School For Scoundrels


Directed By

Robert Hamer


Based on the Stephen Potter ‘One Upmanship’ and ‘Lifemanship’ books and featuring a stellar cast of much loved comedy actors of the era, including Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Janette Scott, Alastair Sim and Dennis Price, School of Scoundrels is the tale of hapless Henry Palfrey’s (Carmichael) attempts to turn his luck around by enrolling in Lifemanship College.

Directed by Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets) and written by Patricia Moyes and Hal. E Chester. Starring Ian Carmichael (The Lady Vanishes, Lucky Jim), Terry-Thomas (Private’s Progress, I’m All Right Jack), Janette Scott (The Day of the Triffids, Paranoiac), Alistair Sim (A Christmas Carol, The Green Man) and Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Victim).

Enroll at the wacky College of Lifemanship where a senior host of great British comedians teach a completely uproarious course on how to come out tops in any social situation. Study with Alastair Sim and learn his valuable hints on the art of comic Oneupmanship.  Follow his expert advice to victimised Ian Carmichael about romance and you’ll be a top-class pupil fully equipped to cope with life’s hilarious humiliations without really cheating.

Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Janette Scott, Alastair Sim, Dennis Price
Other Credits

Based on the novels by Stephen Potter
Screenplay by Patricia Moyes And Hal E. Chester

Release Date
5 October 2015
  • New Interview with Peter Bradshaw
  • New Interview with Chris Potter (Stephen Potter’s son)
  • New Interview with Author Graham McCann (Terry-Thomas’s biographer)
  • Stills Gallery
  • Trailer
  • English SDH
Restoration Details

A brand new digital restoration from a 2k scan


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