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Scaramouche (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 27 June 1952 (USA)
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In France during the late 18th Century, a man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Ronald Millar (screenplay), George Froeschel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Andre Moreau
Eleanor Parker ... Lenore
Janet Leigh ... Aline de Gavrillac
Mel Ferrer ... Noel, Marquis de Maynes
Henry Wilcoxon ... Chevalier de Chabrillaine
Nina Foch ... Marie Antoinette
Richard Anderson ... Philippe de Valmorin
Robert Coote ... Gaston Binet
Lewis Stone ... Georges de Valmorin
Elisabeth Risdon ... Isabelle de Valmorin
Howard Freeman ... Michael Vanneau
Curtis Cooksey ... Fabian
John Dehner ... Doutreval
John Litel ... Dr. Dubuque
Jonathan Cott ... Sergeant
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Storyline

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 Kathy Li

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scaramouche - Der Mann mit der Maske See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The horseback chase scenes were filmed in San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Park. At first, the characters spot each other at Lloyd Lake near the "Portal of the Past", then the "Rainbow Falls" on John F. Kennedy Drive, up the steps in front of the Band Concourse and towards the Japanese Tea Garden. All scenes beautifully photographed in Technicolor in semi-fog. The duel scene was shot at Lindley Meadows, near the Polo Field just south of Stow Lake. See more »

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The Gavrillac coat of arms has the scroll with the family's name crossing the middle of the shield. That is not the right place for it; the scroll should be at the foot of the shield, and surrounding its contour. See more »

Quotes

Andre Moreau: You may turn your back on Scaramouche, my lord, but surely you will not run away from Andre Moreau?
Noel, Marquis de Maynes: Scaramouche, you have just given your last performance.
[they fight]
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The best swashbuckling film ever
15 November 2005 | by lotsofwordzSee all my reviews

A breathtaking display of sword-fighting at its best, excellent acting from all the main characters, brilliant direction, superb over-the-top script and dialogue, first-class photography.

The final duel between Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer is the longest in screen history. But more than that: its staging is first class. The protagonists fight up and down the theatre steps (of course), but also along the edge of balconies, in the foyer and even in the props warehouse. This is not just a sword fight, though: it's a display both of acrobatics and of the characters' personalities, with Granger's character exhibiting courage and magnanimity; Ferrer's is less generous but equally brave.

The drama is punctuated by scenes of low humour (at the clowns' theatre) and high irony (in the National Assembly).

Both of the female leads - Janet Leigh and Eleanor Parker - are stunningly beautiful. You feel sorry one of them has to lose Granger to the other; but at least the loser gets together in the end with a famous historical personage ...

Granger is Granger: suave, handsome, commanding. He is supposed to have done most of his own stunts: riding, duelling and climbing.

Highly recommended!


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