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Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow Reviews

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August 3, 2014
(First and only viewing - 11/1/2011)
½ September 5, 2013
This abridged version was edited down from the 3 part miniseries shown by Disney on TV. Mostly they edited out secondary plot lines - which leaves a choppy interpretation of the aforementioned classic. Both versions are usually available in a 2 disc set, along with a documentary.
August 12, 2010
Gaddammit!!! I want the DVD!
October 3, 2009
I love this Disney show as a child--filled with adventure and intrigue, like "The Scarlett Pimpernel" or "Zorro."
August 4, 2009
Great Disney adventure series. DVD release is incredible -- too bad its such a low number limited edition.
½ February 17, 2009
This is great fun! You are greatly disappointed that it ends. Disney hit it right and it's a cool surprise!
½ February 8, 2009
Well worth tracking down. Patrick McGoohan, smugglers, 1960s-style action and soundtrack.
January 19, 2009
This was some top notch Disney action. The Scarecrow is creepy as hell, and Patrick McGoohan was fantastic in a pre-THE PRISONER roll. I watched the actual Disney episodes as opposed to this movie, but I'm guessing it's just as damned good.
January 8, 2009
Disney version of the DrSyn legend. This version is softer than the hammer version with Peter Cushing though it is equally as good. Patrick mcGoohan is excelent inthe title role and Geoffery Keen makes a superb panto baddie. Highly reccomended - great fun.
½ December 25, 2008
Loved this when I was growing up. Want to see it again.
½ December 12, 2008
Forty-four years after its television premiere on The Wonderful World of Color, ‚??Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh,‚?? can now be seen by a wider audience through a splendid new DVD release. Dr. Syn wasn‚??t so lucky in 1964. The three-part series debuted on February 9 that year. At that time, The Wonderful World of Color ran on NBC from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Overlapping that time slot was The Ed Sullivan Show, broadcast on CBS from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. And music fans know that on February 9, a popular British rock group made its first American television appearance.

Seventy-three million people tuned in to see The Beatles on February 9. The Beatles subsequently appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show the following two weeks in 1964, mirroring the three-part broadcast of ‚??Dr. Syn‚?? on Disney‚??s Wonderful World of Color. It would not be surprising to find few people that remember seeing the original broadcast of ‚??The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh.‚?? But over the years, this series, based on the books of Russell Thorndike, has amassed a devoted following. For years, it's been one of the most requested titles from the Disney vault.

Patrick McGoohan stars as the titular Dr. Syn, by day the vicar at a parish near Dover, and by night a Robin Hood-like smuggler who spreads the proceeds of his nocturnal exploits among the families of the parish. McGoohan was already known in Britain for "Danger Man/The Secret Agent," but would find even greater fame and a cult following later that decade with his turn in the series "The Prisoner." McGoohan is the perfect actor for the part, able to express the wit and wisdom of Dr. Syn, largely through reaction and facial expression, and transforming himself through body language into the Scarecrow. George Cole delivers a fine supporting turn as Dr. Syn's sexton, Mr. Mipps, who doubles at night as Scarecrow's partner Hellspite.

The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh opens with action, but the first episode itself, about how the Scarecrow outwits a planned raid on one of his smuggling runs, is only a minor prelude to the second and third episodes of the series. Those two deal with a traitor among the Scarecrow's men, and how Dr. Syn/The Scarecrow frees several prisoners destined for the British Navy's press gangs.

I was quite pleased to find all three of the episodes are characterized by strong acting and engaging storylines, and was sorry the series stopped with three episodes. But on disc two of this DVD set, there's another way to enjoy Dr. Syn. Following the series' initial run on television, the footage that made up the three episodes was edited into a feature film that was shown in theaters. The film omits some of the weaker points of the television series, but I actually preferred experiencing the story one episode at a time, rather than as a complete feature (Interestingly, actor Patrick McGoohan himself admits in an interview on this DVD set that while filming, they didn't know whether they were making a movie or TV show). Whichever way you choose to view it, "Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh" is good family entertainment. And now it doesn't have to compete with The Beatles.
Super Reviewer
½ November 6, 2008
Plays like Zorro set in England. Still fun.
½ October 4, 2008
One of the most sought after movies probably for the memories it left with many children seeing on Walt Disney. Excellent plot and cast headed up by Patric McGoohan. The scarecrow of Romney Marsh had one of the most blood curdling laughs. Fine story telling by Disney at it's very best in the 1960s.
August 14, 2008
DISNEY!!! DVD!!!! NOW!!!!
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