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Scaramouche (1952)

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After Andre Moreau finds he is the secret bastard son of a recently deceased noble, he realizes that it his own sister that he's romantically drawn to.

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Lenore
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Noel, Marquis de Maynes
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Georges de Valmorin
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Isabelle de Valmorin
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Michael Vanneau
Curtis Cooksey ...
Fabian
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Doutreval
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Dr. Dubuque
Jonathan Cott ...
Sergeant
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Scaramouche - Der Mann mit der Maske  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Originally Stewart Granger was to play both roles, Andre and Noel, but it was finally decided to sign Mel Ferrer for the latter. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 08 mins) When the chandelier falls, Andre is first shown rolling away well to his right just as the rope is cut. His back isn't touching the floor. He is then shown from above rolling to his LEFT. While looking up at the falling chandelier his back is firmly planted on the floor. The final shot again shows him rolling to his right in a slight repeat of the first shot. See more »

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Lenore: Do you know who this is?
Crowd: Scaramouche!
Lenore: Scaramouche, yes. But who is Scaramouche? And why does he hide his face behind a mask? You don't know? Then I'll tell you. Scaramouche is a fool, a genius, a ne'er-do-well, a saint; fickle, adoring, false and true together; woman's enemy, and the one thing she can't do without: a man!
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The best swashbuckling film ever
15 November 2005 | by (Azerbaijan) – See all my reviews

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.

Highly recommended!


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