The Corsican Brothers (1941)

Article #660 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-4-2003
Posting Date: 6-3-2003

The parents of two siamese twins (that have been separated surgically) are killed as part of a vendetta. Years later, the brothers plan vengeance for their parents’ death.

This period action piece is based on a book by Dumas, and, despite the above description, has a strong fantasy element; one of the twins is capable of feeling all the emotions and physical feelings of the other. This may seem a mere gimmick at first, but as the story progresses, it ends up playing an pivotal role in the development of one of the twins, and this kind of attention makes the fantasy element important indeed. Both the brothers are played by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and he does a good job with two quite different characters. Akim Tamiroff is on hand as the villain, and he’s having a grand old time of it himself. I found it quite satisfying; fun, exciting, and with a little more meat on its bones than you might expect.

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