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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Christopher Syn / The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
George Cole ...
Mr. Mipps / Hellspite
Tony Britton ...
Simon Bates
Squire Thomas Banks
Geoffrey Keen ...
General Pugh
Kay Walsh ...
Mrs. Waggett
Patrick Wymark ...
Joseph Ransley
Alan Dobie ...
Mr. Frank Fragg - Prosecutor
Sean Scully ...
John Banks / The Curlew
Eric Flynn ...
David Buck ...
Harry Banks
Dover Castle Jailer
Sam Farley
Jill Curzon ...
Katharine Banks


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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9 February 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A promotional picture shows Patrick McGoohan's face half as the Vicar with the other half painted, instead of a mask as in the movie, as the Scarecrow. 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 »


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

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A Scary (but kid-friendly) Hero
17 April 2000 | by (Brentwood, TN) – See all my reviews

Patrick McGoohan has rarely been better than in this role as the Scarecrow/Dr. Syn. Set in pre-Revolution England, the film contains a perfect mix of tension and action without ever becoming violent or too intense for youngsters.

McGoohan plays a Robin Hood-like character who cheats the tax collector by smuggling, thereby supporting the common folk who form his gang. McGoohan is ably supported by Michael Hordern as the local landlord, George Cole as the sexton, and Geoffrey Keene as the stuffy British general. The plot twists are plentiful without seeming contrived; the music is wonderful; and the makeup (especially McGoohan's mask!) has stuck with me for 37 years.

Originally telecast in the U.S. as a three-part series--which caused me to spend three anxious weeks as a ten-year old who could hardly wait for the next installment.

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