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The List of Adrian Messenger

  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • 1963
  • John Huston
  • 94 mins
  • PG

Summary

Murder mystery starring George C Scott and featuring Kirk Douglas as one of several star cameos. Adrian Messenger supplies retired British intelligence officer Anthony Gethryn with a mysterious list of names. When Messenger is subsequently caught up in an aeroplane disaster, Gethryn realises that most of the names on the list have also met with "accidental" deaths. A race against time to contact the survivors on the list ensues as Gethryn realises he is dealing with a ruthless killer.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Anthony GethrynGeorge C Scott
Lady Jocelyn BruttenholmDana Wynter
Marquis of GleneyreClive Brook
Sir Wilfred LucasHerbert Marshall
Raoul LeBorgJacques Roux
Inspector PikeBernard Archard
Mrs KaroudjianGladys Cooper
DerekTony Huston
Adrian MessengerJohn Merivale
MaxMarcel Dalio
CarstairsRoland DeLong
ShopkeeperAnita Bolster
FarmerNoel Purcell
Inspector SeymourAlan Caillou
Sgt FloodRichard Peel
LynchBernard Fox
HuntsmanJohn Huston
George BroughamKirk Douglas
ItalianTony Curtis
WomanBurt Lancaster
Jim SlatteryRobert Mitchum
Gypsy stablemanFrank Sinatra

Crew

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DirectorJohn Huston

Details

Theatrical distributor
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Released on
1963-06-10
Languages
English | French
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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