The Scarlet Pimpernel

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At the heart of the French Revolution, effete aristocrat Sir Percy Blakeney (Leslie Howard) is secretly the Scarlet Pimpernel, leading an underground group dedicated to freeing nobles from the brutal Robespierre. Blakeney plays his part so well that even his own wife, Marguerite (Merle Oberon), doesn't suspect him. Robespierre's agent, Chauvelin (Raymond Massey), learns that Marguerite's brother is one of the Pimpernel's group, and she begins working unknowingly to destroy her own husband.

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Leslie Howard
Sir Percy Blakeney, The Scarlet Pimpernel
Merle Oberon
Lady Blakeney
Nigel Bruce
The Prince of Wales
Anthony Bushell
Sir Andrew Ffoulkes
Joan Gardner
Suzanne de Tournay
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Critic Reviews for The Scarlet Pimpernel

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Audience Reviews for The Scarlet Pimpernel

  • Aug 23, 2014
    An Englishman, some lord or something, shoots over to France in secret and frees French nobility on their way to Madame Guillotine. I was confused as to the politics (weren't these the "let them eat cake" crowd, the ones who dressed and ate good while the common populace starved? Why are we saving them? Off with their heads! ... but I digress) but it's an adventure tale so history's not too important compared with thrills. The thrill here is not in any swashbuckling derring-do, though that might've been nice, but rather watching the Pimpernel's Clark Kent persona infuriate the elitist yokels with wit and subterfuge. To that cause Leslie Howard ("Ashley" of GWTW fame) is well suited, and it becomes the reason for the whole movie.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2011
    There were no actions scenes, and I was confused as to how Chauvelin found out that Percy was the Scarlet Pimpernel. It's boring and not really worth a watch.
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2008
    The Scarlet Pimpernel was the first Batman! Leslie Howard gives a great performance as the Scarlet Pimpernel. He journeys into Revolutionary torn France to help Aristocrats escape the Guillotine and bring them to England. Like Batman he wears disguises, fights against great odds, fearless, and when in England he acts like a dandy.Like Bruce Wayne he plays the rich playboy to the tee. He walks around gossiping, talking about nothing but clothes, and acts the coward. He is so convincing that nobody suspects him, not even his own wife. It looks great and has a great villain in Raymond Massey.
    cody f Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2008
    Well made and acted but the Anthony Andrews/Jane Seymour version is better.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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