7.6/10
3,125
59 user 10 critic

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 7 February 1935 (USA)
A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine.

Director:

Writers:

(by) (as The Baroness Orczy), (scenario, continuity & dialogue) (as Lajos Biro) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Movie 1982)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while ... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner
Stars: Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, Ian McKellen
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Paris is Burning! Under the Iron Fist of Robespierre hundreds are executed, by the swift and bloodstained guillotine. Through these acts of injustice a new heroism is born - The League of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Director: Hanns Schwarz
Stars: Barry K. Barnes, Sophie Stewart, Margaretta Scott
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Professor Horatio Smith, while seeming very unassuming, rescues victims of Nazi persecution during World War II.

Director: Leslie Howard
Stars: Leslie Howard, Francis L. Sullivan, Allan Jeayes
Pygmalion (1938)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A Victorian dialect expert makes a bet that he can teach a cockney flower girl to speak proper English and pass as a lady in high society.

Directors: Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard
Stars: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson
The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Series 1999)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

During the turmoil of the French Revolution, English aristocrat Percy Blakeney, often aided by his League of friends, secretly undertakes various daring missions as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Stars: Richard E. Grant, Ronan Vibert, Gerard Murphy
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A pair of lookalikes, one a former French aristocrat and the other an alcoholic English lawyer, fall in love with the same woman amongst the turmoil of the French Revolution.

Directors: Jack Conway, Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allan, Edna May Oliver
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them.

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Robert Donat, Elissa Landi, Louis Calhern
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Binnie Barnes
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.

Director: Alexander Korda
Stars: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall
So Big! (1932)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Following the death of Selena's father, she's offered a job as a teacher in a small town and a new chapter of her life begins.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Dickie Moore
Major Barbara (1941)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary.

Directors: Gabriel Pascal, Harold French, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley
The Citadel (1938)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Andrew Manson, a young, enthusiastic doctor takes his first job in a Welsh mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his attempts to prove its ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Mabel Terry-Lewis ...
O.B. Clarence ...
Ernest Milton ...
...
Col. Winterbottom
...
Romney
Gibb McLaughlin ...
The Barber
Morland Graham ...
Treadle (the tailor) (as Moreland Graham)
Edit

Storyline

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}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

7 February 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die scharlachrote Blume  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 12, 1938 with Leslie Howard reprising his film role. Olivia de Havilland performed with him after having just filmed Gone with the Wind (1939) together. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Col. Winterbottom: Are you being offensive, sir?
Percy Blakeney: Who, sir? Me, sir? No, sir.
See more »


Soundtracks

The Comical Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Those Frenchies Seek Him Everywhere."
25 November 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

There are some including previous reviewers here who would argue that The Scarlet Pimpernel afforded Leslie Howard his finest screen role. I wouldn't argue the point.

This Pimpernel guy, a sort of English Zorro/Lone Ranger is one tricky fellow. He's declared his own private war on the French Revolution and while not prancing about Regency society, he's over in France rescuing as many aristocrats as he can from Madame Guillotine.

Like Zorro in order to throw off suspicion, Sir Percy Blakeney affects the guise of a fop so that no one will think him capable of anything bold. Unlike Don Diego De La Vega, Blakeney's a married man, married to a French woman played by Merle Oberon who has her own dirty little secrets she's keeping.

Come to think of Don Diego and Sir Percy were operating in roughly the same period.

There's a guy named Chauvelin who's got a mission from the head guy at the Revolution, Robespierre himself. Bring back the Scarlet Pimpernel to face Revolutionary justice or you will. That's one great incentive.

Raymond Massey is a ruthless hunter as Chauvelin. And he believes in his mission. As another reviewer quite plainly put it Massey well remembers all the excesses that the aristocrats indulged in for centuries. He's pretty good too, but Leslie Howard is a tad better.

Leslie Howard is one of those players you can listen to and never be bored. He had that marvelous ability to make some of the most trite dialog sound like Shakespeare. As did his fellow British players Ronald Colman and Robert Donat. No one ever played the jaded world weary soul quite the way Howard did, whether it was Alan Squire, Ashley Wilkes or Percy Blakeney.

The Scarlet Pimpernel after over 70 years holds up well as classic entertainment. No one, but a jaded regency fop could not like this film.


14 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?