The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

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A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bramwell Fletcher ...
Anthony Bushell ...
Joan Gardner ...
Walter Rilla ...
Mabel Terry-Lewis ...
O.B. Clarence ...
Ernest Milton ...
Edmund Breon ...
Col. Winterbottom
Melville Cooper ...
Gibb McLaughlin ...
The Barber
Morland Graham ...
Treadle (the tailor) (as Moreland Graham)


London fop Percy Blakeney is also secretly the Scarlet Pimpernel who, in a variety of disguises, makes repeated daring trips to France to save aristocrats from Madame Guillotine. His unknowing wife is also French, and she finds that her brother has been arrested by the Republic to try and get her to find out who "that damned elusive Pimpernel" really is. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The Scarlet Pimpernel. Who Was He... What Was His Strange Power?


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Release Date:

7 February 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die scharlachrote Blume  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original director, Rowland Brown, was fired on his first day at work. See more »


At Lord Grenville's ball, the final movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" is played several times. Although the piece was composed in 1787 it was not published until around 1827. See more »


Prince of Wales: Why, damn me, Percy, you're brainless, spineless, useless: But you do know clothes!
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Version of The Scarlet Pimpernel (1955) See more »


La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Played during the opening credits
Reprised by singing citizens
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Sink me!
19 November 2004 | by (Whidbey Island, Washington USA) – See all my reviews

I've seen all of the screen versions of this fine story, and sink me, if this isn't the best! I'll grant you that the newer ones have morelavish set qualities, but it's the very antiquity of this version that gives it it's charm. It's like looking through the veil that curtains us from the past, and watching what really happened.

Merle Oberon was an International beauty and so is very believable as the woman who is at the center of many of the plot's devices. (Though I must admit that she is almost annoyingly photograph to favor one side.)

Leslie Howard as Sir Percy -- he is the glue of this movie. He is slender, elegant, foppish, keen and clever. No one can hold a candle to him. He delivers the sometimes hilarious dialog with perfect timing. I had no idea he could be so funny. He strides, poses, flashes a silly grin and bursts out, "Sink me! This place is like a mausoleum!" Then he goes on and on about how he suffers from "the fatigue". Who would know that such a man would have the bravery and conviction and smarts to be the Scarlet Pimpernel? No one; not even his wife.

Raymond Massey is a stand out, as are all the other players.

The ending is very romantic and will leave the viewer with a tingle.

I recommend this movie very highly.

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