Enrol at the wacky College of Lifemanship where a senior host of great British comedians teach a completely uproarious course on how to come out tops in any social situation. Study with Alastair Sim and learn his valuable hints on the art of comic One-upmanship. Follow his expert advice to victimised Ian Carmichael about romance and you'll be a top class pupil fully equipped to cope with life's hilarious humiliations without really cheating.
Funny film with a host of British character actors
- School for Scoundrels review by PV
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OK, so this film (from 1959) is very dated. Its attitudes to male/female relations will no doubt make many an angry feminut spit feathers.
However, this comedy also hosts a wonderful array of British character actors incl the wonderful Terry-Thomas, plus Ian Carmichael, Dennis Price, Peter Jones, Irene Handel and John Le Mesurier as a snooty waiter. Not forgetting the best actor ever to play Scrooge Alistair Sim.
It is, for me, way funnier than all the achingly pc and right-on 'comedies' we have to endure on BBC2 these days. Old-fashioned does not mean bad.
Ian Carmichael plays self-confessed loser who sign's up with the College of Lifemanship to help him get on in life.
A silly plot can be forgiven really, esp some nonsense involving a car - and there are two very funny stereotyped used car salesmen.
Many a modern Hollywood comedy has ploughed a similar furrow - although in common with most British comic novels and films, the main character is a 'loser' and anti-hero and a man.
The ending is silly. But again, with this quality cast, who cares?
4.5 stars. A must for anyone who loves Ealing comedies etc.