The Corsican Brothers (1941)

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Douglas Fairbanks jr plays Siamese twins, separated by a good doctor [scalpel hemostat sutures quickly!!] after their parents are killed by Vendetta, personified by Akim Tamiroff in bolero ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Enrico Paoli
John Emery ...
Count Victor Franchi
Walter Kingsford ...
Monsieur Dupre
Nana Bryant ...
Madame Dupre
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Veda Ann Borg ...
Sarah Padden ...
Manart Kippen ...


Douglas Fairbanks jr plays Siamese twins, separated by a good doctor [scalpel hemostat sutures quickly!!] after their parents are killed by Vendetta, personified by Akim Tamiroff in bolero suits. One goes to Paris, one to the Corsican Mountains to become, respectively, a gentleman and a bandit. What will happen? "I have performed the miracle I have separated their bodies. But what of their souls?" Lucien [the bandit] feels everything Mario [the Parisian fop - I mean, gentleman] feels. 20 years pass...then another year...and they are reunited in Corsica. Banditry and vendetta and a beautiful Corsican countess ensue. Written by Chris in Oxford UK

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28 November 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die korsischen Brüder  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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In many scenes, there appear to be two of Fairbanks in the medium shot without trick photography. The director did it by having a stuntman wear a special Fairbanks mask, complete with mustache. See more »


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A Film Ahead of Its Time
29 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was hard for me to believe this film was made in 1941 because it deals with the operation of Siamese Twins and a doctor named Enrico Paoli, (H.B.Warner) who is able to perform surgery and separate these twin boys and give them a life. However, Dr. Enrico worries about the soul of these twins and hopes that one is not without one. There are times in this film when I think I am seeing a Boris Karloff film with all kinds of experiments bringing people back from the dead and mixing all kinds of steamy chemicals glowing in the dark. The star of this picture is Douglas Fairbanks Jr., (Lucien Franchi/Mario Franchi) who stars in both roles as the twin boys and gives an outstanding performance. Akim Tamrioff, (Colona) plays a ruthless person who controls Corsica where this film takes place and is responsible for the deaths of Lucien and Mario father and mother. This is a film which is way ahead of its time and is very entertaining with Douglas Fairbanks Jr., doing all the sword swinging like his father years ago. Great Film.

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