Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel

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Director: Harold Young, Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey

Cast: Harold Young, Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey

     
 

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This film from director Harold Young is the second big-screen adaptation of Baroness Emmuska Orczy's 1905 novel The Scarlet Pimpernel. Leslie Howard stars as Sir Percy Blakeney, a British aristocrat who rescues innocent victims of the French Revolution under the guise of The Scarlet Pimpernel while maintaining the identity of a foppish dandy by day. Even his

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This film from director Harold Young is the second big-screen adaptation of Baroness Emmuska Orczy's 1905 novel The Scarlet Pimpernel. Leslie Howard stars as Sir Percy Blakeney, a British aristocrat who rescues innocent victims of the French Revolution under the guise of The Scarlet Pimpernel while maintaining the identity of a foppish dandy by day. Even his wife, Lady Marguerite Blakeney (Merle Oberon), is unaware of Percy's heroic alter-ego as he and his band of likeminded masked men save countless people from the guillotine. Perhaps the most famous adaptation of the classic book, The Scarlet Pimpernel would later be lampooned in 1966's Don't Lose Your Head.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Scarlet Pimpernel is among the screen's most enduring and frequently filmed action/adventure stories, but it is the 1934 version with Leslie Howard in the title role that stands out for most fully re-creating the setting of the French Revolution. Were it not for his role as Ashley Wilkes in Gone With the Wind this would likely be the performance for which Howard is best remembered. He dominates the film, though not so much that there is not space for several of the supporting actors to shine, most notably Merle Oberon and Raymond Massey. Most of the credit for the film should be given to British producer Alexander Korda, who produced low-budget films with a look and feel that approached the best Hollywood efforts of the 1930s. Of particular note is the cinematography of Harold Rosson and the fast-paced editing of William Hornbeck. During World War II, Howard would direct a current-day remake of sorts, Pimpernel Smith, though it did not approach the popularity or critical acclaim of its predecessor.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2015
UPC:
0644827105526
Original Release:
1934
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
2,709

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Howard Scarlet Pimpernel/Sir Percy Blakeney
Merle Oberon Marguerite Blakeney
Raymond Massey Chauvelin
Nigel Bruce Prince of Wales
O.B. Clarence Count de Tournay
Bramwell Fletcher Priest
Joan Gardner Suzanne de Tournay
Walter Rilia Armand St. Just
Anthony Bushell Sir Andrew Ffoulkes
Ernest Milton Robespierre
John Turnbull Jellyband
Melville Cooper Romney
Mabel Terry-Lewis Countess de Tournay
Edmund Breon Col. Winterbottom
Allan Jeayes Lord Grenville
Edmund Willard Bibot
Bruce Belfrage Pitt
A. Bromley Davenport French Innkeeper
Derrick de Marney Members of the Pimpernel League
Hugh Dempster Actor
Hindle P. Edgar Lord Wilmot
Wiliam Freshman Lord Hastings
Morland Graham Treadle
Arthur Hambling Captain of the Guard
Lawrence Hanray Burke
Carl Harbord Actor
Kenneth Kove "Codlin"
Renee Macready Lady Q
Gibb McLaughlin The Barber
Gertrude Musgrove Jellyband's Daughter
Bill Shine An Aristocrat
Douglas Stewart "Merieres"
Philip Strange Actor
Harry Terry "Renad"
Peter Evan Thomas Actor
Brember Wills Doman

Technical Credits
Harold Young Director
John Armstrong Costumes/Costume Designer
S.N. Behrmann Screenwriter
Arthur Benjamin Score Composer
Lajos Biro Screenwriter
Francis Hallam Set Decoration/Design
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Alexander Korda Producer
Vincent Korda Production Designer
Ned Mann Special Effects
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Oliver Messel Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Robert E. Sherwood Screenwriter
Arthur Wimperis Screenwriter

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2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second of countless versions of the famous book by the Baroness Orczy, and, even though it lacks the technical superiority of more recent productions, it is by far the best of them all. Everything just seems to fit. The movie is exciting, romantic and mysterious and it certainly has you on the edge of your seat on the first viewing. The story sticks very closely to the original Orczy novel with only the finale being changed slightly. This change in fact is a vast improvement to the original ending. This movie comes out of the Alexander Korda stable. Korda was a master film maker who excelled in producing adventure pictures about 18th-19th century England and her empire. 2 classic examples are 'The four feathers' and 'The Drum'). I recommend this movie for all Scarlet Pimpernel and classic movie buffs
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite adventure stories,and I have watched it several times on Turner Classic Movies. I bought this copy at the bargain price and it was a waste. The audio is so nosiey it destroys any enjoyment. Too bad--