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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)

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 »
Factual errors: 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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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Marvelous period piece set in England, 9 January 1999
Author: Marta from United States

This is a really rousing film, full of good deeds and chases, disguises and daring escapes. It's set in the late 1770's, since reference is made to the American fight for freedom from the British, and filmed in England.

Patrick McGoohan, one of my favorite actors, plays Dr. Syn, mild-mannered minister by day and rakish do-gooder by night, called the Scarecrow by the local people. George Cole plays Mipps, his assistant in both guises. The Scarecrow intercepts British government supplies and distributes them to the poor in the district, so he is greatly loved by the locals, and greatly sought by the government. The first half is taken up with the acts of a weak man who takes money from the army commander to turn in the Scarecrow. The Scarecrow finds out about this from a loyal local, and sets up a trap for the commander and the traitor. He wins the day, of course. The Scarecrow inventively and effectively deals with traitors in his network of thieves in his own fashion, but he's got a heart of gold underneath his rags; no one dies in this film. The Scarecrow and his right-hand men wear full head masks and disguises so that they are not recognized. These masks are pretty scary, and lend a lot to the flavor of the movie.

The Scarecrow also helps a local Lord's son; the man was shanghaied into the navy, escaped after 2 years of terrible slavery, made his way back to his family, but is discovered and thrown into jail. The Scarecrow springs the man by dressing up as a press gang leader, and marchs the son, as well as another man who was wrongfully accused, out of jail right under the commander's nose. He's helped in this by the lieutenant of the local guards, whose in love with the jailed man's sister. Michael Hordern plays the Lord; he's always wonderful.

I can't recommend this movie enough. Patrick McGoohan is perfect in the role, and I think it's one of his best. It's hard to find; Disney hasn't shown it for years. But they've started to bring a lot of their older things from the TV show out on video, and I sincerely hope this will be one of them. It's a great Saturday night movie, but younger kids might be scared by those masks.

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