The List of Adrian Messenger

Director: John Huston

Cast: George C. Scott, Dana Wynter, Kirk Douglas, Jacques Roux, Clive Brook, Gladys Cooper, Herbert Marshall, Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, John Merivale, Marcel Dalio, Bernard Archard, Tony Huston, Alan Caillou, Anita Bolster, Jan Merlin, Delphi Lawrence, Nelson Welch

A suitcase bomb is used to down an airliner. Before he drowns at sea, one of the passengers, Adrian Messenger (Merivale) manages to pass along a few words to a survivor. Before his fateful flight, Messenger had asked a trusted friend, Anthony Gethryn (Scott) to check the people on a list. As Gethryn checks the names on Messengerís list he finds a series of recent deaths, apparently unconnected. As more people on the list die under suspicious circumstances, Gethryn suspects the deaths are part of a series of murders. With help from Raoul Le Borg (Roux), the survivor of the plane crash, Gethryn finds a pattern in the murders, and a connection to the wealthy family of Jocelyn Bruttenholm (Wynter). Le Borg is smitten by Jocelyn, and competes for her affection with George Brougham (Douglas), a Canadian who has recently rejoined the family. Gethryn must stop the killer from striking again. The climax comes in a masterfully filmed fox hunt. Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, and Frank Sinatra have cameo roles under disguise. Music by Jerry Goldsmith.


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