The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)

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A former intelligence officer is tasked by the heir to the Gleneyre estate to investigate the unusual deaths of a disparate group of eleven men on a list.


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  • Kirk Douglas and George C. Scott in The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
  • The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
  • Kirk Douglas and Dana Wynter in The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
  • The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
  • Kirk Douglas in The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)

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John Huston


Anthony Veiller (screenplay), Philip MacDonald (based upon a story by)

Did You Know?


Philip Macdonald wrote several books in the 1930s about Anthony Gethryn, the detective played by George C. Scott in this film. However, the source novel for this film was published as late as 1959 - it was the first Gethryn book that Macdonald had ... ...


Mrs. Karoudjian: During the war, my husband was... Swiss.


LeBorg tells Lady Jocelyn. that the wine and oysters aided his recovery, but we've seen nothing of wine and oysters. Clearly a scene was cut, and this line makes no sense in the context.

Crazy Credits

At the end of the last scene, the words "The End" (and production company and distributor credits) are superimposed. But then Kirk Douglas says in voiceover "Hold it! Stop!" The text now disappears again and the music score also stops. He continues: "That's the end of the picture, but it's not the end of the mystery." Scenes featuring four of the film's minor roles are now quickly reprised, with a suitable musical score, and the four actors each remove face masks and other makeup to reveal that the respective parts were played by Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, and Frank Sinatra. Finally, Douglas similarly reprises five disguises that his character wore during the course of the story, and after the last one, reveals his face (which we had already seen when his character was undisguised). He says to the camera, "Ladies and gentlemen -- The End", and continues picking off bits of face mask glue while the musical theme concludes.


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