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Doctor Syn (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Adventure | 14 November 1937 (USA)
When customs and excise men arrive at the village of Dymchurch in Kent, they uncover an intricate smuggling network being coordinated by the local parson, Dr Syn. Unknown to all but a few ... See full summary »

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Dr. Syn
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Imogene Clegg
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Denis Cobtree
Roy Emerton ...
Capt. Howard Collyer, R.N.
Graham Moffatt ...
Jerry Jerk
Frederick Burtwell ...
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Squire Anthony Cobtree
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Dr. Pepper, MD
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Collyer's Bo'sun
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Mrs. Waggetts, Pub Owner
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When customs and excise men arrive at the village of Dymchurch in Kent, they uncover an intricate smuggling network being coordinated by the local parson, Dr Syn. Unknown to all but a few locals Dr Syn also hides a secret past, that he was once the notorious pirate Captain Clegg. Written by Fuzzball

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The Most Feared Pirate Gangster of His Time!

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Good Entertainment With Atmosphere & Action
11 March 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This version of the old legend of "Dr. Syn" is good entertainment, with some effective old-fashioned atmosphere and a story that includes plenty of action. Most of the acting is pretty good, with George Arliss giving a good performance in the lead, a young-looking Margaret Lockwood providing the charm, and Roy Emerton in an energetic if somewhat exaggerated role. Not all of the characters come across as well as theirs do, but more than enough of it is good to make the movie worth watching.

The story starts with a government ship coming to a seacoast town where there have been rumors of smuggling, and where secrets abound. It soon leads to an entertaining cat-and-mouse game that takes some interesting, if sometimes implausible, turns. It's a little uneven at times, but it holds your attention, and the way it all comes out still works. Overall, it's a good adventure story that deserves a look.


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