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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 »

Company Credits

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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 »


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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9 May 2001 | by random_axSee all my reviews

I first saw this as SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH on DISNEY'S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR (1963). The whole mystique of the character has remained with me all these years. McGoohan is subperb in portraying both the kindly vicar and the horrific Scarecrow.

The cool thing I recalled most about this movie was that McGoohan's Dr Syn, the vicar of Dymchurch, would sit between General Pugh (obsessed with the Scarecrow's capture) and the Squire (the local law) and listen contentedly to the plans.

I've seen this movie on ebay for 200 doallrs. Why Disney has not re-released this again on video is beyond me

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