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Elusive Pimpernel (1950)

Elusive Pimpernel




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In this costume adventure set in France during the Reign of Terror, a mysterious man known only as the Scarlet Pimpernel rescues noblemen from the guillotine and leads them to safety across the English Channel. Chauvelin (Cyril Cusack) is determined to unmask the Pimpernel and bring him to justice. When evidence begins to suggest that the hero is actually foppish Sir Percey Blakeney (David Niven), Chauvelin blackmails Percey's wife, Marguerite (Margaret Leighton), into cooperating on the threat that he'll expose the criminal activities of her brother Armand (Edmund Audran). However, Marguerite doesn't much care for her husband, hardly believes he could be the heroic Pimpernel, and is startled when she finds out that he truly is the masked vigilante. The Elusive Pimpernel was originally shot in color as a musical, but the musical numbers were cut before the film was released, and the picture's American distributor chose to make only black-and-white prints (though the current home-video release is in color). ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure
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David Niven
as Scarlet Pimpernel/Si...
Margaret Leighton
as Marguerite Blakeney
Jack Hawkins
as Prince of Wales
Cyril Cusack
as Chauvelin
Robert Coote
as Sir Andrew Ffoulkes
David Hutcheson
as Lord Anthony Dewhurs...
Arlette Marchal
as Countesse de Tournai
Edmund Audran
as Armand St. Juste
Eugene Deckers
as Capt. Meiieres
Tom Duggan
as Earl of Sligo
Danielle Godet
as Suzanne de Touman
John Hewitt
as Maj. Pretty
Gerard Nery
as Phillipe de Toumai
Charles Victor
as Col. Winterbottom
David Oxley
as Capt. Duroc
Philip Stainton
as Jellyband
Jane Gill Davies
as Lady Grenville
Arthur Wontner
as Lord Grenville
Richard George
as Sir John Coke
John Fitzgerald
as Sir Michael Travers
Patrick Macnee
as Hon. John Bristow
Terry Alexander
as Duke of Dorset
Hugh Kelly
as Mr. Fitzdrummond
Howard Vernon
as Comte de Tournai
Archie Duncan
as Man in bath
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