Scaramouche (1952)

GEORGE SIDNEY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1952.  .  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The famed swordsman (played by ) scampers around 18th-century France in search of new villains to slay. When the evil  slays Granger’s brother, our hero must hide out in a troupe of travelling players as the clownish character Scaramouche until he can find his opportunity to seek vengeance. Meanwhile, they both romance an innocent maiden (Janet Leigh) and engage in thousands of breathtaking sword fights. The action isn’t as well done as in the older Errol Flynn movies, and as an adaptation of a Rafael Sabatini novel it’s nothing compared to The Sea Hawk or Captain Blood, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had.

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