Friday, February 24, 2017

The Scarecrow Rides Again!

If you were around in 1964, you might remember this film. Shown on the Sunday night "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" as a three-part story, "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh" starred Patrick McGoohan as an English vicar by day, Robin Hood-type character by night. As Dr. Christopher Syn (the vicar), he ministered to his church community. As the Scarecrow, he and his entourage robbed from smugglers and gave the gold to the poor. 

Here's the full story on Disney's D23 website:

Many baby boomers who watched the movie on TV as children searched everywhere for a video copy of it as adults. It took me a long time, but several years ago I found a VHS copy on eBay. It had been released, then went out of print.

A few years ago, Disney Treasures released a limited-edition DVD of the film, which, of course, sold out immediately. I bought a copy as soon as it hit the store shelves. I don't know why Disney has been keeping it scarce; the company could make lots of money just by making the DVD widely available.

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