The List of Adrian Messenger

The List of Adrian Messenger

John Huston (1963)

PG Certificate


Our Score
John Huston's bizarre take on Kind Hearts and Coronets - with stars such as Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Tony Curtis and Frank Sinatra behind make-up for cameo roles - is a gleeful black comedy for most of its running time. An unknown killer begins to eliminate 11 men who knew him as a wartime traitor, and is planning to kill the boy who is the only obstacle to his acquisition of a huge fortune. Part-way through, however, principal investigator George C Scott is at a loss and so are we, as the plot wobbles into self-indulgence, so that it becomes more of a hoot for the cast than the audience.


Detective George C Scott sets out to track down a multiple killer who's also a master of disguise, but finds his efforts hampered at every turn. Mystery, also starring Dana Wynter and Clive Brook, with appearances by Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas and Frank Sinatra.

Cast & Crew

Actor George C Scott
Actor Dana Wynter
Actor Clive Brook
Actor Tony Curtis
Actor Kirk Douglas
Actor Frank Sinatra
Actor Robert Mitchum
Director John Huston
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: DVD