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The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 1 

Dr. Syn, a country priest leads a rebel band against the King's naval press gangs. Press gangs (impressment) roam the country side beating young men into submission or unconsciousness, ... See full summary »


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Russell Thorndike (novel), Robert Westerby (teleplay) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... Dr. Christopher Syn / The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
George Cole ... Mr. Mipps / Hellspite
Tony Britton Tony Britton ... Simon Bates
Michael Hordern ... Squire Thomas Banks
Geoffrey Keen ... General Pugh
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Waggett
Eric Pohlmann ... King George III
Patrick Wymark ... Joseph Ransley
Alan Dobie Alan Dobie ... Mr. Frank Fragg - Prosecutor
Sean Scully Sean Scully ... John Banks / The Curlew
Eric Flynn Eric Flynn ... Lt. Philip Brackenbury
David Buck David Buck ... Harry Banks
Percy Herbert ... Dover Castle Jailer
Robert Brown ... Sam Farley
Jill Curzon Jill Curzon ... Katharine Banks


Dr. Syn, a country priest leads a rebel band against the King's naval press gangs. Press gangs (impressment) roam the country side beating young men into submission or unconsciousness, usually at local inns and pubs, in order to enslave them in the Royal British Navy. Dr. Syn conceals his secret identity behind a sackcloth mask, and carries on activities ala Scarlet Pimpernel and Zorro from his parish base. Written by Les Segal <asdmh02@sasknet.sk.ca>

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Release Date:

9 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode aired opposite The Beatles' first appearance on CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show, 9 February 1964. See more »


In his introduction, Walt Disney states that Dr. Syn/The Scarecrow was a historical figure. Syn was, in fact, born in the mind of novelist Russell Thorndike as the hero of a book series first published in 1915. See more »


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

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Superior Remake of Arliss' Last Film
27 November 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

Although certain background matters are changed, THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH is the remake of DR. SYN which was the final film in George Arliss' career. The basic plot is the same: a smuggling gang is headed by the local Anglican minister, Dr. Christopher Syn, in the village of Romney Marsh (in the Arliss movie it was Dymchurch, and the minister was an ex-pirate). But more of the problems of the reign of King George III was brought into this film. The press gangs that grabbed men where they could be found for the King's navy (this was not dealt with in the Arliss film). The appearance of an escaped American Revolutionary reminds the viewers that there were many in England who shared sympathies with their American cousins. The would be betrayal of Dr. Syn by a local schoolmaster is the subject of one of the stories (and is handled - quite differently - in the 1937 film). I must also admit that the performance of Patrick Macgoohan was a distinct plus, for while I liked Arliss's Dr. Syn, Macgoohan brought more to the role by being a wide bit younger and vigorous. I only wish it were possible to get a good video or DVD of the work - maybe Disney will release it one day.

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