Doctor Syn

Doctor Syn

George Arliss
Director: Roy William Neill Cast: George Arliss
George Arliss
, Margaret Lockwood
Margaret Lockwood
, John Loder
John Loder
Roy William Neill


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Sixty-nine-year-old George Arliss at first seems an unlikely casting choice for Dr. Syn, the 18th-century clergyman-cum-pirate created by novelist Roger Thorndyke. But Arliss never backed down from an acting challenge in all his 50 years of stage and screen work; if he wanted to play a pirate, he'd by gum play a pirate and have the audience firmly on his side all the way through (it turned out to be his final movie appearance). The film begins with the supposed death of the notorious Dr. Syn, then flashes forward to the coastal village of Dymchurch, where the kindly vicar (Arliss) is actually the allegedly deceased buccaneer, still operating his smuggling activities. Director Roy William Neill, better known for his American-made Sherlock Holmes films, keeps things moving at a fast clip. Dr. Syn was remade with Peter Cushing as Captain Clegg in the 1962 Night Creatures, then by Disney that same year as Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, with Patrick McGoohan as a considerably cleaned-up Syn.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2015
UPC: 0644827110629
Original Release: 1937
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 21,693

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Arliss Dr. Syn
Margaret Lockwood Imogene
John Loder Denis Cobtree
Roy Emerton Capt. Howard Collyer
Graham Moffatt Jerry Jerk
Frederick Burtwell Rash
George Merritt Mipps
Athole Stewart Sir Anthony Cobtree
Wilson Coleman Dr. Pepper
Wally Patch Bosun
Meinhart Maur Mulatto
Muriel George Mrs. Waggetts

Technical Credits
Roy William Neill Director
Michael Balcon Producer
Edward Black Producer
Roger Burford Screenwriter
Jack Cox Cinematographer
R.E. Dearing Editor
Michael Hogan Screenwriter
Louis Levy Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Perry Cinematographer
Alexander Vetchinsky Set Decoration/Design

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