The Corsican Brothers

The Corsican Brothers

Director: Gregory Ratoff Cast: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ruth Warrick, Akim Tamiroff

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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The Corsican Brothers is based on theDumas novel about "psychic" twins--one feels the pain and experiences the thoughts of the other. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. plays both Mario and Lucien, siblings separated at birth because of a long-standing feud between various factions of their family. One twin is raised to be evil, the other to be good. In adulthood, the brothers become bitter enemies, not only because of family and political pressures but also because they both fall in love with the beautiful Isabelle (Ruth Warrick). Eventually, however, one twin gives up his life for the sake of the other during a climactic battle with tyrannical Corsican ruler Colonna (Akim Tamiroff). Produced on a virtual shoestring by Edward Small, The Corsican Brothers cannot rely on clever optical effects to convey the idea that Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is two people (some of the process work is embarrassing); instead, Fairbanks carries the story on the strength of his acting, subtly differentiating the two characters so that the audience is seldom confused as to which is which. Incidentally, the actor doubling for Fairbanks in the two-shots, his face averted from the camera, is Peter Cushing.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2012
UPC: 0759731413527
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Henstooth Video
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 24,985

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Douglas Fairbanks Mario/Lucien
Ruth Warrick Isabelle
Akim Tamiroff Colorra
J. Carrol Naish Lorenzo
H.B. Warner Dr. Paoli
Henry Wilcoxon Count Franchi
John Emery Tomasso
Gloria Holden Countess Franchi
Veda Ann Borg Maria
Walter Kingsford Monsieur Dupre
Nana Bryant Mme. Dupre
Pedro de Cordoba Gravini
William Farnum Priest
Sarah Padden Nurse
Manart Kippen Martelli
Ruth Robinson Angela

Technical Credits
Gregory Ratoff Director
Howard A. Anderson Special Effects
George Bruce Screenwriter
William F. Claxton Editor
Edward Small Producer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Grant Whytock Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Corsican Brothers
1. Start [10:13]
2. Attacked [9:14]
3. Bandits [9:57]
4. A Proposal [10:35]
5. Old Friend [10:51]
6. Special Guest [8:26]
7. Doctor's Advice [10:25]
8. Personal Matter [9:12]
9. Betrothal Gift [11:05]
10. Prisoner [11:30]
11. Brother's Revenge [8:59]
12. End Credits [:35]

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