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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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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 ... 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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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

Film debut of Burgess Meredith. See more »

Quotes

Maurice Stern: Pity - that most vile of virtues - has never been known to you.
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Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 2
(uncredited)
Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Disappointing
24 June 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Watching Noel Coward in an extremely unsympathetic role is interesting in itself. He does well, too. Julie Haydon is good as the innocent woman he seduces.The supporting cast is fine.

The editor Coward plays is shockingly cruel. He knows he is and revels in it. But the movie takes an unfortunate turn: Without revealing anything, I will say that it turns from cold-hearted and dark to mystical. Hecht was a brilliant screenwriter, and Charles MacArthur, his co-director, was a fine playwright as well. But I think one "Specter Of The Rose" is enough. "The Scoundrel" is better than that movie but it veers uncomfortably close to it.


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