Someone posted a fuzzy copy of the 1937 Dr Syn on YouTube. I had wanted to see it but wasn't sure that I wanted to spend the money on the DVD. Now that I have seen it I might spend the 6 bucks to see a better copy. I put it in my watch list.
The story in the movie follows that of the first book but changes the more tragic end of the novel. Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh is a 1915 novel by Russell Thorndike. It wraps up the life of the Dymchurch-under-the-wall Vicar Christopher Syn, he was at one time a blood thirsty pirate named Captain Clegg, a kindly and beloved Vicar, and the Scarecrow, the greatest smuggler of his day.
The six following novels would start Christopher's story, the tragedy that changed him to Clegg and the events that brought him back to Dymchurch and his eventual death there. It's a rather sad life but there is plenty of interesting stuff going on all the time.
I read the series a few months ago and enjoyed them. You can download them cheap as eBooks. Some might recognize the name Clegg from the Hammer film of the same name. It also adapts the first novel. The Hammer film is the better film but the 1937 film has it's good qualities.There was a 1963 Disney version of Dr Syn called The Scarecrow Of Romney Marsh with Patrick McGoohan. That was pretty a pretty good production but it's long out of print and expensive to buy. You can get a bootleg out on the Internet for about 15 bucks.
I'm glad to have seen it and might want to watch it again. Until I order the DVD I can re-watch the download I got from YouTube.