The List of Adrian Messenger


1h 38m 1963

Brief Synopsis

An Army officer races to save a group of former POWs from a murderous master of disguise.

Film Details

Genre
Mystery
Thriller
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 29 May 1963
Production Company
Joel Productions; Universal Pictures
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Location
Ireland
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The List of Adrian Messenger by Philip MacDonald (New York, 1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Synopsis

After tea at the estate of the Marquis of Gleneyre, a retired British intelligence officer, Anthony Gethryn, is given a list of 11 names by his good friend, Adrian Messenger, and asked to check the whereabouts of the people listed. Subsequently, Messenger is killed in a plane which explodes in midair, and Gethryn learns that all of the other people on the list have also met with seemingly accidental deaths. Knowing that there must be a connection in these deaths, Gethryn enlists the aid of Scotland Yard and receives valuable information from Raoul Le Borg, the sole survivor of the plane crash. Gethryn learns that the killer is a master of disguise who changes his identity for each murder. After weeks of inquiry, Gethryn has concluded that the victims were fellow POW's in Burma and that the killer was the informer who disclosed their escape plans to the enemy. This man is now becoming prominent, and he finds it necessary to remove all those who know of his unsavory past. Gethryn identifies the killer as one of the Gleneyre heirs; in fact, only a small boy is standing in his way of becoming sole owner of the estate. At a fox hunt, the killer, George Brougham, turns up without disguise, but Gethryn decides to let him make his move before arresting him. At the right moment, Gethryn closes in; and the killer dies in one of his own traps while attempting to escape.

Film Details

Genre
Mystery
Thriller
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 29 May 1963
Production Company
Joel Productions; Universal Pictures
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Location
Ireland
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The List of Adrian Messenger by Philip MacDonald (New York, 1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

'Curtis, Tony' , Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, and Frank Sinatra appear disguised in character parts, while 'Douglas, Kirk' plays a character who also appears in several disguises. See also the crazy credits entry.

Notes

Locations filmed in Ireland.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer May 29, 1963

Released in United States on Video January 12, 1994

Re-released in United States on Video February 11, 1997

Released in United States Summer May 29, 1963

Released in United States on Video January 12, 1994

Re-released in United States on Video February 11, 1997