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February 1924 (USA) See more »
When a nobleman murders his best friend, a lawyer becomes a revolutionary with his heart set on vengeance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lloyd Ingraham ... Quintin de Kercadiou

Alice Terry ... Aline de Kercadiou

Ramon Novarro ... André-Louis Moreau

Lewis Stone ... The Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr

Julia Swayne Gordon ... The Countess de Plougastel

William Humphrey ... The Chevalier de Chabrillane
Otto Matieson ... Philippe de Vilmorin (as Otto Matiesen)

George Siegmann ... Danton (as George Siegman)
Bowditch M. Turner ... Chapelier (as Bowditch Turner)

James A. Marcus ... Challefou Binet (as James Marcus)

Edith Allen ... Climène Binet

John George ... Polichinelle - Member of the Troupe
Willard Lee Hall ... The King's Lieutenant
Rose Dione ... La Révolte
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin Argus ... King Louis XVI (uncredited)
J. Edwin Brown ... Monsieur Benoît (uncredited)

Louise Carver ... Member of Theatre Audience (uncredited)

Edward Connelly ... Minister to the King (uncredited)
Roy Coulson ... Jean Paul Murat (uncredited)

Edward Coxen ... Jacques (uncredited)

Carrie Daumery ... Court Gossip (uncredited)
Fuerburg De Garcia ... Maximilien Robespierre (uncredited)
Clotilde Delano ... Marie Antoinette (uncredited)
William Dyer ... The Gamekeeper (uncredited)
Snitz Edwards ... Villager (uncredited)

Louise Emmons ... Villager (uncredited)
Howard Gaye ... Viscount d'Albert (uncredited)
Gypsy Hart ... Theroigne de Mericourt (uncredited)
Bynunsky Hyman ... Member of the Troupe (uncredited)
Arthur Jasmine ... A Student of Rennes (uncredited)
Lorimer Johnston ... Count Dupuye (uncredited)
Jack Jordan ... Aristocrat (uncredited)

Tom Kennedy ... A Dragoon (uncredited)

Nelson McDowell ... Rhodomont - Member of the Troupe (uncredited)
Kalla Pasha ... Keeper of the Paris Gate (uncredited)

Marjorie Reynolds ... Child (uncredited)
Mariano Samaniegos ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)

David Sharpe ... Boy (uncredited)
Lydia Yeamans Titus ... Madame Binet (uncredited)

Jacques Tourneur ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Slavko Vorkapich ... Napoléon Bonaparte - a Lieutenant of Artillery (uncredited)
Carrie Clark Ward ... Madame Benoît (uncredited)

Directed by
Rex Ingram 
Writing credits
Rafael Sabatini (by)

Willis Goldbeck (scenario)

Willis Goldbeck  adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
Rex Ingram .... producer
Original Music by
Jeffrey Silverman (2000) (as Jeffrey Mark Silverman)
William Axt (uncredited)
Leo Kempinski (uncredited)
Cinematography by
John F. Seitz (photographic)
Film Editing by
Grant Whytock (editorial)
Costume Design by
O'Kane Conwell (uncredited)
Van Horn (uncredited)
Eve Roth (uncredited)
Production Management
Curt Rehfeld .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Curt Rehfeld .... assistant director
Art Department
Harold Grieve .... set designer (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Other crew
John Hughes .... technical staff (as John J. Hughes)
Rex Ingram .... supervision
Amos Myers .... technical staff
Curt Rehfeld .... executive
Jack W. Robson .... technical staff
Arthur Smith .... technical staff
Walter Hansen .... exterior designer (uncredited)
H.J. Utterhore .... fencing advisor (uncredited)
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124 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:PG (video) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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An army of workmen built a whole French village that covered 60 acres and was faithfully reproduced down to cobblestone streets and shop windows filled with actual wares. Hundreds of thousands of yards of muslin, satin, brocade and velvet were required in the making of the gorgeous costumes worn by the cast.See more »
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Referenced in Sherlock Jr. (1924)See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
True Heritage And True Love, 28 September 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Sticking a whole lot closer to the Rafael Sabatini novel than the MGM remake with Stewart Granger in the Fifties, the silent Scaramouche was an important milestone in the career of Ramon Novarro. It was also one of the bigger moneymakers of Metro Pictures before it combined the following year as part of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer colossus. Novarro's box office appeal was one of the bigger assets the newly created MGM acquired.

Novarro strikes the right notes of passion, romance, and swashbuckling derring-do as the young lawyer of questionable parentage who starts an odyssey of adventure when he runs afoul of nobleman Lewis Stone when he calls him out after Stone who is a master swordsman kills young Otto Matieson in a one sided contest.

With the authorities looking for him in the France of Louis XVI, Novarro takes refuge in a troupe of strolling players and plays the famous clown character Scaramouche. Before the film France falls to the Revolutionary Terror and Novarro discovers his true heritage and his true love.

Scaramouche firmly established Novarro as the number one rival of Latin Lover Rudolphe Valentino. In fact Novarro seemed to be able to handle a bigger variety of roles in silent films than Valentino. Of course we'll never know what Valentino might have done in the sound era.

Lewis Stone as the villainous nobleman who is the bane of Novarro's existence is a far cry from Judge Hardy of Carvel, the ever wise father of Mickey Rooney and Cecilia Parker later on. But Stone from the time he was on stage before the Spanish American War handled a variety of parts in stock companies and Broadway. Those were the days where you had these local theater groups to learn your trade and Stone learned it better than most. He and Lionel Barrymore were mainstays in just about every MGM production of note while they were with the studio.

Scaramouche is a deserved silent classic and don't miss it when TCM decides to run it.

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