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Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel
     

The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel

Director: Hans Schwartz, Barry Barnes, Sophie Stewart, Margaretta Scott

Cast: Hans Schwartz, Barry Barnes, Sophie Stewart, Margaretta Scott

 
The French revolutionary Robespierre vows to get revenge on the Scarlet Pimpernel who has been helping the aristocracy escape from the dreaded guillotine in this sequel to 1934's The Scarlet Pimpernel. To do so Robespierre kidnaps the Pimpernel's wife and takes her to France. Unfortunately, he is not clever enough for the roguish hero and he soon frees her.

Overview

The French revolutionary Robespierre vows to get revenge on the Scarlet Pimpernel who has been helping the aristocracy escape from the dreaded guillotine in this sequel to 1934's The Scarlet Pimpernel. To do so Robespierre kidnaps the Pimpernel's wife and takes her to France. Unfortunately, he is not clever enough for the roguish hero and he soon frees her. Together they return to England.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel is misnamed: there's no Scarlet Pimpernel here. Oh, sure, there's a character that's supposed to be the old Pimpernel, and people refer to him as such and act as if he were the ultra-swashbuckler that we all know and love. But trust me, calling a person Pimpernel does not make him so. To put it more simply, Barry Barnes is no Leslie Howard. He's a particularly drab man to take up the mantel of this most dashing of heroes, and having a hole this large at the center of the film is a huge detriment. (He is rather better at playing the foppish aspect of the character, but that accounts for only a small portion of of his role). Matters are not helped by Sophie Stewart's bland portrayal of his love interest. Francis Lister at least turns in an enjoyably hammy performance, which is fun, but only James Mason, in a small role, really manages to shine. The screenplay is also quite a hodgepodge, and one of those affairs that depends upon the main character behaving quite foolishly. Fortunately, director Hans Schwartz keeps things moving at a lively clip. Even more fortunately, producer Alexander Korda provided a beautiful physical production, which helps mightily.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2015
UPC:
0644827889426
Original Release:
1937
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
40,955

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barry Barnes Scarlet Pimpernel/Sir Percy Blakeney
Sophie Stewart Marguerite Blakeney
Margaretta Scott Theresa Cabarrus
James Mason Jean Tallien
Francis Lister Chauvelin
Anthony Bushell Sir Andrew Ffoulkes
Patrick Barr Lord Hastings
David Tree Lord Harry Denning
John Counsell Sir John Selton
Henry Oscar Maximilien de Robespierre
Hugh Miller De Calmet, Robespierre's Secretary
Allan Jeayes Judge of the Tribunal
O.B. Clarence De Marre
George Merritt Chief of Police
Evelyn Roberts Prince of Wales
Esme Percy Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Playwright
Edmund Breon Col. Winterbottom
Frank Allenby Professor Wilkins
Torin Thatcher Actor

Technical Credits
Hans Schwartz Director
Arthur Benjamin Score Composer
Lajos Biro Screenwriter
Adrian Brunel Screenwriter
Philip Charlot Editor
Mutz Greenbaum Cinematographer
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexander Korda Producer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Arnold Pressburger Producer
Arthur Wimperis Screenwriter

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