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[[caption-width-right:300:[[Music/{{Queen}} Will you do the fandango?]]]]

->''"But who is Scaramouche? And why does he hide his face behind a mask?"''
-->-- '''Lenore'''

''Scaramouche'' is the 1952 film adaptation of [[Literature/{{Scaramouche}} the novel]] by Creator/RafaelSabatini, directed by George Sidney.

Stewart Granger plays the hero, Andre Moreau, with Mel Ferrer opposite him as the villainous Marquis de Maynes. The female leads are Eleanor Parker (as Lenore) and Creator/JanetLeigh (as Aline de Gavrillac). Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer went all-out on the sets and costumes and the climactic duel is the longest single-take SwordFight in cinematic history.

!! This film provides examples of:
* AffablyEvil: The Marquis De Maynes is a loyal servant of the Queen, a gentleman and caring protector and lover to his ward Aline. Unfortunately, he also happens to hate revolutionaries and has no qualms about [[ManipulativeBastard provoking Phillipe de Valmorin into a duel...]]
%%* BestServedCold
* BettyAndVeronica: Aline and Lenore with Lenore as the Veronica and Aline as the Betty.
%%* BlueBlood
* BreakTheHaughty: As the final duel continues and De Maynes begins to lose his nerve.
%%* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds
* CommediaDellArte: In-universe, Andre hides out with the Commedia troupe in which Lenore is a member, where he discovers his hidden talent for slapstick, and begins to learn how to handle a sword.
* CostumePorn: Oh yes.
* CurbstompBattle: De Maynes duel with dw Valmorin and his early encounters with Andre.
* DeadpanSnarker: Andre and Lenore.
* DontThinkFeel: Inverted.
--> '''Perigore:''' The ''head''! Fight with the head. Forget the heart.
%%* FieryRedhead: Lenore
* {{Flynning}}: Honestly a little bit less than you'd expect, with the ten-minute climactic fight scene, but it's definitely there.
%%* FriendlyTarget: Philippe de Valmorin
%%* FromNobodyToNightmare: Andre himself.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Lenore's weapon of choice, both on stage and off.
* GeniusBruiser: Both De Maynes and Andre are MasterSwordsman who play [[GuileHero other characters]] [[ManipulativeBastard like a violin]] when they need to.
* GloveSlap: When the National Assembly's noble delegates are reducing the numbers of the common delegates by challenging them to duels and killing them, Moreau is challenged several times by persistent nobles who want to improve his horrendously ugly face by slapping him with a glove.
* GuileHero: Andre, at times, especially after he joins the troupe.
%%* InspectorZenigata: Chabrillaine.
%%* InterestingSituationDuel
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler: Leonore leaves Andre so he can marry Aline, finally settling up with a certain [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Corsican officer.]]]]
%%* LongLostRelative
%%* TheMasochismTango: Andre and Lenore.
* MasterSwordsman: De Maynes, his master Doutreval, and ''his'' master Perigore of Paris. And eventually, Andre himself.
* NotSoDifferent: Both Andre and De Maynes are clever, passionate, somewhat flippant charmers who are extremely loyal to their friends and family. Over the course of the film, Andre becomes more and more like De Maynes, becoming a master swordsman who repeatedly incapacitates political enemies in duels and has complicated relationships with two different women. This foreshadows TheReveal that [[spoiler: they're brothers.]]
* TheOner: The final duel. As it took place in a pre-Revolutionary France theatre, complete with over 600 extras in full costume, they '''had''' to get it done in one take. As it was so long the lead actors couldn't be trusted to do it, so the fight director and his assistant did it all in long-shot. After beginning the fight on the edge of the boxes, it moved to the corridor outside, then to the balconied foyer, where a single camera picks up the shot and follows them down the stairs, across the foyer, and back into the auditorium, roughly a third of the fight. The whole fight took over seven minutes, included two near-fatal accidents, and needed nine cameras to film, to cover the boxes, the corridor, the foyer, the auditorium, onstage, and backstage, none of which could be in shot for any other camera. After it was done, the leads did some close-ups of a few short sequences during the fight, and these close-ups cover the cuts between each camera.
* PunchclockVillain: Chevallier de Chabrillaine, De Maynes [[TheDragon dragon]] is actually quite personable and admirer of the theatre.
* RemakeCameo: Lewis Stone played the villain in the silent adaptation, while here he plays Andre's foster father.
* TheRival: Andre makes the transition all the way from UnknownRival to this after training under De Maynes' teachers and joining the rival party of the National Assembly.
%%* RoyalRapier
* SlapSlapKiss: Andre and Lenore's relationship.
* SurpriseIncest: Andre courts Aline early on, but backs away when he finds evidence that she's his sister. [[spoiler: Subverted at the end when [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds Lenore reveals that Aline and Andre are not related after all]].]]
* {{Swashbuckler}}: A classic example.
* SwordFight: As noted, the whole arc of the film is Andre becoming a master at this, culminating in that epic climax.
%%* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet
* TheTrickster: Andre isn't but the character he plays, Scaramouche, is.
* UpperClassTwit: Andre, at first. Though he is actually a nobleman's bastard.
* VillainOpeningScene: The Marquis has the first ten minutes of screen time, and unlike most examples of this trope, commits not a single evil deed, so much so that he could almost be seen as the DecoyProtagonist.