School for Scoundrels

1960

Action / Comedy

17
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 73%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 2524

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Dennis Price as Dunstan
Terry-Thomas as Raymond Delauney
Alastair Sim as Mr. S. Potter
John Le Mesurier as Head Waiter
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Nice showcase for the talents of the cast

SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS is a likeable enough British comedy of 1960 that very much acts as a showcase for the talents of the comedy actors involved. Ian Carmichael takes the lead role and plays his usual upper-class twit character and perfectly suited to it he is too. Alastair Sim has a smaller role but it's also one which has been crafted to his best talents. Best of the lot is the excellent Terry-Thomas playing the ultimate cad character as he's absolutely hilarious. The first half of the film sees Carmichael being put upon in a number of funny set-pieces while the second half follows his meted-out revenge. Dennis Price and Peter Jones bag the funniest moments as the unscrupulous car dealers while Janette Scott is the perfect object of affection.

Reviewed by chaswe-28402 4 / 10

Laboured, stretched and slight

Humour is funny. Some people laugh loudly at what others don't. This film is paired on a single disc with The Green Man, which for me is the funniest ever produced. Yet SFS sits marginally higher on the IMDb rating list. I don't get it. The substance and script of this offering is insufficient. There's not much of a story and no plot. Ineffective executive loser takes a ridiculous expensive course in how to be overbearing and becomes a winner. Its pace drags.

The one-upmanship joke is a one-joke joke. Once you've heard it once or possibly twice, it ceases to be funny, and, in my view, doesn't amuse any more. Here, it goes on and on, interminably. Terry-Thomas is wasted. He can be hilarious, but only in special situations, and relatively small doses. The Hattie Jacques episode is entirely pointless. That tennis match grows frankly tedious, and is suffered twice. A sports scenario, predicated on actual skill, does not exactly lend itself to one-upmanship, which only has purpose in social settings. Ian and Alastair are OK, but in a restricted sort of way. I didn't actually laugh, and really only smiled if I was feeling generous. The Swiftmobile was impressive, but the sales spiel from Dennis and friend, larded with verbosity, went on far too long. Janette was easy on the eye. Insufficient compensation for the general emptiness.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 6 / 10

Self Esteem Issues

In a sense School For Scoundrels was years ahead of its time because today what Alastair Sim was be doing would be called motivational speaking. I'd hate to think what he could be charging today for his self improvement lectures.

Ian Carmichael has some self esteem issues, he just thinks he's a loser in the game of life. Most especially a pretty girl he literally ran into played by Janette Scott is being given a first class rush by that cad Terry-Thomas.

I think you can figure what happens after Carmichael takes a few courses at Sim's College of Oneupmanship. Just see the two contrasting tennis games that are played by the rivals.

Terry-Thomas with that rakish mustache is so perfect when burlesques Snidely Whiplash like villains on the screen.

And Norman Vincent Peale might have approved of Sim's take on the power of positive thinking. Not exactly what Peale had in mind, but much more fun.

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