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The Corsican Brothers Details

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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, 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dimitri Tiomkin Best Score - Drama or Comedy 1942 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Gregory Ratoff
Director
Edward Small
Producer
Alexandre Dumas
Book Author
George Bruce
Screenwriter
Harry Stradling
Cinematographer
Dimitri Tiomkin
Composer (Music Score)
William F. Claxton
Editor
Grant Whytock
Editor
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