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School for Scoundrels (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | 24 March 1960 (UK)
A young man finds a very special school. It teaches him how to take advantage of people. He begins to put the lessons into operation.

Directors:

Robert Hamer, Hal E. Chester (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Stephen Potter (novels), Patricia Moyes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Carmichael ... Henry Palfrey
Terry-Thomas ... Raymond Delauney
Alastair Sim ... Mr. S. Potter
Janette Scott ... April Smith
Dennis Price ... Dunstan
Peter Jones ... Dudley
Edward Chapman ... Gloatbridge
John Le Mesurier ... Head Waiter
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Stringer
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... General
Hattie Jacques ... 1st Instructress
Hugh Paddick Hugh Paddick ... Instructor
Barbara Roscoe ... 2nd Instructress
Gerald Campion Gerald Campion ... Proudfoot
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Fleetsnod (as Monty Landis)
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Storyline

Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney. Then he discovers the Lifeman college run by "Professor" Potter and discovers the secrets of success. But has he the courage to put all his lessons into effect? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Or how to win without actually cheating See more »

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Comedy

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Trivia

A first screenplay was written by Peter Ustinov, who was also the first choice for Dennis Price's role as Dunstan Dorcester. See more »

Goofs

After the restaurant meal, Delauney apologizes that he cant give them both a lift because he only has his two seater with him so he offers to take April home in his two-seater. Later, though both men travel in the car to the second tennis match and apparently intending to collect April on the way. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Delauney: [Repeated line during tennis game to Palfrey] Hard cheese old boy!
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Referenced in Endeavour: Apollo (2019) See more »

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Hard cheese! A jolly good show!
17 October 2004 | by freddievalentineSee all my reviews

This fabulous film is available on DVD at last, twinned with another Alaister Sim classic, THE GREEN MAN. But, the star of this film is the dapper TERRY-THOMAS. Every scene he is in is superb. From the suave cad in the first half of the film to the flustered toff in the second, this is one of his finest performances and stands up to repeat viewings due to his expressive faces and masterful comic timing.

I hear there is going to be a Hollywood remake of this film, which will be a huge mistake as there has been no one like T-T since. I recommend anyone who is a fan of British comedy to see this classic or you will forever be crying 'hard cheese'!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating See more »

Filming Locations:

Lambeth, London, England, UK See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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