Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow

Synopsis: A poor 18th century English coastal farming community survives the King's ruinous taxes thanks to a smuggling ring created by its masked leader called the Scarecrow. The ring's success leads King George to order the Royal Army's General Pugh to capture and execute the ringleaders. It is a battle both of wits and action that the Scarecrow must win to save not only his own life but those of the men he leads while keeping the vital smuggling operation running.
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The soldiers of the King

feared his name


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

Scarecrow! Scarecrow!

Scarecrow! Scarecrow!

The soldiers of the King

feared his name

Scarecrow! Scarecrow!

Scarecrow! Scarecrow!

The country folk

all loved him just the same


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


Every man would sing

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!

Scarecrow! Scarecrow!

The soldiers of the King

feared his name

Scarecrow! Scarecrow!

Scarecrow! Scarecrow!

The country folk

all loved him just the same

Scarecrow! Scarecrow!



Load up and away, lads.

We'll tweak King

George's nose.

Hurry, hurry,

or I'll lose

the tide. Come on.

He gives me

the shudders.

Do what he says.

That's the whole cargo,

Monsieur Scarecrow.

Your payment, Captain.

Horsemen on the sea

road, Scarecrow.

Excise men.

Douse the lights and go.

You all know your orders.

Hellspite, Curlew,

follow me.




It's him. The Scarecrow.

After him!

There's nobody

hiding in here,


We headed them

this way.

They must be

around somewhere.

They've vanished.

What are they,


Oh, no, they were

real enough, sir.

But where the

devil are they?


Search the place again.

All right, men.

We'll give it up.

There's nobody here.

They've gone.

They're miles away

from where our lads

should be by now.

Light the lantern.

It's the reward

for your capture

they're after, sir.

Not the contraband

we landed.


John, give us

five minutes'


If you don't hear

any shooting,

then you two can

go on your way.

My lord...


I can't understand

why you'd allow

riffraff like this

in your coach.

Christian charity knows

no social barriers,

my dear General.

The man seemed

ill and tired

and asked my help.

General Pugh's right

though, my lord.

You take chances.

The marsh abounds with

The Gentlemen at nights.


That's what they

call the smugglers

in these parts, sir.

Pack of scoundrels,

I'd give them,



I've my briefing here

from the War Office and

Customs and Excise.

We have plans to smash

these Gentlemen, my lord.

Well, the whole countryside

protects them, General.

Their friends are

everywhere. I don't

envy you your task.

No, I relish it.

The law enforcement's

been too slack down here.

You'll see a change,

I promise you.


Halt there,

in the King's name.


Whoa, whoa, whoa.

What's this? Why are

we stopping, hmm?

We're looking for a...

Sir. General, sir.

Well, what are

you looking for,


An escaped prisoner, sir.

Convicted for preaching


Was to be hanged at Dover

in the morning, but he...

He got away, sir.


Yeah, an American,

from the Colonies,

my lord.

You, there.

There he is.

After him!




Jeffrey, over there.

Search the bushes.

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Robert Westerby

Robert Westerby (born 3 July 1909 in Hackney, England, died 16 November 1968 in Los Angeles County, California, United States), was an author of novels (published by Arthur Barker of London) and screenwriter for films and television. An amateur boxer in his youth, he wrote many early magazine articles and stories centred around that sport. As a writer of screenplays, he was employed at Disney's Burbank studio from 1961 until his death in 1968.Westerby's 1937 novel Wide Boys Never Work, a story of the criminal underworld before the Second World War, was the earliest published use of the word "wide boy". In 1956 the book was made into the British film Soho Incident (released in the United States as Spin a Dark Web). In 2008 London Books republished Wide Boys Never Work as part of their London Books classics series. His account of his early life was entitled A Magnum for my Mother (1946). To the British public, a magnum just meant a large bottle of champagne. However, in the USA it could suggest a type of handgun, so it was retitled Champagne for Mother (1947). more…

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