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miniMo24 May 2018 9:17 a.m. PST

Russell Thorndike's 1915 novel, Doctor Syn : A Tale of Romney Marsh has been adapted for two different UK films. William Buchanan's 1960, Christopher Syn (a re-written version of Thorndike's Further Adventures of Doctor Syn with various conflations) adapted in twin versions for 3 part television release and a condensed film.

Which is your favorite?

* Doctor Syn, Gainsborough Pictures (1937).

* Captain Clegg (aka Night Creatures), Hammer Film Productions (1962).

* Dr. Syn, Alias The Scarecrow, Disney (1963, film version editted from the television version and released first in the UK).

* The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1964).

* No opinion.

* Other, please describe.

* Dr. who?

attilathepun4724 May 2018 9:26 a.m. PST

Well, it has to be Disney's "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh," since that is the only version I have seen--or was even aware of up until your post. Anyway, Patrick McGoohan was such a wonderful actor that it is hard to envision anyone else being more convincing.

miniMo24 May 2018 9:36 a.m. PST

The Gainsborough film is on YouTube: YouTube link

Captain Clegg is on Daily Motion: link

These two are somewhat similar to each other and both very different films from the Disney version, and closer to the original novel. The 1937 one has a happier ending, the 1962 ending is closer to the book. Both of these, like Thorndike's novel, have very complex characters. The Disney Scarecrow is an unsullied hero.

I enjoy all of the them, Captain Clegg is my favorite! Clegg is also well worth watching just for the horses of the Marsh Phantoms ^,^

The Thorndike novel is also a very good read. I haven't read Buchanan's re-write which is the one Disney worked from.

Cyrus the Great24 May 2018 3:45 p.m. PST

I like them all for different reasons. In my mind, Patrick McGoohan is the best Scarecrow, but I like the more mature nature of the Night Creatures.
I've read the Crume re-write.


You might like this project at the LAF.


miniMo24 May 2018 9:30 p.m. PST

Ah, the Crume book is a novelisation of the Disney screen adaptation of Buchanan's re-write. Thorndike is of the more mature nature in a world of complex characters.

That project on LAF is outstanding!

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2018 12:55 p.m. PST

I read the Crume novelization as a boy; I never knew the tale was based on an older novel. I'd love to see the Disney production; I grew up on their old adventure work (shown as reruns on The Mickey Mouse Show from my era). Missed Dr. Syn, though. I'll check out the others.

Old Wolfman31 May 2018 6:53 a.m. PST

" A 'scare-me'"-Crow T. Robot ;^)

Pyrate Captain20 Jun 2018 5:21 p.m. PST

Doesn't Blue Moon have a Scarecrow figure in one of their sets?

capncarp19 Jul 2018 5:49 p.m. PST

Gotta go with Disney's "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh".
It's got a theme song and that makes it more "pulpy".

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