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Scaramouche (1952)

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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.

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George Sidney

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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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The Company that made "Quo Vadis" brings the world another spectacular romantic triumph!


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,739,000, 31 December 1952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,746,000, 31 December 1952
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Scaramouche is a roguish, burlesque clown who originated as a stock character in the 17th century Italian commedia dell'arte, where he was known as "Scaramuccia," which literally means "skirmish." He wears a black mask with a large nose who broadly grimaces and indulges in slapstick behavior and is generally beaten by Harlequin for his boasting and cowardice. He is an traditionally iconic character found in Punch and Judy shows. See more »

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Early in the film, Andre criticizes Phillippe's letter on its grammar, citing a split infinitive. Andre then tells Philippe to "boldly go outside", thus committing a split infinite himself. See more »

Quotes

Andre Moreau: Andre, to escape the soldiers, enters a room of a theater off the street.
Scaramouche: [Drunk] Welcome friend! A hundred thousand welcomes!
Andre Moreau: [Listening to door] Shh! Shh!
Scaramouche: And 'shh' to you. A hundred thousand shh shh! What's your name?
Andre Moreau: [locks the door and doesn't answer]
Scaramouche: Oh, it that so? Glasses own.
[Bows]
Scaramouche: What's my name? Go ahead and ask me. Who am I?
Andre Moreau: [Dismisses him]
Scaramouche: Oh. Your not interested. In that case, I shall introduce myself to myself. Do you know who this is?
[...]
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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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