School for Scoundrels

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Released 1960

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Director:
Robert Hamer
Released:
1960
Rating:
PG

When the much-put-upon Henry loses his girl April to suave bounder Raymond, he decides to change his life - and himself. Enrolling at Lifemanship College in Yeovil, he learns from the suave Mr. Potter the art of "being one-up", of becoming one of life's winners. But is this what he - or April - really wants?

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      • Based on three humorous books by Stephen Potter published with great success in the 1950s - "Gamesmanship", "Lifemanship" and "One-Upmanship".

      • This was the last film to be directed by the brilliant but alcoholic Robert Hamer, who tragically fell off the wagon two-thirds of the way through filming and was replaced for the final three weeks of shooting by the uncredited Cyril Frankel. Hamer was unemployable as a director thereafter and died penniless only three years after this film's opening. He was 52.

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      • Although Alastair Sim plays "Mr. S. Potter" in this film, he bears no resemblance to Stephen Potter, the author of the original books, and there is, of course, no such place as "Lifemanship College". The real Stephen Potter was a well-known broadcaster and critic  as well as a writer; he was born in 1900 and died in 1969.

      • The first version of the screenplay for this film was written by Peter Ustinov, who withdrew from the film after extensive rewrites by producer Hal E. Chester. Patricia Moyes, a well-known writer of detective stories, gained her only screenwriting credit on the film; she had been Ustinov's secretary for some  years.

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