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The Corsican Brothers


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  • Actors: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ruth Warrick, Akim Tamiroff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Henstooth Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006W95BTS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,273 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There's plenty of swordplay and swashbuckling adventure inAlexandre Dumas' tale of identical twins, separated as infants, and raisedunaware of each other's existence. One becomes a Parisian gentleman, the other acountry bandit. When they are reunited as adults, they seek revenge on the evilBaron who plundered their homestead and robbed them of their birthright.Complications arise when both fall in love with the same beautiful Countess, andthe rivalry threatens to derail their vendetta.

Customer Reviews

Followed the book better than most films.
Paul Feinman
There is enough swashbuckling action to satisfy that taste and some real good acting, especially by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.and J. Carol Naish as the good doctor.
Rusi Mahudawala
I'm so happy to see this great movie finally out on DVD.
Catherine Earnshaw

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "scotsladdie" on September 24, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This incredible Dumas tale, which has some basis in fact, is brought to the screen with great gusto on the part of Fairbanks, whose dashing feats rival in many scenes the acrobatic antics of his illustrious father. The story has two Siamese-type twin boys born in the fabled island of Corsica where they are separated by a brilliant doctor played by Akim Tamiroff. One child is sent to Paris to be raised, and the other into the mountains with family retainer J. Carroll Naish. In later years telepathy (yes, telepathy!) is the theme...Fairbanks does an incredible job portraying both Mario and Lucien; his separately unique facial workings, posture and vocal modulations make for a splendid job of acting. Fairbanks excels in showing just how the emotional/intellectual telepathy works on each twin both psychically or physically when the other is in danger & it's fascinating to observe. Tamiroff plays his role with gutteral relish and Naish is likewise excellent as usual. The special effects are outstanding (especially for 1941) and this film actually benefits from colorization. A treat for lovers of vintage adventure and derring-do films.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Amrhein on February 11, 2011
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"The Corsican Brothers" is one of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s best swashbucklers. He's most effective in the dual role and the supporting cast, including a villainous Akim Tamiroff, doesn't let him down. The Alexandre Dumas story proves both exciting and moving, with fine duels and sparkling romance!

The VHS copy I was sent by Amazon features a bright orange jacket, and proved to be a well-made colorization of the original B&W film.

I also recommend Fairbanks' "The Exile", if you can find it. It's a great pity that these two top-drawer swashbucklers aren't available on DVD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Forst on April 12, 2012
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My title refers to my very earliest days as an avid film watcher when a Saturday matinee at the local Bijoux yielded wonderful films of this quality. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. became one of my very earliest cinematic heroes. How very appropriate that he should have become such a major hero in real life, cited for bravery in action during World War II - beginning not long after he finished The Corsican Brothers as a matter of fact. Somehow it seemed appropriate for the Washington Post social editor in later years to report that Fairbanks was a guest at a state dinner held at the White House in Washington for the Queen of England.

In my romantic mind it was easy to imagine that he brought to the gathering all the dashing, suave, graceful manners and behavior he displays in this film, a swashbuckling tale of siamese twins separated by a brilliant surgeon who then sends them off to grow up in different venues. One leads the life of a Parisian gentlemen of his day; the other learns the wiles of a storied bandit living in the mountains of their mutual birthplace, Corsica. The Corsican Brothers was one of the very earliest films of my youth - like another reviewer herein I was no more than five or six - and its impression upon me was enormous. Not only did it follow the Classic Comics story closely, it gave me my in Douglas Fairbanks Jr. my first movie swordsman, wonderful preparation to critically enjoy Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power, other icons of my youthful formation. Yes, I realize many will know that Flynn's classics precede Fairbanks Jr. but I saw The Sea Hawk and Captain Blood, for example, well after The Corsican Brothers.

This film actually engages the mind to some extent, not relying solely upon heroic athleticism.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Payton on December 3, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
When I first saw the original Corsican Brothers with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., it was in black and white, grainy and the sound was tinny. I was about five years old at the time. But it made such an impression on me, even though I was very young, I never forgot it.

When I saw it was available on VHS, I ordered it immediately still expecting it to be black and white and grainy. We have a wide screen, flat-panel HD TV. When the tape was delivered in record time, we were totally amazed that it was not only in color, but the picture was as sharp as any DVD we own! It was not only a bargain, even on VHS, but it is one of our top favorites in a collection of over 300 movies!

Once again, a great classic has been preserved for future generations!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Kellogg on December 29, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. stars in this film in which he plays the roles of twin brothers. Separated at birth and raised by different families, one brother becomes a Parisian gentleman; the other a Corsican bandit.
But the brothers meet again years later, in time to rescue their country from the tyranny of Colonna, played here by character actor Akim Tamiroff as a smirking villain.
Fairbanks is splendid as the righter of wrongs in this old-fashioned film of swordplay and adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Harvey on November 11, 2007
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This is the first sound version of the old Dumas story of two Siamese twins, Mario and Lucien , born into a prosperous family and separated at birth by a brilliant surgeon ,played here by H B Warner.They are raised apart ,one among Paris society and the other in the rugged Corsican mountains by the old family retainer(J Caroll Naish) where they have been forced to flee by the scheming Callona (Akim Tamiroff)who has killed their father and taken over their family estates.They are telepathically linked -when one is stabbed the other also feels the pain etc .They fall in love with the same woman -the elegant society belle Isabelle (Ruth Warwick)but this does not prevent them uniting to avenge their father's death and restore the family name

The adaptaion -by George Bruce and Howard Estabrook plays fast and loose with the original book but it provides for lots of lively action including swordply ,knife fighting ,kidnapping and torture .Fairbanks is fine but for me is just a tad too "heavy" in tone to be in the top flight of swashbucklers like his father or Errol Flynn and there is a similar ponderousness to the direction of Gregory Ratoff .The rest of thecast are fine and this is an enjoyable,if not quite top drawer slice of rousing period melodrama
Please note -I saw the original monochrome version ,not the colourized one (thankfully ! I deplore colourization on principle)
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