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on 3 April 2009
This is a tremendous, colourful swashbuckler which has become one of my favourite films since I discovered it on TV a couple of years ago. It tells a lively adventure story set in pre Revolution France. The costumes and sets are amazingly colourful. Eleanor Parker and Janet Leigh both look heart stoppingly beautiful - no wonder Scaramouche (Stewart Granger) is in love with both of them. There is a marvellous sprinkling of scenes set amongst a group of travelling players in which Andre Morell must disguise himself as the clown Scaramouche in order to escape his aristocratic enemies. Stewart Granger provides a more complex, rounded characterization than sometimes in his career. This film also has one of the longest and most spectacular fencing duels in all cinema history.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 February 2011
"He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad"

Scaramouche is a romantic revenge adventure brought to us by MGM. It's based on the 1921 novel Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. The story was also filmed as a silent film in 1923 that starred Ramon Novarro. Directed by George Sidney (Anchors Aweigh/Kiss Me Kate), it stars Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Janet Leigh, Mel Ferrer and John Dehner. It's produced by Carey Wilson from a screenplay by Ronald Millar and George Froeschel. The original music score was composed by Victor Young and the cinematography by Charles Rosher.

Do you want your buckle swashed? Would you like to be whisked away on an adventure with beautiful women and handsome men at every turn? All played out in sumptuous Technicolor? Where the sets and costumes are of a very high quality and the choreography of the sword play is as good as it gets? If yes then Scaramouche is the film for you. A classic swashbuckler in the truest sense of the saying.

The makers have simplified Sabatini's novel to make the film family friendly, the script is literate and witty, while the cast attack the material with gleeful relish. Particularly Granger, who smirks his way thru the piece with debonair ease; and Mel Ferrer who delivers one of the finest villains the genre has thrown up. At the core of the film is the longest filmed ever sword duel at six and a half minutes, every second of which is vibrant, bold, and yes, damn sexy too. Sidney's direction is very astute because the pace never sags and there's just enough characterisation to make us root for the hero and to boo the villain. Whilst the piece rightly in its approach work never resorts to being a boorish history lesson. Even the love triangle {poor Stewart has both the sensual Parker and the sweet Leigh lusting after him!} never cloys the story, and in fact gives the film a solid centre as the outer edges merge into its adventure based being.

Not as famous as some of Errol Flynn or Tyrone Powers' sword play movies, but it should be because it's a rapier ripper of a movie. 8/10
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Although Stewart Granger constantly frustrated MGM's attempts to cast him in swashbucklers and costume pictures (both Ivanhoe and Quo Vadis were intended as star vehicles for him before going on to revive Robert Taylor's flagging career), he was enthusiastic enough about the studio's lavish 1952 remake of Scaramouche to make it a condition of signing up to a long-term contract with the studio that he play the part. Directed with real flair by the undervalued George Sidney, it improves over the previous 1923 version in almost every way, not least with a much more satisfying storyline. Stewart Granger's the orphan from the wrong side of the blanket who learns to become a master swordsman to avenge the death of a friend while disguised as the deformed clown Scaramouche in pre-Revolutionary France, along the way fending off his feelings for Janet Leigh - well, she does seem to be his half-sister - and Eleanor Powell's actress. The result is a perfect entertainment, in turn exciting, romantic and funny, and in Granger it has a Scaramouche who truly does seem to have been born with the gift of laughter and the sense that the world is mad.

It benefits immensely from all the resources that only the studio system at its peak could provide - not merely a top cast and crew but also magnificent backlots and sets leftover from earlier pictures (such as MGM's French village set that did service in Sidney's 1948 Three Musketeers and Minnelli's Madame Bovary). This really pays off in the very grand finale, the famed six-minute sword fight that takes in the whole of a palace theatre, starting in the circle, working its way through the corridors, stairs, lobby and stalls before coming full circle to the stage itself, something that was apparently almost an afterthought - the duel was originally scheduled to take place in an exterior location until it was decided to make more dramatic use of one of the studio's previous sets. Granger and Mel Ferrer are well matched, the latter's training as a dancer put to good use in the particularly energetic swordfight, and Fred Cavens' fight choreography is smart enough to show the shift in the balance of power in pleasingly dramatic fashion. Throw in a fine score from Victor Young, gorgeous Technicolor photography from Charles Rosher and a small role for Lewis Stone, the villain from the 1922 version here on the side of the angels, (not to mention supporting villainy from former De Mille leading man Henry Wilcoxen) and it's all rather perfect.

