Andre-Louis Moreau is a nobleman's bastard in the days of the French revolution. Noel, the Marquis de Mayne, a nobleman in love with the Queen, is ordered to seek the hand of a young ingenue, Aline, in marriage. Andre also meets Aline, and forms an interest in her. But when the marquis kills his best friend Andre declares himself the Marquis's enemy and vows to avenge his friend. He hides out, a wanted man, as an actor in a commedia troupe, and spends his days learning how to handle a sword. When de Maynes becomes a spadassinicide, challenging opposing National Assembly members to duels they have no hope of winning, Andre becomes a politician to protect the third estate (and hopefully ventilate de Maynes).Written by
After his success in The Three Musketeers (1948), Gene Kelly was initially slated to star in a musical version of the Sabatini story. Fernando Lamas and Ricardo Montalban were subsequently cast before the studio cast new studio contractee Stewart Granger. Granger had seen the original, silent version of Scaramouche (1923) as a ten-year-old boy in England and it had a strong effect on him. When he heard M-G-M was going to remake the film, he arranged a deal with the studio in which he would sign an exclusive contract, if he was given the lead in the new film. This meant the film could no longer be a musical and more emphasis was given to the action, thanks to Granger's athleticism. Gene Kelly had to move on to another musical project, Singin' in the Rain (1952). See more »
When Lenore comes to seek Aline's aid in saving Andre from Noel Aline's little dog barks at the foot of her bed but shows no sign of barking other than at the very beginning but the sound continues with no other movement. Dogs move their heads when they bark. See more »
A great film, they dont make them like that anymore
Scaramouche was and remains one of my all-time favorite films. It may not qualify as a deeply thought-out criticism of the social situation in France at the time preceding the revolution, but it does not intend to. It gives us a perfectly presented adventure with all the trimmings -revenge, disguises, hidden identities- plus the wonderful duel at the end. Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer are both excellent. The entire cast presents the film while avoiding any slip into comedy and parody. The highly improbable story is presented seriously and here lies the beauty of this film. I have to admit being biased: I have always been a Stewart Granger fan and there is very little of the work of his "good years" that I do not like.
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