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Scaramouche (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 27 June 1952 (USA)
18th century France. A man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman.

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Lenore
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Noel, Marquis de Maynes
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Georges de Valmorin
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Isabelle de Valmorin
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Doutreval
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Dr. Dubuque
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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 Kathy Li

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27 June 1952 (USA)  »

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Scaramouche - Der Mann mit der Maske  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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At the very end of the motion picture, Lenore turns away from the window where she has just tossed an exploding bouquet to Scaramouche and we discover that her newest lover is none other than Napoleon Bonaparte. However, the appearance of Napoleon in the scene is incorrect since it shows him as he appeared after 1806. The motion picture is set in pre-revolutionary France. At that time, Napoleon was thin and had long hair. See more »

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Lenore: Ah, diamonds!
Michael Vanneau: I thought of your eyes and I went right out and bought them.
Lenore: Just my eyes? How sweet - I must see that you start thinking about all of me.
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Sabatini's swashbuckling tale brought to vivid life in gorgeous technicolor...
6 May 2002 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

An 18th century nobleman (Stewart Granger) avenging the death of a friend sets in motion the action-filled plot of this Rafael Sabatini tale filmed in gorgeous technicolor and done in rollicking tongue-in-cheek style by an able cast. Eleanor Parker and Janet Leigh both look beautiful as the women in love with Granger's character, who, to hide his true identity must wear the mask of an actor called Scaramouche. It's all done in high style with some beautifully filmed sets and costumes that are breathtaking in color.

Not for a moment can the improbable plot bear close scrutiny--nor is it intended to judging from the over-the-top performance of Stewart Granger in the kind of role that brought stardom to actors like Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power. Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer are dueling opponents throughout, including the final seven minute duel that takes place in a crowded theater where the astonished audience is treated to one of the most skillful duels ever filmed.

The finale would have been even more impressive if the film hadn't already offered a number of extensive dueling scenes. Director George Sidney seems to relish the swashbuckling elements of the screenplay and gives too much time to the various duels without giving the characters too much dimension. Eleanor Parker is strikingly beautiful as the tempestuous actress constantly bickering with the athletic Granger, obviously relishing her colorful role. By contrast, Janet Leigh seems very demure indeed in a more conventional role.

Victor Young's colorful score is a decided asset, punctuating the proceedings with the required dash and eloquence. If swashbuckling romantic adventures are the kind of action films you admire, you'll have a grand time with this one. Grade A production values all the way and directed at a fast clip despite its two hour running time.


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