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Death of a Scoundrel (Diary of a Scoundrel) (Loves of a Scoundrel)

Death of a Scoundrel (Diary of a Scoundrel) (Loves of a Scoundrel) (1956)

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Release Date: Oct 31, 1956 Wide

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A contemptuous and self-serving immigrant, Clementi Sabourin (George Sanders) pulls himself up by his bootstraps by instrumenting a series of cons and seductions which bilk several very wealthy persons out of most of their money. Most of the action is related in a series of flashbacks after Sabourin's body is found dead in a Park Avenue apartment. Death of a Scoundrel is a fictionalized adaptation of the life and mysterious death of Serge Rubenstein. ~ John Bush, Rovi

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Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama

Charles Martin

RKO Radio Pictures Inc.

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It's unconvincing, moralizing and over melodramatic, but has some entertainment value.

April 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Clementi Sabourin is one of cinema's greatest characters and George Sanders makes sure of it in a performance that, in my humble opinion, is just as strong as Orson Welles's Citizen Kane. George Sanders was a classic Hollywood hell raiser, whether it was an act or not, his performances are still unmatched in their effortless superiority. Why isn't Death of a Scoundrel more universally celebrated, I honestly don't know. It could have and should have been a little bit more gritty but a more noir style wouldn't have suited it. Maybe it should have been grander, truth be told another director probably could have given it that extra something but all credit to Charles Martin, his idea was his own and he did a fantastic job. The performances are the important element anyway, George Sanders, Yvonne De Carlo, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Victor Jory and Nancy Gates are all immaqulate in their performances. Serge Rubenstein, whose life the film is based on, may have invented modern crime but George Sanders brought life to it and made it one of the best crime stories of all time. The thinking man's Scarface.

http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/death-of-scoundrel-dir-charles-martin.html
July 1, 2014
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