196. “Scarecrow, scarecrow…”

The episode:The Amazing Colossal Man,” ep. 309

The riff: Sung by Joel and the bots as the film begins on a dark and scary-looking road with ominous music.

The explanation: This is a pretty obscure one. They’re singing the opening bars of a Disney TV miniseries from 1963, “The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh.” The film was an adaptation of some of the “Doctor Syn” stories by Russell Thorndike. Syn was a dark antihero featured in a series of books from 1915 to 1944, who first sets out for revenge and then becomes more benevolent, protecting the people of a small town. He eventually takes on the persona of the “Scarecrow,” sort of a Batman of his day. In the film, Doctor Syn is actually played by Patrick McGoohan of “The Prisoner.”

Novelty factor: Definitely never heard of the film or the character. They’re expecting the viewers here to have not only seen the movie but remember the song in the very opening sequence.

Advertisements

One thought on “196. “Scarecrow, scarecrow…”

What do you think, sirs?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s