The Boys From Syracuse

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

In ancient Greece, twin brothers and their twin slaves are separated at birth. One brother becomes emperor of Ephesus and conquers Syracuse. Proclaiming that all native Syracusans must die, the new ruler unknowingly sentences his own father, in town in search of his long-lost sons, to death. When the twin brother arrives in Ephesus, the expected mix-up...read more

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In ancient Greece, twin brothers and their twin slaves are separated at birth. One brother becomes emperor of Ephesus and conquers Syracuse. Proclaiming that all native Syracusans must die, the new ruler unknowingly sentences his own father, in town in search of his long-lost sons, to

death. When the twin brother arrives in Ephesus, the expected mix-up of identities pushes the comedy along until all is resolved between the relations. The Broadway updating of Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" is given a light-hearted, free-spirited Hollywood treatment that manages to get some

delightful performances from its limited cast. Although the gags introduced during the film (stone newspapers, meters on taxi-chariots, etc.) may appear ridiculous, the sense of humor of the filmmakers is well-intentioned. The film was nominated for Oscars for art direction and special effects.

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