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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Unseen
Scaramouche is one of the few DVD's that I'd like to own, that I don't have already. The asking price of seventy dollars can buy a lot of popcorn for other current (though lesser) films.
Published 10 months ago by M. Peter

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3.0 out of 5 stars SWORD PLAY AND SWASHBUCKLING - MGM STYLE
"Scaramouche" is the somewhat convoluted tale of a womanizing rogue, Andrea Moreau (Stewart Granger) who courts a gypsy player, Lenore (Eleanor Parker) but ultimately falls for the purity and grace of courtesan, Aline de Gavrillac de Bourbon (Janet Leigh). Mel Ferrer appears as the villain, Noel, the Marquis de Maynes. Andrea's heart is set upon revenge after...
Published on July 2 2003 by Nix Pix


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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Unseen, June 23 2013
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M. Peter - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scaramouche (DVD)
Scaramouche is one of the few DVD's that I'd like to own, that I don't have already. The asking price of seventy dollars can buy a lot of popcorn for other current (though lesser) films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stewart Granger rocks., Jan. 14 2013
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A must for older viewers. Does not suffer from the use of computer generation. In fact, it doesn't have any. Hurray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You may turn your back on Scaramouche, my Lord, but surely you will not run away from Andre Moreau?...Stewart Granger", March 10 2011
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J. Lovins "Mr. Jim" (Missouri-USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scaramouche (DVD)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "SCARAMOUCHE" (1952) (115 min/Color) -- Starring Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Janet Leigh, Mel Ferrer, Henry Wilcoxon, Nina Foch, Richard Anderson, Robert Coote, Lewis Stone & Elisabeth Risdon

Directed by George Sidney

Who ever thought director George Sidney known for his musicals would be directing two of my favorite swashbuckling films. George Sidney with "The 3 Musketeers," and "Scaramouche" from Rafael Sabatini have superb direction. Both films have the quickness of light grace and the rhythm to match some of the most amazing choreographic swordplay ever filmed.

Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer are both excellent. The entire cast presents the film while avoiding any slip into comedy and parody. The highly improbable story is presented seriously and here lies the beauty of this film. I must admit being a little biased as I have always been a Stewart Granger fan.

Victor Young's colorful score is a beautiful mixture of various themes, punctuating the proceedings with the required dash and eloquence. If swashbuckling romantic adventures are the kind of action films you admire, you'll have a grand time with this one. Grade A production values from top to bottom and directed at a fast clip despite its two hour running time.

"Scaramouches" is probably the best fencing movie ever made. Only "Don Juan" with Errol Flynn comes close, because of the fencing school sequences. Here it is the training of Andre (Granger) as he prepares to destroy the Marquis (Ferrer), especially in scenes with John Dehner as his first trainer. But if it was solely for the fencing it probably would not be as popular as it is today

BIOS:
1. George Sidney [Director]
Date of Birth: 4 October 1916 - Long Island City, New York
Date of Death: 5 May 2002 - Las Vegas, Nevada

2. Stewart Granger [aka: James Lablanche Stewart]
Date of Birth: 6 May 1913 - Kensington, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 16 August 1993 - Santa Monica, California

3. Eleanor Parker [aka: Eleanor Jean Parker]
Date of Birth: 26 June 1922 - Cedarville, Ohio
Date of Death: Still Living

4. Janet Leigh [aka: Jeanette Helen Morrison]
Date of Birth: 6 July 1927 - Merced, California
Date of Death: 3 October 2004 - Beverly Hills, California

