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Doctor Syn (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Adventure | 14 November 1937 (USA)
When customs and excise men arrive at the village of Dymchurch in Kent, they uncover an intricate smuggling network being coordinated by the local parson, Dr Syn. Unknown to all but a few ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Roger Burford (scenario), Michael Hogan (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
George Arliss ... Dr. Syn
Margaret Lockwood ... Imogene Clegg
John Loder ... Denis Cobtree
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Capt. Howard Collyer, R.N.
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... Jerry Jerk
Frederick Burtwell Frederick Burtwell ... Rash the Schoolmaster
George Merritt ... Mipps the Coffin Maker
Athole Stewart Athole Stewart ... Squire Anthony Cobtree
Wilson Coleman Wilson Coleman ... Dr. Pepper, MD
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Collyer's Bo'sun
Meinhart Maur Meinhart Maur ... Mulatto
Muriel George ... Mrs. Waggetts, Pub Owner
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When customs and excise men arrive at the village of Dymchurch in Kent, they uncover an intricate smuggling network being coordinated by the local parson, Dr Syn. Unknown to all but a few locals Dr Syn also hides a secret past, that he was once the notorious pirate Captain Clegg. Written by Fuzzball

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The Most Feared Pirate Gangster of His Time!

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Drama | Adventure

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Approved
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Syn See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Connections

Remade as Night Creatures (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

We've No Abiding City
(uncredited)
Music by Louis Levy
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An Okay End of a Career
25 April 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

The final film of the actor George Arliss was this version of the story of Dr Syn, who was a pastor by day and a smuggler by night. Later versions would star Peter Cushing for Hammer and Patrick McGoohan for Disney, this is the weakest version of the story.

The movie is okay melodrama, but isn't anything to write home about. Certainly had it not been an a multi-feature DVD I would never have picked it up, but now that I've seen it I can't say it was a complete waste of time.

Part of the problem is that Arliss was well past his prime when he played the lead. While the fact that he was pushing 70 should not be held against him; the fact that he looked very close to dead, or at least embalmed and was playing a man of action should. The role should have been played by Tod Slaughter and you would have had a classic film.In his day Arliss was hailed as a great actor of the stage, unfortunately sound came too late to allow him to be anything but okay.

If you want an okay time killer or to see a once great actors last gasp then see this version of Doctor Syn, otherwise stay away.


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