The Corsican Brothers (1941)





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The Corsican Brothers is based on theDumas novel about "psychic" twins--one feels the pain and experiences the thoughts of the other. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. plays both Mario and Lucien, siblings separated at birth because of a long-standing feud between various factions of their family. One twin is raised to be evil, the other to be good. In adulthood, the brothers become bitter enemies, not only because of family and political pressures but also because they both fall in love with the beautiful Isabelle (Ruth Warrick). Eventually, however, one twin gives up his life for the sake of the other during a climactic battle with tyrannical Corsican ruler Colonna (Akim Tamiroff). Produced on a virtual shoestring by Edward Small, The Corsican Brothers cannot rely on clever optical effects to convey the idea that Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is two people (some of the process work is embarrassing); instead, Fairbanks carries the story on the strength of his acting, subtly differentiating the two characters so that the audience is seldom confused as to which is which. Incidentally, the actor doubling for Fairbanks in the two-shots, his face averted from the camera, is Peter Cushing.
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Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
as Lucien Franchi / Mario Franchi
Ruth Warrick
as Countess Isabelle Gravini
Akim Tamiroff
as Colonna
H.B. Warner
as Dr. Paoli
John Emery
as Tomasso
Henry Wilcoxon
as Count Franchi
Gloria Holden
as Countess Franchi
Walter Kingsford
as M. Dupre
Nana Bryant
as Mme. Dupre
Manart Kippen
as Martelli
Ruth Robinson
as Angela
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | August 7, 2006
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Fairbanks' athletic energy and flamboyant performance enlivens the film and excellent photographic effects create a seamless look to the scenes where the brothers interact...

Full Review… | May 19, 2012

Good on the action part and bad on the dialogue part.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
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Full Review… | May 24, 2003

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