Death of a Scoundrel (Widescreen)
Warner Archive Collection (series)
George Sanders stars with beautiful Yvonne de Carlo and Zsa Zsa Gabor in this torrid drama loosely based on the life and mysterious death of Serge Rubenstein.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 1, 2011
- Originally Released: 1956
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||George Sanders, Yvonne De Carlo & Zsa Zsa Gabor|
|Performer:||Nancy Gates, Coleen Gray, Tom Conway, Victor Jory, Yvonne De Carlo & Zsa Zsa Gabor|
|Directed by||Charles Martin|
|Screenwriting by||Charles Martin|
|Composition by||Max Steiner|
|Produced by||Charles Martin|
|Director of Photography:||James Wong Howe|
Description by OLDIES.com:
"He was the most hated man on earth. But he could have been one of the great men in history. He was a genius." So begins the post-mortem recollections of the cast of characters that had the misfortune of crossing paths with Clementi Sabourin, a cad of such monumental proportions that only George Sanders could play him. Clementi's story plays out in a series of flashbacks, as his life story is relayed by those who knew him to the police, who are investigating his murder. Yvonne DeCarlo, Zsa Zsa Gabor (the ex-Mrs. Sanders), Nancy Gates and Coleen Gray play the eye-catching "Four beautiful reasons behind...the Death of a Scoundrel" promised by the film's poster while Sanders' sibling Tom Conway appears as Clementi's brother. Contributions from the equally celebrated James Wong Howe (cinematographer) and Max Steiner (composer) add luster to the film's pulp noir pursuit of the truth of a great man, greatly dedicated to only himself.
A powerful financier - and thorough scoundrel - is found murdered. With his dark past, there is no lack of suspects.
A spoiled playboy uses his charms to win money and favors from wealthy women, and he builds a himself a tidy fortune on the stock market. But all of his shenanigans only garner him enemies in high places, estrange him from his family and eventually bring him to a tragic end.
- This film mirrors the life of Serge Rubinstein, a wealthy Russian charmer from a successful banking family whose murder drew headlines.
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