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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Christopher Syn / The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
... Mr. Mipps / Hellspite
Tony Britton ... Simon Bates
... Squire Thomas Banks
... General Pugh
... Mrs. Waggett
... King George III
... Joseph Ransley
Alan Dobie ... Mr. Frank Fragg - Prosecutor
Sean Scully ... John Banks / The Curlew
Eric Flynn ... Lt. Philip Brackenbury
David Buck ... Harry Banks
... Dover Castle Jailer
... Sam Farley
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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9 February 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1962 Hammer made Night Creatures (1962), which concerns the same character, Christopher Syn, created by Russell Thorndike. Much of the basic plot is the same. Disney had already purchased the rights to the novel "Christopher Syn", based on Thorndike's works. It was determined that Disney had a better hold on the copyright for the names of Syn and Scarecrow, so the character's name is the Rev. Dr. Blyss, alias Captain Clegg. See more »


At the very end, Dr. Syn and Sir Thomas are talking of Harry's rescue. Sitting a bit further away are Kate and Phillip Brackenbury. Dr. Syn mentions to Sir Thomas that the Scarecrow was able to free Harry where Dr. Syn could not. But Phillip was there when Dr. Syn entered the dungeon as himself, dressed as the Petty Officer from the naval picket. Phillip knew it was Dr. Syn who helped the prisoners escape. If he overheard Dr. Syn, it should have told him just who the "Scarecrow" really was. See more »


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

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An Old Disney Classic
22 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is the kind of movie you hardly see anymore, full of adventure, action and intrigue without the "R" rating, mindless violence and profane language that so permeates modern movies. It would be wonderful if this could be re-released via DVD, hopefully that will be done in the not-too-distant future. Patrick McGoohan is incredible in this movie, you can see how young he is and what a great actor, before he became so well known. I used to have the comic book for this movie at one time and am still kicking myself for selling it. The story of the Scarecrow and his band of outlaw smugglers is an exciting tale, to say the least. Another contemporary movie from the same time frame (1964) that covers the story of the Scarecrow is "Night Creatures" which I believe is soon to be re-released in DVD format, that one starred Peter Cushing. The masks used to cover their identities and their wild rides in the countryside from both movies are incredible. A must see and a must buy!

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