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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.

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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
Gerald Campion
as Proudfoot
Hattie Jacques
as First Instructress
Monty Landis
as Fleetsnod
Hugh Paddick
as Instructor
Barbara Roscoe
as Instructor
Charles Lamb
as Carpenter
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All Critics (6)


May 11, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Deliciously dry and droll, subtly slapshticky and timelessly topical in all those male gender expectations way.

May 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It is, to be blunt, a ridiculous premise executed with delightful precision by Hamer and his cast.

May 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite a weak finish, this is an enjoyable British comedy starring the incomparable Alastair Sim.

November 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Robert Hamer has directed with intelligent restraint. If the comedy lacks sharpness, he has not allowed it to become further blunted by bogus joviality.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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

September 14, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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
Cassandra Maples

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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
Aj V

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