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The Scarlet Pimpernel

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1934
  • Harold Young
  • 93 mins
  • U

Summary

A foppish English dandy leads a double life as the elusive hero, rescuing aristocrats from the guillotine during the French revolution. Even his unsuspecting half-French wife is unaware of his secret, but gets drawn into his adventures when her brother is threatened with execution. Period adventure, starring Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey and Nigel Bruce

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

In this period adventure, Leslie Howard stars as Sir Percy Blakeney, master of disguise, outwitting Raymond Massey's evil Chauvelin during the French Revolution and fooling his wife, Merle Oberon, who thinks he's just a boorish fop. Produced by Alexander Korda and aimed firmly in mid-Atlantic, its chief virtues are Howard's portrait of strength masquerading as haughtiness (he's a sort of 18th-century Clark Kent) and some lavish production design. But it seems rather creaky nowadays, mainly because of the stagey direction from Harold Young and the servants who speak with Mayfair accents. It was a big success in its day, though, and Howard played the role again in the updated 1941 sequel, Pimpernel Smith.

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Cast

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Sir Percy Blakeney / The Scarlet PimpernelLeslie Howard
Lady Marguerite Blakeney, formerly Marguerite St JustMerle Oberon
ChauvelinRaymond Massey
Prince of Wales (HRH the Prince Regent)Nigel Bruce
PriestBramwell Fletcher
Sir Andrew FfoulkesAnthony Bushell
Suzanne de TournayJoan Gardner
Armand St JustWalter Rilla
Countess de TournayMabel Terry-Lewis
Count de TournayO B Clarence
RobespierreErnest Milton
Colonel WinterbottomEdmund Breon
RomneyMelville Cooper

Crew

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DirectorHarold Young
DirectorRowland Brown
DirectorAlexander Korda

Details

Released on
1935-09-23
Languages
English | French
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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