School for Scoundrels (1960)

School for Scoundrels





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

In the British farce School for Scoundrels, Ian Carmichael plays a na´ve young loser, Henry Palfrey, who is anxious to get ahead in the world. He enrolls in a "school" that specializes in teaching one-upmanship -- the slogan is "How to win without actually cheating." Through fair means and foul, Henry learns how to come out top dog in any situation, with such experts as (the real-life) Stephen Potter (Alastair Sim) as his guide. A perceptive series of comic blackouts exposing the essential … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Hamer
On DVD: Aug 5, 2008
LionsGate Entertainment


as Henry Palfrey

as Raymond Delauney

as Stephen Potter

as April Smith

as Dunstan Dorchester

as Dudley Dorchester

as Gloatbridge

as Headwaiter

as Mrs. Stringer

as First Instructress

as Instructor

as Instructor

as Proudfoot

as Fleetsnod

as Carpenter
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for School for Scoundrels

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


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

School for Scoundrels Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss School for Scoundrels on our Movie forum!