The Scarlet Coat

Overview

The infamous Benedict Arnold affair is the basis of the lively MGM costumer The Scarlet Coat. Arnold is played with suitably subtle menace by Robert Douglas, while his principal co-conspirator, Major John Andre, is essayed by Michael Wilding. The largely speculative storyline concerns the efforts of one Major John Boulton Cornel Wilde, a colonial counterspy, to foil Arnold's plans. Thanks to some deft scriptwriting, the much-abused Major Andre emerges as the most sympathetic character in the film, if only because...
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Overview

The infamous Benedict Arnold affair is the basis of the lively MGM costumer The Scarlet Coat. Arnold is played with suitably subtle menace by Robert Douglas, while his principal co-conspirator, Major John Andre, is essayed by Michael Wilding. The largely speculative storyline concerns the efforts of one Major John Boulton Cornel Wilde, a colonial counterspy, to foil Arnold's plans. Thanks to some deft scriptwriting, the much-abused Major Andre emerges as the most sympathetic character in the film, if only because he is willing to face the consequences for his actions. Less sympathetic is George Sanders in another of his patented "cad" roles, while Anne Francis is the spunky if unnecessary heroine.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Scarlet Coat has an intriguing premise for a film, i.e., make a picture about the notorious Benedict Arnold affair but instead of concentrating on Arnold, focus on a British officer and an American spy who were involved with the famous turncoat. The back story here is quite interesting (even if not necessarily historically accurate); unfortunately, the filmmakers don't run with it as much as they might have. They stick to some rather predictable plot developments and ladle on some stilted dialogue that stifles much of the film's flow. As a plus, however, they do a fine job of playing up the fact that in any war there are admirable people on either side. Director John Sturges is not at his best here; his work is adequate but no more, and his pacing leaves a bit to be desired. Likewise, the cast is fine but unexceptional; they do what is required but little more, the major exception being Michael Wilding, Sr., who turns in a nicely considered portrayal. The real star of the film, however, is cinematographer Paul Vogel, whose camera does a beautiful job of capturing some gorgeous on-location Hudson Valley scenery.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • UPC: 883316635827
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,599

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cornel Wilde Maj. John Bolton
Michael Wilding Maj. John Andre
Anne Francis Sally Cameron
George Sanders Dr. Jonathan Odell
Robert Douglas Benedict Arnold
John McIntire Gen. Robert Howe
Rhys Williams Peter
John Dehner Gen. Nathanael Greene
James Westerfield Col. Jameson
Ashley Cowan Mr. Durkin
Paul Cavanagh Sir Henry Clinton
John Alderson Mr. Durkin
John O'Malley Col. Winfield
Peter Adams Lt. Blair
Wilson Benge Servant
John Blackburn Captain
Tristram Coffin Col. Varick
Phyllis Coghlan Woman
Leslie Denison Capt. Sutherland
Robert Dix Lt. Evans
Robert Forrest Stout Man
Byron Foulger Man
Michael Fox Maj. Russell
Ronald Green
Dabbs Greer Capt. Brewster
Don C. Harvey Captain
Jim Hayward Joshua Smith
Wesley Hudman Capt. Sheldon
Robin Hughes Col. Tarleton
Olaf Hytten Butler
Charles R. Keane
Dennis King Jr. Boatswain's Mate
Guy Kingsford Officer
Anne Kunde Cook
Ethan Laidlaw Executioner
Keith McConnell Lieutenant
Owen McGiveney Servant
Vesey O'Davoren Butler
Richard Peel Sailor
George Peters Staff Officer
Jennifer Raine Miss Trumbull
Vernon Rich Colonel
Gordon Richards Mr. Cameron
Dick Simmons Sergeant
Gilchrist Stuart Officer
Rick Vallin
Harlan Warde
Charles Watts Will Potter
Rush Williams Soldier
Tom Cound English Soldier
Ivan Hayes Mr. Nyby
Barry Regan
Joe Locke Lieutenant
Bobby Driscoll Ben Potter
Technical Credits
John Sturges Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Ben Lewis Editor
Nicholas Nayfack Producer
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Merrill Pye Art Director
Conrad Salinger Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Karl Tunberg Screenwriter
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
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