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The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 10 April 1938 (USA)
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.

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(as Hans Schwartz)

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(novel), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry K. Barnes ...
Sophie Stewart ...
Margaretta Scott ...
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Francis Lister ...
Anthony Bushell ...
Patrick Barr ...
David Tree ...
John Counsell ...
Henry Oscar ...
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 ...
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Sir Percy Blakeney(in the guise of the masked Scarlet Pimpernel), an Englishman who with the aid of a band of his friends, is engaged in spiriting FRench aristocrats across the English Channel to escape the guillotine. Robespierre, the ruthless revolutionary, informs the chief of the police he must capture the Scarlet Pimpernel or lose his own head to the blade. Blakeley's wife is abducted and taken to France forcing him to follow in a rescue attempt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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10 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Volta do Pimpinella Escarlate  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered on WPIX, New York City, Sunday 5 September 1948. The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. See more »

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The name "Brighton" dates from 1810. In 1792 the town was called "Brighthelmstone." See more »

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Sir Percy Blakeney: [On Chauvelin's poem] In comparison, my own efforts are the merest doggerel. One might even say 'mongrel doggerel' ...
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Auprès de ma blonde
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Sung (or mimed) by Theresa Cobarrus
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Not much of a sequel
11 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hollywood is hardly the only one to crank out unnecessary sequels. Britain was also guilty of it, and early on, too. "Return" is essentially a rehash of the first movie, made a couple of years earlier. It even reuses footage and sets from that classic. The leads have changed, but not the basic plot, which has Sir Percy forced to go back to France one last time, in this case to rescue his wife from the clutches of the sinister Robespierre. It clearly is a trap, but nothing will keep the good old Pimpernel from carrying out his mission. He is up against the usual clods and dolts, after all. A young James Mason has a small role. This is no worse, I suppose, than "Son of Monte Cristo" or "Son of Robin Hood." Mercifully, there was to be no third Pimpernel film.


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