In 1796, Captain George Brummell of the 10th Royal Hussars Regiment offends the Prince of Wales with his straightforward outspokenness and gets fired from the army but is chosen as the Prince's personal advisor.
Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.
Andre-Louis Moreau is a nobleman's bastard in the days of the French revolution. Noel, the Marquis de Mayne, a nobleman in love with the Queen, is ordered to seek the hand of a young ingenue, Aline, in marriage. Andre also meets Aline, and forms an interest in her. But when the marquis kills his best friend Andre declares himself the Marquis's enemy and vows to avenge his friend. He hides out, a wanted man, as an actor in a commedia troupe, and spends his days learning how to handle a sword. When de Maynes becomes a spadassinicide, challenging opposing National Assembly members to duels they have no hope of winning, Andre becomes a politician to protect the third estate (and hopefully ventilate de Maynes). Written by
Lewis Stone played the 'heavy' - the Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr - in the 1923 version of this film. He came back to play the older character of "Georges de Valmorin" in this version. See more »
Assuming the pamphlet is written in French, a split infinitive is an impossibility. Unlike English, French infinitives are a single word. See more »
[during a play]
Good people of Lacrosse. Now, let me read you a letter from Paris."We, the management of the Prado Ghetta have the pleasure in offering an extended engagement to the Gaston Binet traveling troupe of players... featuring the sensational Scaramouche.
[he falls down a trapdoor]
Did anybody see an unpleasant man with a letter? A letter inviting Scaramouche to Paris? I need hardly say that Scaramouche stays here in Lacrosse!
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A breathtaking display of sword-fighting at its best, excellent acting from all the main characters, brilliant direction, superb over-the-top script and dialogue, first-class photography.
The final duel between Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer is the longest in screen history. But more than that: its staging is first class. The protagonists fight up and down the theatre steps (of course), but also along the edge of balconies, in the foyer and even in the props warehouse. This is not just a sword fight, though: it's a display both of acrobatics and of the characters' personalities, with Granger's character exhibiting courage and magnanimity; Ferrer's is less generous but equally brave.
The drama is punctuated by scenes of low humour (at the clowns' theatre) and high irony (in the National Assembly).
Both of the female leads - Janet Leigh and Eleanor Parker - are stunningly beautiful. You feel sorry one of them has to lose Granger to the other; but at least the loser gets together in the end with a famous historical personage ...
Granger is Granger: suave, handsome, commanding. He is supposed to have done most of his own stunts: riding, duelling and climbing.
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