Cinema: The New Pictures, may 26, 1952

Scaramouche (M-G-M), based on Rafael Sabatini's costume-adventure yarn of pre-revolutionary France, combines spirited swordplay with a somewhat sluggish screenplay. Scaramouche (Stewart Granger) is an aristocrat who is bent on avenging the murder of his friend by malevolent Monarchist Mel Ferrer. Not only does Granger prove more than worthy of Master Swordsman Ferrer's steel; he also proves to be quite a gay blade by hiding out from the authorities with a troupe of traveling players. By the fadeout, Granger has found that Ferrer is really his halfbrother, and, in a happier twist of plot,...

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