The List of Adrian Messenger ()

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A former intelligence officer is tasked by the heir to the Gleneyre estate to investigate the unusual deaths of a disparate group of eleven men on a list.


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Organ Grinder (Cameo)
George Brougham / Vicar Atlee / Mr. Pythian / Arthur Henderson
Animal Rights Protester (Cameo)
Anthony Gethryn
Lady Jocelyn Bruttenholm
Marquis of Gleneyre
Mrs. Karoudjian
Sir Wilfrid Lucas
Jacques Roux ...
Raoul Le Borg
John Merivale ...
Adrian Messenger
Max Karoudjian
Insp. Pike
Derek Bruttenholm (as Walter Anthony Huston)
Carstairs (as Roland Long)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Insp. Seymour (uncredited)
Constance Cavendish ...
Maid (uncredited)
Jimmy Charters ...
News Vendor (uncredited)
Marie Conmee ...
Fox Hunt Protestor (uncredited)
Hunt Secretary (uncredited)
Patty Elder ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Lynch (uncredited)
Various Voices including the gypsy (uncredited) (voice)
Eric Heath ...
Heath / Various Voices (uncredited)
Banker's Hours the Horse ...
Banker's Hours - the Horse (uncredited)
Lord Ashton (uncredited)
Delphi Lawrence ...
Airport Stewardess (uncredited)
Mona Lilian ...
Proprietress (uncredited)
Joe Lynch ...
Cyclist (uncredited)
The Whistling Man / The Clergyman / The Workman / The Shepherd (uncredited)
Stacy Morgan ...
Whip Man (uncredited)
Nurse (uncredited)
Sgt. Flood (uncredited)
Countryman (uncredited)
Jennifer Raine ...
Student Nurse (uncredited)
Audrey Scott ...
Sidesaddle Rider (uncredited)
Mrs. Slattery (uncredited)
George Steele ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Butler (uncredited)
Anna Van Der Heide ...
Stewardess (uncredited)
Nelson Welch ...
White (uncredited)
Gypsy (uncredited)
Man in Bar (uncredited)

Directed by

John Huston

Written by

Anthony Veiller ... (screenplay)
Philip MacDonald ... (based upon a story by)
Alec Coppel ... (first draft) (uncredited)

Produced by

Edward Lewis ... producer
Kirk Douglas ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

Joseph MacDonald ... (as Joe MacDonald)

Film Editing by

Hugh S. Fowler ... (unconfirmed)
Terry O. Morse

Art Direction by

Alexander Golitzen
Stephen B. Grimes ... (as Stephen Grimes)
George C. Webb ... (as George Webb)

Set Decoration by

Oliver Emert

Makeup Department

John Chambers ... makeup artist
Larry Germain ... hair stylist
Dave Grayson ... makeup artist (as David Grayson)
Nick Marcellino ... makeup artist
Bud Westmore ... makeup designer

Production Management

Richard McWhorter ... unit production manager
Edward Muhl ... in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Tom Shaw ... assistant director
Terry Morse Jr. ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Colin Grimes ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Mickey Lennon ... stand-by prop (uncredited)

Sound Department

Waldon O. Watson ... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson ... sound


Patty Elder ... stunts (uncredited)
Audrey Scott ... stunts (uncredited)
George Steele ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Edward Scaife ... director of photography: Europe (as Ted Scaife)
Wally Fairweather ... focus puller (uncredited)
Douglas Milsome ... clapper loader (uncredited)

Music Department

Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
Jerry Goldsmith ... conductor (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician (uncredited)

Other crew

Gladys Hill ... associate: Mr. Huston
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer (uncredited)
Kay Mander ... continuity (uncredited)
Jan Merlin ... disguised double: Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

Messenger asks a friend to check into a list of names before leaving on a trip. When his plane is blown out of the sky, the matter becomes more serious. As his friend checks into the list, each seems to have died in mysterious circumstances. As he goes down the list, the deaths become more recent and a race to find the remaining survivors and what put each of them on this list ensues. Written by John Vogel

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Taglines Someone committed murder. Can you guess who's behind the disguise? See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Le dernier de la liste (France)
  • El último de la lista (Spain)
  • De laatste van de liste (Belgium, Flemish title)
  • Den sidste på listen (Denmark)
  • La lista de Adrián Messenger (Argentina)
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  • 98 min
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Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia In an article for Video Watchdog magazine, actor Jan Merlin reports playing several of the star cameos in the movie, primarily Kirk Douglas when he is disguised in his various make-up. According to Merlin, Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra (doubled by actor Dave Willock), and Burt Lancaster never appeared in the film proper and only shot close-ups for an epilogue peeling off their heavy make-up. Merlin used his experiences as the basis of a thinly-veiled novel about the filming of the movie titled 'Shooting Montezuma'. See more »
Goofs When Derek rides Avatar for the first time, the horse has no reins or bridle. When he returns, it has both. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982). See more »
Soundtracks A Wand'ring Minstrel, I See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits are handwritten, appearing as if cut out of the villain's notebook. Also during the credits, several faces of major and minor characters float by. The makeup worn by Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra and Robert Mitchum always manages to be on screen with each actors credit. See more »
Quotes Marquis of Gleneyre: Had a brother who went to America once. Canada, actually. Before the first German war. Suppose he's dead by now. Almost everyone is.
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