The US Region 1 NTSC DVD only has trailers as an extra, but the French two-disc DVD is well worth seeking out - it also includes the lavish 1923 silent version with original English subtitles and a sadly unsubtitled French documentary on the film as well as a George Sidney trailer gallery.
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VINE VOICEon 25 May 2008
Red-headed Eleanore Parker asks this question to a masked Stewart Granger onstage, when the latter unintentionally joins a tatty traveling troupe of commedia dell'arte actors. She kisses him; recognizes him; and slaps him in the face! Then the rest of the film focuses upon the quest of Andre Moreau (Granger) not only for revenge upon the Count Noel des Maines (Mel Ferrer)--the greatest swordsman in France--for killing his brother, but also in search for his true identity. During the process, Moreau, who plays Scaramouche in the play-within-the-movie, is such a success that the dubious fortunes of the traveling players improve immensely, and they are finally invited to play in Paris before the King and Queen. Meanwhile, Andre takes fencing lessons, and with hard work, he becomes the greatest swordsman in France. In fact, the last part of the movie (which I saw at least a dozen times as a child) depicts what I think has to be one of the greatest swashbuckling fencing matches ever choreographed and filmed.

I was fortunate enough to be in Paris when "Scaramouche" was re-released in the theatre in the 1990s, and therefore, I saw it in all its restored glory on the big screen. But it is just as good on your DVD player. "Scaramouche," which also features Janet Leigh and Nina Foche as Marie Antoinette, is elegantly costumed and magnificent to view. It represents the best of the Old Hollywood Big Studio movies!
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on 1 February 2005
This is one of the greatest action adventure films ever made. The swordfights are absolutely breathtaking (it has been said that this is the best ever fencing film) and the cast are all first rate. Something that struck me particularly now that I am older, and was watching the film for the first time in thirty or forty years, was how good Mel Ferrer was as the sadistic 'villain' (when you're younger, you tend to focus more on the hero and don't notice the other roles so much). If you have a taste for romance and adventure, and incredible, thrilling swordplay, buy this DVD. You won't regret it! The reproduction of the DVD is beautiful and clear, by the way, and the DVD also contains a very interesting interview with Mel Ferrer about the making of Scaramouche.
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on 25 April 2014
Perhaps I should have looked at the web-sire image under a microscope to see the tiny, inscrutable Chinese writing. I seriously doubt that this cheap Chinese copy is licensed for distribution in the UK! They didn't even use real shrink-wrap, but instead used seaweed and ox-dung. (OK I made that bit up, but it was in a weird plastic baggie instead of shrink-wrap. The picture was discernible, although badly faded. The sound was appalling - even Stewart Granger's beautiful voice was badly muffled. And it wasn't even cheap!!! All in ll a tragic rendering of a truly wonderful film. Luckily, Amazon to the rescue and they have authorised the return.
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Errr, not quite sure what is going on here. I clicked on my order to review Scaramouche and got a link with this picture, which, while I'm no expert, doesn't look like Scaramouche to me.
Regardless, I shall press on. Good old fashioned adventure-romance, set in pre-revolutionary France, with Granger seeking revenge for the death of his friend at the hands of aristocrat and expert swordsman, Mel Ferrer. Along the way, he learns to fence, joins the theatre and becomes a star in the disguise of the comic character, "Scaramouche". Janet Leigh and Eleanor Parker look exquisite. The whole thing has great style and is played with a flourish, by all concerned. Good fun.
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on 3 August 2011
This is a great and entertaining film but be sure to get the Warners Studio print if you want a good and vivid print.Take the time to make sure to look at the jacket of the dvd and avoid the Asian copy, which is still good but looks like a transfer direct from VHS.Such product you can buy from a market stall for $5 AUD and basically is a cheap transfer.
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on 18 August 2006
Having just seen a beautifully restored print of 'Scaramouche' transmitted on British television, I was surprised to find that it is not available on DVD for use in the UK. What a pity. As a fencer myself for many years, the swordfight truly is the best I have seen (who arranged it?). This is costume fencing at its very best and not surprisingly many people, including several subsequent Olympians, to my knowledge took up fencing in the 1950s after seeing it.
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on 23 December 2015
This product came as 2 DVDs - The main DVD (Movie) would not play - the other DVD was all in FRENCH. Not worth 2 pence to me - You sent me a return label and I returned it. As of today I have nor received a reply..
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