5. Mel Ferrer [aka: Melchor Gaston Ferrer]
Date of Birth: 25 August 1917 - Elberon, New Jersey
Date of Death: 2 June 2008 - Santa Barbara, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 115 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (07/01/2003)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is not France., Feb. 29 2004
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This review is from: Scaramouche (VHS Tape)
Film is a`great story but filmed in San Francisco. The out door shots are done in Golden Gate Park.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the swordplay--LOOK at it!, Feb. 22 2004
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R. S. Gwynn (Beaumont, TX USA) - See all my reviews
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Scaramouche has possibly the most beautiful Technicolor cinematography of any MGM film. It's just gorgeous! The film, of course, is a delight in the great Errol Flynn tradition, but with Janet Leigh and Eleanor Parker, it's primarily a feast for the eyes. Incidentally, this is the only film I know of that gives an accurate representation of commedia dell'arte, and the theatrical scenes are a delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Swordfights in movies ever!!!, Dec 11 2003
This review is from: Scaramouche (DVD)
One of the few instances where the movie is far better than the book which inspired it, this version of 'Scaramouche' has some of the most fantastic sword fights ever put on film.
A favorite of my childhood, it is still in my 'top ten' list of adventure movies; Hyperkinetic, humorous, it never gets dull.
Stewart Granger never has been better, even as in other favorites of mine as 'Prisoner of Zenda' or 'North to Alaska'. Mel Ferrer is the suavest villain you can get, Eleanor Parker never has been so attractive, and Janet Leigh is a vision of Heaven.
Why the current adventure movies are not so enjoyable anymore?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scaramouche, Aug. 5 2003
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Glenn Hirooka (Sebastopol, California United States) - See all my reviews
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Loved every moment of this film. Glorious story and plot based (with artistic license) on the Rafael Sabatini novel of the same name. Victor Young's music provides an excellent accompaniment to the film's action and romantic scenes. A minor criticism, I only wish the DVD was offered in a "letterbox" (wide screen) format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful tale, July 26 2003
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Kaleberg "one_kaleberg" (Port Angeles, WA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Scaramouche (VHS Tape)
It's all about the story. Sabatini used to crank these out - Scaramouche, Captain Blood, The Black Swan - and they were great as books and they have made great movies. This is one of the best. Of course, they have to do some movie shorthand. Stewart Granger (Moreau) has to wind up with Janet Leigh (Aline), so what do they do with Eleanor Parker (Lenore) who has saved his life and has been sharing his adventures through the most of the flick? Watch her skirts getting shorter all through the final duel! I'm not making this up! She starts out floor length and winds up in a tutu! She's obviously not the kind of girl the hero settles down with at the end.
Ignore this, or don't. This is still a spectacular movie. The villain is vile. The setting is exciting. The tale is lurid. The acting is delightfully overdone. Sabatini could really spin a yarn and the old Hollywood could really deliver it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SWORD PLAY AND SWASHBUCKLING - MGM STYLE, July 2 2003
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Nix Pix (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Scaramouche (DVD)
"Scaramouche" is the somewhat convoluted tale of a womanizing rogue, Andrea Moreau (Stewart Granger) who courts a gypsy player, Lenore (Eleanor Parker) but ultimately falls for the purity and grace of courtesan, Aline de Gavrillac de Bourbon (Janet Leigh). Mel Ferrer appears as the villain, Noel, the Marquis de Maynes. Andrea's heart is set upon revenge after Noel brutally assassinates his best friend in a dual. But the Marquis has powerful friends who attempt to hunt down Andrea. Masquerading as Scaramouche, the bit player of a traveling theatrical troupe, Andrea draws himself nearer to Noel's confidence, all the while falling in love with Aline, who is at first erroneously mistaken to be Andrea's sister. The swashbuckling climaxes with a death-defying dual inside an opera house (actually an MGM set). Both Granger and Ferrer do their own sword play and stunt work, often teetering three stories above the gathered crowd on the edge of their balconies. There's plenty of sword play, excitement and thrills in this lavishly produced spectacle from MGM which, quite frankly, beats most like-minded contemporary fluff by about a mile and a half.
Warner Home Video has given us an adequate transfer. Even though no attempt has been made to minimize or clean up the age related artifacts that are present throughout, this transfer has held up remarkably well over time. Colors are fully saturated, bold and, at times, incredibly life like. However, there is an inconsistency in the color balancing, not even from scene to scene, but shot to shot. The entire image has a decidedly "warm" look to it which is in keeping with the lushness of its original photography, but several scenes suffer from a mis-registration problem that creates ghostly halos. Nevertheless, pixelization, edge enhancement, aliasing and shimmering are all absent, making for a smooth visual presentation. During the darker scenes, black levels, though deep and rich, tend to lose fine detail, but once again, for a bare bones restoration effort, the visual quality holds up remarkably well. The audio is mono but nicely balanced.
Extras include Mel Ferrer recollecting the making of the film. You also get the film's theatrical trailer. I recommend "Scaramouche" as a swashbuckling highlight of the 1950's. Though nobody did this sort of picture better than perhaps Errol Flynn, Stewart Granger is an ample successor and the production values associated with this film set it apart from anything seen on the screen - before or since.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "On your word as a fraud and a fake?", March 30 2003
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CodeMaster Talon (Orlando, FL United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Scaramouche (VHS Tape)
What a great movie! Lesser known than many other great swashbucklers, "Scaramouche" is nonetheless a top-notch production in every way.
Stewart Granger stars as the quick-witted Andre Moreau, a charming drifter who after the murder of his best friend dedicates his life to the destruction of the murderer, the cold-blooded Marquis de Maynes (Mel Ferrer). Along the way he fights many duels, romances sweet Janet Leigh AND fiery Eleanor Parker, and has several close shaves.
"Scaramouche" features a solid script, beautiful sets, lush costumes and gorgeous cinematography. The cast is excellent, with Mel Ferrer in particular giving shading and nuance to the role of the villain. The last 20 minutes of the film feature a long, spectacular sword fight that is a must-see for fans of the genre. I highly recommend "Scaramouche" to any film buff and especially to those who love adventure films.
GRADE: A
(As a side note, I have also read the novel on which this movie is based, and I found it very entertaining. The movie differs from the book in several key areas, so if you have yet to read the novel, don't worry, the movie won't spoil it for you.)
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