Technicolor and tights. In the days of King Henry IV, stalwart young Myles of Crisby Dale, and his sister Meg, have been raised as peasants, without any knowledge of their father's true ... See full summary »
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
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 »
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 »
On second thought, I realize that I am very much interested in politics. And I would be proud to serve the people of France in their hour of need!
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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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