(out of 5)

The famed swordsman (played by Stewart Granger) scampers around 18th-century France in search of new villains to slay. When the evil Mel Ferrer 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.

USA, 1952

Directed by George Sidney

Screenplay by Ronald Millar, George Froeschel, based on the novel by Rafael Sabatini

Cinematography by Charles Rosher

Produced by Carey Wilson

Music by Victor Young

Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters

Costume Design by Gile Steele

Film Editing by James E. Newcom

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (George Sidney)