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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
In the final duel between Andre Moreau and the Marquis de Maynes, Andre (Stewart Granger) jumps at the Duc from the back of a row of theatre chairs. During the filming of this scene, Granger narrowly missed serious injury to his groin when he landed astride the next row of chairs, and filming had to be halted temporarily. See more »
When Andre's sword slices Noel's upper right arm, there is no tear in the fabric, and no blood until Noel puts his left hand over his arm leaving finger shaped blood spots, and which change size/shape throughout the rest of the sword fight. See more »
What a wonderful swashbuckling adventure movie!! It stacks up well with the best of them--Captain Blood, The Mark of Zorro, Adventures of Robinhood and The Sea Hawk. Like 3 of the previously mentioned films (all but Zorro), this movie is loosely based on a Raphael Sabatini novel by the same name. And, like the others, the plot diverges from the book in many key points. I actually recommend that if you really like the films, you should also try to track down the novels as well (if you can find them--they have been out of print for MANY years).
Granger's character, Andre Moreau, sees his friend murdered in a sword fight with the incredibly detestable Marquis, played to the hilt by Mel Ferrer. Although Granger would LOVE to kill Ferrer, he is in no way his equal with the sword, so he hides in a traveling acting company and dons the mask of the character "Scaramouche" to hide his real identity (and save his tush).
Time passes, during with Granger has a lot of time for romance and to hone his skills with the sword. Eventually, he and Ferrer meet again and their showdown in the theater is reportedly the longest sword fighting sequence in Hollywood history! It's an incredible sight to behold!
FYI--the end (the REAL identity of Granger's character) is VERY different in the original book. Also, there was an excellent silent version of this film which starred Ramon Novarro--though it doesn't come close to this 1952 version, which is so perfect in every way.
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