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Scaramouche (1952)





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This delightful adaptation of Rafael Sabatini's swashbuckling novel stars Stewart Granger as Andre Moreau, an 18th-century French nobleman who is publicly humiliated by the Marquis de Maynes (Mel Ferrer). Challenged to a sword duel by the Marquis, Andre, who knows nothing about fencing, runs away, taking refuge with a theatrical troupe. He hides behind the personality of Scaramouche, a zany clown, and in his spare time romances his sexy leading lady Lenore (Eleanor Parker). Seeking revenge against de Maynes, Andre takes fencing lessons from swordmaster Doutreval (John Dehner). It isn't long before Andre has developed a reputation as the finest swordsman in France--which, as intended, arouses the ire of de Maynes. The two opponents face off in a deserted theater; the ensuing sword duel, running nearly seven minutes, is one of the best ever committed to film. Before he can plunge his blade into de Maynes, Andre discovers that he and the Marquis are half-brothers. The two men instantly forget their differences, and Andre's honor is fully restored. He ends up not in the arms of the sensuous Lenore but with a woman of his own class, Aline de Gavrillac (Janet Leigh)--while a gag ending reveals that Lenore has found herself a new and highly influential boyfriend. Lewis Stone, star of the 1923 silent version of Scaramouche, appears in the remake in the supporting role of Georges de Valmorin. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ronald Millar, George Froeschel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 1, 2003
Warner Home Video


Stewart Granger
as Andre Moreau/Scaramo...
Janet Leigh
as Aline de Gavrillac d...
Mel Ferrer
as Noel, Marquis de Ma...
Henry Wilcoxon
as Chevalier de Chabril...
Nina Foch
as Marie Antoinette
Richard Anderson
as Philippe de Valmorin
Robert Coote
as Gaston Binet
Lewis Stone
as Georges de Valmorin
Elizabeth Risdon
as Isabelle de Valmorin
Elisabeth Risdon
as Isabelle de Valmorin
Howard Freeman
as Michael Vanneau
John Dehner
as Doutreval
John Litel
as Dr. Dubuque
Jonathan Cott
as Sergeant
Dan Foster
as Pierrot
Owen McGiveney
as Punchinello
Hope Landin
as Mme. Frying Pan
Frank Mitchell
as Harlequin
Carolyn Hughes
as Pierrette
Carol Hughes
as Pierrette
Richard Hale
as Perigore
Henry Corden
as Scaramouche the Drin...
Mitchell Lewis
as Major Domo
Ottola Nesmith
as Lady-in-Waiting
Frank Wilcox
as DeCrillion
Anthony Marsh
as Capelier
Bert LeBaron
as Fencing Opponent
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Critic Reviews for Scaramouche

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's best remembered for the longest sword duel in cinema history at 6 1/2 minutes.

Full Review… | October 4, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

July 2, 2005

Audience Reviews for Scaramouche

'he was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.' one of the best costume epics of the 50s (tbh i hate most of those films.) stewart granger masquerades as an actor until the day he can take revenge for the death of his friend in the early days of the french revolution. famously contains the longest swordfight ever filmed. mel ferrer makes a great haughty villain and janet leigh and eleanor parker look fetching in period garb. from a novel by rafael sabatini, author of some of my pirate faves: the sea hawk, captain blood and the black swan

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Florid costumer with clothes, hairstyles and colors that are almost surreal in their lavishness. Moves at a good clip and every frame is stuffed with pagentry.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Delightful adaptation of Sabatini's comic-swashbuckler. Memorable, epic six-and-a-half minute climactic swordfight in a deserted theater between the well-cast Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer.

hawk ledge

Super Reviewer

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