Scaramouche

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Overview

This delightful adaptation of Rafael Sabatini's swashbuckling novel stars Stewart Granger as Andre Moreau, an 18th-century French nobleman who is publicly humiliated by the Marquis de Maynes Mel Ferrer. Challenged to a sword duel by the Marquis, Andre, who knows nothing about fencing, runs away, taking refuge with a theatrical troupe. He hides behind the personality of Scaramouche, a zany clown, and in his spare time romances his sexy leading lady Lenore Eleanor Parker. Seeking revenge against de Maynes, Andre ...
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Overview

This delightful adaptation of Rafael Sabatini's swashbuckling novel stars Stewart Granger as Andre Moreau, an 18th-century French nobleman who is publicly humiliated by the Marquis de Maynes Mel Ferrer. Challenged to a sword duel by the Marquis, Andre, who knows nothing about fencing, runs away, taking refuge with a theatrical troupe. He hides behind the personality of Scaramouche, a zany clown, and in his spare time romances his sexy leading lady Lenore Eleanor Parker. Seeking revenge against de Maynes, Andre takes fencing lessons from swordmaster Doutreval John Dehner. It isn't long before Andre has developed a reputation as the finest swordsman in France--which, as intended, arouses the ire of de Maynes. The two opponents face off in a deserted theater; the ensuing sword duel, running nearly seven minutes, is one of the best ever committed to film. Before he can plunge his blade into de Maynes, Andre discovers that he and the Marquis are half-brothers. The two men instantly forget their differences, and Andre's honor is fully restored. He ends up not in the arms of the sensuous Lenore but with a woman of his own class, Aline de Gavrillac Janet Leigh--while a gag ending reveals that Lenore has found herself a new and highly influential boyfriend. Lewis Stone, star of the 1923 silent version of Scaramouche, appears in the remake in the supporting role of Georges de Valmorin.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Featurette- a retrospective with Mel Ferrer; Animated commercial
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The most memorable aspect of this 1952 version of the old-fashioned adventure story is the epic six-and-a-half minute climactic swordfight in a deserted theater. But there is plenty of other pleasure in this adaptation of the novel by Rafael Sabatini. Set during the French Revolution, it's the story of a nobleman (a well-cast Stewart Granger) who joins a theater troupe to avenge a friend's death and becomes a clownish character named Scaramouche. His nemesis is played by Mel Ferrer. The story was first filmed in 1923; the star of that silent version, Lewis Stone, appears in a smaller part in this film. The MGM feature was directed by George Sidney and is one of the last great examples of a comic swashbuckler.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2012
  • UPC: 883316486061
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,221

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stewart Granger Andre Moreau/ Scaramouche
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
Elizabeth Risdon Isabelle de Valmorin
Howard Freeman Michael Vanneau
Curtis Cooksey Fabian
John Dehner Doutreval
John Litel Dr. Dubuque
Jonathan Cott Sergeant
Dan Foster Pierrot
Owen McGiveney Punchinello
Hope Landin Mme. Frying Pan
Frank Mitchell Harlequin
Carolyn Hughes Pierrette
Richard Hale Perigore
Henry Corden Scaramouche the Drinker
John Crawford Vignon
John Eldredge Clerk
Bert LeBaron Fencing Opponent
Mitchell Lewis Major Domo
Anthony Marsh Capelier
Ottola Nesmith Lady-in-Waiting
Dorothy Patrick Dorie
John Sheffield Flunky
Frank Wilcox DeCrillion
Douglas Dumbrille President
Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Peter Ballbusch Special Effects
George Froeschel Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Jean Heremans Consultant/advisor
Ronald Millar Screenwriter
James Newcom Editor
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Richard A. Pefferle Set Decoration/Design
Hans Peters Art Director
Irving G. Ries Special Effects
Charles Rosher Sr. Cinematographer
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Carey Wilson Producer
Victor Young Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Scaramouche
1. Credits [1:27]
2. Marquis de Maynes [4:21]
3. Matchmaking Monarch [2:52]
4. Looking For Lenore [6:46]
5. Marcus Brutus [4:41]
6. Andre's Identity [2:31]
7. Aphrodite In a Ditch [3:39]
8. Something In Common [2:48]
9. Not Alone [2:54]
10. Philippe's Duel [5:34]
11. Andre's Vow [2:59]
12. Garden Visitor [3:25]
13. Who Is Scaramouche? [2:21]
14. Clowning Around [4:06]
15. Falling Out With Lenore [4:21]
16. Link To Doutreval [3:57]
17. Our New Scaramouche [1:58]
18. Training And Trouping [4:44]
19. Final Lesson [:47]
20. Love Confessed [2:42]
21. To Paris [2:55]
22. Wedding News [3:39]
23. Pray For Me [2:24]
24. No Time For Loving [3:24]
25. Deputy Designate [5:29]
26. Assembly Challenges [2:40]
27. Night of Theatre [5:30]
28. Last Performance [4:23]
29. His Real Family [7:37]
30. Kisses From Scaramouche [3:37]
31. Her New Beau [2:02]
32. Cast List [1:06]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Scaramouche
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      A Retrospective With Mel Ferrer
      MGM Animated Commercial
      En Garde! - Great Screen Swordfights
      Theatrical Trailer
      Cast & Crew
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Superb!!!

