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Death of a Scoundrel

Released Oct 31, 1956 1h 59m Crime Drama List
Reviews 57% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Czech refugee Clementi Sabourin (George Sanders), heartbroken and betrayed by his lover and his brother, sails to New York City, intent on changing his luck. Sabourin does manage to become wealthy and successful, but he does it by robbing, lying and cheating everyone he meets. Therefore, it's no big surprise when Sabourin turns up murdered. But, since nearly everyone in his life wanted him dead, it's going to be that much that trickier to find the real killer. Read More Read Less
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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's unconvincing, moralizing and over melodramatic, but has some entertainment value. Rated: C+ Apr 28, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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Tom M Sanders is brilliant as the dastardly womanizing scoundrel. Told in flashback it becomes a great whodunit with so many suspects that he wronged. Among De Carlo's best films. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/21 Full Review Rich S Making a movie about the Bizarro-world version of Citizen Kane doesn't make Death of a Scoundrel a good movie. But it does make it interesting. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/26/21 Full Review Audience Member This movie has a very Citizen Kane and Sunset Boulevard vibe to it. George Sanders plays a conning man who cares only for money and making it to the top. Yvonne De Carlo plays her role of "Miss. Kelly" with class and feeling. Zsa Zsa Gabor plays a supporting role as a millionaire who wants to double her money and puts trust into Clementi. This movie rolls along smoothly with a flashback by Miss. Kelly. Definitely worth seeing! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member George Sanders plays a cunning, conniving and heartless immigrant to great effect as he is extremely unlikeable, but at the same time he creates a character who's scheming creates plenty of interest. The only downside to this crime drama is the debonair Englishness with which Sanders plays it, not at any point does he convince as a Czech immigrant - even when his mother arrives from Europe she is played with a relatively convincing accent. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Intriguing low-budget story of George Sanders, as the title scoundrel, go from a petty con man arriving on the American shores and his rise to wealth and power (and eventual death) through deceit and manipulation. It's kid of a 1950s version of a Bernie Madoff rise and fall. And one interesting side note, George Sanders' real-life brother, Tom Conway, play his brother in the film, just as he did in The Falcon's Brother (1942). Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member i'm with tarantino on this anything with george sanders is worth seeing. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Czech refugee Clementi Sabourin (George Sanders), heartbroken and betrayed by his lover and his brother, sails to New York City, intent on changing his luck. Sabourin does manage to become wealthy and successful, but he does it by robbing, lying and cheating everyone he meets. Therefore, it's no big surprise when Sabourin turns up murdered. But, since nearly everyone in his life wanted him dead, it's going to be that much that trickier to find the real killer.
Director
Charles Martin
Producer
Charles Martin
Screenwriter
Charles Martin
Distributor
RKO Radio Pictures
Production Co
Charles Martin Productions
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 31, 1956, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 23, 2012
Runtime
1h 59m
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