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THE SCAPEGOAT
1959, Warner Bros., 91 min, UK, USA, Dir: Robert Hamer

Director Robert Hamer and Gore Vidal adapted Daphne du Maurier’s novel for this intriguing mystery, and du Maurier herself suggested Alec Guinness for the dual lead roles of British teacher John Barratt and French nobleman Jacques De Gué, look-alikes who meet by chance and spend a night drinking together. When Barratt awakes, his passport is gone and he’s plunged into De Gué’s convoluted private life - which includes a wealthy wife (Irene Worth) and an imperious mother (Bette Davis). Guinness played multiple parts in Hamer’s KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS and, as in that earlier film, royal titles and murder figure into the plot.


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