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Scaramouche (1923)

When a nobleman murders his best friend, a lawyer becomes a revolutionary with his heart set on vengeance.


Rex Ingram


Rafael Sabatini (by), Willis Goldbeck (scenario)

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Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Ingraham ... Quintin de Kercadiou
Alice Terry ... Aline de Kercadiou
Ramon Novarro ... André-Louis Moreau
Lewis Stone ... The Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr
Julia Swayne Gordon ... The Countess de Plougastel
William Humphrey ... The Chevalier de Chabrillane
Otto Matieson ... Philippe de Vilmorin (as Otto Matiesen)
George Siegmann ... Danton (as George Siegman)
Bowditch M. Turner Bowditch M. Turner ... Chapelier (as Bowditch Turner)
James A. Marcus ... Challefou Binet (as James Marcus)
Edith Allen ... Climène Binet
John George ... Polichinelle - Member of the Troupe
Willard Lee Hall Willard Lee Hall ... The King's Lieutenant
Rose Dione Rose Dione ... La Révolte


A law student becomes an outlaw French revolutionary when he decides to avenge the unjust killing of his friend. To get close to the aristocrat who has killed his friend the student adopts the identity of Scaramouche the clown. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Drama | Romance


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None | English | French

Release Date:

February 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Liebling der Pariser See more »


Box Office


$858,723 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$938,103, 31 December 1924
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1.33 : 1
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An army of workmen built a whole French village that covered 60 acres and was faithfully reproduced down to cobblestone streets and shop windows filled with actual wares. Hundreds of thousands of yards of muslin, satin, brocade and velvet were required in the making of the gorgeous costumes worn by the cast. See more »

Alternate Versions

On 5 December 2000, Turner Classic Movies broadcast a 124-minute version with a new musical score written by Jeffrey Mark Silverman and played by the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostravia, Czech Republic, conducted by Hugh Munro Neely. It was the first time Scaramouche (1923) was ever shown on television. See more »


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The Return Of A Silent Swashbuckler
26 December 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Fleeing from the wrath of the vengeful Nobility, a young Frenchman joins a troupe of actors. Winning fame as the clown SCARAMOUCHE, the stalwart fellow finds himself drawn into the events surrounding the start of the Revolution.

Following his big movie hit of the previous year - 1922's THE PRISONER OF ZENDA - director Rex Ingram discovered that cinematic lightning could indeed strike twice with this very fine adaptation of Rafael Sabatini's swashbuckling novel, "Scaramouche." Metro gave the production a high gloss, with excellent atmospherics, richly detailed exteriors & rousing mob scenes. It is always refreshing, in any epic film, to see every penny the studio invested represented on the screen.

Ingram reunited his principal cast from ZENDA - Ramon Novarro, Lewis Stone & Alice Terry - as stars for SCARAMOUCHE. Novarro, taking the hero role this time, proved he was no flash in the pan. Equally adept as sensitive lover or dueling revolutionary, with this performance Novarro was catapulted to Hollywood's upper ranks. Stone gives a finely nuanced performance as the villain of the story, slowly revealing layers to the man's personality not readily apparent at first. Miss Terry, who was Ingram's wife, is lovely, but the plot gives her little to do except look distressed or frightened.

In the supporting cast, special note should be given to George Siegmann, striking in the historical role of Danton. Edward Connelly, as the King's Minister, makes a marvelous grotesque.

It is interesting to note that Italian-born British author Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950) had been a novelist for many years before striking gold with "Scaramouche." Its popularity with the public, to say nothing of this acclaimed movie adaptation, pushed it permanently onto that small shelf of fiction (and films) - "A Tale of Two Cities," "The Scarlet Pimpernel" & ORPHANS OF THE STORM - forever associated with the French Revolution. Sabatini also wrote the swashbuckler adventure novels "The Sea Hawk" & "Captain Blood."

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