    This is one of the best films that I have ever seen! This film based upon one of the greatest romantic adventure stories in literature remains one of the greatest romantic adventure movies ever filmed! I love this movie; the filming, the dialogue; the color; the direction; the music; the performances are unforgettable. Stuart Granger is incredible. He is handsome,sexy,charming,exciting,engaging,poignant; the superlative adjectives are endless and he continues to be one of my favorite actors! I strongly reccommend this movie to all to be viewed time and time again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Superb!

    MGM put all its resources into this stunning swashbuckling tale of love, mystery, humour and revenge. The film looks expensive, and it was. The cast is unmatched, Granger, Parker, Leigh and Ferrer are all top shelf. Eleanor Parker is smoking hot, Janet Leigh smolders innocently. Mel Ferrer smilingly tricks gentlemen into duels, just to kill them; a deliciously subtle performance. Granger is tall, dark and handsome, like in all his films, but his athleticism in Scaramouche is fantastic. The final sword fight, between Granger and Ferrer is over ten minutes long; They trained for six weeks, and it is the most realistic, dangerous looking, and exciting swordplay I have ever scene in any movie. Yes It's that outstanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sparkling swashbuckler, one heck of a good roller coaster ride!

    'Scaramouche' is the somewhat convoluted tale of a womanizing rogue, Andrea Moreau (Stewart Granger) who courts a gypsy player, Lenore (Eleanor Parker) but ultimately falls for the purity and grace of courtesan, Aline de Gavrillac de Bourbon (Janet Leigh). Mel Ferrer appears as the villain, Noel, the Marquis de Maynes. Andrea¿s heart is set upon revenge after Noel brutally assassinates his best friend in a dual. But the Marquis has powerful friends who attempt to hunt down Andrea. Masquerading as Scaramouche, the bit player of a traveling theatrical troupe, Andrea draws himself nearer to Noel¿s confidence, all the while falling in love with Aline, who is at first erroneously mistaken to be Andrea¿s sister. The swashbuckling climaxes with a death-defying dual inside an opera house (actually an MGM set). Both Granger and Ferrer do their own sword play and stunt work, often teetering three stories above the gathered crowd on the edge of their balconies. There's plenty of sword play, excitement and thrills in this lavishly produced spectacle from MGM which, quite frankly, beats most like-minded contemporary fluff by about a mile and a half. Warner Home Video has given us an adequate transfer. Even though no attempt has been made to minimize or clean up the age related artifacts that are present throughout, this transfer has held up remarkably well over time. Colors are fully saturated, bold and, at times, incredibly life like. However, there is an inconsistency in the color balancing, not even from scene to scene, but shot to shot. The entire image has a decidedly 'warm' look to it which is in keeping with the lushness of its original photography, but several scenes suffer from a mis-registration problem that creates ghostly halos. Nevertheless, pixelization, edge enhancement, aliasing and shimmering are all absent, making for a smooth visual presentation. During the darker scenes, black levels, though deep and rich, tend to lose fine detail, but once again, for a bare bones restoration effort, the visual quality holds up remarkably well. The audio is mono but nicely balanced. Extras include Mel Ferrer recollecting the making of the film. You also get the film's theatrical trailer. I recommend 'Scaramouche' as a swashbuckling highlight of the 1950's. Though nobody did this sort of picture better than perhaps Errol Flynn, Stewart Granger is an ample successor and the production values associated with this film set it apart from anything seen on the screen - before or since.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulously memorable!

    My father took me to see this movie when I was 8 or 9 years old, back in my native Costa Rica (with Spanish subtitles). Since then I have seen it a zillion times and I don't think I will ever get tired of it. Featuring excellent performances all around, and anchored by a superb music score from the legendary Victor Young, the story offers a beautiful serving of unconditional friendship, survival, and pride. It should definitely be a must addition to any real movie buff's library. I gave this movie 5 stars, feeling very confident that most folks will agree it is one of those somewhat 'obscure', timeless, classics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    En garde!

    I saw this entertaining and well made film when it was released in 1952. One of the better costume epics of its day, it featured what I still consider as the best sword fight in the movies. Stewart Grainger did his usual good, but not outstanding job of acting. Eleanor Parker looked stunning, and Janet Leigh, despite her beauty, did indeed look more sisterly in the role than she did as Grainger's enamorata. But these are minor considerations, so don't let it keep you from buying this very enjoyable movie. You'll like it!

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