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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

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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Taglines:

The Most Feared Pirate Gangster of His Time!

Genres:

Drama | Adventure

Certificate:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

We've No Abiding City
(uncredited)
Music by Louis Levy
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Surprisingly flat....and a sad end to a distinguished career.
5 July 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the 1920s and 30s, George Arliss made some magnificent movies (such as "The Millionaire" and "The Working Man")...and earned an Oscar for playing the lead in "Disraeli". Because his career was so distinguished, it's sad that it ended with a rather dull film...one that SHOULD have been so much better. But sadly, "Dr. Syn" just isn't all that interesting.

The film begins briefly in 1780 and you see a pirate crew member called 'the Mulatto' left for dead by pirates. Twenty years pass and Captain Clegg the pirate has faked his own death and is now the parson, Dr. Syn. So, he's a preacher by day and the leader of a band of smugglers by night. However, the Mulatto is back...and so are men intent on capturing Clegg and putting Dr. Syn out of business.

While all this sounds VERY exciting, the direction is sluggish and uninspiring. And, it lacks the energy and scope to make it a memorable film worth your time.


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