School for Scoundrels (1960)

School for Scoundrels
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TitleSchool for Scoundrels
Year1960
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreComedy (Movies)
Run Time1h 34 min
Director

Henry Palfrey is a failure in sport and love, and the easy victim of conmen and employees alike. So he enrols at the “School of Lifemanship” in Yeovil, run by Dr. Potter. Palfrey is given an object lesson in this when he has his interview with Potter, who proceeds to win a name-calling game. When Palfrey explains that he is a failure, Potter surmises that a woman is involved. In flashback, Palfrey recounts how he first met April Smith, knocking parcels from her hands when he rushes to catch a bus. He manages to arrange a dinner date with her.

When Palfrey shows up at work, his loafing employees are unconcerned, despite his being the head of the family firm. They pay much more respect to his senior clerk, Gloatbridge. In private, Gloatbridge is patronising toward his erstwhile boss, making the business decisions. Palfrey asks him to make a dinner reservation, and has to fend off Gloatbridge’s unwanted restaurant suggestion. That night at the restaurant, the head waiter cannot find Palfrey’s booking at first; he does finally locate it under a slightly different name, but still refuses to seat them, as they are late. When Raymond Delauney, a casual acquaintance of Palfrey’s, arrives and sees April, he invites them to his table, where he proceeds to try to seduce April and cast Palfrey in a bad light at every opportunity.

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School for Scoundrels
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Cast:

Ian Carmichael Ian Carmichael
Henry Palfrey
Terry-Thomas Terry-Thomas
Raymond Delauney
Alastair Sim Alastair Sim
Mr. S. Potter
Janette Scott Janette Scott
April Smith

Henry Palfrey is a failure in sport and love, and the easy victim of conmen and employees alike. So he enrols at the “School of Lifemanship” in Yeovil, run by Dr. Potter. Palfrey is given an object lesson in this when he has his interview with Potter, who proceeds to win a name-calling game. When Palfrey explains that he is a failure, Potter surmises that a woman is involved. In flashback, Palfrey recounts how he first met April Smith, knocking parcels from her hands when he rushes to catch a bus. He manages to arrange a dinner date with her.

When Palfrey shows up at work, his loafing employees are unconcerned, despite his being the head of the family firm. They pay much more respect to his senior clerk, Gloatbridge. In private, Gloatbridge is patronising toward his erstwhile boss, making the business decisions. Palfrey asks him to make a dinner reservation, and has to fend off Gloatbridge’s unwanted restaurant suggestion. That night at the restaurant, the head waiter cannot find Palfrey’s booking at first; he does finally locate it under a slightly different name, but still refuses to seat them, as they are late. When Raymond Delauney, a casual acquaintance of Palfrey’s, arrives and sees April, he invites them to his table, where he proceeds to try to seduce April and cast Palfrey in a bad light at every opportunity.

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