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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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Col. Winterbottom
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Gibb McLaughlin ...
The Barber
Morland Graham ...
Treadle (the tailor) (as Moreland Graham)
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Leslie Howard plays Sir Percy Blakeney, an 18th century English aristocrat who leads a double life. He appears to be merely the effete aristocrat, but in reality is part of an underground effort to free French nobles from Robespierre's Reign of Terror. Based on the novel by Baroness Orczy. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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

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Adventure | Drama

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7 February 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die scharlachrote Blume  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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Percy Blakeney refers to one of the boxers as "Mendoza", a reference to Daniel Mendoza, the 18th-century British Jew who revolutionized boxing. Mendoza was the heavyweight champion of England (1792-5), despite being a middleweight. See more »

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Blakeney and the Prince of Wales are seen at a boxing match in which the combatants are in a structure similar to a modern 'square' ring. This form of the ring was not used until around 1838. See more »

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Lady Marguerite Blakeney: Oh but Percy, through me, a good, a generous man my lose his life. Oh Percy, what can I do? How can I warn him?
Percy Blakeney: Warn him? Against what?
Lady Marguerite Blakeney: Against the danger if he goes back to France.
Percy Blakeney: Well, if he's the kind of lunatic I take him to be, your warning's not going to stop him.
Lady Marguerite Blakeney: But he might be going to his death.
Percy Blakeney: That's all the fellow lives for. Besides, he doesn't know you're in love with him.
Lady Marguerite Blakeney: I'm not in love with him! I admire his head of wisdom, but I'm not in love with him.
Percy Blakeney: Oh, but you are. It's a...
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God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Attributed to Henry Carey
Whistled and hummed by Leslie Howard
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Leslie Howard's finest hour?
20 February 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This aged take on the popular novel of a foppish English hero saving aristocrats from the guillotine during the French Revolution is an absorbing British movie; benefiting in particular from the excellent performance of Leslie Howard (one of England's greatest screen actors, despite his Hungarian ancestry), who gives the character of Percy Blakeney a humour and charm lacking from other actors who have attempted the part.

Merle Oberon also does well as his French expat wife - perhaps her best acting, even surpassing her later work opposite Olivier in 'Wuthering Heights'. Given that Howard and Oberon had a real-life love affair which started during this movie, it is interesting to note there are definite sparks between the pair on screen. Other actors in the cast are good value; Raymond Massey as the arrogant French ambassador who never thinks he can be outwitted; and Nigel Bruce, beloved later in the decade as Dr Watson, as the dullard Prince of Wales.


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