Dr. Syn, a country priest leads a rebel band against the King's naval press gangs. Press gangs (impressment) roam the country side beating young men into submission or unconsciousness, usually at local inns and pubs, in order to enslave them in the Royal British Navy. Dr. Syn conceals his secret identity behind a sackcloth mask, and carries on activities ala Scarlet Pimpernel and Zorro from his parish base. Written by
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Did You Know?
In 1962 Hammer made Night Creatures
(1962), which concerns the same character, Christopher Syn, created by Russell Thorndike
. Much of the basic plot is the same. Disney had already purchased the rights to the novel "Christopher Syn", based on Thorndike's works. It was determined that Disney had a better hold on the copyright for the names of Syn and Scarecrow, so the character's name is the Rev. Dr. Blyss, alias Captain Clegg. See more
In his introduction, Walt Disney
states that Dr. Syn/The Scarecrow was a historical figure. Syn was, in fact, born in the mind of novelist Russell Thorndike as the hero of a book series first published in 1915. See more