Saturday, March 25, 2017
Patrick McGoohan is best known for his dramatic spy roles, from Ice Station Zebra to Secret Agent to The Prisoner. But in 1964, he did a Disney movie -- yes, a Disney movie -- titled The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. It was based on the real smuggling antics that occurred in Romney Marsh in the 1700s. British author Russell Thorndike wrote a series of novels featuring the fictional Dr. Christopher Syn, who disguises himself as a scarecrow to avoid identification. The first novel came out in 1915, and it wasn't until 20 years later than a second emerged. There were six novels published from 1935 to 1944, and Disney's version is based on the first book with a few elements from later ones.
This movie scared the wa-hacka out of me. The scarecrow mask was incredibly effective -- and far more scary than anything seen in Batman Begins.