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Scarecrow of Romney Marsh - British outlaw who thwarted the evil-doings of the Crown on the Disney action adventure featured on the DISNEYLAND (THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY) in the early 1960s.

Patrick McGoohan as Dr. Syn - SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH

Patrick McGoohan starred in the three-episode mini-series THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH/NBC/1964 about Dr. Christopher Syn, a minister from Dymchurch parish who donned the shaggy costume of a scarecrow to battle the cruelty of the King George III along the southern coast of England in the year 1736.

Dr. Syn ("Scarecrow") was aided by his sexton Mr. Mipps (George Cole) and a merry band of masked smugglers who came to the assistance of oppressed farmers and villagers.

The Scarecrow's nemesis was the tyrannical British General General Pugh (Geoffrey Keen) who enforced the king's oppressive taxation and raided the community to enlist young men into the press gangs for the Royal Navy.

The series is based n the novel by Robert Thorndike, in which Dr Syn was actually a pirate who led a double life.

The Dr. Syn character previously appeared in the films Dr. Syn (1937) starring George Arliss and Captain Clegg (1962) starring Peter Cushing.


Opening Theme Song

Scarecrow! Scarecrow!
The soldiers of the king feared his name. Scarecrow!

On the southern coast of England, there's a legend people tell,
Of days long ago when the great Scarecrow
would ride from the jaws of Hell
And laugh with a fiendish yell!

With his clothes all torn and tattered,
through the black of night he'd ride,
From the marsh to the coast like a demon ghost
He'd show his face then hide
And he'd laugh till he split his side!

So the king told all his soldiers, hang him high or hang him low,
But never return till the day I learn he's gone in flames below
Or you'll hang - with the great Scarecrow!

Scarecrow! Scarecrow!
The soldiers of the king feared his name.
Scarecrow! Scarecrow!
The country folk all loved him just the same. Scarecrow!

He would always help the farmer, when there was no gold to bring,
He'd find a way for the poor to pay the taxes of the king
Scarecrow! - every man would sing!

Scarecrow! Scarecrow!
The soldiers of the king feared his name.
Scarecrow! Scarecrow!
The country folk all loved him just the same.
Scarecrow! Scarecrow! Scarecrow!



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