Rent School for Scoundrels (1959)

3.8 of 5 from 86 ratings
1h 31min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
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Directors:
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Producers:
Hal E. Chester, Douglas Rankin
Writers:
Stephen Potter, Patricia Moyes, Hal E. Chester
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Comedy, Collections
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/10/2015
Run Time:
91 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Interview with Guardian Film Critic Peter Bradshaw
  • Interview with Chris Potter, Stephen Potter's Grandson
  • Interview with Graham McCann, Terry-Thomas Biographer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/10/2015
Run Time:
95 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Interview with Guardian Film Critic Peter Bradshaw
  • Interview with Chris Potter, Stephen Potter's Grandson
  • Interview with Graham McCann, Terry-Thomas Biographer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Trailer

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Reviews (1) of School for Scoundrels

Funny film with a host of British character actors - School for Scoundrels review by PV

Spoiler Alert

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.

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