barratt / Jacques De Gue
Bette Davis ... Countess
Nicole Maurey ... Bela
Irene Worth ... Francoise
Pamela Brown Pamela Brown ... Blanche
Annabel Bartlett Annabel Bartlett ... Marie-Noel
Geoffrey Keen ... Gaston
Noel Howlett ... Dr. Aloin
Peter Bull ... Aristide
Leslie French Leslie French ... Lacoste
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Inspector
Maria Britneva ... Maid
Eddie Byrne ... Barman
Alexander Archdale Alexander Archdale ... Gamekeeper
Peter Sallis ... Customs Official
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Storyline

On a vacation in France from his nondescript job and life, John Barratt encounters a titled but impoverished French nobleman who looks exactly like him. The nobleman gets John drunk, and switches places with him to take a breather from his failing business and too-complicated life. John tries to convince everyone he is not who they think he is, but he begins to get more and more involved with the count's family, including an unhappy wife, domineering mother, lonely but talented young daughter, bitter spinster sister and the expected mistress. As John gets to know them he feels he can help them with their problems, but is also becoming used to his borrowed life, which has given him a purpose for the first time. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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M-G-M presents his [Alec Guinness's] new hit! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Sündenbock See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$943,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$570,000, 31 December 1959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,195,000, 31 December 1959
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Du Maurier-Guinness See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A rejected score consisting of classical selections plus original music by Douglas Gamley was recorded in England. See more »

Goofs

When they first enter the hotel room the suitcase is placed at the foot of the right side bed. The next morning it is at the foot of the left bed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Customs Official: You have the intention of staying long in France, Mr. Barratt?
John Barratt: I don't know. That is to say that I didn't know there was any restriction apart from the question of money.
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Cast listing 'custom's official' - should be customs official See more »

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Not one of Sir Alec's best.
9 August 2005 | by herzogvonSee all my reviews

Alec Guinness once again plays a dual role. In this one, his two personas are that of a wicked French count and a benign Englishman. Despite some interesting supporting cast, including a very Baby Janeish Bette Davis, the story seems somehow only half told, and the two Guinness characters remain frustratingly underdeveloped. We sense a conflict between good and evil, but we are never made to understand why this is nor how it came about. The ending is frustrating in the extreme.

I decided to write this primarily to point out the appearance of Donald Pleasence as a desk clerk. Up till now, he remains uncredited.

All of this said, I would still recommend watching this oddity the next time it happens to come around. It is Alec Guinness, afterall.


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