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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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Taglines:

The Most Feared Pirate Gangster of His Time!

Genres:

Drama | Adventure

Certificate:

Approved
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Connections

Remade as Night Creatures (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

We've No Abiding City
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Music by Louis Levy
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Far better than the Disney version
10 July 2016 | by bbmtwistSee all my reviews

Due to a tight script, fine direction, a rapid pace, and Arliss' final performance as Dr. Syn, this is a winner in every direction.

Light comedy, action, suspense, drama, all coalesce in this initial adaptation of Russell Thorndike's action novel.

I just came from watching the excruciatingly dull three part Disney adaptation of a number of the novels under the title THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH.

Arliss' film is superior to the Disney in every way.

Highly recommended. That's all I have to say, but the review guidelines require ten lines, so I am filling them up.


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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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