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Year
1952
Runtime
115 min.
Director
George Sidney
Genres
Action, Drama, Romance, Adventure, Comedy
Rating *
7.6
Votes *
4,215
Checks
351
Favs
36
Dislikes
1
Favs/checks
10.3% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
36:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    You know, sometimes I think I like swashbucklers only in principle, as I'm often lukewarm on the results themselves. Then I watch 1952's Scaramouche and my faith is restored in the genre. What fun! Stewart Granger plays the title character, a French rogue who poses as an actor until he can get good enough with a rapier to take his revenge on his best friend's killer, caught between two women (Eleanor Parker and Janet Leigh), and hopelessly in over his head. This revenge story could have been grim, but no, it's played with such comic charm that Sabatini's original melodrama (and it's the kind of soap opera you only see in parodies) doesn't make you bat an eye. Well, maybe one eye, but not both. Touted as having one of the best sword fights in cinema history, its extended action climax is indeed delicious (I think it's a matter of Scaramouche almost never having the upper hand), but I also want to applaud the pantomime scenes which are just as expertly rendered. My only complaint is that the French names are often butchered and inconsistent, but that's a personal pet peeve, nothing you should worry about. I might have appreciated more of a coda, but a grand entertainment, witty and filled with surprises. 1 day 1 hour ago
  2. 3eyes's avatar

    3eyes

    The interview with Mel Ferrer on the DVD explained something to me about why I've always preferred swashbucklers to shoot-'em-ups. 3 years 5 months ago
  3. senorroboto's avatar

    senorroboto

    Charming, funny, a little sexist but also a little subversive.

    Belongs in the swashbuckling comedy hall of fame alongside 1955's The Court Jester.
    3 years 6 months ago
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