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Scarecrow of Romney MarshDisney's Scarecrow of Romney Marsh

Walt Disney's Scarecrow of Romney Marsh is an adaptation of a series of English stories featuring "Doctor Syn," aka Christopher Syn -- a Vicar by day, and the fearsome Scarecrow by night. The Scarecrow series of novels was written by Russell Thorndike.

The first book in the series, Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh was published in 1915. The idea for the story came from true smuggling tales of the Romney Marsh region of England's Kent/Sussex coast. the Romney Marsh in the 18th century. The stories take place in 1775. In the Disney version, the Scarecrow/ Reverend Syn character is played with maniacal relish by Patrick McGoohan (Secret Agent Man, The Prisoner), pictured right.
Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
The Scarecrow is not a superhero dedicated to helping the general populace. He has a specific function and mission: He is the defender of a poor English farming community beset by King George's ruinous taxation. Aided by his lieutenants Curlew and Hellspite, the Scarecrow leads a smugling ring dedicated to opposing the King and his military henchmen. BELOW: A Disneyland Scarecrow record.
Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
GOLD KEY published a handful of Scarecrow comic books. BELOW: Disney/Gold Key's Scarecrow of Romney Marsh comics:
Scarecrow of Romney Marsh

Scarecrow of Romney Marsh

Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
What did the INSIDE of these comics look like, you ask? Like THIS:
Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
Scarecrow of Romney Marsh

Scarecrow of Romney MarshThe Scarecrow's story was filmed on location in the Romney Marsh region and at Pinewood Studios, England in 1963. Later that year, the film was distributed to British theaters under the title Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (poster pictured right).

In 1964, Disney edited the film into three 50-minute TV episodes. Titled The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, they were shown on "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" on February 9th, 16th, and 23rd, 1964.

In 1975, Disney shortened the British version of the fim and distributed it to American theatres as, once again, Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (poster pictured below).

Scarecrow of Romney Marsh

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