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: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,687

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
Douglas Dumbrille President
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
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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