Doctor Syn (film)

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Doctor Syn
Directed by Roy William Neill
Produced by Michael Balcon
Edward Black
Written by Roger Burford
Michael Hogan
Russell Thorndike
Starring George Arliss
Margaret Lockwood
John Loder
Music by Hugh Bath
Jack Beaver
Cinematography Jack E. Cox
Edited by R.E. Dearing
Release dates
25 August 1937 (UK)
14 November 1937 (U.S.)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Doctor Syn is a 1937 British, black-and-white, adventure, drama historical film, directed by Roy William Neill for Gainsborough Pictures and starring George Arliss (in his last feature film), Margaret Lockwood, Graham Moffatt and Ronald Shiner.[1] It was produced by Gainsborough Pictures. The film is based on the Doctor Syn novels of Russell Thorndike, set in 18th-century Kent. The character of Syn and the events at the film's climax were both softened considerably in comparison to Thorndike's original story.


Led by Captain Collyer (Roy Emerton), a detachment of Royal Navy tax and revenue officers arrive in the village of Dymchurch on Romney Marsh. The area is notorious for liquor-smuggling and they are on the trail of the culprits. They find a village of apparently honest, pious and simple folk, looked after benevolently by their philanthropic vicar Doctor Syn (Arliss). However Syn is in fact the leader of the smugglers of the parish, using his cover as a man of the cloth to run a profitable ring whose dividends are used to better the lives of the local community. Collyer gradually comes to suspect what is going on, and a series of chases and confrontations takes place across the marshes with Syn and the smugglers always managing narrowly to outwit their pursuers. Collyer finally discovers that Syn is in fact none other than the notorious pirate Captain Clegg, thought to have been executed many years earlier. Still one step ahead, Syn destroys all incriminating evidence and he and his men make their escape.



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