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School for Scoundrels (1960)





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This the tale of hapless Henry Palfrey's attempts to turn his luck around by enrolling in Lifeman College.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Hamer
On DVD: Aug 5, 2008
LionsGate Entertainment


Ian Carmichael
as Henry Palfrey
as Raymond Delauney
Alastair Sim
as Stephen Potter
Janette Scott
as April Smith
Dennis Price
as Dunstan Dorchester
Peter Jones
as Dudley Dorchester
Edward Chapman
as Gloatbridge
John Le Mesurier
as Headwaiter
Irene Handl
as Mrs. Stringer
Hattie Jacques
as First Instructress
Hugh Paddick
as Instructor
Barbara Roscoe
as Instructor
Gerald Campion
as Proudfoot
Monty Landis
as Fleetsnod
Charles Lamb
as Carpenter
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Critic Reviews for School for Scoundrels

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 17, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

A pleasant "back to school" gift for all you college bound Heder fans.

Full Review… | September 14, 2006

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for School for Scoundrels

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'!

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


This is the original school for scoundrels movie not to get confused with the remake. This movie stars some well known actors, but for some reason I just couldn't get into this movie, and got bored with it. Maybe I'll give it another chance one day.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

For anyone who has ever wanted revenge, SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS is a treat. A storyline that, while original, could have become formulaic is instead a gem. Its secret is its screenplay- a witty jewel that could survive the most stilted acting. Twists and turns keep you antsy, hoping for that elusive happy ending. Each actor is perfectly casted, suiting their personalities superlatively. SCOUNDRELS is a laudable film, and all too overlooked at that.

Agent Orange
Jake Gittes

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