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Originally not intended to be a
, this turned out to be one of the jewels of the series. It hilariously spoofs
The Scarlet Pimpernel
, and Talbot Rothwell's script is stuffed with comic incidents and names ranging from Sir Rodney Ffing to the Duc de Pommfrit. Sid James is superb, whether camping it up as a society fop or cutting a dash as the Black Fingernail, while Kenneth Williams's Camembert - the "big cheese" of the French Revolution - is as ripe as can be. Joan Sims also excels as Desirée Dubarry, who poses as the Duchess de la Plume de ma Tante to lure Sid to Paris.
A cunning English nobleman puts his talent for disguise to good use by rescuing aristocrats from execution during the French Revolution. However, the leader of the secret police is determined to unmask the elusive hero spiriting the nobility out from under the guillotine. Comedy spoof of the Scarlet Pimpernel story, starring Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Jim Dale and Charles Hawtrey.
Cast & Crew
Sir Rodney Ffing / The Black Fingernail
Duc de Pommfrit
video and DVD
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