Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: Season 10, Episode 17

The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 1 (9 Feb. 1964)
"Disneyland" The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 1 (original title)

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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, ... See full summary »

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Dr. Christopher Syn / The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
George Cole ...
Mr. Mipps / Hellspite
Tony Britton ...
Simon Bates
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Squire Thomas Banks
Geoffrey Keen ...
General Pugh
Kay Walsh ...
Mrs. Waggett
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Patrick Wymark ...
Joseph Ransley
Alan Dobie ...
Mr. Frank Fragg - Prosecutor
Sean Scully ...
John Banks / The Curlew
Eric Flynn ...
David Buck ...
Harry Banks
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Dover Castle Jailer
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Sam Farley
Jill Curzon ...
Katharine Banks
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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 Les Segal <asdmh02@sasknet.sk.ca>

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Disney funded the rebuilding of Old Romney Church, which doubled for Dymchurch. See more »

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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 »

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Referenced in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) See more »

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21 July 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A magnificent look into a largely unknown period in which Dr. Syn disguises himself as the Scarecrow to promote his smuggling operations. It's interesting to note that The Scarecrow does not set out to become a hero. He terrifies his own men with a costume that does the Batman proud and a laugh that chills. He serves the towns really only to safeguard his operations. He almost by chance becomes a defender of the newly minted Americans simply because they share a common enemy--the Brits. Patrick McGoohan is eerie as the Scarecrow, and the clever scripting makes him an intelligent hero for whom you cheer. In short brilliant.


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