Scaramouche (1952): Lavish Period Piece, Starring Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Janet Leigh

Scaramouche is George Sidney’s lavish version of Rafael Sabatini’s swashbuckling novel, adapted to the screen by Ronald Millar and George Froeschel.
The feature stars Stewart Granger as Andre Moreau, a French nobleman who is publicly humiliated by the Marquis de Maynes, played by Mel Ferrer.
The lead role was first offered to Hollywood’s most reliable swashbuckler, Errol Flynn, but the he turned it down.
Challenged to a sword duel by the Marquis, Andre, who knows nothing about fencing, runs away,joining a theatrical troupe. He reinvents himself as Scaramouche, pretending to be a zany clown.  In his spare time, he courts the elegant leading lady, Lenore (Eleanor Parker).
Seeking revenge against de Maynes, Andre takes fencing lessons from swordmaster Doutreval (John Dehner), and develops a reputation as a fine swordsman, which arouses the ire of de Maynes.
The opponents face off in a deserted theater; the ensuing sword duel, running nearly seven minutes, is one of the best ever committed to film. Before he can plunge his blade into de Maynes, Andre discovers that he and the Marquis are half-brothers. The two forget their differences, and Andre’s honor is restored.
He ends up not with Lenore but with a woman of his own class, Aline de Gavrillac (Janet Leigh), while Lenore finds a new influential boyfriend.
Lewis Stone, star of the 1923 silent version of Scaramouche, appears in the remake in the supporting role of Georges de Valmorin.
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