Death of a Scoundrel (1956): Charles Martin Directs Real-Life Brothers George Sanders and Tom Conway

Charles Martin directed and produced Death of a Scoundrel, a fictionalized adaptation of the life and mysterious death of Serge Rubinstein, starring George Sanders and Yvonne De Carlo.

Death of a Scoundrel
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Theatrical release poster

This film alongside with The Falcon’s Brother are the only two movies to cast real-life lookalike brothers, George Sanders and Tom Conway, who portray brothers in both pictures.

Sanders plays Clementi Sabourin, a wealthy and scandalous businessman who’s found dead.  The police investigate Bridget Kelly (Yvonne De Carlo), who found the body, and she relates his past.

A Czech refugee, missing and believed dead, Sabourin finds his love Zina (Lisa Ferraday) is now married to his brother, Gerry (Tom Conway). Out of spite, he betrays his brother to the police. Sabourin learns from the police that Gerry was killed resisting arrest. The prefect gives Sabourin a passport and he sets sail for America.

The movie’s overwhelming music is by Max Steiner and the black and white cinematographer is James Wong Howe.


Produced, directed, written by Charles Martin
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Edited by Conrad A. Nervig
Distributed by RKO Pictures

Release date: November 5, 1956

Running time: 119 minutes