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"Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 1 (1963)"Disneyland" The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 1 (original title)

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Original Air Date:
December 1963 (Season 10, Episode 17)
Dr. Syn, a country priest leads a rebel band against the King's naval press gangs. Press gangs (impressment)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Patrick McGoohan ... Dr. Christopher Syn / The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
George Cole ... Mr. Mipps / Hellspite
Tony Britton ... Simon Bates

Michael Hordern ... Squire Thomas Banks
Geoffrey Keen ... General Pugh
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Waggett

Eric Pohlmann ... King George III
Patrick Wymark ... Joseph Ransley
Alan Dobie ... Mr. Frank Fragg - Prosecutor
Sean Scully ... John Banks / The Curlew
Eric Flynn ... Lt. Philip Brackenbury
David Buck ... Harry Banks

Percy Herbert ... Dover Castle Jailer

Robert Brown ... Sam Farley
Jill Curzon ... Katharine Banks
Mark Dignam ... The Bishop
Gordon Gostelow ... Ben
Bruce Seton ... Beadle
Allan McClelland ... 2nd Jailer
Richard O'Sullivan ... George Ransley
Simon Lack ... Dragoon Corporal
Elsie Wagstaff ... Mrs. Ransley
Peter Welch ... Stubbard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Walt Disney ... Himself - Host

Episode Crew
Directed by
James Neilson 
Writing credits
Russell Thorndike (novel "Christopher Syn")

Robert Westerby (teleplay)

Russell Thorndike  novel "Doctor Syn, a Smuggler Tale of the Romney Marsh"
Robert Westerby  writer

Produced by
Bill Anderson .... co-producer
Hugh Attwooll .... associate producer
Walt Disney .... producer
Original Music by
Gerard Schurmann  (as Gerard Schurmann)
Cinematography by
Paul Beeson 
Film Editing by
Peter Boita 
Art Direction by
Michael Stringer 
Set Decoration by
Peter James 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup supervisor
Henry Montsash .... hair stylist (as H Montsash)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Peverall .... assistant director
Richard Jenkins .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (uncredited)
Les Wiggins .... sound (uncredited)
Music Department
Terry Gilkyson .... composer: theme song "Scarecrow"
Other crew
Jack Bruner .... program coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Disneyland: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 1 (#10.17)" - USA (original title)
USA:129 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Disney funded the rebuilding of Old Romney Church, which doubled for Dymchurch.See more »
Revealing mistakes: At the very end, Dr. Syn and Sir Thomas are talking of Harry's rescue. Sitting a bit further away are Kate and Phillip Brackenbury. Dr. Syn mentions to Sir Thomas that the Scarecrow was able to free Harry where Dr. Syn could not. But Phillip was there when Dr. Syn entered the dungeon as himself, dressed as the Petty Officer from the naval picket. Phillip knew it was Dr. Syn who helped the prisoners escape. If he overheard Dr. Syn, it should have told him just who the "Scarecrow" really was.See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Superior Remake of Arliss' Last Film, 27 November 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Although certain background matters are changed, THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH is the remake of DR. SYN which was the final film in George Arliss' career. The basic plot is the same: a smuggling gang is headed by the local Anglican minister, Dr. Christopher Syn, in the village of Romney Marsh (in the Arliss movie it was Dymchurch, and the minister was an ex-pirate). But more of the problems of the reign of King George III was brought into this film. The press gangs that grabbed men where they could be found for the King's navy (this was not dealt with in the Arliss film). The appearance of an escaped American Revolutionary reminds the viewers that there were many in England who shared sympathies with their American cousins. The would be betrayal of Dr. Syn by a local schoolmaster is the subject of one of the stories (and is handled - quite differently - in the 1937 film). I must also admit that the performance of Patrick Macgoohan was a distinct plus, for while I liked Arliss's Dr. Syn, Macgoohan brought more to the role by being a wide bit younger and vigorous. I only wish it were possible to get a good video or DVD of the work - maybe Disney will release it one day.

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