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The Scapegoat (1959)

An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count; and unwillingly swaps identities with him.

Director:

Robert Hamer

Writers:

Daphne Du Maurier (novel), Robert Hamer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alec Guinness ... John Barratt / Jacques De Gue
Bette Davis ... Countess
Nicole Maurey ... Bela
Irene Worth ... Francoise
Pamela Brown Pamela Brown ... Blanche
Annabel Bartlett Annabel Bartlett ... Marie-Noel
Geoffrey Keen ... Gaston
Noel Howlett ... Dr. Aloin
Peter Bull ... Aristide
Leslie French Leslie French ... Lacoste
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Inspector
Maria Britneva ... Maid
Eddie Byrne ... Barman
Alexander Archdale Alexander Archdale ... Gamekeeper
Peter Sallis ... Customs Official
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Storyline

On a vacation in France from his nondescript job and life, John Barratt encounters a titled but impoverished French nobleman who looks exactly like him. The nobleman gets John drunk, and switches places with him to take a breather from his failing business and too-complicated life. John tries to convince everyone he is not who they think he is, but he begins to get more and more involved with the count's family, including an unhappy wife, domineering mother, lonely but talented young daughter, bitter spinster sister and the expected mistress. As John gets to know them he feels he can help them with their problems, but is also becoming used to his borrowed life, which has given him a purpose for the first time. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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He took another man's name... lived another man's life... loved another man's woman! See more »


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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Sündenbock See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$943,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$570,000, 31 December 1959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,195,000, 31 December 1959
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Du Maurier-Guinness See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A rejected score consisting of classical selections plus original music by Douglas Gamley was recorded in England. See more »

Goofs

When they first enter the hotel room the suitcase is placed at the foot of the right side bed. The next morning it is at the foot of the left bed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Customs Official: You have the intention of staying long in France, Mr. Barratt?
John Barratt: I don't know. That is to say that I didn't know there was any restriction apart from the question of money.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over various images of the book by Daphne Du Maurier. See more »

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Version of The Scapegoat (2012) See more »

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A well acted mystery about having another chance at a "new" life.
9 May 1999 | by rondineSee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see this movie during a TCM Bette Davis Marathon. Although her part is relatively small, I was thrilled to see Sir Alec Guinness in a very unusual story. He encounters a man that is for all purposes identical to him. They drink, go to his apartment, and in the morning one is gone leaving the other one to fill in his shoes at home. At first of course he protests- saying he is John Barrat. But the Count has made sure that no one will listen by telegraphing his doctor that he's been having delusions that he's someone else. Being a man that really had no one that cared about him to begin with, he decides to go on with the charade. The plot thickens from there on. Good story & a fine supporting cast make this an interesting murder mystery. Enjoy it if you can find it. (TCM is short for Turner Classic Movies cable station.) It is worth note that this story is by the same author of Hitchcock's Rebecca- another murder mystery worth viewing & much easier to find.


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